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    The story of Syria’s largest unofficial refugee camp. How it was born and how a dissident arts scene transformed the political dialogue and provided catharsis to those facing persecution and exile. This book traces the story of the camp from its beginnings, founded by Palestinians fleeing Israeli violence. The book explores Yarmouk's growth as a vibrant suburb of Damascus, home to 160,000 Palestinians and over 650,000 Syrians. 

    As cement buildings rose and bustling marketplaces expanded, Yarmouk residents continued to be restrained by dangerous political realities.  In this vulnerable space, artists, writers, playwrights, musicians, and filmmakers flourished. Some took risks and bravely spoke out through their work.  During the Syrian Civil War, they witnessed and suffered through the decimation of the mukhayyam (camp).  Art in Exile tells the story of Yarmouk through their eyes.

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    Cradle of Intrigue uses postwar Syria as a focal point to tell the story of how Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, and Jordan made Syria their target of conspiratorial plots as they sought to gain influence over Damascus. The book’s narrative challenges the notion of an omnipresent CIA and MI6, giving agency to local actors’ decisions to unseat governments and guide their own foreign policies.

    (Available as a Kindle eBook only.)

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  • Americans of many different stripes write about the "local truth" of their lives in America. They sketch the complex terrain of a land that has quirks, flaws, and injustice alongside its virtues. Cune Press offers this series with Arabic and English on facing pages as an invitation to dialogue with the world's Arabic speakers and as a practical help in language training. Many of these essays were originally developed for the anthology An Ear to the Ground. 

    Purchase the larger anthology for full page original portraits of the authors by emerging American artists, and for all 78 essays and the Publisher's Afterword: a vision of grassroots publishing. Purchase An Intimate Dinner Party, Volume I for a new essay by Palestinian-American journalist Ramzy Baroud (the author of Searching Jenin), for a new essay by Seattle author and Cune Press Founder Scott C. Davis. An Intimate Dinner Party also includes an introduction by Davis that reprises his critique of the US book publishing industry in An Ear to the Ground. 

    This time, Davis defines an alternative to conglomerate publishing based on his experience using An Ear to the Ground to conduct readings and public events all over the US. Davis's answer is "intimate dinner parties" or grassroots dialogues that leaven the republic, supplying oxygen from below. 

    Ironically, this volume was initiated and translated over a year before the September 11th attacks. 
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