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[30 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 269 views]
Al Ahram English reviews Khalifa’s “There are no knives”

Syrian novelist Khaled Khalifa continues in his new novel No Knives in this City’s Kitchens what he begun in his previous masterpiece, In Praise of Hatred (2006) — excavating contemporary Syrian society’s memory.

He starts from what one family has gone through in Aleppo, which he describes as the punished city, while In Praise of Hatred focused on the distortions made by death squads or the “Party Action Squads” in the psyches of its members during the events in Hama in the 1980s. The novel explores the price paid by Syrians for living parallel to the life of the ruling party for near half a century.

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[16 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 110 views]
“Egypt Shows How Political Islam Is at Odds With Democracy” – Rakha in the New York Times OpEd

“U.S. Warns Egypt’s Generals Against Jeopardizing ‘Second Chance’ at Democracy.

“The armed forces remained committed to what it considered the legitimacy of the ballot box until this presumed legitimacy moved against its own purpose,” General el-Sisi said. “The Egyptian people were concerned that the tools of the state could be used against them. The armed forces had to make a choice, seeing the danger of deepened polarization.”

The general said that the military had offered Mr. Morsi the option of a referendum on whether he should stay in power, but that the deeply unpopular president had refused.

Painful as it was to see the democratic process interrupted so soon after the revolution that overthrew the longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011, the military’s action was necessary.”

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[8 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 370 views]
Samar Yazbek at Ways With Words 2013

Samar Yazbek, at Dartington’s Ways With Words: “We are going to need multiple revolutions. We have had dictators and now we have extremists. But we have the backbone to our society that means there could be a great democracy. We just have to keep fighting.”

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[1 Jul 2013 | 2 Comments | 660 views]
Khaled Khalifa’s “There are no knives in the kitchens of the city”

The 260 pages novel details life under the Asad regime, in the period spanning from the early 60’s, to 2005.