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Americans in Paris
by Charles Glass


Americans in Paris tells for the first time the true story of the thousands of Americans who stayed in Paris during the Nazi occupation. This tale of adventure, intrigue, passion and deceit exposes the lives of Americans caught up in war from the day the German army marched into Paris in June 1944 and took many of them into the Paris underground, the Maquis and the concentration camps.

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The Northern Front
by Charles Glass

Charles Glass: The Northern Front

The Northern Front is an eyewitness account of the Iraqi opposition's preparations for the American invasion, the Kurdish planning in northern Iraq and the early stages of the war when some of the opposition moved to the south.

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The Tribes Triumphant
by Charles Glass


The Tribes Triumphant completes the story of Charles Glass' earlier Middle East adventure, Tribes With Flags, after his kidnapping by Hizballah in Lebanon.

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Tribes With Flags
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Charles Glass: Tribes With Flags

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Money For Old Rope
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Charles Glass: Money For Old Rope

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Rogue Males
Times Literary Supplement 
Review of AMERICA'S GREAT GAME The CIA's secret Arabists and the shaping of the modern Middle East by Hugh Wilford Basic Books. £19.99. 978 0 465 01965 6...

A hostage's daydream
The Spectator 
The 25th anniversary of my kidnapping - as I imagined it, and as it is...

The London Review of Books 
Review of Levant: Splendour and Catastrophe on the Mediterranean by Philip Mansel John Murray, 480 pp, £10.99, September 2011, ISBN 978 0 7195 6708 7 Beirut by Samir Kassir, translated by M.B. Debevoise California, 656 pp, £19.95, December 2011, ISBN 978 0 520 27126 5...

Time for truth, and painful reconciliation in Lebanon
The National 
Lebanon survived 15 years of civil war. It endured military occupation by the Palestine Liberation Organisation (forced on it by Egypt and Syria), by Syria (at the request of Lebanon's president and with the approval of then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger) and by Israel (blessed by then-President Ronald Regan)....

For Lebanon, the truth is a poisoned chalice
The National 
When the former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri was assassinated on February 14, 2005, at least one million citizens massed in the centre of Beirut to demand al haqiqa, the truth. For the previous 20 years, Lebanese of all backgrounds had been killed with impunity. They included the Druze chieftain Kamal Jumblatt, the Maronite president-elect Bashir Gemayel and the Hizbollah...

Britain can never atone for its colonial past
The National 
David Cameron spoke with unusual candour for a British prime minister a few days ago when he told university students in Islamabad: "I don't want to try to insert Britain in some leading role where, as with so many of the world's problems, we are responsible for the issue in the first place." He was speaking of Kashmir, but he...

The Drifting Capital of Terror
Taki's Magazine 
The printer cartridge bombs which nearly blew up U.S.-bound commercial jets have turned Sana'a, Yemen, into the new world terror capital. Terror, which the United States treats as if it were a state, has had many capitals and will undoubtedly have many more in this seemingly perpetual battle against evil. Right before September 11, 2001, terrorism's capital was Kabul. Since...

Not Another War on Lebanon
Taki's Magazine 
My old friend Norman Finkelstein has just written a foreword to a new edition of his first-rate book on the Gaza Strip, This Time We Went Too Far, in which he shares his fears of another Israeli war in Lebanon. Norman is usually right, but he is also usually a lonely prophet in the wilderness, ignored and scorned by kings...

Obituary of Imad Mougnieh: Elusive Hizbollah leader
The Independent 
The United States had credited Mougnieh with the 1983 bombing of its embassy in Beirut and the destruction of the US Marine headquarters later that year, the hijacking of TWA flight 847 in 1985 and the kidnappings of dozens of American citizens in Lebanon throughout the 1980s. Israel blamed him for the suicide bombing that levelled its military command centre...

What Luttwak didn't say
Prospect Issue 135 
Edward Luttwak is right that the middle east is not important enough to fight over. That's why the US should withdraw from Iraq and stop providing aid to Israel....

The lord of no man's land: A guided tour through Lebanon's ceaseless war
Harper's Magazine 
Israel should have known better. Even before abandoning their bases inside Lebanon in 2000, the Israelis had been unable to rout Hezbollah; now they planned to cross the border into territory where they had neither facilities nor allies in order to defeat the Shiite Muslims of the Party of God. Indeed, no foreign army- whether Israeli, Syrian, Egyptian, American, British,...

Learning from Its Mistakes: Charles Glass on Hizbullah
London Review of Books 
In his memoir, Not So Wild a Dream, the famous CBS correspondent Eric Sevareid recalled watching the execution of six Nazi collaborators in the newly liberated city of Grenoble in 1944....

Pamela Cooper: Campaigner for Victims of War - Obituary
The Independent 
In the summer of 1982, while Lebanon was under Israeli attack as it is now, Pamela Cooper worked tirelessly helping wounded and starved children in Beirut. Two months into the siege, she and other foreign women marched to the Israeli lines and demanded a ceasefire. "We women are witnesses to the destruction of Beirut and the killing of civilians," she...

Lebanon Agonistes
In 1982, an unusual sight appeared on the Mediterranean horizon. Like the death ship in Star Wars, a World War II battleship threatened the Lebanese shore. US naval spokesmen claimed the USS New Jersey was the most fearsome artillery platform on the high seas. The Reagan administration had re-commissioned her and a few other seagoing dinosaurs to pursue gunboat diplomacy...

A clear sign of madness
The New Statesman 
In December 1968, Israeli commandos destroyed 13 aircraft of Lebanon's national carrier, Middle East Airlines, at Beirut airport. Why? One of the two Palestinians who hijacked an El Al jet five months earlier had lived in Lebanon. The message then was what it would be for the next ten years: Lebanon must disarm the Palestinians. But its fragile government knew...

An Assassin's Land
London Review of Books Vol. 27 No. 15 
After all, who didn't go through the most improbable adventure during the civil war? - Mikhail Bulgakov, Black Snow When a Lebanese wants your attention, he lowers his voice. You draw closer, and he asks: 'Do you want to hear a story?' If you say yes, and everyone does, you're hooked. You listen. In the most Lebanese of his novels,...

Negotiation is the only way to free the hostages
The Independent 
Tony Blair may have put his finger on the obstacle to freeing Ken Bigley from his captors in Iraq when he said: "There is no need in raising false hopes, because of the nature of the people we're dealing with." The people he is dealing with, of course, are in Washington. It would be difficult to design policies more certain...

Lewis of Arabia
The Nation 
Review of From Babel to Dragomans: Interpreting the Middle East by Bernard Lewis. I have witnessed what Bernard Lewis, and later Samuel Huntington, designated the "clash of civilizations" between Christendom and Islam up close in at least two wars. One was the Lebanese civil war that erupted in the spring of 1975, pitting universal values and tolerance against sectarianism and...

Iraq 2003, Lebanon 1982
People cheered when the United States Marines marched into the capital. At last, someone would restore order, remove the thugs and murderers from the streets and force an end to the chaos. Then a new government arrested and tortured dissidents. The U.S. ordered the dissident's outside backers, Syria and Iran, to stay away. Britain joined the U.S. in policing the...

The lessons of Lebanon
The Guardian 
People cheered when the US marines marched into the capital. At last someone would restore order, remove the thugs and murderers from the streets, and force an end to the chaos. Then a new government arrested and tortured dissidents. The US ordered the dissidents' outside backers, Syria and Iran, to stay away. Britain joined the US in policing the streets....

Sharon, the failed kingmaker
The Guardian 
Voices in Israel, including within Ariel Sharon's cabinet, are calling on their prime minister to crown his reconquista of the West Bank by naming a new Palestinian leader. If he does so, it will be his second exercise in Arab kingmaking. The first was 20 years ago in Lebanon. Eighteen years and thousands of dead later, Israelis were as happy...

Bound and gagged
The Nation 
The first thing they do is cover your eyes. They make you strip to make sure you're not carrying anything. They replace your clothes with uniforms that are not clothes at all. They chain you by hand and foot. They drag you away and leave you on your own. They interrogate you. They say you are going to die if...

The scene is set for another Lebanon
The New Statesman 
Another Palestinian has killed himself in Jerusalem. He was walking towards the David Citadel Hotel in King David Street, where two Israeli ministers were staying. The minister of public security, Uzi Landau, and the religious affairs minister, Asher Ohana, could not have known that the boy was on his way to kill them....

The first casualty
The Observer 
IN 1984 I filed a report to ABC News on Israeli death squads in south Lebanon that was never broadcast. My camera crew and I had spent a week travelling the roads of south Lebanon in the tracks of plainclothes assassins whom United Nations soldiers and officials, charity workers, villagers and guerrillas all claimed were locating and shooting individual Lebanese...

'I was a victim of Assad's regime'
The Daily Telegraph 
IN 1987, following the kidnapping of Terry Waite, Hafez al-Assad moved his army down from Mount Lebanon into the Lebanese capital, Beirut. His government announced that Beirut was, at last, secure. Foreigners were invited to return under Syrian protection....

When in doubt, just bomb Lebanon
The Daily Star 
When Israel gets angry, try not to be Lebanese. It doesn't seem to matter who provokes Israel's wrath, its government cannot break the habit of taking it out on Lebanon. It used to get mad at the Palestine Liberation Organization, and, sure as shooting, it would bomb Lebanon. Now, when it loses patience with Syria, it considers carefully what to...

Love's Lebanon lost - Beirut, Lebanon before the war
The New Statesman 
Those who knew Beirut's great cultural bazaar before the war mourn for their mythic society...

Why Lebanon?
Book Review Why Lebanon? The New York Review of Books September 29, 1983 Going All the Way: Christian Warlords, Israeli Adventurers, and the War in Lebanon by Jonathan C. Randal Viking, 304 pp., $16.75 _____________________________________________________________________ Abdel Mohsen Abu Maizer is one of the older independent members of the PLO executive committee. In his office in Damascus, which since the PLO...

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