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Tribes with Flags on the Kindle

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'Tribes With Flags' is the gripping story of Charles Glass's dramatic journey through Greater Syria which provides background context to a troubled region once again in the headlines.

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Americans in Paris
by Charles Glass

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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 1940 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

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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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articles

afghanistan

Afghanistan's Endless Private-Security War
Harper's Magazine 
The week of March 20 was supposed to have been Afghanistan's first without private-security companies on its soil since the American invasion of 2001. However, a few months ago, the Afghan government delayed for a second time its implementation of Presidential Decree 62, promulgated in August 2010, which called for armed men not under government control to leave by the...

The Warrior Class: A golden age for the freelance soldier
Harper's Magazine 
Tim Spicer's career as a soldier of fortune seemed over by 2001, when he attended a lunch at the Royal College of Defence Studies in London. Founded in 1927 to train officers and diplomats for imperial service, the college, now housed in a Belgrave Square mansion, provides a discreet venue for current and former military officers to meet high-fliers from...

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american empire

My hero: Noam Chomsky
The Guardian 
"My heroes have always been cowboys," Willie Nelson sang, a sentiment I shared when I was a child in California. My hero in my teenage years, while most of my contemporaries were demonstrating against the US war in Vietnam, was the greatest cowboy star of them all, John Wayne. When I was 16, he gave me a job. I admired...

The Warrior Class: A golden age for the freelance soldier
Harper's Magazine 
Tim Spicer's career as a soldier of fortune seemed over by 2001, when he attended a lunch at the Royal College of Defence Studies in London. Founded in 1927 to train officers and diplomats for imperial service, the college, now housed in a Belgrave Square mansion, provides a discreet venue for current and former military officers to meet high-fliers from...

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britain

The Warrior Class: A golden age for the freelance soldier
Harper's Magazine 
Tim Spicer's career as a soldier of fortune seemed over by 2001, when he attended a lunch at the Royal College of Defence Studies in London. Founded in 1927 to train officers and diplomats for imperial service, the college, now housed in a Belgrave Square mansion, provides a discreet venue for current and former military officers to meet high-fliers from...

Reading, Writing, and Rupert
Taki's Magazine 
The Briterati, as I call Britain's media pontificators on matters spiritual and temporal, are in a spin over reports that parents no longer read to their children and that the state is failing to protect the wee 'uns from pornography. It is good to drop in on Britain from time to time, if only to observe moral guardians' ephemeral preoccupations...

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Deserter / The Deserters

Deserters need compassion, not condemnation
The Times 
Even if Bowe Bergdahl was disillusioned with the Afghan war, he was a casualty, not a coward At dawn on April 6, 1943, along the North African battlefront at Wadi Akarit, a young British soldier named John Bain watched a unit of Seaforth Highlanders pass through his lines on their way to fight German troops on the ridge above. On...

NPR's Fresh Air talks to Charles Glass about The Deserters
NPR 
Few citizens are more honored than military veterans, and there's particular reverence for those who defeated the Nazis in World War II. Like any war, however, World War II was complicated and traumatic for those on the ground, and not a few deserted from the front lines....

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india/pakistan

The Warrior Class: A golden age for the freelance soldier
Harper's Magazine 
Tim Spicer's career as a soldier of fortune seemed over by 2001, when he attended a lunch at the Royal College of Defence Studies in London. Founded in 1927 to train officers and diplomats for imperial service, the college, now housed in a Belgrave Square mansion, provides a discreet venue for current and former military officers to meet high-fliers from...

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...

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iran

Man with a mission
The Spectator 
Review of Patriot of Persia by Christopher de Bellaigue Bodley Head, 310pp, £20...

Let it Leak: Wikileaks and Patriotic Whistle-Blowing
Taki's Magazine. 
Spare a kind thought for my old friend Michael Morrell's oldest son, Geoff, the Pentagon's Press Secretary. The Defense Department has tasked poor Geoff with providing its public reaction to Julian Assange's Wikileaks disclosure on Saturday of 391,832 documents relating to America's war in Iraq. The new flood of "Pentagon Papers"-style documents detail a pattern of US soldiers murdering civilians...

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iraq

Outsiders have not improved life in either Syria or Iraq
The State of Syria: Past, Present and Future 
This month Iraq and Syria are both noting, but not celebrating, anniversaries of violence that transformed the two societies....

"The Warrior Class": The Blackwater Videos
Harper's Magazine 
The April 2012 issue of Harper's Magazine includes "The Warrior Class," a feature by Charles Glass on the rise of private-security contractors since 9/11. The conclusion to the piece describes a series of videos shown to Glass by a source who had worked for the private-security company Blackwater (now Academi, formerly also Xe Services) in Iraq. Clips and photos from...

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israel/palestine

Toulouse attacks harm Palestinians in their own name
The National 
It started in France in 1894, when a Viennese journalist covered the Paris treason trial of Captain Alfred Dreyfus. "In Paris, as I have said, I achieved a freer attitude toward anti-Semitism," Theodor Herzl wrote in his diary. "Above all, I recognised the emptiness and futility of trying to 'combat' anti-Semitism." That futility led him to propose an escape from...

Hyper-Retaliation
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...

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journalism

My hero: Noam Chomsky
The Guardian 
"My heroes have always been cowboys," Willie Nelson sang, a sentiment I shared when I was a child in California. My hero in my teenage years, while most of my contemporaries were demonstrating against the US war in Vietnam, was the greatest cowboy star of them all, John Wayne. When I was 16, he gave me a job. I admired...

Alexander Cockburn: Crusading reporter and polemicist who was unafraid to espouse unpopular causes
The Independent 
Reporter, polemicist, pamphleteer, champion of the downtrodden, horseman, and classic car collector, Alexander Cockburn set a high standard of crusading journalism for 50 years....

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lebanon

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...

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libya

Not Over Yet
The London Review of Books 
The Libyans are lucky that Muammar Gaddafi did not hold out longer. If he had, there might not be much of the country left. Nato long since ran out of military targets, and it had to hit something to get the ragtag rebels into the royal palace before they ended up shooting one another. 'At present Nato is not attacking...

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middle east - general

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...

Outsiders have not improved life in either Syria or Iraq
The State of Syria: Past, Present and Future 
This month Iraq and Syria are both noting, but not celebrating, anniversaries of violence that transformed the two societies....

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miscellaneous

My hero: Noam Chomsky
The Guardian 
"My heroes have always been cowboys," Willie Nelson sang, a sentiment I shared when I was a child in California. My hero in my teenage years, while most of my contemporaries were demonstrating against the US war in Vietnam, was the greatest cowboy star of them all, John Wayne. When I was 16, he gave me a job. I admired...

We older fathers make a better go of parenting
The Evening Standard 
We have just christened my new son, Lucien, at Saint Etheldreda's in the City. It's the same church where Fr Kit Cunningham baptised my other children. Lucien's baptism, however, comes 26 years after we baptised my last offspring, his sister Julia. I was 34. I'm 60 now....

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north america

Judge Not the Deserters
The Daily Beast 
There were 50,000 American deserters in WWII, whose experiences have been erased from history. But Charles Glass, author of the new book The Deserters, we might remember them for a moment this Memorial Day....

My hero: Noam Chomsky
The Guardian 
"My heroes have always been cowboys," Willie Nelson sang, a sentiment I shared when I was a child in California. My hero in my teenage years, while most of my contemporaries were demonstrating against the US war in Vietnam, was the greatest cowboy star of them all, John Wayne. When I was 16, he gave me a job. I admired...

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reviews

I was John Wayne's driver
The Spectator 
Review of John Wayne: The Life and Legend by Scott Eyman Simon & Schuster, pp.512, £25, ISBN: 978439199589...

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...

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september 11

The Warrior Class: A golden age for the freelance soldier
Harper's Magazine 
Tim Spicer's career as a soldier of fortune seemed over by 2001, when he attended a lunch at the Royal College of Defence Studies in London. Founded in 1927 to train officers and diplomats for imperial service, the college, now housed in a Belgrave Square mansion, provides a discreet venue for current and former military officers to meet high-fliers from...

Thank God for Koran Burnings
Taki's Magazine 
No one in this world, so far as I know - and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me - has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. -H. L. Mencken, A Mencken Chrestomathy, 1948...

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spain

Fleeing the Horns
Saga Magazine, London, October 2003 
'Won't it be splendid,' Brett said. 'Spain! We will have fun.' - Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises It was my idea. It's been my idea for about 35 years. I like to think that, deep down, it is everyone's idea. If it hadn't been for Hemingway, I wonder if many foreigners would attend a bullfight festival held in...

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syria

In the Syria we don't know
The New York Review of Books 
A young woman in Damascus produced a smart phone from her handbag and asked, "May I show you something?" The phone's screen displayed a sequence of images. The first was a family photograph of a sparsely bearded young man in his twenties. Beside him were two boys, who appeared to be five and six, in T-shirts. The young man and...

Without peace in Syria, the beheadings will not stop
The Sunday Telegraph 
The militants of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (Isil) have murdered another western captive, Alan Henning. Henning, like his fellow humanitarian worker David Haines, had gone to Syria out of compassion for its people in the midst of a vicious civil war. His sympathy and bravery did not matter to Isil anymore than the pleas for mercy by the Henning and...

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the balkans

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...

Letter from London
Znet 
The war against Slobodan Milosevic was clearly lost when the London papers ran a front-page photograph of Defence Secretary George Robertson in Italy aboard a warplane. This isn't a war, it's a photo op for politicians who have never seen battle. With friends like British prime minister Tony Blair and his comic book hero, Bill Clinton, Kosovo's Albanians will be...

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travel

My France: Charles Glass on the Sunday market at Reillanne
The Guardian 
In the northern Provençal region of the Luberon, plane trees shade the highway in the long valley between Forcalquier and Céreste. A side road leads north to a prominent hill, where on Sunday mornings valley residents gather in the ancient village of Reillanne. Local traders lay out their wares in the square beside the Church of the Assumption. From open...

Back to the old hacienda
The Independent 
Something bit me. In fact, lots of things were gnawing at me. Their chewing progressed up my leg to my back and face - and no, I wasn't dreaming. I leapt out of bed, grabbed a torch and surveyed the sheets. A column of ants was marching under the front door, over my bed and out into the garden. The...

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