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Children of JihadDefying foreign government orders and interviewing terrorists face to face, a young American tours hostile lands to learn about Middle Eastern youth and uncovers a subculture that defies every stereotype.

In 2004, Jared Cohen embarked on the first of a series of incredible journeys to the Middle East in an effort to understand the spread of radical Islamist violence among Muslim youth. The result is Children of Jihad, a portrait of paradox that probes much deeper than any journalist or pundit ever could.

Chosen as one of Kirkus Review's Best Books of 2007, Cohen?s account begins in Lebanon, where he interviews Hezbollah members at, of all places, a McDonald's. In Iran, he defies government threats and sneaks into underground parties, where bootleg liquor, Western music, and the Internet are all easy to access. His risky itinerary also takes him to a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon, borderlands in Syria, the insurgency hotbed of Mosul, and other front-line locales. At each turn, he observes a culture at an uncanny crossroads. Gripping and daring, Children of Jihad shows us the future through the eyes of those who are shaping it.

 

 

 

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from Daily Times (Pakistan)..By Shah Faisal AfridiDecember 21, 2014COMMENTARY Pakistan is facing the menace of terrorism, which is eroding the country's social structure, economic development and political system. During the last 13 years, the direct and indirect cost incurred by Pakistan on the war on terror and the losses due to terrorist attacks amounted to $102.51 billion. The acts of terrorism are threatening Pakistan's law and order situation, violating human rights of the citizens, damaging basic infrastructure
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from The Guardian..By Anna LeachDecember 16, 2014 Africa is rich in oil, gas and diamonds, but foreign companies often reap the benefits rather than citizens. Our panel had these messages for governments Take accurate measurements: One issue that receives relatively little attention with regards to government monitoring of production is accurate measurement of the volume of oil that gets extracted. Governments are left to take companies at their word. Technology exists that can be inserted into oil wells to monitor
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from The Cambodia Daily..BY HOLLY ROBERTSON AND NEOU VANNARINDECEMBER 19, 2014 International experts regularly touch down in Cambodia, usually to host seminars and workshops or impart knowledge to locals. But Australian researchers have just wrapped up a field visit of a different kind to Battambang, Kompong Speu and Kandal provinces, where they spent nearly two weeks studying techniques used by Cambodian mango farmers. Mangoes on sale at an organic food store in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district on Thursday (Siv
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from Ventures Africa..By Emmanuel IruobeDecember 19, 2014 A recent meeting of 7 high profile banking and financial experts spanning the Africa Progress Panel, the World Bank Group, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and African Development Bank (AfDB) identified banking competition, mobile technology, and other financial products as major pathways to help African nations fund new capacity for power generation and other critical infrastructure. The meeting was a precursor to next year's Africa Progress
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