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Novel Copy

Codex v. Vizplex

Llibri_books4
almost 5 years ago

No, I'm not promoting a fight between two futuristic boxers. I'm talking about the publishing industry and how Sunday afternoons of the future will be spent. Will Gutenberg's printing press go the way of the telegraph, or is Kindle the New Coke of publishing? In one corner is Codex, the traditional ...

Waq al-Waq

Sada al-Malahim # 10

Missing
almost 5 years ago

Thanks to the many readers who have written in with the news that the new issue of Sada al-Malahim is out. Unfortunately, I am still busy with a couple of pressing projects and have turned the keys of Waq al-waq over to Brian for the moment, so any in-depth analysis will have to wait. However, I ...

Waq al-Waq

The drug trade and Yemen

Missing
almost 5 years ago

Writing in the Yemen Observer, Nasser Arrabyee- to whose blog we have linked here, and to which you should go every day- has a brief article about the drug trade flourishing in Yemen. It is short, so I am just going to paste the whole thing below. Yemen and Gulf Council Countries (GCC) are ...

Daylight Atheism

Getting a Philosophy Under Your Feet

Dabanner
almost 5 years ago

I recently read a Christian book that's more interesting than the usual anti-atheist apologetics: Not the Religious Type, by Dave Schmelzer. Its author is a theologian and self-proclaimed former atheist who now pastors an evangelical church, Vineyard Christian Fellowship, in the Boston area ...

Waq al-Waq

The Marib Narratives

Missing
almost 5 years ago

There are now three conflicting narratives about what exactly happened in Marib last week in the fighting between al-Qaeda and the Yemeni government. There is a media narrative, a government narrative and now al-Qaeda has weighed in with its own version of the events. First, the media narrative ...