Monthly Archives: November 2011

Politics and the ghost of electricity

One tends to take electricity for granted but in Syria November is a bad month for it. There’s been enough rain to stop solar production and to be seriously annoying, but not enough to repair the damage a summer of … Continue reading

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The Eid of Dead Sheep (New, improved version)

Its Eid al Adha again, the feast of the sacrifice that forms the culmination of the hajj and commemorates Jacobs willingness to slit his sons throat. Christians say Jacob was asked to murder Isaac, the important one in the biblical … Continue reading

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