5 Recommended Books
- Martyrdom in Islamic History by David Cook (Cambridge University Press: January 2007)
- Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present by Michael Oren (W.W. Norton: January 2007)
- Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Free Press: February 2007)
- Iran: A People Interrupted by Hamid Dabashi (New Press: March 2007)
- Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life by Sari Nusseibeh (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: March 2007)
5 Recommended Blogs
Guide to the Perplexed (http://guidetotheperplexed.blogspot.com), by our very own Editor-at-Large, Joel B. Pollak.
A discussion of human rights and conflict resolution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It was recently nominated for recognition Best Left Wing Blog and Best New Blog in the Jewish and Israeli Blog Awards.
Iraq the Model (http://iraqthemodel.blogspot.com)
A firsthand view of the Iraq conflict, written by an Iraqi living in Baghdad, who supports American policy in the region.
Michael J. Totten’s Middle East Journal (http://michaeltotten.com)
Writings on the Middle East by a liberal freelance journalist and blogger whose views have shifted from opposition to support of America’s foreign policy.
Foreign Policy Watch (http://fpwatch.blogspot.com)
One of the best student blogs around, 19-year-old Jeb Koogler’s observations on foreign policy are a constant source of interesting information and reflections.
The Syria Monitor (http://syriamonitor.typepad.com)
News on the Syrian opposition movement and human rights activism, compiled by the Center for Liberty in the Middle East.
Games People Play
Peacemaker (http://www.peacemaker.com; $20)
This computer game puts you in the role of the Israeli Prime Minister or Palestinian President. Your goal: save the region and avoid a third intifada.
Global Conflicts: Palestine (http://www.seriousgames.dk/gc.html; coming soon)
This forthcoming game centers on the adventures of a young journalist in Israel who has to shape the region’s future by writing balanced newspaper articles. Mission impossible? Find out soon!