Archive | November, 2009

29 November 2009 0 Comments

In Bethlehem, the Third Intifada approaches

Rain on the streets of Bethlehem can’t cool simmering tension. By Matt Beynon Rees – GlobalPost BETHLEHEM, West Bank — A writer seeks the surprise of a “man bites dog” story. The most violent times of the Second Intifada, which took place under the leaden winter skies of early 2002, gave me mine. I wrote […]

26 November 2009 2 Comments

Scene of the Crime

I went back to the spot where I killed my first man yesterday. I killed him four years ago. I return every few months. Each time I arrive, it’s so peaceful I can’t believe anyone really died. But, even though I’m a writer of crime fiction, someone really did. I walked across a dirt lot, […]

25 November 2009 0 Comments

Where BBC radio producers get their ideas

I was invited to appear on a BBC World Service programme last weekend. If you’ve ever wondered how radio producers feed their on-air people interesting information about their guests (thus enabling them to create a breezy “chemistry” and to relate the day’s news stories to the knowledge or experience of the guest), here’s the questionnaire […]

23 November 2009 0 Comments

Why Israelis pick Tarantino over Spielberg

Latent shame over the Jews’ failure to stand up to the Nazis is cited as a reason for the success of “Inglourious Basterds.”By Matt Beynon Rees – GlobalPost JERUSALEM, Israel — Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” is the definitive Israeli movie. The bloodthirsty revenge fantasy of Jewish soldiers crushing German skulls with baseball bats and scalping […]

22 November 2009 0 Comments

My Palestinian crime novels, Ethiopian marathoners and Michael Jackson’s glove on the BBC

I was on the BBC World Service’s The World Today chatting about my Palestinian crime novels today. Because of the nature of the show, I also was asked my opinions on Cairo’s muezzins, Ethiopian distance running and the value of Michael Jackson’s rhinestone-encrusted white glove (you remember, the one he wore at the Motown Awards […]

22 November 2009 0 Comments

What’s behind claims about Israel’s organ trade?

By Matt Beynon Rees – GlobalPost JERUSALEM — Donald Bostrom, a freelance Swedish journalist who wrote an article this summer accusing Israeli officials of trading in Palestinian organs, came to Israel late last month to defend his piece at a conference on the media. Neither Bostrom, who needed a bodyguard because of the stir his […]

19 November 2009 0 Comments

Researching the novel

Novelists aren’t journalists. Research for a novel isn’t the same as researching a journalistic article. I’d have thought that was too obvious to need stating. But then I became a published novelist, and I realized that people thought the two things were rather the same. I was a journalist for almost 20 years before my […]

18 November 2009 0 Comments

Less about suicide bombers, more about suicides

Michael Anthony is the author of MASS CASUALTIES: A Young Medic’s True Story of Death, Deception and Dishonor in Iraq (Adams Media, October 2009). His book is drawn from his personal journals during the first year he spent serving in Iraq. You can read my interview with him here. In this guest post, he highlights […]

13 November 2009 0 Comments

Is Abbas really ready to quit this time?

Worn out has-been or drama queen? Interpretations of the Palestinian president’s threat to quit vary greatly. By Matt Beynon Rees – GlobalPost JERUSALEM — Sometimes a quitter really does quit for good. The Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, announced last week that he wouldn’t run for re-election in the proposed January elections. Back when he […]

12 November 2009 0 Comments

Jerusalem’s a zoo

When foreign correspondents come to Jerusalem they often ask me for advice on stories and places from which to witness the various conflicts that play out in this city. Next time, I’m going to buy them a ticket to the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo. I go there every Saturday afternoon with my two-year-old son. But perhaps […]