13 December 2010 0 Comments

New West Bank road to peace?

ST. GEORGE’S MONASTERY, West Bank — Gathered in the chapel of this outpost in the Judean Desert last week, the Orthodox priests chanted “Lord, have mercy” in Greek, in a service of blessing for a new road that makes the venerable building accessible to the growing number of tourists willing to dare a visit to […]

12 June 2010 1 Comment

Motor sport, Palestinian style

Their politics might be spinning wheels, but Palestinians are revving engines on the race track. NABLUS, West Bank — For a change, the Palestinians gathered on the main street of Nablus were happy to be going around in circles. Palestinian politics makes a lot of noise, only to end up spinning its wheels, moving no […]

22 February 2010 0 Comments

Book of A Lifetime: The King Must Die

The Independent has a regular feature in which it asks authors to write about a book which changed their lives somehow. Last week the London newspaper asked me to write the piece. Here it is: In early 1999, King Hussein fell sick on his return from cancer treatment in the US. I was Middle East […]