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In Other Words

Who Killed Iraq?

After the invasion, America was supposed to help Iraq become a model democracy. Instead, the arrogance of L. Paul Bremer and his team of naïve neocons only helped Iraq become the world's most dangerous nation. This is how it all went wrong -- before it ever had a chance to go right.

Rajiv Chandrasekaran |

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What They're Reading: Living in the Land of the Book

Despite living in a constant state of war, Israelis have always found time for books. FP spoke with David Ehrlich, owner of Jerusalem's Tmol Shilshom bookstore and cafe, and found, perhaps unsurprisingly, that themes of political and religious identity run deep in Israeli literature.

Christine Y. Chen |

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What They're Reading: What Irish Eyes Are Reading

Few cities in the world enjoy a richer literary history than Dublin. So what are the Irish reading these days? FP spoke with Vincent Cahill of Waterstone's bookstore, and found that the reading list looks much the same as it did half a century ago.

Nonna Gorilovskaya |

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Reading the Italian Mind

A columnist for Milan's daily Corriere della Sera and author of the forthcoming La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind, Beppe Severgnini is a keen observer of the Italian culture and character. In a conversation with FP, he discussed American bestsellers, the failure of Italy's politicians, and why Italians would rather write a book than read one.

Davide Berretta |

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What They're Reading: Azerbaijan's Fourth Estate

Arif Aliev is the founder and editor of the daily Gun Seher newspaper and president of the independent journalists' union in Baku, Azerbaijan. Aliev spoke to FP about the struggle of bringing quality journalism to a place where people seldom read. 

Verena Ringler |

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What They're Reading: Dushanbe's Living History

The West has long enjoyed romanticizing notions of Central Asia's so-called Great Game. But few are familiar with how the region's people view their own culture and literary scene. FP sat down with Alii Muhammadi Khorasoni, author, poet, and critic at the Tajik Academy of Sciences, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, to discuss what Central Asians are reading.

Katherine Yester |