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Armchair theorist, poet, and occasional IT manager, Sascha B. is equipped with a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas, and is not afraid to use it. His work has been published by the University Press of America, Edwin Mellen Press, University of Texas Press, and a variety of small journals nationwide. He is also the proprietor and baker for 3141 Pie, of which you should eat many.

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I stopped blogging in 2013, when life overtook me. My father became ill and died shortly thereafter, and my mother was left with increasing dementia. I became the primary caregiver, and now orchestrate my mother's care and our family estate.

Now, I am coming up for air again.

Looking for the next book to read. All suggestions welcome.

My reading list is over here.

Thursday, November 15, 2012


I haven't been posting much of late --- far too much else in my world taking up my time, I'm afraid --- but the latest uptick in the war between Israel and Gaza made my heart constrict just a little bit. For the first time since the first Gulf War, missiles are being fired at Tel Aviv. This can only bode ill for everyone involved.

Perhaps the Hamas leadership in Gaza sees some positive political calculus in this move. But at the cost of an almost certain ground attack of overwhelmingly assymetry from the Israelis, and the guarantee of casualties mounting, at what cost are they willing to gamble that it is easier to turn the world against Netanyahu and Israel, rather than turn the work toward the Palestinian people?