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review 2020-06-12 21:59
I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE: MY JOURNEY BEHIND THE LINES OF JIHAD by Souad Mekhennet
I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad - Souad Mekhennet

Souad Mekhennet, a German born to parents of Moroccan and Turkish descent, becomes a journalist and goes into the Middle East where Americans often cannot easily go.  I found this book so interesting.  Ms. Mekhennet shows us the other side of the story as she works independently for the New York Times, Washington Post, Der Spiegel, and others.  She asks the questions that need asking and does not shy away from pressing her point when she does not receive an answer.  I liked her strength and the sense of humor that comes through.  She is in a tough profession.  She astonishes the people she goes to write of with her knowledge of the area and language.  She is not to be taken lightly.  She keeps going after the story until she gets it even if she has to do it from afar when her life is threatened.  This book makes me think of what we don't hear in the U.S. about what is really going on and how we respond to the events.  It also makes me think that we overstep too often.  An enlightening and fascinating read. 

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text 2019-12-10 21:12
24 Festive Tasks: Door 24 - Epiphany: Book
Star over Bethlehem: Christmas Stories and Poems - Simon Vance,Agatha Christie

 

Well, most of the short stories are decidedly on the preachy side (never mind whether written for children or adults) -- and of course it didn't help in the least to have Simon Vance as a reader, highlighting that fact even further -- but the poetry is lovely, even if occasionally a bit derivative (of Shakespeare, no less).

 

And it's got a star prominently on the cover, so I'm claiming this as my book for Epiphany.

 

(Task: Read a book featuring three main characters, about traveling on a journey to a faraway place, a book that’s part of a trilogy, with a star on the cover, with the word “twelve” or “night” in the title, or concerning kings or spices.)

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text 2019-10-22 14:55
Middle East And Africa Flavours And Fragrances Market Size, Share, Growth, Report & Forecast 2019-2024

According to a new report by Expert Market Research titled, ‘Middle East and Africa Flavours and Fragrances Market Report and Forecast 2019-2024’, the flavours and fragrances market in the Middle East and Africa is being driven by the growth of the overall global market, which attained a value of USD 27.5 billion in 2018. The market in the Middle East and Africa is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.9% in the forecast period of 2019-2024.

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Competitive Landscape:

1. Pernod Ricard SA (OTCMKTS: PDRDY)
2. Ilegal Mezcal
3. William Grant & Sons Ltd
4. Rey Campero
5. El Silencio Holdings Inc.
6. Mezcal Vago
7. Others

The global flavours and fragrances market is expected to witness a faster growth within the emerging regions as compared to the developed countries. Thus, regional markets like the Middle East and Africa flavours and fragrances market are projected to witness a robust growth in the forecast period. The regional market is being driven by the growing urbanisation in the region, along with the rise in the disposable incomes of the consumers. The flavours and fragrances market in the Middle East and Africa is also being driven by the growing innovation taking place within the industry, leading to greater diversification of the products. As major players are seeking to develop products which cater to the region’s particular cultural demands, like halaal and alcohol-free products, the market in the region is projected to grow further. Nicola-J Flavours and Fragrances, a significant player in the regional market, includes halaal certified products in its portfolio.

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The Middle East and Africa market is being further propelled forward by the increasing expansions by the major global players within the region. The Switzerland-based flavours and fragrances company, Givaudan (OTCMKTS: GVDBF) aims to expand in high growth markets like Africa as a part of its 2020 high-growth markets strategy. As a part of its 2020 strategy, the Swiss company inaugurated its flavours and commercial centre in Morocco in January 2019. The centre, which caters to beverages, savoury, sweetened goods, snacks, and dairy segments, will serve consumers in African countries like Ivory Coast, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Senegal, and Guinea. With Givaudan’s recent acquisition of Flavours Oils in August 2019, the company is expected to increase its presence in the African markets further.

1 Preface
2 Research Methodology
3 Executive Summary
3.1 Market Overview
3.2 Key Demand Drivers
3.3 Top Global Suppliers
3.4 Supply Market Changes
4 Global Flavours and Fragrances Market Outlook
5 Global Flavours and Fragrances Market
5.1 Global Flavours and Fragrances Market Analysis
5.1.1 Figure: Global Flavours and Fragrances Historical Market (2014-2018) & Forecast (2019-2024)
5.1.2 Chart: Breakup by Segment
5.1.2.1 Flavours
5.1.2.2 Fragrances
5.1.3 Figure: Breakup by Segment: Historical Market (2014-2018) & Forecast (2019-2024)
5.1.3.1 Flavours
5.1.3.2 Fragrances
5.1.4 Chart: Breakup by Region
5.1.4.1 North America
5.1.4.2 Europe
5.1.4.3 Asia Pacific
5.1.4.4 LATAM
5.1.4.5 Middle East and Africa
5.1.5 Figure: Breakup by Region: Historical Market (2014-2018) and Forecast (2019-2024)
5.1.5.1 North America
5.1.5.2 Europe
5.1.5.3 Asia Pacific
5.1.5.4 LATAM
5.1.5.5 Middle East and Africa
6 Middle East and Africa Flavours and Fragrances Market
6.1 Middle East and Africa Flavours and Fragrances Market Analysis
6.1.1 Figure: Middle East and Africa Flavours and Fragrances Historical Market (2014-2018) & Forecast (2019-2024)
6.1.2 Chart: Middle East and Africa Flavours and Fragrances Market Breakup by Segment
6.1.2.1 Flavours
6.1.2.2 Fragrances
6.1.3 Figure: Middle East and Africa Flavours and Fragrances Market Breakup by Segment: Historical Market (2014-2018) & Forecast (2019-2024)
6.1.3.1 Flavours
6.1.3.2 Fragrances
6.1.4 Chart: Middle East and Africa Flavours and Fragrances Market Breakup by Type
6.1.4.1 Synthetic
6.1.4.2 Natural
6.1.5 Figure: Middle East and Africa Flavours and Fragrances Market Breakup by Type: Historical Market (2014-2018) & Forecast (2019-2024)
6.1.5.1 Synthetic
6.1.5.2 Natural
6.1.6 Chart: Middle East and Africa Flavours and Fragrances Market Breakup by Region
6.1.6.1 Saudi Arabia
6.1.6.2 United Arab Emirates
6.1.6.3 Turkey
6.1.6.4 South Africa
6.1.6.5 Others
6.1.7 Figure: Middle East and Africa Flavours and Fragrances Market Breakup by Region: Historical Market (2014-2018) and Forecast (2019-2024)
6.1.7.1 Saudi Arabia
6.1.7.2 United Arab Emirates
6.1.7.3 Turkey
6.1.7.4 South Africa
6.1.7.5 Others
6.2 Middle East and Africa Flavours Market Analysis
6.2.1 Chart: Breakup by Flavouring Agent
6.2.1.1 Nature Identical Flavouring Substance
6.2.1.2 Artificial Flavouring Substance
6.2.1.3 Natural Flavour
6.2.2 Figure: Breakup by Flavouring Agent: Historical Market (2014-2018) and Forecast (2019-2024)
6.2.2.1 Nature Identical Flavouring Substance
6.2.2.2 Artificial Flavouring Substance
6.2.2.3 Natural Flavour
6.2.3 Chart: Breakup by Forms
6.2.3.1 Liquid
6.2.3.2 Dry
6.2.4 Figure: Breakup by Forms: Historical Market (2014-2018) and Forecast (2019-2024)
6.2.4.1 Liquid
6.2.4.2 Dry
6.2.5 Chart: Breakup by Applications
6.2.5.1 Beverage
6.2.5.2 Bakery and Confectionery Products
6.2.5.3 Dairy and Frozen Desserts
6.2.5.4 Savouries and Snacks
6.2.5.5 Others
6.2.6 Figure: Breakup by Applications: Historical Market (2014-2018) and Forecast (2019-2024)
6.2.6.1 Beverage
6.2.6.2 Bakery and Confectionery Products
6.2.6.3 Dairy and Frozen Desserts
6.2.6.4 Savouries and Snacks
6.2.6.5 Others

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text 2019-08-08 15:18
Middle East and Africa Human Vaccines Market will Increase at 11.8% CAGR during 2017 - 2022

Market Overview:

Rapid advancement in technology is aiding the healthcare sector for development of innovative diagnostics and treatment solutions. Human vaccines are biological preparations that aid in improving immunity towards particular disease. Market Research Future (MRFR) has published a report stating that the Middle East and Africa human vaccines market is marked to expand at a noteworthy CAGR of 11.8% during the forecast period of 2016-2022 and reach the valuation of USD 5.46 Bn by the end of the assessment period.

Market Drivers and Restraints:

Lack of awareness regarding the causative agents of diseases and low importance to sanitation and hygiene in the underdeveloped areas of Middle East and Africa region have led to the outbreak of various epidemics, causing major health concerns among the population of this region. Various diseases are being spread from these underdeveloped regions various parts of the world through the means of diseases carrying vectors. Multiple governmental and non-governmental organizations are taking the initiative of mass immunization in this region, which is majorly propelling the growth of the Middle East and Africa human vaccines market. 

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Increasing investment for research and development for developing vaccines that are highly effective on endemic diseases such as Lassa fever, Ebola and others are fueling the expansion of the Middle East and Africa human vaccines market. Rise in disposable income and increased healthcare expenditure by the population of developed areas of this region are some other factors that are resulting in the significant expansion of the Middle East and Africa human vaccines market. However, lack of awareness and religious constraints towards vaccines are likely to act as a restraint on the expansion of the Middle East and Africa human vaccines market during the forecast period.

Market Segmentation:

The Middle East and Africa human vaccines market has been segmented on the basis of technology, disease indication, type, composition, route of administration and end user. Based on technology, the human vaccines market has been segmented into attenuated, inactivated, toxoid, conjugate and subunit and recombinant DNA. Based on disease indication, the human vaccines market has been segmented into pneumococcal, influenza, hepatitis, rotovirus, DTP, polio and others. Based on type, the human vaccine market has been segmented into prophylactic and therapeutic. Based on composition, the human vaccines market has been segmented into mono vaccine and combination vaccines. Based on route of administration, the human vaccines market has been segmented into oral, injectable and others. Based on end user, the human vaccines market has been segmented into children and adults.

Regional Analysis:

Geographically, the Middle East and Africa human vaccines market has been segmented into major countries such as UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman. The UAE region commands for the major share in the Middle East and Africa human vaccine market owing to the rapid development of healthcare sector, increased investments for adoption of technologically advanced healthcare solutions and high healthcare expenditure in this region. The UAE region is closely followed by Egypt in case of market size. Huge unmet medical needs and increasing government initiatives for facilitating proper healthcare solutions in the underdeveloped countries of the African region are leading to the growth of the human vaccines market at the fastest rate in the Middle East and Africa human vaccines market.

Key Players:

The major players profiled by MRFR that are operating in the Middle East and Africa human vaccines market are GlaxoSmithKline Plc., Merck & Co. Inc., Pfizer, Inc., Shenzhen Kangtai Biological Products,  Sanofi Pasteur, Inc., AstraZeneca Plc., Bharat Biotech, Emergent Biosolutions Inc., Astellas Pharma Inc., Panacea Biotec Valeant Pharmaceuticals,  and others.

Table Of Content

1 Introduction

1.1 Definition

1.2 Scope Of Study

1.3 Research Objective

1.4 Assumptions & Limitations

1.5 Market Structure:

2 Research Methodology

2.1 Research Process

2.2 Primary Research

2.3 Secondary Research

3 Market Dynamics

3.1 Drivers

3.2 Restraints

3.3 Opportunities

3.4 Challenges

3.5 Macroeconomic Indicators

4 Market Factor Analysis

4.1 Porter’s Five Forces Model

4.1.1 Bargaining Power Of Suppliers

4.1.2 Bargaining Power Of Customer

4.1.3 Intensity Of Competitor’s

4.1.4 Threat Of New Entrants

5 Middle East And Africa Human Vaccines Market, By Technology

...Continued

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review 2019-07-31 19:58
DNF @ 146 out of 432 pages.
The Wrath and the Dawn - Renee Ahdieh
The Wrath and the Dawn - Renee Ahdieh,Ariana Delawari

.... and I'm out.

 

This is insufferable.

 

Granted, I'm not the target audience to begin with.  But it's not even the concept of "1001 Nights as a YA love story" that is putting me off the most, even though that does have at least something to do with it.  Shahrazād, in the original version, uses a potent brew of methods to get the king so wrapped up in her -- and her storytelling --, and a key element of that brew is seduction and sex appeal.  Which I'm not seeing here at all, not even on the tamest "clean YA writing" level.  We're repeatedly told that Shahrazad -- Western spelling, but let that be -- is "pretty" (or "beautiful"), and apparently the "boy king" she's gotten herself married to seems to be thinking so as well.  BUT that doesn't deter him for a second from wanting to kill her straight at the beginning of the first night.  Off which desire she temporarily manages to wean him by just batting her eyelashes and saying "Please grant me this one wish, before you kill me let me tell you a story??"

 

Which however brings us to the first thing that really sat wrongly with me straight from the start: motivation.  As in, his, for letting her live -- past her first morning at that.  We start off in the first night with the Thief of Baghdad, and by the time morning comes creeping in, we're just at the point where the Magic Lamp has been rubbed for the first time (not by Aladdin, either, in other words, just in case you'd been wondering).  And just when some mysterious smoke begins to rise from the lamp, -- zing!!! -- Shahrazad offers up a cliffhanger and tells the king she can't possibly go on and she'll tell him the rest of the story tomorrow night.  At which ... he's mildly annoyed but in short order agrees to let her live a little more, just like that, so he can listen to the ending of a story that doesn't even seem to have done more for him than amuse him on some level or other?!  Sorry, but that's just ridiculous -- we're talking tyrant material here, after all. 

 

Even more importantly, though: I could probably chog along with the book just fine if Adieh had taken the original collection's cue and kept from locating it all too firmly in reality.  The original is a hodge podge of source material from all over the Orient, after all, very likely at least partly based on oral tradition and with none too firm and consistent a grasp on place names and time periods.  And at heart, it's a collection of fairy tales.  So what more proximate thing than to turn it into a fantasy tale, right?  But what does Adieh do instead?  She writes a historical novel ... without obviously having spent a single second on the historical and cultural research that such an approach requires.  And there's only so much in terms of obvious errors and inconsistencies piling up within a very short time span that I am willing to take.

 

To stick with just a few of the "highlights":

 

Adieh bases her book in "Khorazan" -- let's assume that by this she means Greater Khorazan, which she may have settled on because the ruler whom Shahrazād marries in the original collection is characterized as a Sasanian king, and Khorazan, in the 7th century, swallowed up the Sasanian Empire.  (Besides, it has the charm of having been a hotbet of Islamic culture with a rather lasting effect on all of the Middle East and Central Asia -- at least until the Mongols came calling.)

 

Now, my first problem with this is that she gives her boy king the official title of "caliph".  Because NONE of the four caliphates whose territory included all or at least part of Greater Khorazan were ruled by a caliph residing (as this one does) in a city this far east.  During the (earliest) Rashidun Caliphate it was Medina and Kufa (a city some 110 miles from present-day Baghdad); during the two caliphates with the largest territorial extension, the Umayyad and Abbasid Caliphates, it was successively Damascus, Harran, Kufa (again), Anbar, Baghdad, Raqqa, Samara, and Cairo, and during the (final) Ottoman Caliphate -- i.e., the Ottoman Empire -- it was several successive Turkish cities; with Constantinople / istanbul being capital for by far the longest time (but the Ottoman Empire no longer extended far enough east to begin with).  The only thing Khorazan has to say for itself in terms of impacting the dynastic history of the caliphates is that the Abbasid Revolution started there (geographically and militarily / strategically speaking, that is).

 

Tl;dr: There never was a "Caliph of Khorazan" -- as Adieh, however, gives as her "boy king'"s title. 

 

Again: If she hadn't written this as a historical novel (or indeed, as any sort of book set in the real world), that wouldn't be a problem.  Since she insists on giving specific historic and geographical details, however, readers such as me expect her to have done her homework and verified that at least the major elements of her story are consistent with historic fact and reality.  This one isn't.

 

Now: Since Adieh has Shahrazad start with the story of the Thief of Baghdad, obviously Baghdad has to exist at the time in which her book is set.  Which puts us into the time of the Abbasid Caliphate, as it was the Abbasides who founded Baghdad (and the Ottomans no longer ruled over Khorazan, see above).  And if we look at the extension of the Abbasid Caliphate, we see that although it still extends fairly far to the west in northern Africa, it no longer covers Morocco / the Maghreb, nor any part of Spain.  Why is that important?  Because Adieh refers to someone as "a Moor" and, in the same breath, tells us that he is "from Spain".  Which is consistent insofar as much of Spain remained Islamic after the Abbasids had expelled the Umayyads; in fact it was to the Caliphate of Córdoba that the Umayyads retrenched upon being kicked out of the rest of their territory.  HOWEVER, during that time period no self-respecting Muslim would have referred to a Muslim from Spain as "a Moor"; at least not, simply by way of an introduction or explanation as it is done here.  To begin with, this term (or "Mauri") merely referred to the Maghreb (= North African) Berbers, not also people from Spain; indeed, people from the Maghreb region in northwestern Africa are still referred to as "Mauri" by 16th century scholar Leo Africanus.  More importantly, however, in the Middle Ages "moor" ("moro" / "mouro" in Spanish and Portuguese) was a derogative term used by the Christians during the Reconquista and the Crusades.  It was a racist slur -- nothing short of the "N"-word of the Middle Ages.

 

Tl;dr:

 

 

Words are important.  They are to your readers -- and they should be to you as a writer as well.  Obviously, they aren't.  That is a pity.

 

And speaking of words (and titles / addresses): A little later, someone is addressed as "effendi".  That, in turn, is a form of address that was not used as far east as Khorazan at all -- it is a classic expression of respect used almost at the other end of the world as far as a resident of Greater Khorazan would have been conderned: in the Eastern Mediterranean of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.  Which just might still make sense as the gentleman in question does not currently reside in Khorazan -- the problem is, however: He used to.  In fact, he used to be tutor and confidant to our "boy king"'s mother practically forever (until he was kicked out by the seat of his pants).  Which makes him just about anything by way of a respectful address from another Khorazani (none other than Shahrazad herself), but certainly not "effendi".

 

Tl;dr: See above -- words matter.  Do your godd**n research, woman.  Turks would address someone as "effendi" -- not Khorazans.

 

And literally within a few pages of the above, we learn that another young gentleman from Khorazan, in seeking support for a campaign he's mounting, is riding out to "the Badawi" -- i.e., the Bedouins.  Which again would all be fine and dandy, the extent of the Abbasid Caliphate being what it was, if the next thing we'd be hearing about would be a weeks-, if not months-long trip fraught with hardship, mastered with the help of only a single horse  for transport (in fact, way too good a horse to risk its health on such a trip, but let that go).  But no -- he has no sooner spoken of seeking out the Badawi than he's already chatting to one of them next to a well.

 

At which point the story, quite literally, had hit the bottom of the well for me once and for all.

 

One more time: If Adieh had given me the slightest indication that she doesn't mean her book to be set in the real world -- in its past -- I'd have gone along with her.  (Not quite willingly as her writing isn't exactly stellar, either, but at least I'd have finished the book.)  But since she insists on peppering it with real world historic references, she must expect to be measured by the standards that such references invite.  And measured by those standards, her book falls woefully short on just about every page.  None of which has anything to do with this being a YA book -- YA readers have just as much of a right to be offered historically well-researched books as anybody else.  (Incidentally: in this post, I'm deliberately only linking to Wikipedia pages, because that shows just how little effort it would have taken on Adieh's part to at least get a handle on the core basics.)

 

Side note: Ariana Delawari as a narrator goes straight onto my "never again" list, too.  I've tried my hardest not to attribute her shortcomings to the author in addition to Adieh's own blunders, but Delawari's narration certainly didn't make up for the writing, either.

 

So, I'll pocket my $2 for BL-opoly and move straight along ... fortunately, at least today is another roll day for me!

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