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review 2019-01-03 22:38
I Was Told to Come Alone by Souad Mekhennet
I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad - Souad Mekhennet

This memoir of a Muslim journalist reporting on jihad was interesting, though I wasn’t blown away in the way most reviewers seem to have been. Souad Mekhennet grew up primarily in Germany, the daughter of guest workers from Morocco and Turkey. She encountered racism and xenophobia on her way to becoming a successful journalist, but speaking Arabic and her familiarity with Middle Eastern cultures went a long way to ensure her success.

Aside from some description of her childhood, this book is focused almost exclusively on her professional life, with chapters organized around a visit to a particular place or an act of terror on which she was reporting. Mekhennet interviews dangerous people – on occasion braving serious danger in order to reach them – is arrested by Egyptian security forces, and impresses a lot of jihadists, who are willing to vouch for her and sometimes even propose to her. She asks everybody tough questions though and challenges everyone’s views.

I liked this book and learned from it, and I’m impressed by Mekhennet’s gutsiness. We need reporters like her to dig deep enough to get the real story, and to be skeptical and push back on what they’re being told. That said, I didn’t love her book. As a work of nonfiction about the state of the Muslim world and its relationship to the U.S. and Europe, I found it a little disconnected, as it focuses tightly on Mekhennet’s specific assignments and experiences. It reminded me of how much I don’t know about the Muslim world without filling in many of those gaps. But learning about how jihadists and their family members and supporters view the world was certainly enlightening.

As a memoir, it’s rather impersonal. Even as a teenager Mekhennet portrays herself as a powerhouse whose only obstacle to overcome is xenophobia; nothing more mundane like shyness about approaching important people or soliciting internships, or issues with dating, seems to faze her. (As an adult she often mentions wanting to marry, and briefly discusses dating, where her primarily stumbling block seems to be concern for her safety, such that she wants to chat anonymously for months before meeting a man.) Though I do give her credit for discussing the alienation she, like many other Muslims teens in Europe, felt after seeing hate crimes on the news and experiencing harassment and discrimination. Fortunately she had a strong support network, positive role models, and opportunities to succeed, but less lucky kids who feel despised are vulnerable to recruitment by terrorist organizations that understand their mindset very well.

Overall, I’m glad I read this, but didn’t have strong feelings about it. The book is a somewhat dense read that takes some time to get through, but it is informative, and the author has definitely had some interesting experiences.

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review 2018-10-25 16:08
The imperial German way of war
Imperial Germany and War, 1871-1918 - Richard L. DiNardo,Daniel J. Hughes

Though Daniel Hughes and Richard DiNardo call their book an "institutional history" of the imperial German army, a more precise description of it would be an examination of the imperial German way of war. In it they detail the evolution of the army's doctrine and strategic planning, from the post-Napoleonic ideas of Carl von Clausewitz and their application by Helmuth von Moltke the Elder to the subjection of their preparations to the test of war in 1914. As they explain, the experience of combat on the Western Front forced the army to abandon their emphasis on mobile warfare and the battle of annihilation in favor of a less costly employment of positional warfare while trying to defeat the Russians in the East. While the army attempted to switch back to mobile warfare in 1918, the units in the west (most now manned primarily by wartime inductees) had to relearn the prewar concepts, only now mobile warfare was reapplied without a clear strategic goal to pursue.

 

While this focus dominates Hughes and DiNardo's book, readers will find much besides this within its pages. Rooted in a vast range of sources in both German and English, its descriptions of the various branches of the German army, its analysis of the army's place within the German constitutional structure, and its assessment of its institutional deficiencies provides readers with an in-depth examination of a feared fighting force. Though missing any description of the combat experience of the soldiers themselves, this is nonetheless the most comprehensive single-volume study of the imperial German army available in English, one that is both a valuable starting point for the novice and a useful reference work for those more knowledgeable about the subject.

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text 2018-09-21 13:15
Germany Organic Food Market Size value USD 20.7 Billion by 2025

21 September 2018, Germany Organic Food Market is expected to reach USD 20.7 billion by 2025 as a result of increasing demand from consumers owing to the perceived benefits of the natural produce. Moreover, the increasing demand from the consumers for organic baby food is driving the natural food market owing to the nutritional benefits and chemical & pesticides free food. Thus, the parents are more inclined towards natural food fulfilling their requirement for healthy and nutritional intake of their kids. The availability of extensive product ranges and increased network is expected to result in increased sales of organic baby food products in future. The increasing awareness of adulteration in baby food is expected to result in the growth of German organic food market over the forecast period.

 

Furthermore, Germany is the largest European market for natural products, and is driven by the high consumer spending power. The increasing organic farming is aiding in the growth of organic products in the market. However, the imports of natural and organic products have evolved significantly over the past years owing to the increase in demand from the large consumer base. This import is not limited to the products not grow in Germany but also for usual produce such as fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meat and potatoes. Thus, the increasing import of natural products is expected to drive the growth of the Germany organic food market over the forecast period.

 

The increasing environmental awareness regarding the nutritional benefits of organic food among the consumers is a significant factor driving the growth of the natural food market. As organic farming conserves resources and is eco-friendly, the produce from such farms are gaining an increasing consumption among the consumers in Germany. The benefits of organic farming such as water & soil conservation, animal welfare and flora and fauna protection is expected to increase the customer inclination towards organic farm produce. This results in reduced carbon foot print owing to the sustainable farming practices. Thus, the sustainable farming activities is expected to drive the growth of the German organic food market over the forecast period.

 

Moreover, the Germany government initiatives to promote healthy living and chemical free food products is expected to catalyze the organic food sector. The urbanization has resulted in food quality issues and hence, the German cities are transforming the cities into food gardens. Furthermore, the city food councils in various cities such as Berlin, Kiel and Cologne are promoting healthier and sustainable food production through community supported agricultural. These councils have undertaken urban agricultural projects by greening the new buildings and making use of uncontaminated industrial land as community gardens. The locals are encouraged to cultivate crops and useful plants in public green areas. Thus, potato and fruit planting in neighborhoods are gaining popularity. This is helping municipal organizations to lower their public green area maintenance cost. Thus, such green areas are expected to further drive the growth of the Germany organic food market over the forecast period.

 

The increasing awareness of organic trade shows in Germany is expected to tempt the health conscious customers. For instance, the BioFach in Germany is gaining popularity among the global food organic industry as well as the organic consumer base and is expected to drive the growth of the German organic food market over the forecast period.

 

Browse Details of Report @ https://www.hexaresearch.com/research-report/germany-organic-food-market

 

Hexa Research has segmented the Germany organic food market report based on type:

 

Segmentation by type, 2015 - 2025 (USD Billion)

  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Prepared food
  • Dairy
  • Bread & grains
  • Meat, fish & poultry
  • Beverage

 

Key players analyzed:

  • Denn's Biomarkt
  • HiPP GmbH & Co. Vertrieb KG
  • Alnatura Produktions- und Handels GmbH
  • Rewe Markt GmbH
  • ALDI Einkauf GmbH & Co. oHG

 

Browse Related Category Market Reports @ https://www.hexaresearch.com/research-category/food-and-beverages-industry

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