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NOVEMBER 2012
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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
have taken more than 90 percent of the
Holy Land from its original inhabitants
who have lived there for millennia. Now,
after decades of unremitting struggle,
Palestine and its people have become the
vortex of an unstable and increasingly
desperate human tragedy.
Tis book examines the situation from
a Palestinian perspective. While it looks
at recent stages in the Israeli process of settlement-building, it
centers on the eforts of the Palestinians themselves to cope with
invasion, run a burgeoning society and carve out for themselves
some part of their shrinking homeland.
Terrell Arnold reviews the history and present status of this
intractable issue, examining the tensions that hold Middle East
policy in thrall and could have disastrous implications world-
wide. Unabashedly pro-Palestinian, he believes that the majority
of Israelis are similarly unhappy with their government’s policy.
He wrote this book with the hope that sanity will ultimately pre-
vail, and the rights of the Palestinian people will be protected.
Terrell E. Arnold is a retired Senior Foreign Service ofcer who
served in Egypt, Syria, India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Brazil
and Washington, D.C. He is the author, co-author or editor of
six books on politically motivated violence and related issues.
A native of West Virginia, he and his wife now live in central
Wisconsin.
PHOTOGRAPHY
Afghanistan Through
the Humvee Window
Joe Relk, Jaxton Publishing,
2011, $25.95, paperback,
90 pages.
Afghanistan Trough the Hum-
vee Window
features photo-
graphs documenting Joe Relk’s
experiences working on a Provincial Reconstruction Team there.
Te majority of his pictures were taken through the window of a
High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle.
Tough his PRT experience has imbued himwith consider-
able familiarity with foreign policy and the war, he insists that
this is “frst and foremost a photo book.” His previous career as a
newspaper photographer has equipped him to artistically show-
case his experiences, which are accompanied by clear, concise
commentary and descriptions.
Tis visual journey through eastern Afghanistan—mainly in
the provinces of Khost and Kabul—begins with a focus on scenes
from his PRT work. He then explores many diferent facets of
Afghan life: agriculture, market life, children, landscapes and the
like. Tough a foreigner, Relk is able to break through the barrier
of being an “outsider” and take genuine snapshots of Afghan life
and society. Te dirty faces and feet of children; the rich colors of
spices, vegetable and fruit; and the raw determination of both fel-
low American and local soldiers are all captured in these photo-
graphs.
Joe Relk, a former U.S. Army cryptologist, journalist and pho-
tographer, joined the Foreign Service in 2002. He has served in
Venezuela, Bolivia, Germany, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C.
He is currently deputy political ofcer in Quito.
Visions of a Nomad
Daniel Miller, Blurb, 2012,
$49.95, paperback, 156 pages.
Daniel Miller’s passion for pre-
serving the beauty and history of
the wild Tibetan Plateau is made
vivid in his introductory para-
graphs for
Visions of a Nomad
.
In the 78 panoramic photos that follow, it becomes clear why.
In an age of overedited, airbrushed and enhanced imagery,
Miller’s work harkens back to a purer era of photography, captur-
ing the quiet majesty of the Tibetan landscape. He describes the
skulls of wild yaks as “a reminder of the magnifcent herds of
wildlife that once roamed the Tibetan Plateau ... the elemental
wild nature of the Tibetan landscape and the proud nomads who
fashioned a remarkable way of life on the steppes.”
His art has a message: the importance of preserving the beau-
tiful landscapes, the nomads’ tents and the grazing yaks and the
need for a new way of thinking when it comes to conservation.
Miller’s afnity for the nomadic lifestyle is obvious: born on a
Minnesota dairy farm, he worked as a cowboy before frst head-
ing to Nepal. Photography was a later love, as he bought his frst
camera for that trip and documented his experiences in Afghani-
stan, Bhutan, China, Mongolia and Tibet. He still uses a Canon
F-1 manual camera. An FSO with USAID, he is now head of the
Ofce of Economic Development and Governance in Manila.