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November 2013

By Mike Sullivan

 The Bottom Line

Like The Mission Song, I have a feeling that A Most Wanted Man will warrant a 4 star rating a month later as the tale continues to grow in impact and relevance in my mind. But like many of the modern era spies that John Le Carre writes about, my current mindset keeps me from changing my mind. Le Carre continues to build his legacy as a master storyteller of the spy genre with A Most Wanted Man, a new spy tale bringing together the worlds of a Muslim Chechen refugee, a British banker, and a German lawyer as they try to survive a maze of morality, patriotism, and mercy.

Dear Editor,

I read your cover story on Islamic extremism in Ethiopia with a mixture of apprehension and anger at the government of Ethiopia, (It’s the nation’s headache too, Sep. 2013). Politically the current regime is not popular in the areas where your reporters have traveled to, its environs and beyond. The regime knows it, too, that it suffers from lack of popularity and acceptance. And this has everything to do with the growing trend of Islamic extremism in those areas; it has to do with the history of the federal police brutality in crushing members of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) since the mid ‘90s.