Tyrants on Television | Gary Burge

July 15, 2014 8:36 PM

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Tyrants on Television | Gary Burge

With a brutal civil war in Syria, an Islamist army marauding across Iraq, Israel and Gaza trading rockets, Egypt simmering, and Jordan the only sane oasis in a crescent of Arab countries, why not a TV series that can pull us into the action?

This spring an ad campaign aimed to hook a lot of people like me: A new, controversial, "not to be missed" cable show would debut in June. Soon rave reviews from advance showings were already in the media. It was about the Middle East -- it was even being filmed in the Middle East -- and it would fi...

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