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The Awakening, Iraq

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From an an article in the New Republic, a US political magazine (, on Iraq:

"The sheik heads up an alliance called the "Awakening," a collection of Anbar tribes who have thrown their lot in with the Americans. Seated beneath the Awakening's gilded flag, which he designed and which features a sword, scales of justice, and, less explicably, a coffee pot..."

A reader of the rival National Review ( suggests:
"I'm sure a more informed emailer will more convincingly make this point, but if I'm not mistaken in Arab culture coffee (gahwa) is ritually offered to guests as a sign of welcome and hospitality...."

Nathan Lamm, 15 February 2007