Violence, Veils and Bloodlines


Louis J. Salome, author of
Violence, Veils and Bloodlines: Reporting from the War Zones

2015 Calendar of Events

Thursday, May. 21, 2015, 7pm, Portsmouth Athenaeum


The wars raging in Iraq and Syria have led to widespread looting of ancient artifacts and sites, destroying precious evidence of some of the world’s earliest civilizations. Why is this happening? On Thursday, May 21 at 7 pm, the Portsmouth Athenaeum will host Middle East archaeologist Dr. Andrew Moore and international news correspondent Lou Salome for an in-depth exploration of the political, cultural and historical forces behind this ongoing tragedy. Dr. Moore and Mr. Salome will show that these destructive acts are far from purposeless, and are not driven simply by greed or opportunity. Instead, they are a violent means of rewriting the past, of using history as an instrument to gain power.

Dr. Andrew Moore, president of the Archaeological Institute of America, is a graduate of Oxford University and the University of London. He has conducted field research in Iraq, Syria, Turkey and southern Europe, led a land research survey at Jericho in the Jordan Valley, and participated in key excavations in Jerusalem. Dr. Moore has taught archaeology in the Departments of Anthropology at Yale University and the University of Arizona. Of Syrian ancestry, Lou Salome reported for almost ten years from posts in Jerusalem and London for the Atlanta-based Cox Newspapers group. The author of Violence, Veils and Bloodlines—Reporting from War Zones, Salome has reported widely from Asia, Europe, North and East Africa.

This event is free and open to the public, and will be held at the Portsmouth Athenaeum Research Library, 9 Market Square, Portsmouth NH. Please call (603) 431-2538, Ext. 2 for reservations, as seating is limited. For more information, call (603) 431-2538 or visit

2013 Calendar of Events

Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, 7pm, Book&Bar, Portsmouth

Syria, the Middle East, tribalism -- Current events in Syria and the Middle East were laid out in advance in Lou Salome's book about tribalism, Violence, Veils and Bloodlines - Reporting from War Zones. See and hear Lou Salome talk about tribalism at the Book & Bar, 40 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, NH.

All four of Lou Salome's grandparents emigrated from the same small town in Syria to Woonsocket, Rhode Island more than 100 years ago. Lou Salome, which isn't his name in Syria, still has first cousins in that same small Syrian town because his two-year-old aunt wasn't allowed to leave Syria for America with her parents in 1905. That little girl was married off at age 15 by her grandmother, never left Syria and never saw her parents -- Lou Salome's maternal grandparents -- again.

Lou Salome's book is based on his reporting from Northern Ireland to Afghanistan for almost ten years for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution and all 17 other newspapers in the Cox Newspapers group. During that time, he reported widely from Syria and throughout Southwest Asia, also called the Middle East. He was based in Jerusalem for more than four years and in London for five years. He has lived in Portsmouth since 2003, and wrote the book during 11 months in a cabin on the shores of Lucas Pond in Northwood, NH.

3 Thursdays, Oct. 10, 17, 24, 2013, 1:30-3:00pm

Tribal Wars: From Northern Ireland to Afghanistan

Granite State College, 51 International Drive, Portsmouth, NH 03801. This course is part of the college's OLLI program (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute).
Class Fee: $25 (Class Fee includes Materials Fee of $0 per student)
Class Size: Min: 8 Max: 20 (Registration begins sometime in August)

Religions, clans, cultures, histories, languages and land - what I call tribalism - bind people together and divide them from others, causing war. Today's conflict in Syria is rooted in sectarianism, which threatens to explode into other Middle Eastern countries. From Northern Ireland to Bosnia, Algeria and Somalia, across the Middle East and Central Asia, to Afghanistan and Pakistan, I reported for almost ten years on the common roots of tribal conflict. To most Americans, these lands are foreign indeed and the causes of conflict are even more obscure. Bring an open mind and expect surprises.

Instructor: Louis Salome spent 35 years in journalism, including 10 as Editorial Page Editor of The Miami (FL) News and almost 10 as the Jerusalem-based Middle East correspondent and the London-based European correspondent for the 18 newspapers in the Cox Group, winning several journalism prizes.

A note about the fees: the Class Fee is made up of an OLLI program fee and a materials fee. The only reimbursable expenses are the per student materials fees. (OLLI presenters are volunteers and therefore, not paid for teaching.) If you have questions about the Class Fee versus the Materials Fee, please call the OLLI Office at 603-513-1377. Fall 2013 Class Registration begins in mid-August.

2012 Past Events

Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, 9am

Featured Speaker: Lou will discuss events in Syria and the repercussions for the Middle East with Laura Knoy on The Exchange on New Hampshire Public Radio, 89.1 FM WEVO

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, 9am

Featured Speaker: Lou will talk about current events in Syria and throughout the Middle East with Laura Knoy on The Exchange on New Hampshire Public Radio, 89.1 FM WEVO

2011 Past Events

Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, 2pm

Featured Speaker: Elder Education Enrichment organization, Faith United Methodist Church, Burlington, VT.

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011

Featured Speaker: Old Guard Club in Mamaroneck, NY

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011

Featured Speaker: Laconia, NH TBA

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 6:30pm

Featured Speaker: Wiggin Memorial Library, 10 Bunker Hill Ave., Stratham, NH.

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 7:00 am

Featured Speaker: Ipswich, Mass. Rotary Club meeting, Ithaci Greek restaurant, 25 Hammat St., Ipswich MA

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Featured Speaker: Portsmouth, NH Rotary Club. - Luncheon meeting at Redhook Brewery.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 10am-Noon

Intercultural/Interfaith Panel Discussion on American Foreign policy: After the death of Osama bin Laden, does he matter? - Portsmouth, NH Public Library, Hilton Garden Inn Room. Panelists are: Louis J. Salome, newspaper journalist and author; Waheed Mansur, American Pakistani Rotarian; Dr. Rev. Ron Staley, Pastor, UCC New Castle; Rachel Williams, President, Help Women Heal; Prof. Harvey Williams, Canadian Humanist.

Friday, May 20, 2011 7:30 p.m.

Featured Speaker: RiverWoods Retirement Community, 7 RiverWoods Drive, Exeter, NH.

Thursday, May 26, 2011 7 p.m.

Featured Speaker: Brighton Branch of the Boston Public Library, 40 Academy Hill Road, Brighton, Mass.

Saturday, May 28, 2011 Noon

Featured Speaker: International Women's Club of New England at Jonathan's Restaurant, 92 Bourne's Lane, Ogunquit, Maine.

Saturday, March 19, 1-3 p.m.

Featured Speaker: Unveiling tribal behavior from Northern Ireland to Afghanistan at Tatnuck Bookseller, Westborough Books, Inc., 24 Lyman St., Westborough, Mass.

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 Noon

Featured Speaker: Brown bag lunch and book talk at York (Maine) Public Library, 15 Long Sands Road.

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011 6 p.m.

Featured Speaker: Talk about tribalism from Northern Ireland to Afghanistan at Durham, NH Public Library.

Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 6 p.m.

Featured Speaker: "What's Your Blood? Deciphering the Tribal Codes from Northern Ireland to Afghanistan." New Hampshire Institute of Politics Auditorium at St. Anselm College, Manchester, N.H.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Live Radio Interview, NH Public Radio, 9 - 10 a.m.
Louis J. Salome will talk with Laura Knoy of The Exchange, 89.1 FM WEVO, NH Public Radio.

Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, 10:30-11 a.m.

Live Radio Interview, about Reporting from War Zones, with Mark Johnson of WDEV AM-FM, Burlington, Vt.

Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011 8 p.m.

Panel discussion on Reporting from War Zones, Alumni Hall, Champlain College, Burlington, Vt.

Monday, January 26, 2011, 11 a.m.

Live Radio Interview, 1270 WTSN / 98.7 FM "The Bay" Dover, NH.
Tune in at 11 a.m. to hear Louis J. Salome live interview with Mike Pomp.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Featured Speaker, Prologue Society
Louis J. Salome will speak to the history-oriented Prologue Society, 700 Brickell Avenue, Miami, Florida. Lou is one of six speakers, one per month, that the society has invited to speak to its members during the winter season.

Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, 7p.m.

Author Presentation, Dover, N.H. Public Library. Salome will speak about his experiences and his travels in the world's most contentious corners, including war-torn locations as Belfast, Kabul, Bosnia and Somalia. Everyone welcome.

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, 6:30 p.m.

Author Presentation, Millville, Massachusetts Public Library. All proceeds from the book sales on that night will be donated to the Millville Library in the name of the author's sister, Linda A. Salome, a Millville resident, who passed away in September.

Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, 10:00 a.m.

Author Presentation, Miami Book Fair.
Room 7106, Florida Center for the Literary Arts, Miami Dade College, 300 N.E.Second Ave. Miami, Fla. Tel. 305-237-3564.

Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, 4-6 p.m.

WGDR 91.1 FM, Goddard College, Plainfield VT
Salome Interview live on the radio with Deborah Reger

Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, 12 Noon

Author Presentation, St. Basil the Great Melkite Catholic Church at 15 Skyview Drive, Lincoln, Rhode Island

Monday, November 1, 2010, 2-4 p.m.

Author Interview, John Dionne Show on radio station WNRI 1380 AM in Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Louis J. Salome is available for interviews and public appearances. Please call 603-427-0218 or send an .