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The Arab Revolt and the Imperialist Counterattack by James Petras

May 8th, 2011

FROM THE PREFACE

The popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia have overthrown the public face of the imperial-backed dictatorships in the region, and inspired supporters of popular democracy worldwide.

As the Arab revolt spreads from North Africa to the Gulf and deepens its demands to include socio-economic as well as political demands, the Empire is striking back. The ruling military junta in Egypt has cracked down on the pro democracy movement and looks to its autocratic “partners” in the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula to drown the civil society movements in a blood bath.

While standing by the crumbling dictatorships elsewhere in the region, the United States, France and the United Kingdom raced to intervene when it seemed the revolt had spread to Libya. NATO was deployed, using the UN’s new “responsibility to protect” doctrine authorizing humanitarian intervention. Already NATO intervention has exceeded the UN mandate by bombing the Libyan capital and inflicting civilian casualties. Meanwhile, western governments openly pursue regime change in Libya while seeking to forestall it elsewhere.

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Jaws of the Dragon by Eamonn Fingleton

April 30th, 2011

Review by Ian Fletcher

America’s Fate Under Chinese Hegemony:

The news has recently hit the press that China’s economy, measured on the purchasing-power basis that adjusts for price differences between nations, may surpass the U.S. in only another five years or so.

Surprisingly, China has still shown no signs of morphing into the cuddly liberal and democratic nation, devoted to American ways from Coca-Cola to democracy, whose eventual appearance has been assumed by American policy for thirty years now.

Our policy during this period has, after all, enthusiastically cooperated with China’s efforts to build up its economic power—which entails, of course, every other kind of power, including the military kind.  So our assumption of a benign China had better be right, or else we have been abetting the creation of a monster.  A hostile China will be arguably even worse than the USSR, because it will not do us the favor of sabotaging its economy by adhering to a dysfunctional economic ideology.

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Banned in Vermont by advocacy journalist Rosemarie Jackowski

April 8th, 2011

Interview by Mickey Z.

I've known radical grandma Rosemarie Jackowski (RMJ) for several years now and even interviewed her in 2005 about her arrest and court case. In light of her unique story and her tireless commitment to justice, I (and others) have encouraged her to write a book for years. Well, I'm happy to say, RMJ has delivered as only she can with Banned in Vermont.

A wide ranging collection of essays, memoirs, and more, Banned in Vermont shines a light on topics the US justice (sic) system, wartime propaganda, feminism, capital punishment, GMOs, and so much more—all fulfilling the book's cover promise: "unedited, uncensored, unpretentious, unabashed."

To follow is a conversation I recently had with Rosemarie Jackowski:

Mickey Z: Why did you write this book?

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Free Trade Doesn't Work: What Should Replace it and Why by Ian Fletcher

March 30th, 2011

Amazon Editorial Reviews

Are you wondering how Americans can compete with nations like China where the average manufacturing wage is 57 cents an hour? Are you wondering how, if they can offshore call centers, computer programming, and accounting, there will be any good jobs left they can't offshore? Are you wondering how America can keep importing and running up debt without going bankrupt? Are you wondering how America can be a powerful nation without an industrial base? Are you wondering why the politicians keep denying all of these problems? Are you wondering whether the economics you learned in school and hear on TV is really valid? Are you wondering who you can trust? This very readable book is aimed at both ordinary concerned citizens and people with a bit of sophistication about economics. It is a systematic examination of why free trade is slowly bleeding America's economy to death and what can be done about it.

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Radical Peace: People Refusing War by William T. Hathaway

February 20th, 2011

William T. Hathaway

It costs 50 million dollars to kill each Taliban, but when dead he becomes a martyred hero to recruit new replacements, so the numbers of Taliban are increasing. In Iraq the terror our invasion unleashed still rages unabated, with hired mercenaries and local soldiers unable to stop it, as our troops before them were unable to. Yet we continue the fighting, and Obama the peace candidate has morphed into a war president. We are trapped in endless war.

To break out of this death trap, peace activists have turned to radical tactics. They've moved beyond demonstrations and petitions into direct action, defying the government's laws and impeding its capacity for mass murder. Some of them have become domestic insurgents, helping soldiers to desert, destroying computer systems, trashing recruiting offices, burning military equipment, and sabotaging defense contractors. As criminals for peace, they are defying the Patriot Act and working underground in secret cells to undermine the US military empire. They are convinced the only way to bring peace now is to bring the system down.

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Washington Rules - America’s Path to Permanent War by Andrew J. Bacevich

February 17th, 2011

Review by Jim Miles

Andrew Bacevich has written another authoritative and well written book examining the U.S. military and its influence on the United States. His writing - here as with his earlier works [1] - is provocative, challenging, well researched, informative, and logically argued. Only someone thoroughly imbued with the rhetoric of U.S. benign stewardship of global affairs and ignorant of many key events within recent and current U.S. foreign affairs might be able to ignore Bacevich’s presentations and contentions about U.S. foreign policy and U.S. militarism.

This most recent work, Washington Rules, is appropriately titled and well focused on the one main theme that ‘Washington’ - the political and military structures of U.S. government - is responsible for and the only country capable of maintaining world peace through global leadership and the only means to do so is through military might. This leads to Bacevich’s “trinity”: a global military presence, global power projection, and global intervention. The route this trinity takes through successive governments from Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon through to Bush, Clinton, and more Bush demonstrates that it is neither a Democratic nor a Republican ideal but is instead a government institutional ideal that all presidencies have bought into up to and including Obama. The media presents presidents as being the “…Decider, a president all too often becomes little more than the medium through which power is exercised.”

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Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles by Anthony Swofford

February 1st, 2011

Review by Gary Kohls

Glimpses of Militarism From “Jackboot” to “Jarhead”

Ex-Marine sniper Anthony Swofford wrote a book, published in 2003, about his experiences “serving” in Kuwait in Gulf War I. The book was entitled "Jarhead: A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles.” “Jarhead” is a sobering inside look at the life of one US marine. I enclose some sobering excerpts below from the book.

When I read the book, I recalled a quote from a US Marine Corps officer years ago that contradicted the famous quote from the multitude of military veterans who had experienced the horrors of war. “War is Hell” they say over and over again. This particular marine “lifer” however asserted that “Peace is Hell.” By that I suppose that he meant that advancing in rank was very difficult in times of peace. Combat experience meant medals and promotions. Wars are essential for career and pay grade advancement. One can be certain that thousands of US corporate war profiteers, and more than a few US presidents and politicians, resonate with that notion. Being a war president is a heady experience in macho, militarized, competitive, capitalist nations.

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Israel and Palestine: Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations by Avi Shlaim

January 20th, 2011

Review by Stephen J. Sniegoski

A friend, Phil Collier, an avid student of and sometime writer on Middle East affairs (and a National Master in chess), recently informed me that Avi Shlaim, in his recent book, Israel and Palestine: Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations, Refutations, had one chapter, “Palestine and Iraq,” that presents a thesis almost identical to what I have written in The Transparent Cabal. This naturally encouraged me to obtain the book, and Collier’s description turns out to be correct.

Now this similarity is quite significant since what I have written on the neocons regarding their strong influence on U. S. Middle East policy and their connection to Israel is taboo in the American mainstream, with even numerous antiwar individuals (especially those with higher status) and publications shying away from my work. But unlike me, Shlaim, a professor of international relations at Oxford, is a recognized scholar, with such notable books on Israel and its neighbors as The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World (2001). And he is also Jewish and an Israeli citizen, who served in the Israeli Defense Forces (possessing dual British and Israeli citizenship), which shelters him from charges of anti-Semitism. Undoubtedly because of his credentials, his works cannot be ignored, and this book was honored as a Kirkus Best Book for 2009.

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Extreme Prejudice: The Terrifying Story of the Patriot Act and the Cover Ups of 9/11 and Iraq by Susan Lindauer

January 6th, 2011

Review by Allen L Roland

Falsely imprisoned by the Bush administration, without a hearing or trial, Ex-CIA asset and 9/11 whistleblower Susan Lindauer finally confirms the great lie to sell a disastrous war and America’s still ongoing freedom negating anti-terrorism policy.

Besides launching an illegal war and ongoing occupation of Iraq, the Bush/Cheney administration did everything in its power to cover up their illegal and treasonous tracks ~ which began with the 9/11 cover up itself. The alternative press has been aware of this for years but has lacked the confirming voice of a credible CIA insider such as Susan Lindauer.

Lindauer is living evidence of the Bush/Cheney blatant conspiracy to silence the truth ~ beginning with 9/11 itself. Wikileaks has already shown that our government and military form a 'vast lying machine' that perpetrates mass murder in our name throughout the world ~ which the mainstream media still ignores. Fred Branfman reports on this revelation in detail in ICH ~

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Canada and Israel - Building Apartheid by Yves Engler

October 11th, 2010

Review by Jim Miles

Canada and Israel - Building Apartheid. Yves Engler. RED/Fernwood Publishing, Canada. 2010.

While much is made of U.S. support of Israel, its unstinting rhetoric and its similarly unstinting financial generosity, Canada has likewise been a strong supporter of Zionism and Israel. Not only has Canada been strong, they have in certain respects been stronger and more faithful to Israel than the U.S. In an enlightening little book, Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid, Yves Engler documents the strength of the Canadian tendency to give full support to Israel regardless of international law.

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