Beirut

By Samir Kassir

Widely praised because the definitive historical past of Beirut, this is often the tale of a urban that has stood on the crossroads of Mediterranean civilization for greater than 4 thousand years. The final significant paintings accomplished via Samir Kassir earlier than his tragic dying in 2005, Beirut is a journey de strength that takes the reader from the traditional to the trendy global, delivering a stunning landscape of the city's Seleucid, Roman, Arab, Ottoman, and French incarnations. Kassir vividly describes Beirut's astonishing development within the 19th and 20th centuries, targeting its emergence after the second one global conflict as a sophisticated capital till its close to destruction throughout the devastating Lebanese civil conflict of 1975-1990. Generously illustrated and eloquently written, Beirut illuminates modern problems with modernity and democracy whereas even as memorably recreating the ambience of 1 of the world's such a lot picturesque, dynamic, and resilient cities.

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By Samir Kassir

Widely praised because the definitive historical past of Beirut, this is often the tale of a urban that has stood on the crossroads of Mediterranean civilization for greater than 4 thousand years. The final significant paintings accomplished via Samir Kassir earlier than his tragic dying in 2005, Beirut is a journey de strength that takes the reader from the traditional to the trendy global, delivering a stunning landscape of the city's Seleucid, Roman, Arab, Ottoman, and French incarnations. Kassir vividly describes Beirut's astonishing development within the 19th and 20th centuries, targeting its emergence after the second one global conflict as a sophisticated capital till its close to destruction throughout the devastating Lebanese civil conflict of 1975-1990. Generously illustrated and eloquently written, Beirut illuminates modern problems with modernity and democracy whereas even as memorably recreating the ambience of 1 of the world's such a lot picturesque, dynamic, and resilient cities.

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The Jihadis Return: Isis and the New Sunni Uprising

By Patrick Cockburn

Though in a position to staging amazing assaults like September 11, jihadist corporations weren't an important strength at the flooring once they first turned infamous within the form of al-Qa‘ida on the flip of century. The West’s preliminary successes within the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan weakened their help nonetheless further.
Today, as popular center East commentator Patrick Cockburn units out during this explosive new ebook, that’s all replaced. Exploiting the missteps of the West’s wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, in addition to its misjudgments with regards to Syria and the uprisings of the Arab Spring, jihadist enterprises, of which ISIS is crucial, are speedily increasing. They now keep watch over a geographical territory higher in dimension than Britain or Michigan, stretching from the Sunni heartlands within the north and west of Iraq via a large swath of north-east Syria. at the again in their catch of Mosul and lots more and plenty of northern Iraq in June 2014, the chief of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been declared the top of a brand new caliphate that calls for the allegiance of all Muslims.
The secular, democratic politics that have been supposedly on the fore of the Arab Spring were buried via the go back of the jihadis. because the Islamic country introduced by way of ISIS confronts its enemies, the West will once more turn into a objective. Cockburn cites an observer in southern Turkey interviewing Syrian jihadi rebels early in 2014 and discovering that “without exception all of them expressed enthusiasm for the 11th of September assaults and was hoping a similar factor might ensue in Europe in addition to the US.”
How may issues have long past so badly mistaken? Writing in those pages with typical calmness and readability, and drawing on unequalled adventure as a reporter within the quarter, Cockburn analyzes the unfolding of 1 of the West’s maximum overseas coverage debacles and the increase of the hot jihadis.

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By Patrick Cockburn

Though in a position to staging amazing assaults like September 11, jihadist corporations weren't an important strength at the flooring once they first turned infamous within the form of al-Qa‘ida on the flip of century. The West’s preliminary successes within the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan weakened their help nonetheless further.
Today, as popular center East commentator Patrick Cockburn units out during this explosive new ebook, that’s all replaced. Exploiting the missteps of the West’s wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, in addition to its misjudgments with regards to Syria and the uprisings of the Arab Spring, jihadist enterprises, of which ISIS is crucial, are speedily increasing. They now keep watch over a geographical territory higher in dimension than Britain or Michigan, stretching from the Sunni heartlands within the north and west of Iraq via a large swath of north-east Syria. at the again in their catch of Mosul and lots more and plenty of northern Iraq in June 2014, the chief of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been declared the top of a brand new caliphate that calls for the allegiance of all Muslims.
The secular, democratic politics that have been supposedly on the fore of the Arab Spring were buried via the go back of the jihadis. because the Islamic country introduced by way of ISIS confronts its enemies, the West will once more turn into a objective. Cockburn cites an observer in southern Turkey interviewing Syrian jihadi rebels early in 2014 and discovering that “without exception all of them expressed enthusiasm for the 11th of September assaults and was hoping a similar factor might ensue in Europe in addition to the US.”
How may issues have long past so badly mistaken? Writing in those pages with typical calmness and readability, and drawing on unequalled adventure as a reporter within the quarter, Cockburn analyzes the unfolding of 1 of the West’s maximum overseas coverage debacles and the increase of the hot jihadis.

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Catch The Jew!

Tuvia voted most sensible a hundred humans definitely influencing Jewish lifestyles, 2015, through The Algemeiner

250 5-Star experiences do not lie!

Has been number one in Israel, no 1 in Germany and number one on Amazon - Politics and Israel - do not leave out OUT!!

Catch the Jew! recounts the adventures of gonzo journalist Tuvia Tenenbom, who wanders round Israel and the Palestinian Authority for seven months looking for the untold truths in brand new Holy Land. With holy chutzpah, Tenenbom boldly is going the place no Jew has long gone ahead of, now and then risking his existence as he assumes the identities of Tobi the German or even Abu Ali which will probe into the numerous tales during this unusual land and poke holes in them all.

From the self-hating leftists in Tel Aviv to the self-promoting PLO professionals in Ramallah, from the black-clad Haredim of guess Shemesh to the sparkling international human rights activists in Beit Hanina, from Jewish settlers and the Christians who come from out of the country to toil with them to ardent Jerusalem clergymen and Bedouins in strangely wonderful shacks, Tenenbom takes at the humans of the land, studying them and disarming them as he breaks bread and mingles with somebody and everyone.

Does Palestinian spouse number 1 hate the Jews greater than she hates spouse quantity ? Who funds cash-rich NGOs pursuing a Judenrein Israel? Who units Palestinian olive groves on fireplace and why? what's the emotional gravity that draws idealistic human rights activists from different nations to Israel and merely to Israel? who're the flaming feminists who sacrifice their lives for the rights of polygamists? Whose land is that this, anyway?

through turns poignant, enraging, and laugh-out-loud humorous, this special travelogue lays naked the depth of this turbulent land in an remarkable, eye-opening schooling, individual via individual, urban by means of urban, and meal through meal. you are going to by no means examine Israel an analogous means back. Run for your nearest bookshop and choose up a replica . . . i have never laughed this difficult out loud in many years . . . This e-book is a needs to for an individual who desires to formulate an self sustaining opinion at the fact during this sector. (Israel Hayom)

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Tuvia voted most sensible a hundred humans definitely influencing Jewish lifestyles, 2015, through The Algemeiner

250 5-Star experiences do not lie!

Has been number one in Israel, no 1 in Germany and number one on Amazon - Politics and Israel - do not leave out OUT!!

Catch the Jew! recounts the adventures of gonzo journalist Tuvia Tenenbom, who wanders round Israel and the Palestinian Authority for seven months looking for the untold truths in brand new Holy Land. With holy chutzpah, Tenenbom boldly is going the place no Jew has long gone ahead of, now and then risking his existence as he assumes the identities of Tobi the German or even Abu Ali which will probe into the numerous tales during this unusual land and poke holes in them all.

From the self-hating leftists in Tel Aviv to the self-promoting PLO professionals in Ramallah, from the black-clad Haredim of guess Shemesh to the sparkling international human rights activists in Beit Hanina, from Jewish settlers and the Christians who come from out of the country to toil with them to ardent Jerusalem clergymen and Bedouins in strangely wonderful shacks, Tenenbom takes at the humans of the land, studying them and disarming them as he breaks bread and mingles with somebody and everyone.

Does Palestinian spouse number 1 hate the Jews greater than she hates spouse quantity ? Who funds cash-rich NGOs pursuing a Judenrein Israel? Who units Palestinian olive groves on fireplace and why? what's the emotional gravity that draws idealistic human rights activists from different nations to Israel and merely to Israel? who're the flaming feminists who sacrifice their lives for the rights of polygamists? Whose land is that this, anyway?

through turns poignant, enraging, and laugh-out-loud humorous, this special travelogue lays naked the depth of this turbulent land in an remarkable, eye-opening schooling, individual via individual, urban by means of urban, and meal through meal. you are going to by no means examine Israel an analogous means back. Run for your nearest bookshop and choose up a replica . . . i have never laughed this difficult out loud in many years . . . This e-book is a needs to for an individual who desires to formulate an self sustaining opinion at the fact during this sector. (Israel Hayom)

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Counter-Narratives: History, Contemporary Society, and Politics in Saudi Arabia and Yemen

Saudi Arabia and Yemen are international locations of the most important significance within the heart East and but our wisdom approximately them is very restricted, whereas commonplace methods of taking a look at the histories of those international locations have impeded figuring out. Counter-Narratives brings jointly a bunch of major students of the center East utilizing new theoretical and methodological methods to cross-examine normal tales, even if as instructed by means of Westerners or by way of Saudis and Yemenis, and those are came across short of. The authors examine how grand ancient narratives comparable to these produced by way of states and colonial powers are presently challenged through a number of old actors, a approach which generates replacement narratives approximately identification, the country and society.

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Saudi Arabia and Yemen are international locations of the most important significance within the heart East and but our wisdom approximately them is very restricted, whereas commonplace methods of taking a look at the histories of those international locations have impeded figuring out. Counter-Narratives brings jointly a bunch of major students of the center East utilizing new theoretical and methodological methods to cross-examine normal tales, even if as instructed by means of Westerners or by way of Saudis and Yemenis, and those are came across short of. The authors examine how grand ancient narratives comparable to these produced by way of states and colonial powers are presently challenged through a number of old actors, a approach which generates replacement narratives approximately identification, the country and society.

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Bread, Freedom, Social Justice: Workers and the Egyptian Revolution

By Mostafa Bassiouny

Accounts of the Arab Spring usually specialise in the function of teenage coalitions, using social media, and the strategies of the Tahrir sq. profession. This authoritative and unique e-book argues that collective motion through organised employees performed a basic position within the Egyptian revolution, which erupted after years of moves and social protests.

Drawing at the authors' decade-long adventure of reporting on and studying the Egyptian labour circulation, the e-book offers the 1st in-depth account of the emergence of self sustaining exchange unions and staff' militancy in the course of Mubarak's final years in strength, and and their destabilising influence at the post-revolutionary regimes.

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By Mostafa Bassiouny

Accounts of the Arab Spring usually specialise in the function of teenage coalitions, using social media, and the strategies of the Tahrir sq. profession. This authoritative and unique e-book argues that collective motion through organised employees performed a basic position within the Egyptian revolution, which erupted after years of moves and social protests.

Drawing at the authors' decade-long adventure of reporting on and studying the Egyptian labour circulation, the e-book offers the 1st in-depth account of the emergence of self sustaining exchange unions and staff' militancy in the course of Mubarak's final years in strength, and and their destabilising influence at the post-revolutionary regimes.

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Loaded Dice: The Foreign Office and Israel

By Neill Lochery

There's an accredited renowned fantasy approximately contemporary center jap background, that ever because the days of Lawrence of Arabia the British international place of work has been seriously prejudiced in want of the Arab reason within the heart East and continually anti-Israel. In this compact and intensely readable account of center japanese politics because the moment global warfare, Neil Lochery units out to check the reality of this fantasy.  Dr. Lochery specializes in the diplomatic courting among the international workplace and the nation of Israel -  one of the main interesting untold diplomatic tales of the latter 20th century. An Israeli authentic as soon as claimed that even apartheid regimes in South Africa have been handled larger via the British overseas workplace. because the production of Israel in may well 1948, a few twenty one British overseas secretaries (in twelve assorted British governments) and feature handled Israel with various levels of luck. Dr. Lochery's account is dispassionate and thoroughly researched. the writer is a gentile and no Zionist, yet he has written this booklet simply because he believes that the reality has to be informed.

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By Neill Lochery

There's an accredited renowned fantasy approximately contemporary center jap background, that ever because the days of Lawrence of Arabia the British international place of work has been seriously prejudiced in want of the Arab reason within the heart East and continually anti-Israel. In this compact and intensely readable account of center japanese politics because the moment global warfare, Neil Lochery units out to check the reality of this fantasy.  Dr. Lochery specializes in the diplomatic courting among the international workplace and the nation of Israel -  one of the main interesting untold diplomatic tales of the latter 20th century. An Israeli authentic as soon as claimed that even apartheid regimes in South Africa have been handled larger via the British overseas workplace. because the production of Israel in may well 1948, a few twenty one British overseas secretaries (in twelve assorted British governments) and feature handled Israel with various levels of luck. Dr. Lochery's account is dispassionate and thoroughly researched. the writer is a gentile and no Zionist, yet he has written this booklet simply because he believes that the reality has to be informed.

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The Israel/Palestine Question: A Reader (Rewriting Histories)

By Ilan Pappé

In this second variation of The Israel/Palestine Question, Ilan Pappé showcases essentially the most contemporary parts of scholarly curiosity within the historical past of the Israeli-Palestinian clash. together with simply works which problem earlier conceptions and paradigms, Ilan Pappé emphasizes a few contemporary advancements within the traditional historiography.

All the chapters during this version are written by means of Israeli or Palestinian students, illustrating how a lot the will to revisit the historical past of the clash comes from historians belonging to the conflicting events. The publication additionally offers paintings stimulated by means of wider historiographical advancements, for example the present interdisciplinary force, in addition to a sceptical view of elite historic narratives and the increase of non-elite historical past.

This version includes:

  • revisionist perspectives at the formation of Palestine
  • revised sections at the heritage of the 1948 battle and the reviews of Palestinians in Israel
  • a new part on women’s history.

With an absolutely up-to-date advent, Ilan Pappé's well timed anthology is a stimulating advisor to the complex background and politics of the center East.

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By Ilan Pappé

In this second variation of The Israel/Palestine Question, Ilan Pappé showcases essentially the most contemporary parts of scholarly curiosity within the historical past of the Israeli-Palestinian clash. together with simply works which problem earlier conceptions and paradigms, Ilan Pappé emphasizes a few contemporary advancements within the traditional historiography.

All the chapters during this version are written by means of Israeli or Palestinian students, illustrating how a lot the will to revisit the historical past of the clash comes from historians belonging to the conflicting events. The publication additionally offers paintings stimulated by means of wider historiographical advancements, for example the present interdisciplinary force, in addition to a sceptical view of elite historic narratives and the increase of non-elite historical past.

This version includes:

  • revisionist perspectives at the formation of Palestine
  • revised sections at the heritage of the 1948 battle and the reviews of Palestinians in Israel
  • a new part on women’s history.

With an absolutely up-to-date advent, Ilan Pappé's well timed anthology is a stimulating advisor to the complex background and politics of the center East.

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1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War

By Benny Morris

This background of the foundational conflict within the Arab-Israeli clash is groundbreaking, target, and deeply revisionist. A riveting account of the army engagements, it additionally makes a speciality of the war's political dimensions. Benny Morris probes the factors and goals of the protagonists at the foundation of newly opened Israeli and Western documentation. The Arab side—where the information are nonetheless closed—is illuminated with the aid of intelligence and diplomatic materials.

 

Morris stresses the jihadi personality of the two-stage Arab attack at the Jewish group in Palestine. all through, he examines the dialectic among the war's army and political advancements and highlights the army impetus within the construction of the refugee challenge, which used to be a derivative of the disintegration of Palestinian Arab society. The ebook completely investigates the function of the good Powers—Britain, the U.S., and the Soviet Union—in shaping the clash and its tentative termination in 1949. Morris seems either at excessive politics and basic employees decision-making strategies and on the nitty-gritty of wrestle within the successive battles that resulted within the emergence of the country of Israel and the humiliation of the Arab global, an embarrassment that underlies the continuing Arab antagonism towards Israel.

 

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By Benny Morris

This background of the foundational conflict within the Arab-Israeli clash is groundbreaking, target, and deeply revisionist. A riveting account of the army engagements, it additionally makes a speciality of the war's political dimensions. Benny Morris probes the factors and goals of the protagonists at the foundation of newly opened Israeli and Western documentation. The Arab side—where the information are nonetheless closed—is illuminated with the aid of intelligence and diplomatic materials.

 

Morris stresses the jihadi personality of the two-stage Arab attack at the Jewish group in Palestine. all through, he examines the dialectic among the war's army and political advancements and highlights the army impetus within the construction of the refugee challenge, which used to be a derivative of the disintegration of Palestinian Arab society. The ebook completely investigates the function of the good Powers—Britain, the U.S., and the Soviet Union—in shaping the clash and its tentative termination in 1949. Morris seems either at excessive politics and basic employees decision-making strategies and on the nitty-gritty of wrestle within the successive battles that resulted within the emergence of the country of Israel and the humiliation of the Arab global, an embarrassment that underlies the continuing Arab antagonism towards Israel.

 

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Mountain to Mountain: A Journey of Adventure and Activism for the Women of Afghanistan

By Shannon Galpin

Being encouraged to behave can take many kinds. For a few it is taking a weekend to volunteer, yet for Shannon Galpin, it intended leaving her occupation, promoting her apartment, launching a nonprofit and committing her lifestyles to advancing schooling and chance for ladies and ladies. targeting the war-torn state of Afghanistan, Galpin and her association, Mountain2Mountain, have touched the lives of hundreds and hundreds of fellows, girls and youngsters. as though launching a nonprofit wasn't adequate, in 2009 Galpin turned the 1st girl to journey a mountain motorcycle in Afghanistan. Now she's utilizing that preliminary motorcycle trip to achieve information round the nation, encouraging humans to exploit their motorcycles "as a automobile for social switch and justice to aid a rustic the place girls should not have the precise to trip a bike."
In Mountain to Mountain, her lyric and sincere memoir, Galpin describes her first forays into fundraising, her deep wish to aid girls and women midway internationally, her love for experience and activities, and her personal concept to be much more than simply one other rape sufferer. in the course of her various journeys to Afghanistan, Shannon reaches out to politicians and reporters in addition to daily Afghans ― lecturers, criminal inmates, moms, daughters ― to go a cultural divide and locate universal floor. She narrates harrowing encounters, exhilarating motorbike rides, funny episodes, and the heartbreak inherent in a rustic that remains recuperating from a long time of struggle and occupation.

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By Shannon Galpin

Being encouraged to behave can take many kinds. For a few it is taking a weekend to volunteer, yet for Shannon Galpin, it intended leaving her occupation, promoting her apartment, launching a nonprofit and committing her lifestyles to advancing schooling and chance for ladies and ladies. targeting the war-torn state of Afghanistan, Galpin and her association, Mountain2Mountain, have touched the lives of hundreds and hundreds of fellows, girls and youngsters. as though launching a nonprofit wasn't adequate, in 2009 Galpin turned the 1st girl to journey a mountain motorcycle in Afghanistan. Now she's utilizing that preliminary motorcycle trip to achieve information round the nation, encouraging humans to exploit their motorcycles "as a automobile for social switch and justice to aid a rustic the place girls should not have the precise to trip a bike."
In Mountain to Mountain, her lyric and sincere memoir, Galpin describes her first forays into fundraising, her deep wish to aid girls and women midway internationally, her love for experience and activities, and her personal concept to be much more than simply one other rape sufferer. in the course of her various journeys to Afghanistan, Shannon reaches out to politicians and reporters in addition to daily Afghans ― lecturers, criminal inmates, moms, daughters ― to go a cultural divide and locate universal floor. She narrates harrowing encounters, exhilarating motorbike rides, funny episodes, and the heartbreak inherent in a rustic that remains recuperating from a long time of struggle and occupation.

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Syria Burning: ISIS and the Death of the Arab Spring

Since its graduation within the upsurge of the Arab Spring in 2011, the Syrian civil struggle has claimed in way over 200,000 lives, with an envisioned 8 million Syrians, greater than a 3rd of the country's inhabitants, compelled to escape their houses. A stalemate now exists within the state, with the govt. of Bashar al-Assad keeping its grip on lots of the towns within the west whereas huge swathes of the nation-state within the north and east are below the keep an eye on of the Islamic fundamentalist teams ISIS and the Nusra entrance.

The caliphate introduced through ISIS in the summertime of 2014 occupies a few 35 percentage of the rustic in addition to sizeable territory around the border in Iraq. The nuances of this clash have by no means been good understood within the West, least of all, it kind of feels, via governments within the US and Europe, who, expecting Assad's surprising departure, made it a situation of any negotiated payment. the implications of that miscalculation, Charles Glass contends during this illuminating and concise survey, have contributed enormously to the unfolding catastrophe that we witness this day.

Glass has mentioned commonly from the center East and travelled often in Syria over a number of a long time. right here he melds jointly reportage, research, and background to supply an obtainable review of the origins and diversifications defining the clash, situating it truly within the total challenge of the sector. His voice, based and concise, humane and richly trained, is an important antidote to the sloganizing that shapes lots statement and coverage in regards to the civil struggle.

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Since its graduation within the upsurge of the Arab Spring in 2011, the Syrian civil struggle has claimed in way over 200,000 lives, with an envisioned 8 million Syrians, greater than a 3rd of the country's inhabitants, compelled to escape their houses. A stalemate now exists within the state, with the govt. of Bashar al-Assad keeping its grip on lots of the towns within the west whereas huge swathes of the nation-state within the north and east are below the keep an eye on of the Islamic fundamentalist teams ISIS and the Nusra entrance.

The caliphate introduced through ISIS in the summertime of 2014 occupies a few 35 percentage of the rustic in addition to sizeable territory around the border in Iraq. The nuances of this clash have by no means been good understood within the West, least of all, it kind of feels, via governments within the US and Europe, who, expecting Assad's surprising departure, made it a situation of any negotiated payment. the implications of that miscalculation, Charles Glass contends during this illuminating and concise survey, have contributed enormously to the unfolding catastrophe that we witness this day.

Glass has mentioned commonly from the center East and travelled often in Syria over a number of a long time. right here he melds jointly reportage, research, and background to supply an obtainable review of the origins and diversifications defining the clash, situating it truly within the total challenge of the sector. His voice, based and concise, humane and richly trained, is an important antidote to the sloganizing that shapes lots statement and coverage in regards to the civil struggle.

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