Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War

In 2011, many Syrians took to the streets of Damascus to call for the overthrow of the govt. of Bashar al-Assad. this present day, a lot of Syria has turn into a warzone and plenty of fear that the rustic is near to collapse.
 
Burning Country explores the complex fact of lifestyles in present-day Syria with unprecedented aspect and class, drawing on new first-hand stories from competition opponents, exiles misplaced in an archipelago of refugee camps, and brave human rights activists. Yassin-Kassab and Al-Shami expertly interweave those tales with an incisive research of the militarization of the rebellion, the increase of the Islamists and sectarian conflict, and the function of Syria’s executive in exacerbating the brutalization of the clash. via those debts and a large diversity of secondary resource fabric, the authors persuasively argue that the overseas group has failed in its acknowledged commitments to aid the Syrian competition movements.
 
protecting ISIS and Islamism, neighborhood geopolitics, new grassroots progressive enterprises, and the worst refugee drawback due to the fact international battle , Burning Country is a brilliant and groundbreaking examine a modern day political and humanitarian nightmare.

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'Anticipating' the 2011 Arab Uprisings: Revolutionary Literatures and Political Geographies

By Rita Sakr

This learn examines the ways that the relationships among the artistic energy of progressive humans and the innovative strength of inventive artists, in particular writers, are obtrusive within the on-going Arab uprisings. Bringing jointly literature, cultural geography, and human rights discourse, it explores a number of contemporary novels and memoirs from Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria. those works sought to resolve the political geographies of injustice and renowned discontent and hence 'anticipated' or imaginatively expected in addition to participated in a number of the significant present upheavals of their specific nationwide contexts. by way of revealing socio-economic divisions and spatial injustice, disappearances and political prisons, surveillance and exile in addition to the innovative spirit of oppressed populations and the hazards of counter-revolutionary forces, civil strife, and fundamentalism, they variously re-imagine the realities that caused the adjustments we're now witnessing.

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The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

The clash among Palestine and Israel is likely one of the so much hugely publicized and sour struggles of recent instances, a deadly tinderbox continually poised to set the center East aflame--and to attract the USA into the fireplace. during this obtainable and stimulating Very brief creation, Martin Bunton illuminates the heritage of the matter, lowering it to its very essence. Adopting a clean and unique technique, Bunton explores the Palestinian-Israeli dispute in twenty-year segments, to focus on the historic complexity of the clash all through successive a long time. each one bankruptcy starts off with an exam of the relationships between humans and occasions that marked specific years as historic stepping stones within the evolution of the clash, together with the 1897 Basle Congress, the 1917 Balfour announcement and British career of Palestine, and the 1947 UN Partition Plan and the conflict for Palestine.

Providing a transparent and reasonable exploration of the most concerns, Bunton explores not just the ancient foundation of the clash, but additionally appears to be like at how and why partition has been so tough and the way efforts to revive peace proceed today.

About the sequence:

Oxford's Very brief Introductions sequence bargains concise and unique introductions to a variety of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary concept to heritage, and Archaeology to the Bible. now not easily a textbook of definitions, every one quantity during this sequence presents trenchant and provocative--yet regularly balanced and complete--discussions of the crucial concerns in a given self-discipline or box. each Very brief advent provides a readable evolution of the topic in query, demonstrating how the topic has built and the way it has prompted society. ultimately, the sequence will surround each significant educational self-discipline, delivering all scholars an obtainable and considerable reference library. regardless of the sector of research that one deems very important or beautiful, regardless of the subject that fascinates the overall reader, the Very brief Introductions sequence has a convenient and cheap consultant that would most probably turn out indispensable.

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Dateline Jerusalem: An Eyewitness Account of Prophecies Unfolding in the Middle East

By Chris Mitchell

Historys ultimate bankruptcy should be written in Jerusalem.

When an Iranian president thunders a murderous hazard or an imprecise Turkish drunkard has a dream in Mecca or a Jewish couple from Brooklyn lands at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport, those occasions might sound disconnected. yet they’re no longer. In Dateline Jerusalem, CBN information correspondent Chris Mitchell connects the dots and unveils Jerusalem because the epicenter and crossroads of the non secular, political, and, sure, supernatural worlds.

For hundreds of thousands of years, Jerusalem’s strong draw has continually transcended uncomplicated economics, army process, and spiritual affiliation.

In our personal time, because the Arab Spring threatens to develop into an Islamic wintry weather, one commentator warns: “The Arab Spring doesn’t result in democracy, it ends up in Jerusalem.” certainly, the delicate peace of Israel is in new peril as violent Islamic factions vie for keep an eye on of surrounding countries. but Muslims are changing to Christianity in list numbers. Dateline Jerusalem untangles and chronicles all this in the course of the riveting narrative of a Christian reporter within the upheaval of the trendy Fertile Crescent.

We reside in a global the place we can't find the money for to be unwell expert. What occurs within the strategic heart East, Israel, and Jerusalem is important. It concerns to you. Today’s information could specialise in Washington, manhattan, London, or Moscow, yet history’s ultimate bankruptcy could be written in Jerusalem.

Chris Mitchell’s firsthand reports and reporting uniquely qualify him to expound on and clarify the key tendencies and advancements sweeping the center East and affecting the area. Mitchell has served because the bureau chief for CBN information because August 2000.

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Trailblazers of the Arab Spring: Voices of Democracy in the Middle East

By Joshua Muravchik

Before September eleven, 2001 we american citizens didn't imagine a lot approximately freedom or democracy within the heart East. U.S. coverage towards the quarter aimed to guarantee a competent movement of oil, to inspire peace among the Arabs and Israel, and primarily, in the course of the chilly conflict, to avoid our rival from gaining any strategic virtue over us. 9-11 impelled us to reassess.

Now, as we're entangled in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan the Mid-East’s political and social quandaries lie on the very middle of our overseas coverage goals. And but, after years of blood and fortune spent at the democratization of the center East, the main identifiable personalities within the sector are infamous terrorists, backwards autocrats and fanatical preachers. As Joshua Muravchik demonstrates in Trailblazers of the Arab Spring, there are in reality additionally heroic democrats and liberals in those lands of anti-democratic fanaticism, and the struggle they're struggling with is additionally our fight.

Muravchik brings to gentle the tales of 7 amazing humans, six Arabs and an Iranian. 5 are males; , girls. 4 are Sunnis, are Shiites, and the 7th is blended. All are dedicated passionately to a reason, and, whereas the angles from which they assault it are various, the bigger objective is similar for all seven—to make their nations extra open and democratic. Trailblazers of the Arab Spring reminds us that freedom is a prize that needs to be gained via fight and sacrifice, and it introduces us to our nameless neighbors who've consecrated their lives to the delivery of loose societies within the center East.

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The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday: Unexpected Encounters in the Changing Middle East

By Neil MacFarquhar

Due to the fact that his boyhood in Qadhafi’s Libya, Neil MacFarquhar has built a counterintuitive experience that the center East, regardless of the entire bloodshed in its contemporary background, is a spot of heat, humanity, and beneficiant eccentricity.
In this booklet, he introduces a cross-section of unsung, dynamic women and men pioneering political and social swap. there's the Kuwaiti intercourse therapist in a leather-based swimsuit with matching purple scarf, and the Syrian engineer advocating a much less political interpretation of the Koran. MacFarquhar interacts with Arabs and Iranians of their on a daily basis lives, faraway from the violence we see always, but wrestling with the region’s destiny. those are those that become aware of their quarter is out of step with the area and are decided to deal with it—on their very own phrases.

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City of Oranges: Arabs and Jews in Jaffa

By Adam LeBor

Jaffa - famed for its orange groves - was once for hundreds of years a urban of investors, retailers, lecturers and directors, domestic to Muslims, Christians and Jews alike. that's, till the founding of the kingdom of Israel, which was once concurrently a second of jubilation for the Jews and a catastrophe - the Naqba - for the 100,000 Arabs who fled Jaffa in 1948. throughout the tales of six households - 3 Arab and 3 Jewish - Adam LeBor delicately illuminates the complexity of contemporary Israel, going past the media stereotypes and political rhetoric to inform a relocating human tale. From the Christian Arab car-dealer, the Jewish coffee-and-spice service provider and the Arab baker who makes bread for the total group, to the Jewish schoolgirl who befriends an Arab drug broker, those humans try to make a existence in a rustic born of conflict.

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Muqtada: Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia Revival, and the Struggle for Iraq

By Patrick Cockburn

No matter what else the U.S. meant whilst it invaded Iraq within the spring of 2003, it used to be to not hand the rustic over to a 32-year-old militant cleric who fought opposed to their presence from the beginning and whom former Iraqi administrator L. Paul Bremer III defined as a "Bolshevik Islamist." but, because the profession progressively disintegrates, the chance grows ever superior that Muqtada al-Sadr, the black-turbaned chief of Iraq's terrible Shiites, will take strength whilst the americans eventually depart. during this compelling and narrative-driven account, Patrick Cockburn, one of many bravest and so much skilled correspondents reporting from the battle, tells the tale of Muqtada and his awesome upward thrust to turn into what Canadian journalist Naomi Klein defined as "the unmarried maximum possibility to U.S. army and fiscal keep an eye on of Iraq." In those pages, Cockburn appears to be like on the younger cleric's kinfolk heritage, specifically the assassination of his father and brothers through Saddam's hit males, his management of the 70,000-strong Mahdi military, the hyperlinks among his flow Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Iranian management, and his common confrontations with the yankee army, together with the pitched conflict within the cemetery of Najaf and the new mass demonstrations not easy an finish to the career. this can be no dry, educational treatise. Cockburn's account attracts on dramatic, firsthand dealings with the Mahdi military, together with a demanding stumble upon at a roadblock outdoors Najaf within which he used to be approximately killed. even though, even though it frequently reads like an experience tale, Muqtada! offers a necessary research of a circulation that might be serious to the way forward for Iraq after the americans depart.

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The Routledge Atlas of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Routledge Historical Atlases)

By Martin Gilbert

The Routledge Atlas of the Arab-Israeli Conflict lines not just the tangled and sour historical past of the Arab-Jewish fight from the early 20th century to the current, together with the loss of life of Yasser Arafat and up to date proposals for compromise and co-operation, it additionally illustrates the present strikes in the direction of discovering peace, and the efforts to deliver the horrors of the scuffling with to an finish via negotiation and agreed barriers. In 227 maps, the total heritage of the clash is published, including:

  • The Prelude and heritage to the Conflict - from the presence of Jews in Palestine prior to the Arab conquest to the angle of england to the Arabs and Jews on account that 1915
  • The Jewish nationwide Home - from the early Jewish payment and the Zionist plan for Palestine in 1919 to the involvement of the Arab global from 1945 to the current day
  • The Intensification of the Conflict - from the Arab reaction to the United countries partition plan of November 1947 to the statement of Israeli independence in may perhaps 1948
  • The country of Israel - from the Israeli battle of Independence and the Suez and 6 Day Wars to the October struggle (the Yom Kippur War), the 1st and moment intifadas, the suicide-bomb crusade, the Israel-Hezbollah struggle of 2006, Operation solid lead opposed to the Gaza Strip in 2009, the Gaza Flotilla of 2012 and Nakba Day 2011
  • The strikes to discover Peace - from the 1st and moment Camp David talks and the dying of Arafat, to the continued look for peace, together with the Annapolis convention, 2007, the paintings of the Quartet Emissary, Tony Blair 2007-2011, and the continued Palestinian look for statehood.

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Confronting Empire: Interviews with David Barsamian

By Eqbal Ahmad

Eqbal Ahmad was once an influential political theorist, cultural critic, author and educational. Born in India, he grew up within the final years of the British Raj, relocating to Pakistan in the course of the civil battle that partition, and finally settling within the usa as a political refugee, having been declared personality non grata via successive army governments in Pakistan.

This ebook brings jointly Ahmad’s so much influential writings on imperialism, terrorism and the center East. the amount additionally encompasses a sequence of themed interviews, carried out through David Barsamian particularly formulated to accompany, supplement and increase Ahmad’s key issues and issues. within the interviews, Ahmad recounts his paintings with the nationwide Liberation entrance and Frantz Fanon in Algeria, assembly Malcolm X, his function within the anti-Vietnam warfare protests and his activism on behalf of Palestine.

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