The Arab Revolt and the Imperialist Counterattack
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The Arab Revolt and the Imperialist Counterattack

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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 prodemocracy 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.
These essays chronicle the growing militarization of US policy in North Africa and the Gulf and the historic confrontation between the Arab democratic revolution and the imperial backed satraps; between Libyans fighting for their independence and the Euro-American naval and air forces ravaging the country on behalf of their inept local clients. This second edition greatly expands upon the first edition, originally published last year.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 10.16mm | 181.44g
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0985271000
  • 9780985271008
  • 862,845

Table of contents

Introduction; Chapter 1; Washington Faces the Arab Revolts:; Sacrificing Dictators to Save the State; Chapter 2; Egypt's Social Movements, The CIA and Mossad; Chapter 3; Roots of the Arab Revolts and; Premature Celebrations; Chapter 4; The Euro-US War on Libya; Official Lies and Misconceptions of Critics; Chapter 5; Libya and Obama's Defense of the 'Rebel Uprising'; Chapter 6; Contextualizing the 'Arab Spring':; Networks of Empire and Realignments of World Power; Chapter 7; NATO's War Crimes in Libya:; Who Grieves for the Fallen Heroes?; Chapter 8; The Assassination of Osama Bin Laden; Its Uses and Abuses; Chapter 9; The Assassination of Anwar Al-Awlaki by Fiat; Chapter 9; The Obama Doctrine: Making a Virtue of Necessity; Chapter 10; What future for the Washington / "Moderate Islam"; Alliance?; APPENDIX; Indicators of Social Well Being in Pre-Invasion Libya; INDEX.
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About James F. Petras

James Petras is a Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York. His books have been published in 29 languages. He is the author of over 560 articles in professional journals, including the American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Social Research, Journal of Contemporary Asia, and Journal of Peasant Studies as well as 2000 articles in nonprofessional journals such as The New York Times, the Guardian, the Nation, Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, New Left Review, Partisan Review, Temps Moderne, Le Monde Diplomatique, and his commentary is widely carried on the internet. He was a recipient of the Mexican Press Club Award for International Investigatory Journalism, and a winner of the American Sociological Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, Marxist Section.
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