The Political Economy of World Wars I and II
War, Institutions, and Social Change in the Middle East
Steven Heydemann, Berkeley: University of California Press
2. Guns, Gold, and Grain
War and Food Supply in the Making of Transjordan
In 1924, a “commentator on Middle Eastern affairs” who wrote under the pseudonym Xenophon, remarked that “of all the [...] . . . → Read More: War, State, and Markets in the Middle East
Genealogies of the Afghan Jihad
David B. Edwards
Berkeley University of California Press
Excerpts: Part III The Islamic Jihad
6. Muslim Youth
Qazi Amin (courtesy of Qazi Amin).
Qazi Amin speaking at the dedication of a new high school, Kot, Ningrahar, post-1989 (courtesy of Qazi Amin).
The development of an Islamic movement in a country depends on the [...] . . . → Read More: Before Taliban
By WILLIAM A. EDDY
BEFORE THE ALLIED LANDING ON THE COAST OF North Africa on November 8, 1942, the handful of us who knew the date and place of the landings were terrified lest we might talk in our sleep. In those days before the landings it was imperative that one neither cancel nor increase normal [...] . . . → Read More: F.D.R. MEETS IBN SAUD
Israeli Settlement Activities & Related Policies
Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs, Jerusalem
Throughout history, Jerusalem has thrived as an important political and cultural center and as a religious focal point for the three monotheistic religions. This status has resulted in numerous struggles taking place in an attempt to possess this significant city.
From [...] . . . → Read More: Jerusalem
Prof. Hamed A. Ead Based on the book Introduction to the History of Science
by George Sarton
George Sarton’s Tribute to Muslim Scientists in the “Introduction to the History of Science”:
“It will suffice here to evoke a few glorious names without contemporary equivalents in the West: Jabir ibn Haiyan, al-Kindi, al-Khwarizmi, al-Fargani, al-Razi, Thabit ibn Qurra, [...] . . . → Read More: History of Islamic Science
United States support for the partition of Palestine was crucial to the adoption of the UN partition plan and to the creation of the state of Israel. During World War II, the USA was anxious to maintain good relations with Saudi Arabia. President Roosevelt had promised King Saud that the USA would [...] . . . → Read More: Truman and the Creation of the Jewish Army
Grant F. Smith
Director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRMEP)
In this story Grant reveals the emerging details of the secret battles between the Kennedys and the Israel lobby.
AIPAC Founder Isaiah L. Kenen and Ted Kennedy
The lobby’s accolades for the late Ted Kennedy and his support of Israel mask the generally [...] . . . → Read More: The Kennedys vs Israel’s Lobby
by David Ottaway
Vol 14, No 21
There have been two constants in U.S.-Saudi relations for decades: oil and Gulf security, particularly the security of the Saudi royal family. Our two societies have had little in common, and yet despite deep differences, we have had a “special relationship” with the Kingdom of Saudi [...] . . . → Read More: The U.S. and Saudi Arabia Since the 1930s
For decades, Western decision-makers have viewed Hamas as a terrorist organization that seeks to destroy the state of Israel and thus will never accept a territorial compromise based on a two-state solution.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently reiterated that assessment in a July 14, 2009, speech in Tel [...] . . . → Read More: Hamas 2.0
by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
Lew Rockwell Archives
Commentators across the spectrum have finally clued in to neo-conservatism as the intellectual framework of the Bush administration. We are suddenly faced with long think pieces on the role of political philosopher Leo Strauss in influencing the architects of the Iraq war and Bush’s governance in general. We are also learning about the ideological path taken by former college Trotskyites into the Republican Party of the 1970s. It’s an instructive example of tenacity and dedication in translating ideas into practice.
Along with the political victory of the neocons (by victory I mean the reality that they now control many levers of power) has come shock and alarm of those who disagree with their policies. Their critics left and right regard their use of domestic police powers as contrary to constitutional guarantees, and their foreign policy as nothing but untrammeled aggression that violates human rights and makes us ever more vulnerable. Continue reading Neo-Conservatism Explained