From Coexistence to Conquest: International Law and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict 1891-1949

    • Title: From Coexistence to Conquest: International Law and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict 1891-1949
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Victor Kattan (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2009
    • ISBN-10: 0745325793
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745325798
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 457
    • Size / Format: 8,7 mb / pdf
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Description: From Coexistence to Conquest seeks to explain how the Arab-Israeli conflict developed by looking beyond strict legalism to the men behind the policies adopted by the Great Powers at the dawn of the twentieth century.  It controversially argues that Zionism was adopted by the British Government in its 1917 Balfour Declaration primarily as an immigration device and that it can be traced back to the 1903 Royal Commission on Alien Immigration and the Alien’s Act 1905.

The book contains the most detailed legal analysis of the 1915-6 Hussein-McMahon correspondence, as well as the Balfour Declaration, and takes a closer look at the travaux préparatoires that formed the British Mandate of Palestine.  It places the violent reaction of the Palestine Arabs to mass Jewish immigration in the context of Zionism, highlighting the findings of several British commissions of inquiry which recommended that Britain abandon its policy.  The book also revisits the controversies over the question of self-determination, and the partition of Palestine.

The Chapter on the 1948 conflict seeks to update international lawyers on the scholarship of Israel’s ‘new’ historians and reproduces some of the horrific accounts of the atrocities that took place from newspaper reports, UN documents, and personal accounts, which saw the expulsion and exodus of almost an entire people from their homeland. The penultimate chapter argues that Israel was created through an act of conquest or subjugation. The book concludes with a sobering analysis of the conflict arguing that neither Jews nor Arabs were to blame for starting it.

Bread Alone

    • Title: Bread Alone
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Kim Jensen (Author)
    • Publisher: Syracuse Univ Press
    • Year: 2009
    • ISBN-10: 0815609450
    • ISBN-13: 978-0815609452
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 116
    • Size / Format: 0,5 mb / pdf
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Description: “This powerful work reproduces the shock of the life that millions of people lead in silence, in darkness. These poems can wake up a rock.” – Etel Adnan, author of Sitt Marie Rose

“Kim Jensen’s poems are searing and spare. They will haunt you and stretch your vision. You won’t be the same person after reading them that you were before.”–Naomi Shihab Nye, author of Habibi and Going, Going

“In a time of news about war we can only reflect the devastation of others. What comes in can’t come out. True resistance seems muted, dissolved. Here we arrive at just such a landscape, but perhaps because it is a woman’s terrain, we are at least given bread.”–Fanny Howe, winner of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for Life Achievement

“Throughout Bread Alone, Jensen trusts verbal economy, and the concise force of her pieces–most are but a page long–lends them a stealth force…that sear themselves into the brain as indelible imagery.”–Bret McCabe, Arts Editor, Baltimore City Paper

Kim Jensen (www.kimjensen.org) is a writer who has lived in France, California, and the Middle East. Her first novel about a turbulent affair between a Palestinian exile and an American student, The Woman I Left Behind, was published in 2006 by Curbstone Press, and was a finalist for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year. Her first book of poems, Bread Alone, was published this year (2009) by Syracuse University Press. In 2001, Kim won the Raymond Carver Prize for Short Fiction, and her writings have appeared in the following anthologies and journals: Come Together: Imagine Peace (Bottom Dog Press); Hunger and Thirst (San Diego City Works Press); Poetic Voices without Borders 2 (Gival Press); Blood Lotus; Ezra Journal of Translation; Liberation Literature; Rain Taxi Review; Left Curve; Boston Book Review, and many others. Kim currently lives in Maryland where she serves on the editorial board of the Baltimore Review and is associate professor of English at the Community College of Baltimore County. She lives with her husband, Palestinian artist Zahi Khamis (www.zahiart.com), and their two children.

 

The Arab State and Neo-Liberal Globalization: The Restructuring of State Power in the Middle East

    • Title:The Arab State and Neo-Liberal Globalization: The Restructuring of State Power in the Middle East
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Laura Guazzone (Editor), Daniela Pioppi (Editor)
    • Publisher: Ithaca Press
    • Year: 2009
    • ISBN-10: 086372339X
    • ISBN-13: 978-0863723391
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 388
    • Size / Format: 1,9 mb / pdf
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Description: This collection of essays offers an alternative approach to the study of today’s Arab states by focusing on their participation in neo-liberal globalization rather than on authoritarianism or Islam. The effects of the restructuring of traditional state power — engendered by globalization — are analyzed separately through updated empirical research in the political, economic, and security processes of each country considered. Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia are the case studies selected to represent different paths towards a shared model of the “new” Arab state which, far from representing an exceptional case of resilience against global trends, may be seen in many instances as typifying their effects. This book thus offers both an overall conceptualization of change affecting the Arab states — domestically and in their relations with the international system — and a series of in-depth case studies by country and functional areas.

People Power: Unarmed Resistance and Global Solidarity

    • Title: People Power: Unarmed Resistance and Global Solidarity
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Howard Clark (Editor)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2009
    • ISBN-10: 0745329020
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745329024
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 256
    • Size / Format: 10,5 mb / pdf
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Description: Across the world, nonviolent movements are in the forefront of resistance against repression, imperial aggression and corporate abuse. However, it is often difficult for activists in other countries to know how best to assist such movements. The contributors to Unarmed Resistance and Global Solidarity place nonviolent struggles in an international context where solidarity can play a crucial role. Yet they also warn that good intentions are not enough, solidarity has to listen to local movements. Using clear examples, the contributors assess various forms of solidarity, criticizing those in the global North who try to impose their view of what is possible and arguing that a central role of solidarity is to strengthen the counter-power of those resisting domination and oppression.

Peaceful Resistance: Building a Palestinian University under Occupation

    • Title: Peaceful Resistance: Building a Palestinian University under Occupation
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Gabriel Baramki (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2009
    • ISBN-10: 0745329322
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745329321
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 224
    • Size / Format: 8,2 mb / pdf
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Description: This book tells the remarkable story of Bierzeit University, one of Palestine’s foremost educational institutions. When Dr. Gabi Baramki co-founded Birzeit’s first degree program in 1972, he was determined to create a Palestinian national university despite Israel ‘s occupation. Democracy and tolerance would be among its mandatory subjects. The West Bank institution quickly became a beacon of learning, open to the best students irrespective of income. It continues to produce scholars, administrators, leaders and confident, idealistic young people. The cost of achieving this has been shocking. Israel first tried to break the university through forced closures. Since its establishment as a university, staff and students have been detained, often without trial, throughout the period even during the 15 times of closure. Israeli soldiers have stormed the university, shooting unarmed students. Dr. Baramki has been dragged from his home at night, beaten and arrested. As Vice-Chancellor, he has been liaising with Israeli prisons and comforting bereaved Palestinian parents. This memoir should be required reading for anyone concerned about the right to learn.