James Petras: The Arab Revolt and the Imperialist Counterattack

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When the popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia overthrew the public faces of the imperial-backed regimes in the region, it inspired supporters of popular democracy worldwide. However, as the Arab revolt spread from North Africa to the Gulf and deepened its demands, the Empire struck back. The ruling military junta in Egypt cracked down on the prodemocracy movement as its autocratic “partners in the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula drowned the civil society movements in blood.

While standing by the crumbling dictatorships elsewhere in the region, the United States, France and the United Kingdom seized the opportunity to intervene in Libya under cover of a new “responsibility to protect” doctrine authorizing humanitarian intervention. But instead, NATO took sides in the
Libyan civil war, unleashing a savage bombing campaign against the very people it purported to
protect, reducing the Libyan capital and surrounding cities to rubble, and opening itself to charges of war crimes.

These essays chronicle the growing militarization of US policy in North Africa and the Gulf and the historic confrontation between the Arab democratic revolts and the imperial backed satraps. Bearing witness to the ragtag rebel victory enabled by NATO in Libya and ongoing chaos throughout the region, Petras disassembles America’s collapsing Middle East policy.


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On December 8 2010 The Mexican Press Club awarded James
Petras  its prestigious International Journalism Prize for Investigation and
Analysis of the News within the global context.

“Dr. James Petras is one of the greatest personalities of critical intellect of our time. His
numerous books, which have been translated into many languages, and his opinion articles
which are invariably defined by their rigor and decisive data, widely documented and
placed within their social context, have turned this thinker into one of the most lucid and
coherent minds of recent times. Naturally, this has earned Dr. Petras the resentment of
those who feel affected by his tireless efforts. Nevertheless, countless readers all over the
world seek the words of this thinker to defend themselves from propaganda that intends to
make us sympathize with the single-minded thinking of neoliberalism.”
 


AUTHOR

James Petras is a Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at
Binghamton University, New York. He is the author of 64 books
published in 29 languages, and 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.  He has published over 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.  His most recent titles are The Power of
Israel in the United States and Rulers and Ruled in the United States, (acquired for Japanese, German, Italian, Indonesian, Czech and Arabic editions), Zionism, Militarism and the Decline of US Power,  Global Depression & Regional Wars, and War Crimes in Gaza and
the Zionist Fifth Column in America
. He has a long history of

commitment to social justice, working in particular with the Brazilian
Landless Workers Movement for 11 years. In 1973-76 he was a
member of the Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Repression in Latin
America. He writes a monthly column for the Mexican newspaper, Le
Jornada, and previously, for the Spanish daily, El Mundo.  He received his B.A. from Boston University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley

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Hanania loves to write about American Arabs in politics, and focuses on Arab life in America.

Currently, he writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com. He writes on American politics for the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News newspaper and the Reporter Newspapers. He also writes for the online websites TheArabDailyNews.com and NewsAmericaNetwork.com (Illinois News Network at IllinoisNewsNetwork.com).

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Hanania began in journalism as an activist publishing Chicago’s first English-language American Arab Newspaper “The Middle Eastern Voice” from 1975 through 1977. In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. In 2004, he published “The National Arab American Times” monthly newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East ethnic food stores in 48 American States.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. Formerly syndicated by Creators Syndicate, Hanania also has written news, features and Opinion Columns for Al Jazeera English, the Jerusalem Post, YNetNews.com, Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News, Regional News and Palos Reporter newspapers in Chicagoland. Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.

Hanania is Palestinian Christian from prominent Bethlehem and Jerusalem families. His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.

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