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The Evil Axis of Finance: The US-Japan-China Stranglehold on the Global Future [Paperback]
Richard Westra
Clarity Press (March 15, 2012)


Why, despite a raft of potential international investment outlets, is a major share of global wealth and savings still impelled toward a US Wall Street-centered casino? Why has an increasingly gaping chasm crystallized between bloating global financial activities and the “real” world economy of production and trade?
How is it that wealthy governments’ injection of trillions of dollars into stumbling financial sectors across the globe is failing to create decent new jobs?

This book connects the dots linking the 2008 meltdown—and over a decade of dress rehearsals for it—to a rigged global financial game that is unraveling the very foundations of modernity.



In Ramallah, Running [Paperback]
Guy Mannes-Abbott (Author), Samar Martha (Editor)


In Ramallah, Running represents Guy Mannes-Abbott's uniquely personal encounter with Palestine, interweaving short, highly condensed texts with longer, exploratory essays at the place. International artists and prominent writers have responded to the texts with newly commissioned works.
The principal text is a series in 14 parts, alternating running within the limits of the city and walking out from it to,along, beyond and off limits, discovering how insidiously mobile those limits are under Occupation. With singular style and compelling force, Mannes-Abbott generates a very special intimacy with a rarely seen or experienced Palestine; the actual place itself, the people in their place.

Jean Fisher contributes a substantial introductory essay, while the poet and critic Najwan Darwish and novelist Adania Shibli have written further captivating responses.

Decade of Deceit: 2002-2012 Reflections on Palestine [Paperback]
William A. Cook (Author)


The essays that compose Decade of Deceit: 2002-2012 consider current events in the mid-East from a moral perspective that transcends the immediate moment and forces reflection on concerns that exalt or deny human rights, personal dignity and respect. These are polemical essays, not news stories. Events considered from this perspective have roots that transcend time, roots imbedded in human nature, roots that grow deep in the earth that gave birth to them for it is from ashes we grow and to ashes we return. (Introduction) Cook undertook a major task. His new book is an invaluable contribution to understanding the Israel/Palestinian conflict. His polemical essays are must reading. They explain the longest unresolved conflict of our time and why it matters.


About the Author
Dr. William A. Cook, an activist and writer for numerous Internet publications, author of Tracking Deception: Bush Mid-East Policy, The Rape of Palestine, and The Plight of the Palestinians, is a Professor of English at the University of La Verne in southern California.

The Evil Axis of Finance: The US-Japan-China Stranglehold on the Global Future [Paperback]
Richard Westra
Clarity Press (March 15, 2012)


Why, despite a raft of potential international investment outlets, is a major share of global wealth and savings still impelled toward a US Wall Street-centered casino? Why has an increasingly gaping chasm crystallized between bloating global financial activities and the “real” world economy of production and trade?
How is it that wealthy governments’ injection of trillions of dollars into stumbling financial sectors across the globe is failing to create decent new jobs?

This book connects the dots linking the 2008 meltdown—and over a decade of dress rehearsals for it—to a rigged global financial game that is unraveling the very foundations of modernity.



The Arab Revolt and the Imperialist Counterattack [Paperback]
James Petras

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.


Desert Dreams. The Quest for Arab Integration from the Arab Revolt to the Gulf
Cooperation Council [Paperback]
Justin Dargin

This book discusses the history of Arab integration attempts from the late Ottoman period to the creation of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Although there is significant scholarship on the history of pan-Arab nationalism and the drive for disparate Arab nations to integrate, there is preciously little literature that seeks to understand the development of closer integration in the Gulf in the context of the long history amongst Arabs of the awareness that a common cultural and social nation exists that should politically and economically collaborate. This book reassesses the history of Arab integration, and argues convincingly, that while the more politically charged "unionist" attempts of Arab political integration may have failed, instead what we can anticipate, based on the illustration of the GCC, is deeper and closer economic, financial, political and social coordination amongst various Arab countries.

Justin Dargin is a Research Fellow with The Dubai Initiative/Harvard University and a Fulbright Scholar of the Middle East. He is a specialist in International Law and Energy Law, and a prolific author on energy affairs.



How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War [Paperback]
Stephen Lendman

The 1913 Federal Reserve Act let powerful bankers usurp money creation authority in violation of the Constitution's Article I, Section 8, giving only Congress the power to "coin Money (and) regulate the Value thereof...."
Thereafter, powerful bankers used their control over money, credit and debt for private self-enrichment, bankrolling and colluding with Congress and administrations to implement laws favoring them.

As a result, decades of deregulation, outsourcing, economic financialization,and casino capitalism followed, producing asset bubbles, record budget and national debt levels, and depression-sized unemployment far higher than reported numbers, albeit manipulated to look better.

After the financial crisis erupted in late 2007, even harder times have left Main Street in the early stages of a depression, with recovery pure illusion. Today's contagion has spread out of control, globally. Wall Street got trillions of dollars in a desperate attempt to socialize losses, privatize profits, and pump life back into the corpses by blowing public wealth into a moribund financial sector, failing corporate favorites, and America's aristocracy.

While Wall Street boasts it has recovered, industrial America keeps imploding. High-paying jobs are exported. Economic prospects are eroding Austerity is being imposed, with no one sure how to revive stable,sustainable long-term growth.

This book provides a powerful tool for showing angry Americans how they've been fleeced, and includes a plan for constructive change.