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THE ARAB REVOLT
and the IMPERIALIST COUNTERATTACK
Second Edition
James Petras

:ISBN: 0-98527-10-0-0 / 978-0-98527-10-0-8
$16.95 /128 pp. / 2012








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    SYNOPSIS

    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.

    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 publishers have included
    Random House, John Wiley, Westview, Routledge, Macmillan, Verso, Zed
    Books and Pluto Books. He is winner of the Life Time Career Award, Marxist
    Section, of the American Sociology Association, the Robert Kenny Award for
    Best Book, 2002, and the Best Dissertation, Western Political Science
    Association in 1968. Some recent titles include  Unmasking Globalization:
    Imperialism of the Twenty-First Century (2001); co-author The Dynamics of
    Social Change in Latin America (2000), Unmasking Globalisation (2001),
    System in Crisis (2003), co-author Social Movements and State Power (2003),
    co-author Empire With Imperialism (2005), co-author) Multinationals on Trial
    (2006).  His most recent titles, The Power of Israel in the United States and
    Rulers and Ruled in the United States (Clarity Press, Inc. 2006), have been
    acquired for Japanese, German, Italian, Indonesian and Arabic editions. 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.

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Introduction / 11

    Chapter 1`
    Washington Faces the Arab Revolts:
    Sacrificing Dictators to Save the State / 15

    Chapter 2
    Egypt’s Social Movements, The CIA and Mossad / 23

    Chapter 3
    Roots of the Arab Revolts and
    Premature Celebrations / 29

    Chapter 4
    The Euro-US War on Libya
    Official Lies and Misconceptions of Critics / 41

    Chapter 5
    Libya and Obama’s Defense of the ‘Rebel Uprising’ / 55

    Chapter 6
    Contextualizing the ‘Arab Spring’:
    Networks of Empire and Realignments of World Power / 60

    Chapter 7
    NATO’s War Crimes in Libya:
    Who Grieves for the Fallen Heroes? / 74

    Chapter 8
    The Assassination of Osama Bin Laden
    Its Uses and Abuses / 87

    Chapter 9
    The Assassination of Anwar Al-Awlaki by Fiat / 93

    Chapter 9
    The Obama Doctrine: Making a Virtue of Necessity / 99

    Chapter 10
    What future for the Washington / “Moderate Islam”
    Alliance? / 111

    APPENDIX
    Indicators of Social Well Being in Pre-Invasion Libya / 123

    INDEX / 128
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    Petras  its prestigious International Journalism Prize for Investigation and
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    "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."