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Auteur: Achcar, Gilbert
Titel: Eastern Cauldron
Sub titel: Islam, Afghanistan, Palestine and Iraq in a Marxist mirror

The route to any coherent understanding of our time runs through the issues addressed in this collection of essays: the political meaning of Islam, the relation of the West to the Islamic world, the new form of imperialism signaled by the Soviet and U.S. occupations of Afghanistan, the intractable conflict over Palestine. In confronting these inescapable issues global power is being reshaped and the ends for which it will be used are being decided. This volume brings together Gilbert Achcar's major writings on these issues over the past decades. The essays collected in Eastern Cauldron describe and explain the resurgence of Islamic fundamentalism, the fate of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and its aftermath, and above all the Palestinian conflict—in which the regional stakes are so dramatically embodied and contested. Achcar analyzes the social bases, strategies and tactics of PLO, Hizbollah, Israel and the United States. In an extended introductory essay reflecting on the aftermath of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Achcar integrates these analyses in a major new account of the strategy of U.S. imperialism in the Middle East and its prospects.
2006, 256 pag., Euro 20,7
Monthly Review Press, New York, ISBN 9781583670958


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