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NoLies Radio interview 23/7/15

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Interview CKUT radio Montreal

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Islamic Resistance to Imperialism book launch at ISYR

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This is my talk at the book launch at the Islamic Society of York Region in commemoration of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on the 26th anniversary of his passing took on May 31. Among the speakers were Moulana Zaki Baqri, Zafar Bangash and myself. Despite hate-filled demonstrators with placards and megaphones, threatening attendees, 400 people came. Sadly, many others turned back, intimidated by the angry demonstrators.

i surveyed the various Islamic movements, how the US manipulates them, how a frightening development like the rise of ISIS is a logical outcome of imperial interference.
http://www.themuslimtv.net/view_video.php?viewkey=682527359 the talk begins at the 5 minute mark.
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO6j4ivNedw
This version begins at 5:45 and starts with a reading from the Quran and some announcements

Islamic resistance to imperialism by Eric Walberg

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NEW WALBERG BOOK A GATEWAY TO UNDERSTANDING ISLAMIC MOVEMENTS PATHWAYS AND PITFALLS OF THE ISLAMIC RESISTANCE

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ISBN: 978-0-9860731-8-2 EBOOK ISBN: 978-0-9860769-8-5

$$23.95  299 pp.  2015

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Eric Walberg’s third book on geopolitical strategy focuses on the Middle East and the global ramifications of the multiple state destruction resulting from Western aggression.  It addresses these questions:

What is left of the historic Middle East upheavals of 1979 (Afghanistan, Iran) and 2011 (the Arab Spring)?

How does 9/11 fit into the equation of Islamic resistance? Is al-Qaeda’s long term project still on track?

What are the chances that ISIS can prevail in Iraq and Syria?

Are they and likeminded jihadists dupes of imperialism or legitimate resistance movements?

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Iraq: A surreal consensus on withdrawal

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Pax Amercana vs offshore balancing

The latest jargon justifying imperialism, as if straight from the business page contrasts Pax Americana, where if they behave well, clients become more prosperous and more democratic. If that fails but you have a few reliable regional partners, there is an offshore balancing system, where the empire’s quislings bear the primary responsibility for dealing with crises on the ground, and US military strategy is oriented toward policing the seas and skies. Nothing new except the name.  The British were masters of ‘offshore balancing’.

Since the Cold War, and especially since 1991, the Pax Americana idea has predominated. But in the Middle East, Dohat lectures, there has been no real evolution toward democracy among our network of allies; instead, their persistent corruption has fed terrorism and contributed to al-Qaeda’s rise. All is the fault of the stupid, greedy towel heads. Apparently Bin Laden can’t see the difference between local and foreign greedy bastards.

Hence the Bush administration’s post-9/11 decision to try to “start afresh, by transforming a rogue state into a regional model”, a foundation for a new American-led order that would be “less morally compromised than the old”. That order did not, of course, emerge. Instead, the obliteration of Iraq destroyed the only vaguely functional regime in the Middle East, killing 100,000s of innocent Iraqis (who knows how many? According to the invader chief, General Tommy Franks, “We don’t do body counts).

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Canadian Eric Walberg is known worldwide as a journalist specializing in the Middle East, Central Asia and Russia. A graduate of University of Toronto and Cambridge in economics, he has been writing on East-West relations since the 1980s.

He has lived in both the Soviet Union and Russia, and then Uzbekistan, as a UN adviser, writer, translator and lecturer. Presently a writer for the foremost Cairo newspaper, Al Ahram, he is also a regular contributor to Counterpunch, Dissident Voice, Global Research, Al-Jazeerah and Turkish Weekly, and is a commentator on Voice of the Cape radio.

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