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Interview with Qods News Agency: Saudi Arabia and Israel

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Saudi Arabia, Israel and Palestine

1/ Why has Saudi Arabia―instead of helping Palestinian people and solving regional problem―allied with Israel and supported terrorist groups in the region?

EW: To understand this requires looking at the background to Saudi reality today, which is the subject of my book Islamic Resistance to Imperialism. The idea behind the Saudi-Pakistani-US understanding that led to the Afghan collapse in the 1990s and on to 9/11 was/is a Saudi-led hegemony in the Muslim world (acceptable to the US), where Pakistan would preside in Central Asia. What are the results of a century of Islamic rule in Saudi Arabia, and 70 years in Pakistan? In short, precious little as a guide to other Muslim nations.

Saudi Arabia (28 million), founded in 1932, and the Gulf states (10 million), which achieved ‘independence’ in the 1970s, claim to be the first countries in recent times to be governed by Islamic principles, at the same time satisfying the demands of empire to keep the Muslim world operating within the imperial order. 

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NoLies Radio interview 23/7/15

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http://noliesradio.org/archives/101487

Interview CKUT radio Montreal

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http://archives.ckut.ca/64/20150715.14.00-15.00.mp3

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

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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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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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