Download e-book for kindle: After the Cataclysm (The Political Economy of Human Rights, by Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman

By Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman

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With a brand new preface by way of the authors, this significant other ebook to The Washington Connection and 3rd international Fascism, dissects the aftermath of the struggle in Southeast Asia, the refugee challenge, the Vietnam/Cambodia clash and the Pol Pot regime.

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They 57 allow us to examine how events affected the lives of three Ottoman (Arab and Turkish) soldiers. Their narratives are doubly significant because, contrary to popular assumptions, the manner in which the war affected their consciousness did not always correspond to their ethnic background. The first was a soldier known as Mehmet Fesih (Muhammad al Fasih), who came from a mixed Turkish–Arab family in Mersin, a frontier area in the Turkish–Arab divide of the Ottoman sultanate. He fought in Gaza and in Gallipoli where he kept a daily diary of his observations.

43 In the French capital an imperialist pressure group, the Comité de l’Asie Française, had for several months been pushing their government to lay claim to Syria and Palestine, but their emotional argument that France should reclaim lands she had conquered during the Crusades gained little traction. The rather more concrete news of British scheming from Cairo was a godsend. It forced the French government to take up the matter with London. One member of the Comité was a former lawyer named François Georges-Picot, who had switched careers to join his country’s diplomatic service.

The writers include Khalil Sakakini, who kept a daily diary during the war in Jerusalem. His account is riveting in that it conveys a vivid portrait of the desolation of the city in 1915 and 1916, the famine years. One of Sakakini’s most moving episodes concerns the so-called Volunteer Labour Brigades (tawabeer al ‘amaleh), which mobilised older residents of the region on the home front to perform menial tasks such as street cleaning and digging trenches. 53 Towards the end of 1917 Sakakini was arrested for harbouring the Hebrew poet Alter Levine, who was suspected of spying for the allies.

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