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Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran
Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran
by Roxana Saberi
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fleeing the ayatollahs, fanning the flames, 13 May 2010
I fear this is the latest from the "I fled from the Ayatollahs" genre and signals a build up to further confrontation with Iran though sanctions and military attacks.

Miss Saberi is a former US beauty queen and seems to have thought being a US citizen was compatible with working as a journalist in Tehran without getting press credentials. She describes her arrest and imprisonment as a deeply harrowing experience but by Middle Eastern standards - including the standards of US allies like Egypt, Israel and Saudi Arabia - she was well treated. Never mind, she has the right background and approach to write a book for a big western publisher that will no doubt fan the flames for those wanting more violence in the name of freedom.
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Aug 27, 2011 10:43 AM BST


Judgment Day : Islam, Israel and the Nations
Judgment Day : Islam, Israel and the Nations
by Dave Hunt
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Christianity has no 'chosen people', 8 Oct. 2006
Surely the essential message of Jesus is tolerance and grace, not a justification for a particular ethnic group to seize a piece of land and trample over all others who get in their way. What distinguished Christianity from what went before was a rejection that there was a "chosen people" (the Jews) whom God gave "the holy Land".

Dave Hunt's book is the worst kind of fundamentalism. The Christian message is that God gave the world to all and that all human brings - including Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims - have rights.

Christianity can be made into a fundamentalism - like Islam - but surely we have moved beyond this kind of intolerance and pre-Jesus bigotry.


Why I Left Jihad
Why I Left Jihad
by Walid Shoebat
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.99

5 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Credance to Zionist fundamentalism, 5 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Why I Left Jihad (Hardcover)
A strange book that gives undue credance to the fundamentlist Zionist view that God allocated them a tract of land some thousands of years ago and that this allows modern Zionists to trample on the human rights of Palestinians, Lebanese and anyone else who gets in their way.

The demonisation of Islam is perhaps even more disturbing however, and is deeply non-historial. Not much more than 50 years ago, different religions and ethnic groups lived side by side in the Middle East. Israel has replaced this with racism and religious conflict.
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The New Anti-semitism: The Current Crisis and What We Must Do About it (Religion)
The New Anti-semitism: The Current Crisis and What We Must Do About it (Religion)
by Phyllis Chesler
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

17 of 60 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The liberal end of Zionism still dodges Palestinian rights, 1 Dec. 2005
Even the liberal end of the Zionist spectrum - where I'd place this book - can't really get to grips with the central truth that the state of Israel is racist and was created by expropriating Palestinians.
To call for these Palestinians to be allowed to return to their homes, indeed to have the right to return even though they are not Jewish, is not anti-Semitism.
As long as Israel continues to exist as a racist state, there will be resentment among Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims. Better to confront the reality that exaggerate the influence of people like Al-Qaeda.


Sons of the Conquerors: The Rise of the Turkic World
Sons of the Conquerors: The Rise of the Turkic World
by Hugh Pope
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Turkey - modern state or orientalist fantasy?, 14 Nov. 2005
Can the Turkic people really be identified as a whole in the way Hugh Pope wants? When reading this book I couldn't help thinking I was being exposed to an orientalist fantasy of how an Oxford-educated would like to see the Turkics.
The advocates of a greater Turkey - like Pope - want to have it both ways. They want Turkey, founded by their hero Attaturk, to be seen as a modern nation state but also want the Turkic people - a dubious concept - to be seen as a whole. This ends up as a kind of scizophrenic imperialism that among among other things jettisons 'minority' people like the Kurds (why can't they just learn Turkish? is Pope's approach).
This all makes the book rather unwieldy and unsatisfactory.


The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East
The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East
by Robert Fisk
Edition: Hardcover

44 of 102 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A part y the events we are reporting ...., 10 Nov. 2005
Writing about his decision to leave the Times – after editors changed his story about the US shooting down an Iranian airliner in 1988 – Fisk says “When we journalists fail to get across the reality of events to our readers, we have not only failed in our job, we have also become a party to the events that we are supposed to be reporting”.
This simple quote shows what’s gone wrong with Fisk as a journalist. Feted by award-givers, loved by loyal readers, applauded by people who agree with his politics, he has become a star – the definitive foreign correspondent who could slip easily into the kind of Hollywood film Fisk no doubt detests.
But if you read carefully The Great War for Civilization, you will get the odd glimpse of Fisk’s lack of any Arabic, his obsession with himself and his desire to tell Bush and Blair that they do not understand the Middle East, Muslims or whoever as well as he does. It all makes for a good read, but it’s not in truth the kind of objective reporting Fisk’s admirers think he’s doing. The very opposite in fact.
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Scent Of Passion [1990] [DVD]
Scent Of Passion [1990] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Malý
Price: £6.99

20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch out for the banana, 23 Sept. 2004
Interesting movie where a choreographer asserts his mastery over a pupil, the dancer Celeste, and then moves onto the more voluptuous Violette. According to the blurb she is "young and insecure" but the way she eats a banana as a prelude to [languid and then sweaty] love-making hardly bears this out.
The next development is a lesbian scene with Celeste and Violette. Even though the movements are a little unconvincing, the contrast between the dancer's body and the fuller figure of Violette (played by an actress called Malu) is certainly absorbing. The influence of ballet gives the whole thing a continuity, I guess, but this is more about sensuality than plot.


Bush in Babylon
Bush in Babylon
by Tariq Ali
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.00

6 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars From Arabic poetry to blowing up Iraqis, 11 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Bush in Babylon (Hardcover)
I was amused by the notion of this book being translated into Arabic. There is something very strange in an outsider having Arab poetry put into English and then translated back into Arabic for the benefit of the Iraqis ....
The American invasion of Iraq - as Tariq Ali shows - had no justification in international law and followed a history of interventions in Iraq that were deeply harmful to the Iraqi people.
Nonetheless, with the governing council, Iraq has what is probablty the most representative "government" - or proto-government - in the Arab world. The real challenge is now to make the most of it.
Bush in Babylon is designed to justify the "resistance" of those who want to overthrow the governing council (whom Traiq Ali called "lackeys") and who are prepared to murder Iraqis and anyone else who gets in their way. This is either silly or devious.


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