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The Decline of American Power: The U.S. in a Chaotic World
Sunday, December 18, 2011

The internationally renowned theorist contends that the sun is setting on the American Empire. The United States in decline? Its admirers and detractors alike claim the opposite: that America is now in a position of unprecedented global supremacy. But in fact, Immanuel Wallerstein argues, a more nuanced evaluation of recent history reveals that America has been fading as a global power since the end of the Vietnam War, and, in the long term, its response to the terrorist attacks of September 11 may well hasten that decline.

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No War for Oil: U.S. Dependency and the Middle East
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

No War for Oil enables educators, government officials, the media, and citizens to sort through the conventional claims about oil and the use of military power to secure it. Eland concludes that the use of U.S. military power to secure oil is not only unneeded and costly, but is counterproductive to U.S. security. Realizing that the alleged need to secure oil with military power is a canard, withdrawing U.S. forces from the Persian Gulf would enhance security, increase access to inexpensive energy resources, and help restore financial solvency for America.

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Soft War (4): Psychological Operations and Strategic Deception
Saturday, November 19, 2011

Soft War (4) focuses on psychological operations and strategic deception in an effort to introduce its readers, especially state officials, to the most important issues related to psychological operations and strategic deception. It also aims to prevent rival and hostile countries from exploiting weaknesses in the country’s decision-making and policymaking processes as well as security plans.

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Post Modern Imperialism: Geopolitics and the Great Games
Saturday, October 22, 2011

To young people today, the world as a global village appears as a given, a ready-made order, as if human evolution all along was logically moving towards our high-tech, market-driven society, dominated by the wealthy United States. To bring the world to order, the US must bear the burden of oversize defense spending, capture terrorists, eliminate dictators, and warn ungrateful nations like China and Russia to adjust their policies so as not to hinder the US in its altruistic mission civilatrice. The reality is something else entirely, the only truth in the above characterization being the overwhelming military dominance of the US in the world today. The US itself is the source of much of the world’s terrorism, its 1.6 million troops in over a thousand bases around the world the most egregious terrorists, leaving the Osama bin Ladens in the shade, and other lesser critics of US policies worried about their job prospects.

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Anglo-Iranian Relations Since 1800
Friday, October 14, 2011

With contributions from renowned experts in the field, this book provides an excellent background to the history of Anglo-Iranian relations. Focusing on the political and economic relationship of Britain and issues of strategic sensitivity, the book also illuminates British relations with society and the state and describes the interaction between various representatives and agents of both countries.

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The Irony of Manifest Destiny: The Tragedy of America's Foreign Policy
Saturday, October 1, 2011

William Pfaff’s latest book is an interpretation of the cultural origins of an American outlook that since the Second World War has inspired a series of generally unsuccessful American military interventions into non-Western countries, the most dramatic of them the defeat in Vietnam. These culminated in the 2001-2003 invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, neither of them successfully settled (or indeed “won”) at the time of this book’s publication, in June 2010 – when Washington was also contemplating the possibility of a military intervention into Iran to destroy that country’s nuclear industry.

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The World As it Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress
Monday, September 26, 2011

Drawing on two decades of experience as a war correspondent and based on his numerous columns for Truthdig, Chris Hedges presents The World As It Is, a panorama of the American empire at home and abroad, from the coarsening effect of Americas War on Terror to the front lines in the Middle East and South Asia and the continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Underlying his reportage is a constant struggle with the nature of war and its impact on human civilization. War is always about betrayal, Hedges notes. It is about betrayal of the young by the old, of cynics by idealists, and of soldiers and Marines by politicians. Society’s institutions, including our religious institutions, which mold us into compliant citizens, are unmasked.

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Before & After: US Foreign Policy and the September 11th Crisis
Monday, September 12, 2011

It wasn’t the events of September 11th that changed the world, but the events of September 12th and beyond, when the Bush administration took the world to war in response; that changed the world, and continues to threaten U.S. and global security, and shred U.S. democracy.

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Two Wings of a Nightingale: Persian Soul, Islamic Heart- On the Road in Iran
Thursday, September 8, 2011

Iran is probably the most misunderstood country in the world, and its people are among the most feared. Award-winning travel writer Jill Worrall, with her friend Reza Mirkhalaf, a leading tour manager from Tehran, describe an Iran the world has forgotten about. Few people in the west know anything about the Iranian people beyond their current politics and religion.

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Book of Europe (10): Iran-EU Relations
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Since the victory of the Islamic Revolution, Iran’s relations with the European Union (EU) – which was then called European Economic Community (EEC) – have seen many ups and downs due to organizational developments in EU and developments in the Middle East. As a result, those relations have been seldom stable for a long time.

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