Zionism, Militarism and the Decline of US Power


James Petras, "Zionism, Militarism and the Decline of US Power"
English | ISBN: 0932863604 | 2009 | 192 pages | PDF | 11 MB
Criticizing and exposing the powerful public role of American Zionism in shaping US policy in the Middle East is the biggest taboo in US politics. Politicians, academics, journalists, prelates and ordinary American citizens who publicly voice their dissent are targeted for political purges, denied academic tenure, and access to the mass media and scurrilously labeled as ‘anti-Semites’ by the Zionist power configuration. This book challenges the claims of Zionist apologists who argue that the ‘Israel power configuration’ is just another lobby, by empirically examining several major policies. The case studies demonstrate conclusively that today issues of war and peace, trade and investment agreements by US, European and Asian oil companies and banks in the Middle East, multi-billion dollar arms sales to Saudi Arabia are all subject to ZPC scrutiny and veto. The new ‘broad definition’ of what affects Israel includes Lobby backing for Bush’s shredding of Constitutional restraints on his war powers. It is not merely regional expansion which ‘interests Israel’ but economic and military aid and sales-namely who determines what military goods the US can sell to Arab states as well as what high end military technology the US should provide to the world’s fourth biggest arms merchant-Israel (which is also the US’s arms export competitor).the Zionist power configuration (ZPC) in the US Congress has blocked trade and sales to Saudi Arabia, despite the backing of the US oil and military-industrial sectors. Thanks to its influence in the mass media, the ZPC effectively delayed, degraded and then marginalized a long-awaited report by16 US national intelligence agencies on Iran’s non-military nuclear program in favor of dubious bellicose claims issued by the state of Israel. At a time when our national economy is in deep crisis, the Israel Lobby is pushing for a new military confrontation and war with Iran, oblivious to its catastrophic consequences for the American people. Major pro-Israel officials and politicians in Homeland Security, the National Security Council, the Congress and the White House are passing more police-state legislation to control and silence the growing majority opposition to the expansion of wars in the Middle East promoted by the Israel Lobby. This book establishes the reasons why coming to grips with the impact of Israel and the Israel Lobby on US policy is so essential to bringing peace to the Middle East, restoring public freedoms in our country and taking back our right to decide not only US foreign policy, but our domestic policy as well, in the interests of the vast majority of the American people.

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You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me


bell-simon-napier-napier-bell-simon, "You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me"
English | 2005 | ISBN: 009190272X | EPUB | pages: 256 | 1.0 mb
You probably know Simon Napier-Bell as the manager of the Yardbirds. Or you may know him as the man who managed Marc Bolan, or Japan. You should definitely know him as the man who managed Wham! And if none of these rings a bell, maybe you’ll remember him as the man who co-wrote ‘You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’ for Dusty Springfield. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me is one of the funniest books you will read and equally provoking. From his revelation that the entire music industry was motivated by sex, to an embarrassing come-on from a suicidal Brian Epstein, it’s all shocking stuff. But when you’re on the run from the German police with Marc Bolan, brothel-hopping with Keith Moon and generally living the life of Riley at the music industry’s expense, it would be a shame not to share those amazing experiences with the rest of the world, wouldn’t it Of all the great pop-music books written, it is worth savouring You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me for its brilliant sideways insight into one of the most exciting cultural periods Britain has ever seen.

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Xuanhe Catalogue of Paintings


Amy McNair, "Xuanhe Catalogue of Paintings"
English | 2019 | ISBN: 1939161932, 1939161037 | 474 pages | AZW3 | 1.1 MB
Xuanhe Catalogue of Paintings is the first complete translation of the well-known document produced at the court of Emperor Huizong (r. 1100-1125). Dated to 1120, the Catalogue is divided into ten categories of subject matter. Under Daoist and Buddhist Subjects, Figural Subjects, Architecture, Barbarian Tribes, Dragons and Fish, Landscape, Domestic and Wild Animals, Flowers and Birds, Ink Bamboo, and Vegetables and Fruit are biographies of 231 painters, ranging from famous early masters, such as Wu Daozi (ca. 685-758) and Li Cheng (919-967), to otherwise unknown artists of the Song-dynasty court, including fourteen eunuch officials and sixteen male and female members of the royal family. Titles of their pictures held in the palace collection are listed for each artist. These 6,396 paintings testify to the visual culture experienced by viewers of the twelfth century. The author’s Introduction analyzes the Catalogue as a source of evidence about the formation of the Song-dynasty palace collection and argues that the majority of its pictures were already in the collection before Huizong’s reign, as a result of conquest, confiscation, tribute, gift culture, collecting by earlier emperors, and the production of academy artists and regular officials at the Song court. Under Huizong’s reign, around a thousand other pictures were added to the Catalogue through acquisition and reattribution.

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Xi Jinping Political Career, Governance, and Leadership, 1953-2018


Alfred L. Chan, "Xi Jinping: Political Career, Governance, and Leadership, 1953-2018"
English | ISBN: 0197615228 | 2022 | 736 pages | PDF | 10 MB
Xi Jinping has proven to be one of the most transformative political leaders of the twenty-first century. After a long career that began at the village level, he became General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and China’s paramount leader in 2012. Few expected what would come next: a sweeping restructuring of China’s political economy and political culture which included anti-corruption campaigns against the Party, and a full recalibration of China’s relations with the outside world. In Xi Jinping, Alfred L. Chan offers a comprehensive account of his life and times.

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Writing Travel The Poetics and Politics of the Modern Journey


Writing Travel: The Poetics and Politics of the Modern Journey By John Zilcosky
2008 | 336 Pages | ISBN: 0802098061 | PDF | 2 MB
Interest in travel writing has grown rapidly within the disciplines of postcolonial and cultural studies; however, recent scholarship has failed to place travel writing within the larger literary tradition. Writing Travel assembles a superb collection of essays that demonstrate how travel attempts to reconfigure the world and, in so doing, to become a metaphor for imagination, subjectivity, and representation itself.Examining a broad range of texts and travellers from across the world, the contributors discuss canonical authors such as Homer, Goethe, and Baudelaire, alongside lesser known writers such as Theodor Herzl, Hans Erich Nossack, and William Gibson. This theoretically rich volume draws connections between travel and narrative, and provides powerful insights into the relationship between travel and the spoken act of storytelling, as well as the more ambivalent act of story writing.An engaging collection of essays by first-rate scholars, Writing Travel is an illuminating exploration of the history of travel writing, its influence on other literary genres, and the origins of narrative.

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Working with Your Project Sponsor


Working with Your Project Sponsor: How to build a great working relationship with your Project Sponsor, for the good of your project. by Mike Clayton
English | 2018 | ISBN: N/A | ASIN: B07JMY3JN8 | 72 pages | EPUB | 0.12 Mb
Your relationship with your project sponsor is one of the most important of your professional relationships. A lot depends on it.

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