Category Archives: Arab World

Rojava: Chapter 1C

Below, I will take a brief look at the recent histories of Yemen, Lebanon, the Gulf States, and northern African states. While there are Muslim nations to the east of India, in the former Soviet Union, and outside the northernmost … Continue reading

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Rojava: Chapter 1B

Palestine, Zionist Colonialism, and Arab Reaction   My essay “Gaza: A Capitalist Genocide”[1] discusses the violent nationalism of Zionism in greater depth, but in this section my main aim is to point out the significant role that Israel played in … Continue reading

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Rojava: Chapter 1A

For the purpose of this book, I suggest that we consider four nations in particular as political powerhouses in the Muslim World. Three of these – Iran, Turkey, and Egypt – all have ancient histories and imperialist pasts, perhaps in … Continue reading

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Rojava: Chapter 1 (introduction)

During “the epoch of classical Islamic civilisation”, according to LibCom.org, the whole “Arab region was definitively wrenched out of its past”.[1] Iraqi-born theoretical physicist Jim Al-Khalili, meanwhile, insists that, as Europe languished in the so-called ‘Dark Ages’, “incredible scientific advances … Continue reading

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Index for “Rojava: An Alternative”

The index for my book “Rojava: An Alternative to Imperialism, Nationalism, and Islamism in the Middle East” Continue reading

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Foreword to “Rojava: An Alternative”

A forward to my book “Rojava: An Alternative to Imperialism, Nationalism, and Islamism in the Middle East” Continue reading

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Rojava: Chapter 1 (Conclusion)

In the timelines earlier in this chapter, I have aimed to show that there have been some governments in the Muslim World that had ‘progressive’ characteristics. Arab nationalists like Nasser improved conditions ‘from above’ for previously marginalised and dispossessed sectors … Continue reading

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The Fears of the Powerful and the Hopes of the Peaceful

After two decades of cruising along the contaminated economic canals built by Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s, the Labour Party’s failure to win the 2015 election proved quite definitively that it had no fuel left (even with the oil stolen … Continue reading

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Footnotes for “Rojava: An Alternative to Imperialism, Nationalism, and Islamism”

Here is the list of footnotes of my book “Rojava: An Alternative to Imperialism, Nationalism, and Islamism” (the pdf of which is available here https://ososabiouk.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/pdf-of-rojava-an-alternative-to-imperialism-nationalism-and-islamism-in-the-middle-east/ [a hard copy can be bought at http://www.lulu.com/shop/oso-sabio/rojava-an-alternative-to-imperialism-nationalism-and-islamism-in-the-middle-east/paperback/product-22094170.html?ppn=1%5D) https://ososabiouk.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/gaza-a-capitalist-genocide-essay/ http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imperialism https://libcom.org/library/national-formation-arab-region-critique-samir-amin-mohammad-jafar http://www.theguardian.com/science/2010/feb/01/islamic-science http://www.teachmideast.org/essays/28-history/42-timeline-of-the-middle-east-in-the-20th-century http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/10/17/a-secular-history-of-islam/ http://www.pbs.org/empires/islam/profilesmuhammed.htmlContinue reading

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Daesh, Imperialism, and Rojava

The Ottoman Empire (1299–1923) united much of the Arab World for centuries. In the 19th century, however, it began to decline, and the imperial powers of Europe tried to ensure their own political influence in the region. The UK, for … Continue reading

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