Conversations with Terrorists : Middle East Leaders on Politics, Violence, and Empire

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  • Copyright: 2010-09-15
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers

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From Friday Prayers in Tehran to the Bombed-Out back streets of Afghanistan, veteran journalist Reese Erlich has covered U.S. foreign policy for decades. Now he brings readers face to face with six Middle Eastern leaders sometimes labeled as terrorists, offers each a chance to explain his or her positions, and subjects those explanations to critical scrutiny. Drawing on firsthand interviews and original research, he shows that yesterday's terrorist is often today's national leader-and that today's freedom fighter may become tomorrow's terrorist. By labeling virtually every opponent a terrorist, Erlich concludes, the United States makes fighting real terrorists all the more difficult. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Reese Erlich’s publications include Dateline Havana, The Iran Agenda, and Target Iraq, which he co-authored with Norman Solomon (introduction by Howard Zinn and afterword by Sean Penn). He reports regularly for National Public Radio, Latino USA, Radio Deutche Welle, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He also writes for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Dallas Morning News. In 2001, he produced a one-hour radio documentary, “The Struggle for Iran,” which was hosted by Walter Cronkite.

He has received awards from Project Censored, the National Headlines Awards, the Society of Professional Journalists (Northern California), the Chicago International Film Festival, and other organizations. In 2006, he shared a Peabody Award for the radio series “Crossing East.”

Erlich has taught journalism at San Francisco State University and California State University, East Bay. He is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the Media.


Table of Contents

Foreword: An Ex-CIA Perspectivep. vii
Will the Real Terrorists Please Stand Up?p. 1
Hamas's Khaled Meshal: Middle East's Most Wantedp. 19
Geula Cohen: Jewish Terrorist?p. 41
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad: State Sponsor of Terrorism?p. 57
Lebanon's Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Fadlallah: CIA Victimp. 77
Mohsen Sazegara, Terrorist Governments, and Iran's Democracy Movementp. 93
Mohammad Nizami: The Taliban's Golden Voicep. 113
Media Distortions, Obama's Polices, and Ending the War on Terrorismp. 135
Afterword: Terrorism and Empirep. 151
Notesp. 155
Indexp. 177
About the Authorp. 185
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