Are oil-rich countries prone to war? And, if so, why? There is a widely held belief that contemporary wars are motivated by the desire of great powers like the United States or Russia to control precious oil resources and to ensure energy security. This book argues that the main reason why oil-rich countries are prone to war is because of the character of their society and economy. Sectarian groups compete for access to oil resources and finance their military adventures through smuggling oil, kidnapping oil executives, or blowing up pipelines. Outside intervention only makes things worse..

..The use of conventional military force as in Iraq can bring neither stability nor security of supply. This book examines … More

A powerful, groundbreaking history of the Occupied Territories from one of Israel’s most influential historians. From the author of the bestselling study of the 1948 War of Independence comes an incisive look at the Occupied Territories, picking up the story where The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine left off. In this comprehensive exploration of one of the world’s most prolonged & tragic conflicts, Pappe uses recently declassified archival material to analyse the motivations & strategies of the generals & politicians – & the decision-making process itself – that laid the foundation of the occupation.

From a survey of the legal and bureaucratic infrastructures that were put in place to control the population of over … More

After decades of occupation and creeping annexation, the situation on the ground in Palestine/Israel can only be described as a system of apartheid. Peace efforts have failed because of one, inconvenient truth: the Israeli maximum on offer does not meet the Palestinian minimum, or the standards of international law. But while the situation on the ground is bleak, Ben White argues that there are widening cracks in Israel’s traditional pillars of support.

Opposition to Israeli policies and even critiques of Zionism are growing in Jewish communities, as well as amongst Western progressives. … More

Within a single generation, between 1945 – 1970, America replaced Britain as the dominant power in the Middle East. By any standard, it was an extraordinary role reversal & it was one that came with very little warning. Starting in the 19th century, Britain had first established themselves as protector of the sheikhdoms along the southern shore of the Persian Gulf, before acquiring Aden, Cyprus, then Egypt & the Sudan.

In the Great War in the twentieth century they then added Palestine, Jordan and Iraq by conquest. And finally Britain … More

Adam & his family flee Syria & arrive at the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut. Conditions in this overcrowded Palestinian camp are tough, & violence defines many of the relationships: a father fights to save his daughter, a gang leader plots to expand his influence, & drugs break up a family. Adam struggles to make sense of his refugee experience, but then he meets Shatha & starts to view the camp through her eyes.

Most novels are written by professionals using second hand material. Not this one. The editors have taken nine refugees, taught … More