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A Brutal Friendship: The West and The Arab Elite

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In A Brutal Friendship, Said K. Aburish traces the true origins of the region's present turmoil to the manner in which corrupt Arab rulers have subordinated the welfare of their subjects to their cultivation of cozy relationships with the West. Using direct evidence from his unrivaled range of Arab sources, he describes how the West -- mostly the CIA -- sponsored Islamic f ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published July 15th 1998 by St. Martin's Press (first published July 3rd 1997)
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Dec 20, 2015 Yas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
enjoyed this book. My favorites were the part 4 and part 5.

The author's assessments and predictions are spot on. Aburish spares no arab regime or figure in his scathing criticism and makes a compelling case that western interests-governments for the most part stood in opposite of the arab people aspirations and supported the politics and personas that were regressive to keep its financial(read oil) flowing and to safeguard the security of israel.

Oct 20, 2014 sologdin rated it liked it
Shelves: history, us-empire
states at one point that all coups d'état in southwest asia during the cold war were US operations in some way--with the exception of the 1958 coup in Iraq wherein qasim oustered the monarchy.
Rashad Raoufi
this book has taught me alot and made me understand middle eastern politics. its a very good, balanced and well researched book.
Jun 09, 2011 Tom rated it it was amazing
best survey of 20th century middle eastern politics available
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A bold, courageous, and brilliantly written book for all to read to be able to appreciate the Middle East for REAL.

The region has never been allowed to mature ever since 1917 with the dismantling of the Ottoman Empire by the West; with the support and assistance of the local sycophants who were promised the "moon", to become the Kings, etc. The book clearly demonstrates how the West never( to this date) had a clear geo-strategic/ geopolitical plan for the region other than total hegemony to extr
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Palestinian-Egyptian journalist and writer.

Born to a Palestinian father and Egyptian mother, Aburish attended school in Jerusalem and Beirut. He returned to Beirut in the 1950s as a reporter for Radio Free Europe and the London Daily Mail.

Over the years, Aburish has written extensively about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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