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Global depression and regional wars /
James Petras.
Atlanta, GA : Clarity Press, c2009.
236 p.
093286368X (pbk.), 9780932863683 (pbk.)
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Atlanta, GA : Clarity Press, c2009.
093286368X (pbk.)
9780932863683 (pbk.)
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Includes index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
James Petras is a Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York. He is the author of 64 books published in 29 languages, and over 560 articles in professional journals, including the American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Social Research, and Journal of Peasant Studies. He has published over 2000 articles in nonprofessional journals such as the New York Times, the Guardian, the Nation, Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, New Left Review, Temps Moderne, Le Monde Diplomatique, and his commentary is widely carried on the internet. He is winner of a Life Time Career Award of the American Sociology Association, Marxist Section, the Robert Kenny Award for Best Book, 2002, and the Best Dissertation, Western Political Science Association in 1968.
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Petras provides clear insight into how the depression and regional wars that originated in Washington and on Wall Street are spreading throughout the world, demolishing the ideology of free market neo-liberalism and forcing to the forefront the need for structural changes.
Table of Contents
Global Depressionp. 13
Financial Depression and World Crisisp. 16
The Demise of the Economic Expertp. 17
World Depression: A Class Analysisp. 22
From Over-Accumulation to the Dominance of Finance Capitalp. 22
Indicators of the Onset of Depressionp. 24
Regional Impact of the Global Crisisp. 26
Latin Americap. 27
Eastern Europe and the Ex-Communist Countriesp. 29
Asia: The End of the Illusion of De-coupling and Autonomous Growthp. 30
The Middle East: Depression and Regional Warsp. 31
An Unprecedented Crisisp. 32
The Failure to Address the Structural Basis of the Crisisp. 33
What Is Needed for Recoveryp. 36
The Basic Priority of Public Policy: A Better Life for Allp. 37
Twentieth Century Lessons for 21st Century Socialistsp. 38
Bernard Madoff: Wall Street Swindler Strikes Powerful Blows For Social Justicep. 41
An Introduction to the Mega-Swindlep. 41
The Big Swindlep. 42
The Positive Side of the Big Swindle (The Inadvertent Hand of Justice)p. 43
Conclusionp. 46
Postscriptp. 48
The Election of The Greatest Con-Man in Recent Historyp. 49
The Self-Opiated Progressive Camp Followersp. 51
Obama's Economic Con Gamep. 52
The Two Faces of Obamap. 53
Obama, the Militarist, Outdoes His Predecessorp. 54
Conclusionp. 56
Lessons From The Collapse of Wall Streetp. 58
Latin America: Perspectives For Socialism in a Time of World Capitalist Recession/Depressionp. 63
Specificities of the Current Recession/Depressionp. 63
The Uniqueness of the 'New Capitalism' in the Contemporary Worldp. 64
US Recession/Depression: The Domestic Consequencesp. 66
The World Recession Hits Latin Americap. 69
The New Statismp. 71
No Reprieve in Sight
The Recession's Potential for the Left: Big Gains or Big Losses?p. 73
US-Latin American Relations: 1998-2008p. 74
The Demise of US Dominance: The Popular Uprisings of 2000-2003p. 75
The Period of Relative Autonomy: 2005-2008p. 76
From Economic Boom to Bust: 2008p. 78
Taking Stock of Present Conditionsp. 80
Perspectives on Latin American Relations to the US Empirep. 83
The Impact of the Capitalist Crisis 2009 on US/Latin American Relationsp. 86
Latin America: What Is To Be Donep. 88
Obama's Latin American Policyp. 90
The Export-Driven Model Breaks Downp. 93
G-20 Adopts Protectionism, Promotes Return of the IMFp. 97
Facing Up to De-Globalization-or Notp. 98
Addressing Economic Needs Via Electoral Processes: The Case of Venezuelap. 100
Electoral Systems and Democracy: Substance and Structurep. 100
The Role of the Mass Media in Influencing Mass Politicsp. 101
Navigating the Barriers to Change through Democratic Processp. 107
The Transition to Democracyp. 108
Vital Steps Towards Deepening Venezuelan Democracyp. 109
Victories for Venezuelan Socialists in Crucial Elections: November 2008p. 110
Democratic Socialism and the February 2009 Vote on the Re-election Amendmentp. 111
Continuing Obstacles to Democratizationp. 113
Conclusionp. 114
Regional Wars
Masters Of Defeat: Retreating Empire And Bellicose Blusterp. 119
The Geography of Imperial Failuresp. 121
Iraq and Iranp. 121
Africap. 122
South Asiap. 123
Caucasusp. 124
Israel and the Arabsp. 125
The Western Hemisphere
Overseas Consequences of Failed Military Strategiesp. 126
Domestic Consequences of Failed Military Empire Buildingp. 126
Conclusionp. 127
The Obama Regime, The Zionist Power Configuration And Regional Warsp. 129
Obama Acquiesces to Major Israeli Positionsp. 130
The Israeli Invasion of Gazap. 130
Illegal Israeli Activities in Occupied Palestinep. 131
Israeli Condemnation of the World Conference Against Racismp. 131
The Appointment of Key Advisers and Policy Makers in the Middle Eastp. 131
The Charles Freeman Appointmentp. 132
The Break-Up of the Syria/Iran Alliancep. 135
The Weakening and Destruction of Iranp. 136
Ignoring Iranian Concessions and Assistancep. 136
Punishing and Prohibiting Iranian Development of Nuclear Energyp. 137
A Wider Campaign Against Arabs, Muslims and Islamp. 137
Implementing an Illegal Claim to Jerusalemp. 138
Zionist Control of US Foreign Policy: Some Consequencesp. 139
Now They're Obama's Israel-Fistersp. 139
Israel Supremacy From Gaza To Tehran: Imperial Overstretch?p. 144
Gaza Blitz: Dress Rehearsal for an Assault on Iran?p. 145
Invisible Threats and Visible Impunityp. 146
Gaza: Testing the Subservience of the US Congress and the White Housep. 147
Promoting Israel's Big Liep. 148
Israel's Military Threat to Iranp. 149
Zionist Penetration of the Obama Administrationp. 151
The Dennis Ross Roadmap for war on Iranp. 156
Possible External Constraints on Zionist-Israeli-US War on Iranp. 158
Conclusionp. 162
Addendump. 162
The Politics Of An Israeli Extermination Campaign: Backers, Apologists And Arms Suppliersp. 165
Overseas Allies: The Presidents of the Major American Jewish Organizations (PMAJO)p. 176
The ZPC and the Israeli War of Extermination in Gazap. 177
Defending Israel's War of Exterminationp. 178
Favored Themes of the Israeli Big Liep. 179
The Propaganda Role of Jewish Religious Organizationsp. 182
Where is the Outcry?p. 183
What is to be Donep. 185
Appendix: The 51 Member Organizations of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizationsp. 188
Iranian Elections: The Stolen Election Hoaxp. 190
The Electoral Fraud Hoaxp. 191
The New Agro-Industrial Neo-Colonialism: Two, Three, Many Mass Revoltsp. 196
Old and New Style Agro-Imperial Exploitationp. 197
Neo-Liberalism and the Rise of New Agro-Imperialismp. 198
Target Countriesp. 200
Present and Future Consequences of Agro-Imperialismp. 201
Regional Wars And Western Progressive Opinion: Commisserate With The Victims, Condemn Those Who Resist!p. 205
US Progressives and Third World Resistance Movementsp. 206
Obama's Animal Farm: Bigger, Bloodier Wars Equal Peace And Justicep. 210
Obama's Foreign Policy Failuresp. 215
Failures of Stimulus Proposals at the April 2009 G-20 Summitp. 216
Summit of the Americans: US Faces Isolation and Divergencesp. 217
NATO Conference: Obama's Military Escalation in Search of Alliesp. 220
Iran: The Zionist Presence and Lost Opportunitiesp. 221
North Korea: The Unmasking of a Policyp. 224
Afghanistan-Pakistan: Extending Warfare and Destabilizing a Clientp. 225
Israel-Palestine Policyp. 226
Consequences of Obama's Failed Policiesp. 228
Indexp. 231
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