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» Baroud – Al Jazeera Centre for Studies: No Good Options in North Korea

In a barrage of tweets from his New Jersey golf course, US President Donald Trump formulated his country’s foreign policy in the strangest way possible. Not only did he dismiss any possible diplomatic resolution to the nuclear standoff between the US and North Korea using social media, he publicly told his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson not to bother exploring the diplomatic option with Pyongyang.

Tillerson is “wasting his time trying to negotiate with little rocket man,” Trumped tweeted in reference to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Part of a larger war of words between the North Korean and US leaders, the “rocket man” reference was originally made by Trump at his first United Nations appearance last September.

True, the nature of the rhetoric in Trump’s speech at the UN General Assembly was largely predictable. Even his bizarre threat to “totally destroy North Korea” was not entirely new to his uniquely bizarre political discourse. But Trump alone cannot be blamed for Washington’s failure to navigate a successful end to the North Korean nuclear crisis, which threatens US allies in East Asia and the Pacific.

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» Endorsements and How to Pre-Order: The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story

Endorsements and How to Pre-Order: The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story

This is a history of modern Palestine like no other: built from the testimony of people who have lived through it. Ramzy Baroud here gathers accounts from countless Palestinians from all walks of life, and from throughout the decades, to tell the story of the nation and its struggle for independence and security.

Challenging both academic and popular takes on Palestinian history, Baroud unearths here the deep commonalities within the story of Palestine, ones that draw the people together despite political divisions, geographical barriers and walls, factionalism, occupation, and exile.

Through these firsthand reports—by turns inspiring and terrifying, triumphant and troubled—we see Palestine in all its complexity and contradictions, ever vibrant in the memories of the people who have fought, physically and otherwise, for its future. A remarkable book, The Last Earth will be essential to understanding the struggles in the contemporary Middle East.

Baronesse Jenny Tonge:

‘Engaging, unforgettable, complex and unique. The Last Earth provides a unique way of tackling the problem of writing history. Reading The Last Earth is like walking around a gallery of old master paintings, each telling its own harrowing and often beautiful story about the same episode in human history. You may struggle with the names and generations therein, but you know already that this experience is going to be unforgettable.’

Salman Abu Sitta, author of Mapping my Return and the Atlas of Palestine:

‘This book is a powerful tool to revive and record the human history of al Nakba, the largest, longest, most comprehensive and still continuous ethnic cleansing in Palestine’s history. Al Nakba is not a traffic accident but a process subjecting its victims to a constant tragedy across many countries and many decades… a must read for all those who want to see the concealed human dimension of the Palestinian life and suffering.’

Noam Chomsky:

‘In the finest tradition of people’s history, these sensitive, painful and evocative pieces provide a human face to the painful saga of Palestinian torment and the remarkable courage and resilience of the victims.’

Ilan Pappe:

‘This moving and perceptive book is a journey to the heart of the evils of occupation and colonization suffered by the Palestinians on the ground. It allows the people themselves to narrate authentically and with all the complexities their aspirations, suffering and struggles.  Ramzy Baroud knows how to listen, contextualize and convey an inhumanity that has gone for too long and it is hoped that books like this would contribute to its end.’

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» Ramzy Baroud Announces the Launch of His New Book ‘The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story’

Ramzy Baroud Announces the Launch of His New Book ‘The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story’

Now Available for Pre-orders:

A fierce and strenuous challenge to the traditional approach to history in which Palestinians, mostly refugees, are the true protagonists.

“This moving and perceptive book is a journey to the heart of the evils of occupation and colonization suffered by the Palestinians on the ground. It allows the people themselves to narrate authentically and with all the complexities their aspirations, suffering and struggles.  Ramzy Baroud knows how to listen, contextualize and convey an inhumanity that has gone for too long and it is hoped that books like this would contribute to its end.” — Ilan Pappe

Seattle/London, October 04, 2017: THE LAST EARTH is a non-fictional narrative of modern Palestinian history. It is a unique rendition of people’s history – an account of how major historic events in Palestine and the greater Middle East impacted ordinary people, as well as how that mass of people, in their tenacity, and even in their dispossession, represent a force that determines history.

Mixing the academic discipline of ‘History from Below’ and a refined literary style, this collection of narrative-based accounts challenges the perception that Palestinians, mostly refugees, are irrelevant in shaping their own history and the attempt by Zionist historians and institutions to replace the Palestinian historical narrative with a Zionist one.

“I wrote several books on Palestine, most of them dedicated to finding an alternative approach to communicating the Palestinian story,” Ramzy Baroud, said.  “This book is a culmination of previous efforts and, was inspired by my Ph.D. research on People’s History with Professor Ilan Pappe at the University of Exeter,” he added.

“In all of these efforts, I was compelled by the pressing need to relocate the centrality of the Palestinian narrative from an Israeli perspective to a Palestinian one, especially one that overlooks the typical elitist narrative and focuses instead on retelling the story from the viewpoint of ordinary, poor, underclass and working class Palestinians.”

As such, it challenges both academic and popular takes on the tragic and criminal events that comprise Palestinian history. In a work at once beautiful and harrowing, Baroud has masterfully weaved the dimensions of intergenerational time, as it stretches from before the Nakba (the Palestinian catastrophe that marked the brutal birth of the Israeli State) to the destruction of the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria, to the flight from destroyed Yarmouk to Europe.

Its nine chapters contain complex characters whose stories overlap, creating echo after resounding echo of their profound collective experience. Each chapter, read individually, is like an icon for the experience of an entire generation. When read as a whole, the book tells the story of a people whose history cannot be reduced to a timeline of conflict, but rather is embroidered and torn with complex human emotions, hopes, dreams, struggles and priorities that seem to pay no heed to politics, the military balance or ideological rivalries.

Dr. Ramzy Baroud has been writing about the Middle East for over 20 years. He is an internationally-syndicated columnist, a media consultant, an author of several books and the founder of PalestineChronicle.com. His books include Searching Jenin, The Second Palestinian Intifada and his latest My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story. His website is www.ramzybaroud.net.

Dr. Ramzy Baroud will be travelling on various speaking tours to promote his book and the cause of Palestinian refugees. If you would like to host him in your city, academic institution or any other community platforms, please contact Romana Rubeo: info@ramzybaroud.netwww.ramzybaroud.net

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» Ramzy Baroud (Translated): Big Dil, Demokraci e Dështuar dhe Durpi i Dotës në Mjanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi, “humanitaria e madhe”, ngjan ta ketë humbur integritetin teksa OKB-ja konfirmon më në fund se ajo çfarë po ngjet me muslimanët rohingia të Mjanmarit është spastrim etnik.

Suu Kyi nuk ka patur madje kurajën morale për të thënë ca fjalë keqardhjeje për viktimat. Në vend të kësaj, ajo mund të thoshte vetëm: “Ne duhet të kujdesemi për çdokënd që është në vendin tonë.”

Ndërkaq, zëdhënësi i saj dhe zëdhënës të tjerë nisën një fushatë denigrimi kundër rohingiave, duke i akuzuar ata për djegien e fshatrave të tyre dhe për sajimin e historive të përdhunimit.

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» Ramzy Baroud (tradotto) – Il genocidio dei Rohingya: grandi compagnie petrolifere, democrazia fallita e falsi profeti

Aung San Suu Kyi ha svolto il suo ruolo come previsto, ottenendo l’appoggio della Destra e l’ammirazione della Sinistra. Per questo ha ottenuto il Premio Nobel per la Pace nel 1991: è entrata nel gruppo degli ‘Anziani’ ed è stata pubblicizzata da molti giornalisti e da vari governi come una figura eroica che si doveva imitare.

Una volta Hillary l’ha definita “una donna straordinaria.” Il percorso della ‘Signora’ della Birmania da pariah politica nel suo paese dove è stata per 15 anni agli arresti domiciliari, è finalmente terminato con un trionfo quando è diventata la leader della Birmania in seguito a un’elezione multipartitica nel 2015. Da allora ha viaggiato in molti paesi, ha cenato con regine e presidenti, ha tenuto discorsi memorabili, ha ricevuto riconoscimenti, allo stesso tempo consapevolmente  “cambiando marchio   proprio ai militari brutali ai quali si era opposta nel corso degli anni.

La grande ‘umanitaria’ sembra, però, avere esaurito l’integrità, dato che il suo governo, i militari e la polizia hanno cominciato a condurre una vasta operazione di pulizia etnica che ha preso di mira ‘la gente più oppressa sulla terra’, i Rohingya. Queste persone indifese sono state soggette a un genocidio brutale e sistematico, condotto con uno sforzo congiunto di militari e polizia birmana, e di una maggioranza di nazionalisti buddisti. Le cosiddette “Operazioni di pulizia” hanno ucciso centinaia di Rohingya nei mesi recenti, spingendo oltre 250.000 persone  in lacrime, spaventate e affamate, a scappare per salvarsi la vita in qualsiasi maniera possibile. Altre centinaia di Rohingya sono morti in mare o braccati e uccisi nelle giungle.

 

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» Ramzy Baroud (Translated): Η γενοκτονία των Rohingya: Πετρέλαιο, αποτυχημένη δημοκρατία και ψευδοπροφήτες

Ως ένα βαθμό η Aung San Suu Kyi είναι μια ψευδοπροφήτης. Η δύση την εκθείαζε για χρόνια, μετατράπηκε σε «δημοκρατικό ίνδαλμα» γιατί εναντιώθηκε στις ίδιες δυνάμεις στην χώρα της, την Βιρμανία, την ίδια περίοδο που η δυτική συμμαχία υπό τις Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες απομόνωναν την Ρανγκούν για την συμμαχία της με τη Κίνα.

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» Cover for Ramzy Baroud’s Forthcoming Book Released

Title: The Last Earth – A Palestinian Story
Original language: English
To be published by Pluto Press, UK, February 2018
Genre: narrative non fiction

Last Earth is a non-fictional narrative of modern Palestinian history, a unique study of people’s history and exile that attempts to challenge both academic and popular takes on Palestinian history, regardless of who is telling the story and why. It comprises eight chapters containing complex characters whose stories overlap in terms of the collective human experience. Each chapter, read individually, comprises a compelling personal story that represents the experience of an entire generation; but when read as a whole, the book tells the story of a people whose history cannot be reduced to a historical timeline of conflict, but rather tells of complex human emotions, hopes, dreams, struggles and priorities that seem to pay no heed to politics, the military balance or ideological rivalries. While it sheds light on the past, Last Earth is not meant to be solely a story about the past but also a serious attempt at making ordinary people the participants in shaping the present and future.

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» Ramzy Baroud & Yousef Aljamal – Al Jazeera: The 2014 War through the Eyes of Gaza’s Youth

There is a whole generation of Palestinians in Gaza that grew up knowing nothing but war and siege and have never seen the world beyond Gaza’s deadly borders.

These are the voices of some of these young Gazans, who shared their tragic personal stories, hoping that the world would heed their calls for freedom and for justice.

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» Baroud su NenaNews (Traduzione): Tre anni dopo la guerra: parlano i giovani di Gaza

La guerra ha lasciato Gaza in rovina, in quanto più di 17.000 case sono state totalmente distrutte e migliaia di altre strutture, compresi ospedali, scuole e fabbriche sono state demolite o gravemente danneggiate. La guerra ha totalmente distrutto qualunque parvenza di attività economica avesse la Striscia di Gaza. Oggi l’80% di tutti i palestinesi di Gaza, la maggioranza dei quali dipende dagli aiuti umanitari, vive al di sotto del livello di povertà.

C’è un’intera generazione di palestinesi di Gaza che cresce senza conoscere altro che guerra ed assedio e che non ha mai visto il mondo al di là dei confini letali di Gaza. Queste sono le voci di alcuni di questi giovani gazawi, che hanno gentilmente condiviso le loro tragiche storie personali, sperando che il mondo ascolti la loro richiesta di libertà e di giustizia.

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» Baroud in Arab News: Big oil, failed democracy and the world’s shame in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi, the “great humanitarian,” seems to have run out of integrity as the UN finally confirms that what is happening to the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar is ethnic cleansing.
Suu Kyi has not even had the moral courage to utter a few words of sympathy for the victims. Instead, she could only say: “We have to take care of everybody who is in our country.”
Meanwhile, her spokesman and other mouthpieces launched a campaign of vilification against the Rohingya, accusing them of burning their own villages and fabricating their own rape stories.

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