• Books: Bury the Chains by Adam Hochschild, Endless War: Hidden Functions of the "war on terror" by David Keen, Capital Vol. 1, Tin Drum by Günter Grass, What is Islam? by Shahab Ahmed, Desiring Arabs by Joseph Massad, Spies, Soldiers and Statesmen by Hazem Kandil, La Condition Humaine by André Malraux, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Imagined Community by Benedict Anderson, Culture and Imperialism by Edward Said, The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon, The Richness of Life by Stephen Jay Gould, Children of the Alley by Naguib Mahfouz, The Mass Psychology of Fascism by Wilhelm Reich, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, 1984 by George Orwell, Noli me Tangere by José Rizal, Age of Extremes by Eric Hobsbawm, ذهنية التحريم لصادق جلال العظم, Karl Marx by Francis Wheen, وليمة لأعشاب البحر لحيدر حيدر, Candide by Voltaire, النزعات المادية في الفلسفة العربية الإسلامية لحسين مروة, Listen Little Man by Wilhelm Reich ..
  • Films: Alexanderplatz by Rainer Fassbinder, Clockwork Orange, Apocalypse Now, The Battle of Algiers, films by P. P. Passolini, Persepolis, Midnight Express, 1984, Papillion, Gangs of New York, Sophie Scholl, Life of Brian, Ivan the Terrble, Battleship Potemkine ...

Monday, December 28, 2015

Saddam Hussein’s Ba’th Party: Inside an Authoritarian Regime (a book review)

Comment by Salah Nasrawi, Cairo, Egypt

"Salah Nasrawi: I have repeatedly raised this question which is underscored in the excellent review that : " Scholars whose research might build on or respond to Saddam Hussein’s Ba‘th Party will have to face the question of whether it is ethical to conduct research using Iraqi documents held by the United States." The archive should be sent back to Iraq and be open to Iraqi researchers, otherwise skepticism and doubts will be always raised about what others write on Iraq's history using an archive never seen by Iraqis.This will be a great deficiency for the US and world academia.
عودة الارشيف العراقي من امريكا ضرورة ثقافية وحضارية وانسانية تاريخية اذ كيف يتاح للاجانب الاطلاع على وثائق في غاية الاهمية تخص تاريخ العراق الحديث في حين لا تتاح هذه الفرصة للباحث وللقارئ وللانسان العراقي...لماذا يكون بامكان جوزيف ساسون كتابة تاريخ حزب البعث ولا يستطيع ذلك باحث عراقي....."

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