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Arabian Plights
Arabian Plights

Arabian Plights

The Future Middle East

POLITICAL SCIENCE

248 Pages, 5.25 x 8.25

Trade Paper, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $27.95)

Publication Date: January 2010

ISBN 9781921215285

Rights: US & CA

Scribe Publications Pty Ltd. (Jan 2010)

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Overview

Examining the Arab footprint throughout threads of a shared language, a mostly shared religion, and overlapping historical experience, this discussion of cause and effect—huge population growth, demand for food, water, education, and jobs, in addition to issues of global warming and national and regional security—is the challenge as Arabs prepare to meet the intense pressures of the 21st century. Arguing that the most direct way of cleaning up the mess in today’s Middle East is to remove the Israeli–Palestinian conflict as the prop both for Arab illiberalism and for foreign meddling, this exposé suggests that perhaps the real problem of the Arab world is that it too closely mirrors the hypocrisies already present in the world.

Reviews

"Praise for Herzl's Nightmare – one land two people", Scribe

"Peter Rodgers is a brave man. He has had the courage to write and say what many of us feel about the Arab-Israeli conflict but dare not say — that our world is hostage to a struggle with no apparent solution in a blood-soaked land that is captive to its past …The end of the Zionist dream may already be upon us. What will replace it? This is a brilliant, timely, and disturbing book." —Phillip Knightley

"Peter Rodger’s new book offers a short, sharp and illuminating narrative of how things have miscarried. As a former Australian ambassador to Israel, he is well equipped to reflect on his subject, and he does so with considerable punch. But his is also a sensitive book, one that captures the tragedy of moderates trapped between extremists whose spoiling capacity exceeds the former’s ability to make reasonable solutions work." —The Australian

An 'important and timely essay. It provides a much needed reality check for those too ready to come up with clever, rational 'solutions' to a deeply complex problem that defies such solutions — as well as for those well-meaning morally outraged souls too ready to side with one or the other perceived victim in a conflict where, ultimately, all are victims.' —The Age

Author Biography

Peter Rodgers is a former Australian ambassador to Israel, a regular commentator on Middle Eastern affairs, and the winner of the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year Award for his reporting on East Timor. He is the author of Herzl's Nightmare.