Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly

Editor's Note

Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly

Editor's Note

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The Arab world has been undergoing fundamental changes since WWI. The demise of the Ottoman empire, the advent of the new colonizers, and their devastation of the Levant and North Africa all point out the violent nature of colonialism and modern imperialism. The Sykes-Picot agreement and the Balfour Declaration set the stage for a new devastating era in the Levant and the Arab world in general. Tectonic changes in the twenty-first century - culminating in the 2003 US invasion of Iraq and the events that followed in Lebanon in 2006, and in Tunisia, Egypt Syria, Libya, and Iraq in 2011 - have led to the rise of international terrorists targeting each of those states. The current attempt to sell Palestine for "thirty pieces of silver," through Trump's "deal of the century" coming on the heels of the devastating war in Yemen, has pointed out the violent nature of Western colonialism and, more recently, global capitalism, led by the US and Western Europe.

Shireen Ismael's "Captured by the Quagmire: Iraq's Lost Generation and the Prospects of Children across the Arab Region Today" relies on NGO and UN data to show the violence the US (and its "allies") has perpetrated on the Iraqi population. …

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