- Hardcover: 295 pages
- Publisher: Pluto Press; First Printing edition (2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0745321178
- ISBN-13: 978-0745321172
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Modern Jihad: Tracing the Dollars Behind the Terror Networks Hardcover – 2003
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I heard Loretta Napoleoni read from "Modern Jihad" in New York City, and was intrigued with her economic analysis of the "New Economy of Terror." Refreshingly apolitical. Follow the money. She writes about Osama bin Laden's portfolio and investments: Honey and Gum of Arabic...etc.. She asks -- who funds and profits from -the "New Economy of Terror" -- What's the GDP? I'd like to hear her current assessment of ISIS. She traces the roots of the bankrolling of terror to the end of the Cold War -- and documents the jockeying of other states for power...One major assertion she makes is that the true enemy of jihad terrorism is not all foreign as stated. She analyzes domestic threats to radical Islamist movements - that "economically exploit the Muslim masses."
There is an interdependence, she states, between the "New Economy of Terror" and Western economies....
Midway through the book slhe says Gore Vidal might not have been far off and she quotes him: "the conquest of Afganistan had nothing to do with Osama. He was simply a pretext for replacing the Taliban with a relatively stable government that would allow Union Oil of California (Unocal) to lay the pipeline for the profit of, among others, the Cheney-Bush junta."
Again, look at who profits, from war. From terror. How does it work with markets and global capitalism?
Her challenge to readers is to examine how our purchasing power and our banking system is interdependent with the economy of terror networks -- and to make hard choices... choices in where we bank, how we bank, what we buy, what we don't buy....
Tonight in Trader Joe's, my 87 year old mother, a manicurist by trade, had her second complaint session with the manager about their stocking Russian salmon -- during the current crisis; Russia has banned all imports from the US as well as EU produce (see The Moscow Times, August 7th 2014 "Russia to Ban All U.S. Food Imports and EU Fruit and Veg, State Media Says")
and I gotta say, my Mom is on the pulse. Putting her five dollars where her it counts, supporting her country and her beliefs. We should all be such informed "label readers."
author of "L is for Lion: an italian bronx butch freedom memoir" SUNY Press
and "Schistsong" BORDIGHERA Press
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Schistsong (Via Folios)
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Napoleoni leaves me with the impression that there are three possible courses of action:
1) Coordinated international action to force much stricter controls on flows of money, people, arms, and drugs, including anti-smuggling efforts in Central Asia and many other regions, and success in bringing state-shells back under the control of legitimate governments;
2) A surge of international justice, openess, and transparency, including redistribution of profits, alleviation of poverty, increased education, and reform of repressive governments, thus removing the conditions that foster terrorism;
3) Terrorism is going to be with us for the long hall as patchwork efforts in controlling it occasionally succeed and often fail.
The Bush administration believes strongly in policing, option 1, and gives limited recognition but little support to option 2. We're not powerful enough to police the world by ourselves, and the more we try the more the incentives for other nations to obstruct us in more or less covert ways. The outcome can only be 3.
She is true to her mission of not falling into the "trap of politics" and stays with the global economic analysis.
Brilliant analyses and brilliant syntheses.
If her suggested solution is simple, it is not simplistic. It is perhaps impossible because it appears that our economy is too dependent on the illicit economies--money laundering, drug money, arms deals, and so on.
It is a shame that there is not more interest in this book.
I feel like buying it for everyone I know.
If you get bogged down, start speed reading--you will quickly come to numerous passages that will be as revelations, and you will want to read them twice.
As a previous reviewer commented-it's the global aspect of this book that makes it significant.
The section on our government's conniving with the Taliban for the oil, as well as the explanation of the situation in Chechyna, even if it may be too quick and dirty for the scholarly, makes an excellent starting point for those of us who are in the dark.
I found much of it to be an astonishing revelation