Sunday, 4 September 2011

'The People Demand: a short history of the Arab revolutions' - Newcastle book launch


Cairo's Tahrir Square during the revolution
On Wednesday 12 October John Rees will be introducing his new book The People Demand: a short history of the Arab revolutions (co-written with Joseph Daher).

The book launch, hosted by Counterfire, is upstairs at Newcastle's Salsa Cafe and starts at 7pm.

See the Facebook Event.

The Arab revolutions have started to re-shape global politics. The People
Demand traces the major developments and includes reportage from Cairo during the 18 days of revolutionary upheaval in early 2011. It analyses the mass popular movements which have overthrown regimes, shaken US imperialism, and inspired millions around the world.

This is one of the first assessments of the Arab revolutions to encompass a range of movements. These essays analyse the complex links between Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, Libya, Bahrain and Syria, examining how the popular revolts have dramatically affected relations with the US, Israel and the West.

Through a richly detailed and perceptive account of events across the Arab world, The People Demand addresses vital questions about democracy, revolution and imperialism.

The book is published on 16 September by Counterfire, priced £6.99. Entry to the Newcastle book launch is free.  

John Rees participated in the Egyptian revolution and his eye-witness accounts are included in The People Demand. He was Vice President (Europe) of the Cairo international solidarity conferences which started in 2002.

He is a co-founder of the Stop the War Coalition and the author of The Algebra of Revolution, Imperialism and Resistance, and Strategy and Tactics. He is a member of the editorial board of Counterfire and writes and presents the Timeline political history series for the Islam Channel.

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