Civil Rights in Peril: The Targeting of Arabs and Muslims

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Juni 2004



This book shows how ordinary people can resist attacks on their civil liberties and fundamental rights.


Preface Acknowledgements Part I Pre- and Post-September 11, 2001 Legislation and Regulations Affecting Civil Liberties 1. Race and Civil Rights Pre-September 11, 2001: The Targeting of Arabs and Muslims. Susan M. Akram and Kevin R. Johnson 2. Profiled: Arabs, Muslims and the Post-September 11, 2001 Hunt for the "Enemy Within" Nancy Murray Part II Sustaining and Reinforcing Demonization of Arabs and Muslims: Manufacturing Racist Images of Arabs and Muslims 3. "Our Enemies Among Us"-The Portrayal of Arab and Muslim Americans in Post-9/11 American Media Robert Morlino 4. The New Cold War Network: Arabs and Muslims as the Enemy at Home and Abroad Will Youmans Part III The Convergence of U.S. Domestic Shift to the Far Right and the Pursuit of Global Expansion: The Criminalization of Arab and Muslim Communities 5. Roots of the American Anti-Terrorism Crusade Samih Farsoun 6. American Global Reach and the Anti-Terrorist Crusade of George W. Bush. Naseer Aruri 7. The Interlocking of Right Wing Politics and U.S. Middle East Policy: Solidifying Arab/Muslim Demonization Elaine C. Hagopian Index


Elaine C. Hagopian is Professor Emerita of Sociology, Simmons College, Boston.


That Arabs and Muslims would be fair game for harassment and persecution by successive U.S. Administrations should come as no surprise given the global projection of U.S. power, the role of Israel in U.S. domestic politics, and the weakness of most post-colonial Muslim societies. Civil Rights in Peril: Targeting Arabs and Muslims is an important contribution to understanding the domestic side effects of the need for a foreign bogeyman after the dissolution of that other "Evil Empire", the Soviet Union. Of course, this also fits in nicely with the agenda of the Israel Uber Alles elements. The essays in this volume help us to understand the matrix of the new American juggernaut and its impact on the lives of ordinary people. Thankfully, it joins a growing body of critical analysis that is connecting the proverbial dots about the new face of American hegemonism. -- Abdeen Jabara, Civil Rights Attorney, Past President, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Elaine Hagopian, one of the country's most respected analysts of Middle East affairs, has brought together a group of astute commentators, who give us a refreshingly critical view of the current demonization of Muslims and Arabs. What she and the others make clear is the deadly connection between this phenomenon and U.S. behavior in the Middle East. -- Howard Zinn Since September 11, US media and popular culture have treated Arabs and Muslims as fanatics, terrorists, and suspects; this volume treats them as human beings. All those who want documentation and substantiation of the erosion of civil liberties in this country, should read this book. The forgotten victims of September 11 are the Arabs and Muslims in the US, whose rights have been curtailed, and activities monitored, and charities closed down or suppressed. This volume tells their story. The volume is an excellent contribution to the ignored facets of US wars on terrorism; those wars are also fought in US cities and towns, mostly targeting Arabs and Muslims. This is a much needed study of the status of Arabs/Muslim in the US in the wake of September 11, and its subsequent suppression of civil rights and liberties, especially among Arabs and Muslims. -- As'ad AbuKhalil, Dept. of Politics, California State University
EAN: 9780745322643
ISBN: 0745322646
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: PLUTO PR
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2004
Seitenanzahl: 224 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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