U.S. relations with Iran have been fraught for decades, but under the Trump Administration tensions are rising to startling levels. Medea Benjamin, one of the best-known 21st century activists, offers the incredible history of how a probable alliance became a bitter antagonism in this accessible and fascinating story.
In 1979, the Iranian Revolution brought a full-scale theocracy to the 80 million inhabitants of the Middle East's second largest country, with. The rule of the ayatollahs opened the door to Islamic fundamentalism. In the decades since, bitter relations have persisted between the U.S. and Iran. Yet how is it that Iran has become the primary target of American antagonism over nations like Saudi Arabia, whose appalling human rights violations fail to depose it as one of America's closest allies in the Middle East?
In the first general-audience book on the subject, Medea Benjamin elucidates the mystery behind this complex relationship, recounting the country's history from the pre-colonial period to its emergence as the one nation Democrats and Republicans alike can unite in denouncing. Benjamin has traveled several times to Iran, and uses her firsthand experiences with politicians, activists, and everyday citizens to provide a deeper understanding of the complexities of Iranian society. Tackling common misconceptions about Iran's system of government, its religiosity, and its citizens' way of life, Benjamin makes short work of the inflammatory rhetoric surrounding U.S.-Iranian relations, and presents a realistic and hopeful case for the two nations' future.
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About the Author
MEDEA BENJAMIN is one of America's best-known 21st-century activists. Co-founder of CODEPINK and the fair trade advocacy group Global Exchange, she is the author of Drone Warfare (OR Books, 2012) and Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection (OR Books, 2016) and has played an active role in the Green Party. A frequent contributor to Alternet, she has a Master's Degree in both public health and economics. In 2012, she was awarded the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation's Peace Prize; she is also recipient of the 2014 Gandhi Peace Award and the 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize from the Fellowship of Reconciliation. She is mother of two children and currently lives in Washington, D.C.
Table of Contents
1. The Founding of the Iranian State
2. Complex power dynamics: elected leaders, religious leaders and the military
3. What makes the economy tick and the effects of international sanctions
4. Government crackdowns on human rights
5. Iran's theocracy allows freedom of religionfor some
6. Conditions in prisons and capital punishment
7. The Paradoxical Status of Iranian Women
8. The history of Iranian relations with the US and the West
9. Iranian foreign policy in the Middle East and beyond
10. The Way Forward
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Full of misinformation, I'd say only twenty percent of the book, at most, is accurate. In essence, mostly an anti-Iran book, by one whose paragon of values, seems to be 1960s hippie movement that was naught but a mind control experiment. And, seems to be subliminally more concerned with the Zionist regime and what can best serve it: that is the final yardstick, by which everything is measured, by author.