“Next month, we shall also be reading a frightening new book, Merchants of Men, by Italian journalist Loretta Napoleoni, on the funding of the war in Syria. She catalogues kidnapping-for-cash by both government and rebel forces in Syria, but also has harsh words for our own profession of journalism” Robert Fisk
“Multiculturalism may well be our saviour, wresting all of us out from the straitjacket of history, thrusting society into an environment where other ethnicities, less cynical and more positive, will play a big role in its future.”
NORTH KOREA – THE COUNTRY WE LOVE TO HATE (Publication date: January 2018)
In her characteristically direct approach, political analyst Loretta Napoleoni takes on the vexed story—and threat—of North Korea for those of us in the West who remain blinded by its myths and bigotry.
Like China’s Mao Zedong, Kim Il-Sung – North Korea’s leader from its founding in 1948 until his death in 1996 – washed away the humiliation caused by Japanese colonisation and re-created an ancient nation. He consolidated and protected the country with strict principles of unity and isolation. His grandson Kim Jong-un is following in the footsteps of Chinese revolutionary politics by modernising the country using the economy as the main tool of transformation.
This short, informative book is an account of a country central to world politics and yet little understood. Further, it presents insider narratives of its people, whose self-image is radically different to the image we have of them
MERCHANTS OF MEN (click here for book presentation)
A powerful and sophisticated underground business delivers thousands of refugees a day all along the Mediterranean coasts of Europe. The new breed of criminals that controls it has risen out of the political chaos of post-9/11 Western foreign policy and the fiasco of the Arab Spring. These merchants of men are intertwined with armed jihadist organizations such as al Qaeda in the Maghreb. They have prospered smuggling cocaine from West Africa and kidnapping Westerners. More recently, the destabiliza – tion of Syria and Iraq coupled with the rise of ISIS offered them new business opportuni – ties in the Middle East, from selling Western hostages to jihadist groups to trafficking in refugees numbering in the millions. Overall, the kidnapping industry today is bigger than the illegal drug trade and worth billions of dollars annually. Merchants of Men is based on exclusive access to hostage ne – gotiators actively involved in ransom negotia – tions and rescue missions, counter-terrorism experts, members of security services, and former hostages, among many others. The reader will discover that the protocols of pre – vention and rescue change according to the type of abduction and the designated targets, and will come to know firsthand the range of experiences of kidnapping victims. Today’s fast-aging European nations are buyers on the refugee market. New work – ers are needed, and the merchants of men are supplying them. But only skilled, highly educated refugees are wanted. As a tsunami of migrants and refugees floods Europe, new questions almost too numerous to count must be answered.
MERCHANTS OF MEN
THE ISLAMIST PHOENIX
“Loretta Napoleoni’s The Islamist Phoenix is a vital contribution to our understanding of what is happening in the Middle East. It is, like all great pieces of journalism or history, a counter-narrative, one that refuses to become trapped in the easy and fatuous clichés peddled in the West about resistance and radical Islam. Napoleoni exposes the folly of empire. She forces us to see ourselves as others see us.
She prepares us for the world that will actually exist, not the fantasy world we tried to create through indiscriminate violence, the brutality of occupation, and over a decade of war.”
CHRIS HEDGES (former Middle East Bureau Chief for The New York Times and author with Joe Sacco of Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt)
The rise to prominence of the Islamic State (IS)—now dominating Middle Eastern politics—is explained in revealing detail by economist and bestselling author Loretta Napoleoni. The Islamist Phoenix: Islamic State and the Redrawing of the Middle East (Seven Stories Press, 11/2/14 E-book; 12/2/14 paperback original) illuminates the singularity and modernity of IS and describes its strength and its appeal in an increasingly destabilized Middle East. It is a mistake to compare IS to other jihadist groups such as the Taliban or al Qaeda, which aren’t interested in contemporary nation building, says Napoleoni. In her introduction she writes, “While the world of the Taliban was limited to Koranic schools and knowledge based upon the scripts of the Prophet, globalization and modern technology have been the cradle of the Islamic State.”* Napoleoni traces the beginnings of IS to the war on terror, its evolving relationship with al-Qaeda, and its current status as the first official Caliphate in over a century. And she details how modernity, pragmatism, and establishing strongholds in financially strategic regions—something no previous Middle East armed organization has been able to do—are the basis for IS’s enormous successes. With brilliant insight and straightforward prose, Napoleoni brings the newest form of shell-state government to light, and shows us how dangerous it would be to underestimate it.
“The IS doesn’t want to destroy. They want to build the 21st-century version of the Caliphate. And that’s what makes them so dangerous,” Napoleoni says
Loretta Napoleoni – The Islamic State and the crisis in Us foreign policy
(credit by Leigha Cohen)
Al-Zarqawi and the New Generation
Loretta Napoleoni, Seven Stories Press 2005 Buy this book! An unparalleled look into the Iraqi insurgency and the multitude of forces that continue to shape it,Insurgent Iraq: Al-Zarqawi and the New Generation presents a chilling account of the regrouping of terror networks, and the development of an Iraqi resistance since the invasion by coalition forces over two years ago. One of the world’s leading specialists on terrorism, economist Loretta Napoleoni is uniquely qualified to make sense of the ways in which terror networks do and do not operate in Iraq, and what role they play in the Iraqi resistance.
Is the insurgency in Iraq a counter-Crusade, a national liberation movement, or a civil war? With a complex understanding of all the intricacies inherent in such a question, Napoleoni provides a mindful discussion, offering a much-needed understanding of how the US occupation of Iraq has catalyzed the cultural, religious, and political divides within the country to create a wholly changed, more volatile landscape. Composed of independent Iraqi Jihadist groups, Islamo-Nationalist and Ba’ath party resistance, ethnic infighting between Sunni, Shi’ite and Kurd, and foreign suicide bombers, the resistance is a divided yet maintains one demand: the end of US occupation. Overall, Napoleoni offers a break-down of the current political landscape in Iraq, and a renovated al Queda. Insurgent Iraq is a necessary read for anyone concerned with the future of Iraq, or seeking greater insight into the U.S.’s critical role in the Middle East.
Why Chinese Communists Make Better Capitalists Than We Do
Seven Stories Press, October 2011
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The end of the cold war was thought to signal the triumph of Western capitalism over Communism. In Maonomics: Why Chinese Communists Make Better Capitalists than We Do, Economist and best-selling author Loretta Napoleoni argues just the opposite: what we are witnessing instead is the beginning of the collapse of capitalism and the victory of “communism with a profit motive.”
Maonomics charts the prodigious ascent of the Chinese economic miracle and the parallel course of the West’s ongoing insistence on misconstruing China and its economy even as we acknowledge its growing influence and importance. Here Loretta Napoleoni offers a front row seat on the greatest show on earth: the peaceful economic revolution that is shifting the balance of power in the world from West to East.
10 YEARS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD
A Timeline of Events from 2001
Seven Stories Press, 2011 eBook Exclusive – Buy this book!
Internationally best-selling author and economist Loretta Napoleoni delivers a 100-page book that offers readers an insightful overview of the events that have shaped the past decade. Beyond terrorism, 10 Years That Shook the World covers issues as diverse as financial policy, advances in science and technology, new economic policies, propaganda, environmental issues, the revolutionary powers of social media, and more.
Napoleoni presents events not in a strict chronology but more as we might remember them, often with the most significant events recalled first. Thus the main topics cross over constantly, showing how they are all interlinked and how globalization is speeding up the pace of change in our world. Told in short, twitter-like bursts of information, each chapter triggers readers’ personal memories of those years and allows them to trace patterns throughout the decade.
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