New book demystifies the clash between the West and the Muslim world

    Foreign affairs expert Eric S. Margolis brings his lifetime of insight
    into the complex reality of the way the Muslim world really operates.

    TORONTO, Sept. 29 /CNW/ - American Raj: Liberation or Domination? is the
culmination of veteran journalist and foreign policy expert Eric S. Margolis
years of feet-on-the-ground reporting and analysis in the Middle East and
Asia. Margolis brings the weight of his authority on the Middle East to answer
the questions "How did we get to this place in history and can this ancient
conflict ever be resolved?"
    Employing the model of Britain's imperialist hegemony in Asia, which
culminated in the nineteenth-century Raj, Margolis explores in fascinating
detail whether the West-and in particular the United States-risks a repetition
of the Raj experience or whether we face an entirely new world order.
    In 1993 Samuel P. Huntington turned conventional political wisdom on its
head by arguing in a provocative essay that the secularized West and the
fundamentalist Islamic world were destined to clash-a clash of civilizations.
At about the same time, veteran journalist and foreign policy expert Eric S.
Margolis was arguing virtually the same point-but from a unique vantage point:
inside and on the ground in the Muslim world itself.
    Margolis' masterful synthesis of experience and insight answers the most
pressing questions we in the West confront: Why does the Muslim world seem to
distrust the West? Is the idea of a secular Muslim world-especially one based
on the western model-realistic? Has ideology blinded Western powers to both
political and historical reality? Is a workable accommodation between these
two "adversaries" possible?

    American Raj also discusses such topics as:
    -   Why is there is so much anger between the west and Muslim world?
    -   Why is al Qaeda so popular and can it be defeated?
    -   How does conflict in the Muslim world feed on itself?
    -   How does oil drive foreign policy western in the Muslim world?

    Margolis takes the reader behind the conventional headlines and into the
thinking and world view of anti-Western Islamic radicals throughout the Muslim
world, and identifies the historical, political and religious factors that
have played such a huge role in generating Islamic hostility towards the West.
More important, it offers a comprehensive roadmap to a workable and lasting
    American Raj: Liberation or Domination? will be available September 29,
    To book an interview or for further information, please contact:
Stephanie Blok, Director of Media Relations for Eric Margolis, (416) 254-6037,

    Eric S. Margolis is an award-winning, internationally syndicated
columnist. His articles appear in the New York Times, the International Herald
Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Times of London, the Gulf Times, the Khaleej
Times and Dawn. He is a regular columnist with the Quebecor Media Company and
a contributor to The Huffington Post. He often appears as an expert on foreign
affairs on CNN, Fox News, BBC, France 24, ctv and CBC.
    His internet column reaches 100,000 readers a day
and is carried around the globe.
    As a war correspondent Margolis has covered conflicts in Angola, Namibia,
South Africa, Mozambique, Sinai, Afghanistan, Kashmir, India, Pakistan, El
Salvador and Nicaragua. He was among the first journalists to ever interview
Libya's Muammar Khadaffi and was among the first to be allowed access to KGB
headquarters in Moscow.
    A veteran of many conflicts in the Middle East, Margolis recently was
featured in a special appearance on Britain's Sky News TV as "the man who got
it right" in his predictions about the dangerous risks and entanglements the
US would face in Iraq.
    A native New Yorker, he maintains residences in Paris, New York and Banff
but spends much of his time traveling the globe on assignment.

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For further information:

For further information: Stephanie Blok, Director of Media Relations for
Eric Margolis, (416) 254-6037,

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