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Friday 11 May 2018

Devil’s Game is the first comprehensive account of America’s misguided efforts, stretching across decades, to dominate the strategically vital Middle East by courting and cultivating Islamic fundamentalism.

Drawing on extensive archival research and interviews with dozens of policy makers and CIA, Pentagon, and foreign service officials, Robert Dreyfuss follows the trail of American collusion from support for the Muslim Brotherhood in 1950s Egypt, to links with Khomeini and Afghani jihadists, to longstanding ties between radical Islamists and the leading banks of the West. The result is as tragic as it is paradoxical: originally deployed as pawns to foil nationalism and communism, extremist mullahs and ayatollahs now dominate the landscape, thundering against freedom of thought, science, women’s rights, secularism—and their former patron.

Written and performed in the mid 1970s by the well known Iranian musician, composer and actor Fereydoun Foroughi (Tehran, 29-1-1951, Tehran 5-10-2001), the song Yare dabestaniye man (“My grade schoolmate”, or “Schooldays friend of mine”) became very popular with the anti-Shah students in the colleges and universities. Ironically enough, this song like many others later was revived […]

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