Author Archives: Helena Cobban

About Helena Cobban

Helena Cobban is the owner of Just World Books. She’s been blogging since 2003 at Her 1984 book The Palestinian Liberation Organisation: People, Power, and Politics, was published by Cambridge University Press and is still in print. Her early-1990 study “The PLO and the Intifada” was published in The Middle East Journal (Spring 1990).

‘It’s 3 am, in the cattle cage’ — Susan Abulhawa publishes first book of poetry

Just World Books has published “My Voice Sought the Wind,” a collection of poems by Susan Abulhawa, the Palestinian activist and author of Mornings in Jenin. Read one poem from the book titled “Wala.”

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The Russia-Syria deal: What it means and what now?

Helena Cobban writes, “Watching Syrian FM Walid Mouallem (above, left) on the TV news announcing his country’s acceptance of Russia’s plan to consign all Syria’s CW stockpile to international control and then destruction was an amazingly powerful sight. With this one stroke, all the air went out of the campaign Pres. Obama has been ramping up, to win public and Congressional support for a U.S. ‘punitive’ military attack against Syria.”

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Roots of Resistance: The first intifada in the context of Palestinian history

This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.”

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Miko Peled in NYC, June 18; in DC June 20-24

Miko Peled, the visionary author of The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine, will be doing his first book talk on the U.S. east coast on Monday, June 18, at Revolution Books, in Manhattan.

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Exclusive Excerpt: Miko Peled’s ‘The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine’

Read an excerpt from Miko Peled’s new book The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine. Renowned Palestinian scholar Walid Khalidi has written, “We are privileged to accompany the author on his own fascinating internal odyssey—a journey of self-education and cumulative critique of Zionist premises and Israeli practices.”

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‘The New York Insular Times’ publishes a tome on Shalit

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Surviving the Dahieh War: Rami Zurayk’s ‘War Diary: Lebanon 2006′

Thirty months before there was Cast Lead, there was the Dahieh War, a sustained assault against Lebanon during which the Israeli military flattened an entire neighborhood of tightly packed high-rises in southern Beirut called simply “the Dahieh” (the suburb.) The … Continue reading

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Turkish officials blow AIPAC claims out of the, uh, sea

This is a crosspost from Cobban’s site, Just World News Several strongly pro-Israeli members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have stepped up their campaigns against NATO ally Turkey over the past week, in a campaign that has … Continue reading

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