Terrorism and the Economy: How the War on Terror is Bankrupting the World

Terrorism and the Economy: How the War on Terror is Bankrupting the World

by Loretta Napoleoni


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Economist and best-selling author Loretta Napoleoni traces the link between the finances of the war on terror and the global economic crisis, finding connections from Dubai to London to Las Vegas that politicians and the media have at best ignored. In launching military and propaganda wars in the Middle East, America overlooked the war of economic independence waged by Al-Qaeda. The Patriot Act boosted the black market economy, and the war on terror prompted a rise in oil prices that led to food riots and distracted governments from the trillion-dollar machinations of Wall Street. Consumers and taxpayers, spurred by propaganda fears, were lured into crushing global debt. Napoleoni shows that if we do not face up to the many serious connections between our response to 9/11 and the financial crisis, we will never work our way out of the looming global recession that now threatens our way of life.
While we feared that Al-Qaeda might destroy our world, Wall Street ripped it apart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583228951
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 5.28(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

A woman of the Left who garners praise from Noam Chomsky and Greg Palast at the same time as she is quoted respectfully in Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, LORETTA NAPOLEONI was born in 1955 in Rome. In the mid 1970s she became an active member of the feminist movement in Italy, and later studied as a Fulbright Scholar at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. She began her career as an economist, and went on to work as London correspondent and columnist for La Stampa, La Repubblica and La Paîs. Napoleoni is the author of the international bestsellers Rogue Economics: Capitalism’s New Reality and Terror Incorporated: Tracing the Money Behind Global Terrorism. She has served as the Chairman of the countering terrorism financing group for the Club de Madrid, and lectures regularly around the world on economics, money laundering and terrorism. Napoleoni lives in London and Montana. 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xi

Introduction: The Warrior's Folly 1

Part I Scared to Debt

1 Dubai: The Rise of Islamic Finance 11

2 The Money Trail: Islamic Finance in the Bahamas 21

3 The War on Terror: America's Suicidal Mission 31

4 The Reversal of the Crusades 41

5 Bleeding America Bankrupt: Bin Laden Fulfills His Dream 57

6 The USA PATRIOT Act: A Self-inflicted Wound 73

7 Oil as a Retaliatory Weapon 83

8 Scenes from the Global House of Cards 93

Part 2 The Fall of the Global House of Cards

9 The Bubble Bursts 105

10 The Politics of Fear 109

11 Las Vegas and Dubai: "Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Who's the Richest of Them All?" 121

12 The Danger of Protectionism 135

13 A New Economic Model 141

Bibliographic Notes 153

Index 159

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