Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Rimal Publications releases two new books Aviation in Middle East and Libya

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At Rimal Publications we are proud to announce that with two of the latest books on our list we are breaking new ground. Countless books have been published on the recent history of the Middle East and North Africa, but none with the perspectives offered by our latest publications, which are due to be published this summer.

History in the Arab Skies: Aviation’s Impact on the Middle East – the latest book by Gerald Butt – is a smooth blend of political history, the story of aviation’s rapid development and personal observations. Above all, it chronicles the region’s association of more than a century with the expansion of flying and how the use of air power proved critical in shaping the modern Middle East. It also relates the role that the region played during the early years of commercial flight when taking to the air was a romantic and luxurious adventure.

Libya’s Hidden Pages of History: A Memoir (Arabic Ed), Mustafa Ben-Halim’s autobiography, provides a personal and graphic view of politics in Libya in the early years of independence. As only the second prime minister in the young monarchy, Mr Ben-Halim tells of his country’s struggles – to combat economic difficulties in the days before oil and to fight off the intrigues of the British and French governments. He also talks frankly about his meetings with international figures of the day, like Anthony Eden and Gamal Abdel Nasser. While a number of books have been written about Libya by outsiders, this is an insider’s account of political life in that country.
Nora Shawwa

Thursday, July 14, 2011

NEW YORK BOOK LAUNCH: SANDSTROM: A Leaderless Revolution in the Digital Age

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NEW YORK BOOK LAUNCH: SANDSTROM: A Leaderless Revolution in the Digital Age

NEW YORK (July 2011) – Authors, Adeel A. Shah and Sheheryar T. Sardar, Esq. will host the launch celebration of their new book: Sandstorm: a leaderless revolution in the digital age on July 30th from 7-9pm at luxury fashion outlet Misha Nicole. The reception will feature a conversation with the authors and will raise funds for Project Peanut Butter, on organization that helps feed children in Africa.

Sandstorm examines Arab Spring and the role that social media and the Global Generation played in supporting the revolution in Egypt. The authors have, in a very short time, analyzed how the digital age has changed the dynamics of revolution.

"This was not a Twitter Revolution, that was an over-simplified statement made by media pundits.  We wanted to delve deeper, to understand how something could rise with such fervor across the globe.  The answer was more complex than just social media: it was a Global Generation that found its voice." - Adeel A. Shah

Global Generationers in Egypt and the US were predicted to be the apathetic generation, addicted to the internet and lacking drive.  This book analyzes how that was a fallacy; not only is this generation one that creates change, its also a generation of socially responsible individuals that have broken down global barriers through social and digital media." – Sheheryar T. Sardar

Sandstorm can be purchased at the book launch event for $14.99 (20% of all proceeds will go to Project Peanut Butter to help feed children in Africa) and is available from Nook for $9.99 and on Kindle for $8.99.

For interviews with Adeel A. Shah and Sheheryar T. Sardar, please contact Rohan Sheth. Media is invited to the book launch and may RSVP on Eventbrite.

About Adeel A. Shah

Adeel A. Shah is the Chairman and CEO of TelniaSoft Inc. Adeel has consulted with governmental institutions, dignitaries political action committees, former preidents of developing nations and NGOs – to name a few. He is co-founder of US-Pakistan Business Council and is currently the Vice Chairman in Washington, DC. Adeel has been part of and led several business delegations to Thailand, Hungary, South Korea, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, UK, Romania and UAE. He frequently writes on business and geo-political issues for major newspapers and has been interviewed by Bloomberg, Washington Times, CNN, and Geo TV. Adeel’s work primarily involves private equity and venture capital in South Asia and the Middle East. Adeel holds a Masters in International Public Policy from SAIS, John Hopkins and MBA from Carey Business School of John Hopkins.

About Sheheryar T. Sardar, Esq.

Sheheryar T. Sardar, Esq. is a founding Partner at Sardar Law Firm LLC, a New York based corporate and commercial litigation firm. A thought leader on social media and international business, Sheheryar is a nominated board member of the International Trade Committee of the New York Bar Association and an editorial member of Social Media Legal. He has been interviewed by Voice of America on social media law and stock trading and has published numerous articles on international law, social media and venture capital. Sheheryar received his J.D. from Emory University and studied at the University of Paris.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Jeremy Ben Ami releases new book on the rise of Jewish moderation: A New Voice for Israel

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Jeremy Ben Ami releases new book on the rise of Jewish moderation: A New Voice for Israel

I’m very excited to let you know that the book I’ve written about the journey that led me to J Street – A New Voice for Israel – goes on sale July 19th.

The book tells a personal story – how the son of a leader of Menachem Begin’s Irgun came to help found the American political lobby pressing for a two-state solution.

It also takes a critical look at the traditional rules governing American politics and the Jewish community when it comes to Israel – and suggests significant changes to both.

Finally, it makes an urgent plea to Israel’s supporters to change course now before it is too late to ensure a secure and democratic future for Israel.

To pre-order the book, please click here. Proceeds from the sale of the book go to J Street, and strong early orders will help the book and our work to gain more publicity.

Over the course of the coming months, I’ll be traveling the country, giving talks about the book and using it as a springboard to spark important communal conversations about how best to secure Israel’s future, its democratic nature and its Jewish character.

You can find out more about those events here.

In the book, I write, “My hope is that this book contributes in some small way to opening up minds and conversation in the American Jewish community and beyond about the need not just for such action but for a whole new approach to Israel advocacy in the United States.”

I’m grateful that such magnificent writers as Peter Beinart, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Ayelet Waldman, Bernard Avishai and Janine Zacharia were kind enough to recommend the book. You can read their comments here.
If you would be interested in reading more, please do consider pre-ordering the book. You can also look for it on sale after July 19th.

Thank you so much for your interest and for all that you do for the cause of peace and security for Israel, its neighbors and the whole Middle East.

Jeremy Ben-Ami
President, J Street
July 6, 2011