Professor Phil Scraton, Director of the Centre for Studies in Crime and Social Justice at Edge Hill College of Higher Education, has edited a new book, Beyond September 11: An Anthology of Dissent. It is to be published in the USA and already international publishers are applying for translation rights.
The book brings together some of the world’s leading journalists, academics, lawyers and campaigners to raise profound concern over the Bush-Blair agenda for the ‘war on terror’ and the escalation of the military offensive against states comprising the ‘axis of evil’.
A total of 36 authors, including Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, Paul Foot, Naomi Klein, John Pilger and A. Sivanandan examine the legal, political, social and cultural implications – in the Middle East and in the democracies of Britain, Europe and the USA – of the aftermath of September 11.
The articles, accessibly written and jargon-free, combine political analysis and deeply moving personal accounts.
Professor Scraton said: “Together they are an indictment of the hawkish policies, propaganda and interventions of a US Administration led by a barely electable President. Questioning the legality of the war, the book considers the killing and displacement of civilians, the acceptance of atrocities, the abandonment of the Geneva conventions, the treatment of prisoners and the silencing of critical voices.”
Professor Scraton, whose previous books include the much-acclaimed Hillsborough: The Truth, edited the anthology while recuperating from serious illness.
He said: “It is vitally important that dissenting voices are heard. In the short term within democracies the damage to positive community and race relations and the impact on essential liberties and human rights are already apparent. In the longer term, the deployment of allied military force against sovereign states, however dreadful their regimes, will lead inevitably to an escalation in the very terrorism it is intended to crush.
“There has to be an alternative – and one that involves the United Nations rather than a US Administration that uses war abroad to deflect attention from economic crisis at home.”
Professor Scraton has recently given talks on his work to international seminars in Padova, Italy and Krakow, Poland. In the autumn he has been invited to the University of Western Sydney as Visiting Professor. He is Director of the Centre for Studies in Crime and Social Justice at Edge Hill College of Higher Education, Ormskirk, Lancashire.
Beyond September 11: An Anthology of Dissent, edited by Phil Scraton, is published by Pluto Press in the UK and South End Press in the USA.