Help AR spread its progressive message to larger audiences at a time when it's particularly needed! We have no underwriters, government grants or advertising income. Radio stations receive our programming free of charge. We depend solely on you, our listeners, to sustain us.

We welcome your tax-deductible contributions for any amount. Send your check to RISE UP-Alternative Radio, PO Box 551, Boulder, CO 80306. Or just give us a call at (800) 444-1977, Monday–Thursday 8:30–4:30pm, Mountain Time.

DonateSubscribe Subscribe Monthly

Terrorism: Theirs & Ours

Terrorism: Theirs & Ours book cover

This Open Media Pamphlet Series edition (59 pp.) features edited transcripts from Eqbal Ahmad's lecture at the University of Colorado, October 12, 1998 and excerpts from David Barsamian's extensive interviews with Eqbal. It is an excellent primer on the perspectives of Eqbal. Edward Said called him "perhaps the shrewdest and most original anti-imperialist analyst of the postwar world." You've heard the line, a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, that's
the case with the cover of this book. But a funny thing happened. After being available in the Reagan Library archives it has been removed. Might be too embarrassing for the Great Communicator to be seen in the White House with the Afghan "freedom fighters" as he called them. The photo, unlike Mastercard, is priceless.


Eqbal Ahmad

Eqbal Ahmad was Professor Emeritus of International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He was born in Irki, Bihar, to an Indian Muslim landowning family. His father was murdered while parceling out the estate to landless peasants. Upon the partition of India in 1947 he went to Pakistan. He came to the U.S. to attend Princeton. For many years he was managing editor of the quarterly Race and Class. His articles and essays appeared in The Nation and other journals throughout the world. He wrote a weekly column for Dawn, Pakistan's oldest English newspaper. He was one of the the most original and influential anti-imperialist thinkers of his era. He was a leading figure in the anti-Vietnam War movement. He was a remarkable and persuasive orator. As a teacher, he was mentor and inspiration to many. He was a close ally of Edward Said, Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn. Confronting Empire and Terrorism Theirs & Ours are the two books he did with David Barsamian. Eqbal Ahmad died in Islamabad on May 11, 1999.

David Barsamian

One of America's most tireless and wide-ranging investigative journalists, David Barsamian has altered the independent media landscape. His weekly radio program Alternative Radio is now in its 32nd season. His books with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Richard Wolff, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said sell around the world. His new book with Noam Chomsky is Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy. He lectures on world affairs, imperialism, capitalism, propaganda, the media, the economic crisis and global rebellions.

In 2017 the South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. He has collaborated with the world-renowned Kronos Quartet in events in New York, London, Vienna, Boulder and elsewhere. David Barsamian is the winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU's Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes. 

Customer Reviews

No reviews yet Write a review

Shopping Cart

Your cart is currently empty

Related Programs

Eqbal Ahmad
Terrorism: Theirs and Ours

Terrorism is the scourge of the era. It is a fearsome symbol conjuring up images of ferocious-looking, bearded men brandishing AK-47s. The media focus on the terrorism of official enemies...

Madawi Al-Rasheed
Saudi Arabia: History & Politics

Saudi Arabia is a quixotic ally of the U.S., to say the least. Fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers were from the desert kingdom. In the wake of the attack,...

Kathy Kelly
Afghanistan: Beyond the Propaganda

The pretext of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001 was the September 11 attacks. Washington announced it was pursuing Osama bin Laden. But very quickly the Bush administration...  

Laura Secor
Iran: History & Politics

Iran, a country of 80 million people, strategically straddles West and South Asia. Iran dramatically left the U.S. orbit in 1979 when the Shah was overthrown and the Islamic Republic...  

Chris Giannou
Understanding the Middle East + Terrorism: Theirs & Ours

2 Programs First program: Chris Giannou - Understanding the Middle East Large parts of the Middle East today are engulfed in violence. Why? What historical factors shape the current conflicts?...

Alternative Radio
Iran Backgrounder 2-Pack

First Program: Iran: History & Politics -Laura Secor Iran, a country of 80 million people, strategically straddles West and South Asia. Iran dramatically left the U.S. orbit in 1979 when the Shah...

Ahmed Rashid, Ervand Abrahamian
Afghanistan, Pakistan & Iran

Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran have extensive historical and cultural links. Peoples, languages, music, and food spill over borders. The U.S. is deeply involved in all three nations. It has occupied...  

Muhammed Aziz Shukri
A Syrian View of the Middle East

Syria is a millennia old civilization with great traditions in music, poetry, architecture and art. Damascus, its capital, is the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world. Syria sided with the U.S....

Medea Benjamin
Afghanistan: Beyond the Propaganda + Drone Warfare

2 CDs First program: Kathy Kelly - Afghanistan: Beyond the Propaganda The pretext of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001 was the September 11 attacks. Washington announced it...

Abdel Bari Atwan

Al-Qa'ida, the base in Arabic, first emerged in an embryonic form in 1988. Its core consisted of the Arab mujahedeen fighters who went to Afghanistan to oust the Soviets. It was established...

Nasim Zehra
Afghanistan, bin Laden, and the Taliban

In late December 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. The United States in its goal to oust them cut Faustian bargains with individuals and groups that are now implicated in...

Ahmed Rashid
Afghanistan & Pakistan: Countries in Crisis

Afghanistan and Pakistan, neighboring states, are both in a precarious situation. In Afghanistan, the leader is Hamid Karzai and in Pakistan it's Pervez Musharraf. They face huge internal problems. Both...  

Louis Dupree
Afghanistan: Two Interviews

Because of the refugee crisis precipitated by the Soviet invasion, Louis Dupree says, “Afghanistan will never be the same again.” He calls it “migratory genocide.” Afghan expert and Louis’ partner...

(800) 444-1977