Edwin Black, a New York Times bestselling author and veteran investigative journalist, Edwin Black, continues on his international book tour with a visit to Michigan this month. In two lecture events, Black will recount the historical basis for much of the conflict in the Mideast over the last twenty years, as well as signaling the danger posed by a nuclear-armed and ready Islamic Republic of Iran.
Black's talk at the Holocaust Memorial Center will begin at 7PM, on Monday June 11. Black, who has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, recounts in stunning detail and with closely documented resources that an Arab-Nazi collaboration during the Holocaust in Iraq and Europe. His book also includes the history of persecution suffered by both Jewish and Christian communities and the refuge given to Nazi war criminals. The Arabic word 'farhud' refers to the 'violent dispossession' suffered by Jews in Iraq by Arabs in league with genocidal Nazi Germans to exterminate a community that had lived in peace in the country for millennia. Black's book details the events that took place during the darkest days of the Holocaust and how the events of that era continue to shape Arab-Islamic and Israeli-Jewish relations in the Middle East today.
At the Adat Shalom synagogue, also in Farmington Hills, Black will address the peril the world faces should Iran continue with its weaponization of its ostensibly peaceful uranium enrichment project. A frequent analyst of terrorism for the Fox News network, Black will attempt to answer how close Iran may be to developing a nuclear weapon, and whether Israel may resort to a military first-strike so as to prevent a deadly attack by the Islamic Republic. In the 1970s, Iran placed mines in the vital sea lanes of the Strait of Hormuz leading from the Persian Gulf to the Indian Ocean where thousands of gallons of petroleum pass by on tankers on their way from the Arabian Peninsula and to the wider world. The strangling of that chokepoint led to naval intervention by the United States and an increase in oil prices. Black will address whether a similar blockade by Iran might happen yet again.
Black is especially well-known for his books IBM and the Holocaust, as well as War Against the Weak. He has written several books, which are now of 71 editions in 14 languages in 61 countries, as well as scores of newspaper and magazine articles in the leading publications of the United States, Europe, and Israel. With more than a million books in print, his work focuses on genocide and hate, corporate criminality and corruption, governmental misconduct, academic fraud, philanthropy abuse, oil addiction, alternative energy, and historical investigation.
Black has provided testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives and the North Carolina legislature on the racist eugenics project that extended from the early 1900s and into the 1960s wherein people judged to be genetically 'unfit' were sterilized under cover of law. He has also revealed that there were plans afoot in the U.S. in the 1930s to create concentration camps for races and classes of people deemed 'unfit' for breeding. This plan was scotched only through the intervention of the Second World War. He will also soon provide testimony to the European Commission in Belgium on the future dangers posed by the digitalization of human beings, which was used to such devastating effect by Germany's National Socialists during the Holocaust with help from IBM technology.
Editors have submitted Black’s work ten times for Pulitzer Prize nomination, and in recent years, he has been the recipient of a series of top editorial awards.
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