The Last Earth

Baroud, Ramzy. The Last Earth: A Palestrina Story. 2018. Pluto Press, UK. ISBN 978074533800 2 Review and author photo at Victoria book signing by Theresa Wolfwood “Let me arrange my evening with that which suits my failure and her absence.”                     Mahmoud Darwish “no east, no west, this is the uprising of the people” p.191 Baroud’s most recent book is all about Palestinians, their lives, their personal stories, told in their own voices.  Baroud, founder of www.Palestinechroncile.com   and Read more [...]

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Born to be Unstoppable

Kironyo,Wanjiku. BORB TO BE UNSTOPPABLE: My Kenyan Story, Global Journey and Life’s Legacy. 2016. Fify fity Ld. Nairobi, Kenya. ISBN: 978-9966-097-28-6 Review and author photo by Theresa Wolfwood Photo: Wanjiku on right in Muthare Valley, Nairobi   “It is how we embrace the uncertainty in our lives that leads to the great transformation of our souls.” Brandon A.  The opening quote in this book  Wanjiku was born into uncertain, dark times to farmers in Kenya at the time of major resistance to Britain, the colonial power Read more [...]

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ENGLER, YVES. A Propaganda System: How Canada’s government, corporations, media and academia Sell war and exploitation.2016. Red Publishing and Fernwood Publishing. Canada

Review by Theresa Wolfwood   ‘ “why do nine in ten Canadians think this country is a forc for good in the world even though our governments have long advanced corporate interests and sided with the British and US empires?” This book is an attempt to answer this and other related questions.’   Yves Engler continues in this latest book to analyze and expose to Canadians the fallacy of our belief that Canada is ‘nice guy’ and a peace loving democracy.  Instead as he shows we perpetrate and nourish a culture of Read more [...]

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Oldfield, Sybil. ‘Thinking Against the Current’: Literature and Political Resistance. 2013. Sussex Academic Press, Eastbourne, UK. ISBN: 978-1-84519-689-9

Review by Theresa Wolfwood   “Mental fight means thinking against the current, not with it. It is our business to puncture gas bags and discover the seeds of truth.”   Virginia Woolf   This fascinating and informative study of independent thinkers since the 1700s makes compelling reading in a time when media and other social forces discourage and suppress expression of dissent. But it appears that mainstream society has always suppressed and often, still does, persecute those who dare to resist. Starting with the Read more [...]

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Oldfield, Sybil and Gwenyth Shaw, editors. The Old Familiar Faces 2007. Lewes, UK. ISBN 978-0-9554-114-1-0 Review and photo of Sybil Oldfield by Theresa Wolfwood

“I have had playmates, I have had companions… All are gone, the old familiar faces…”  Charles Lamb   This collection of mainly English poetry reflecting inevitably on loss, the constant of old age, has many poignant poems, but also humour, a necessity of aging well,  is here also. The editors have collected from many centuries and from the famous to the little known. They go well together; fame is not essential for enjoyment or inspiration, the experience of aging is universal. As Frances Comford wrote:   O passer-by, Read more [...]

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Watson, Raymond THE CELLWAS MY: CANVAS.2013. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Belfast, Northern Ireland ISBN-10: 1492762113 Review and author photograph by Theresa Wolfwood

Watson’s journey, from a teenage boy’s involvement in the conflict in Northern Ireland as an IRA fighter to years in a British prison to his development into an important artist today while he holds fast to his commitment to peace and social justice, is a fascinating read. Fortunately there are photographs of Watson’s many works of art throughout the book accompanied by tales of their creation. Not least of these is the sculpture on the book cover, “The Hands of History”. The hands are those of the signers of the Good Friday Agreement Read more [...]

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BLOOD OF EXTRACTION Todd Gordon and Jeffery R. Webber. 2016. Fernwood Publishing. Halifax and Winnipeg, Canada ISBN: 9781552668306

Review and photo of author, Jeffrey Webber,  by Theresa Wolfwood “In recent years, the Canadian state has lent its support to a repressive post-coup regime in Honduras; had provided military and ideological backing for a repressive regime in Colombia, one which boasts the hemisphere’s worst human rights record; has aggressively interfered in the domestic affairs of left-of-centre Latin American governments such as that of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela and Rafael Correa in Ecuador; it has supported ecological destruction and the dislocation of vulnerable Read more [...]

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Berkson, Sam & Mohamed Sulaiman. Settled Wanderers. 2015. Influx Press. London UK ISBN: 978-0-9927655-4-5

Review and photo of Mohamed  Sulaiman by Theresa Wolfwood Subtitled ‘The poetry of Western Sahara’, this remarkable book is far more than a collection of poetry, little-known in the English-speaking world. It is a concise history and geography of the Saharawi people, the lives of their poets, a glossary and explanation of the unique language of this nation, Hassaniya, its translation into Arabic and English and not least of all, the written words of all languages are enhanced and illustrated by the wonderful art work of Sulaiman who Read more [...]

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Soviet Princeton: Slim Evans and the 1932-33 Miners’ Strike by Jon Bartlett and Rika Ruebsaat.2015. New Star Books, Vancouver BC. .ISBN:9781554201099

Review by Theresa Wolfwood  “This is the story of a heated confrontation that took place in Princeton during the depths of the Great Depression- a struggle over coal mine owners’ attempt to roll back miners’ wages…features mounted police charging picket lines; searches of workers’ homes for subversive literature, physical assaults; the creation of a Citizens’ League to oppose the miners; union; a kidnapping; crosses burning in hills above the town…” This is a fascinating little-known vignette of Canadian history, the story Read more [...]

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Human Rights in History by Morgan Avanti.2015. Morgan Avanti Publications. Toronto, ON ISBN978-0-9918346-0-0

Review by Theresa Wolfwood “What are human rights? They are rights belonging to all by virtue of being human. One can say possessing human rights makes it possible to be fully human.” Human rights have become so commonly and often carelessly discussed these days that we seldom think about the concept embedded in these words, Avanti makes it very clear. “The concept of human rights is based on several fundamentals. One is that rights are universally held by everyone. Secondly, rights exist regardless of the legal jurisdiction in which Read more [...]

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Liversedge Ronald. Mac-Pap: Memoir of a Canadian in the Spanish Civil War 2013. edited by David Yorke New Star Books, Vancouver, BC. . ISBN: 9781554200719

Review by Theresa Wolfwood   “We were the direct casualties of the “Non-Intervention Pact, “which was the most open and cynical betrayal of a nation in all of history.” When I took recent visitors from Europe to see the memorial to the Canadians of the Mac-Pap (Mackenzie–Papineau battalion) who fought in the Spanish Civil War,  they were amazed. Why would anyone travel from Canada to voluntarily fight in someone else’s civil war? This book is one Canadian’s story of why approximately 1600 (1200 in the Mac-Pap by most estimates; Read more [...]

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Engler, Yves. CANADA in AFRICA: 300 years of ad and exploitation. 2015. RED publishing/ Fernwood Publishing Canada. ISBN 978-1-55266762-0

Review and author photo by Theresa Wolfwood “Canadian policy provides a unique window into Western exploitation of Africa and this book can hopefully contribute to overcoming widespread ignorance of African affairs.” Engler has done it again; written another carefully documented, well-crafted history and analysis, this time about Canada’s involvement in past centuries and today in Africa. And once again he reveals the myth behind our idea that Canada and we Canadians are ‘good guys” in a bad world. With few exceptions we are right Read more [...]

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