Monthly Archives: September 2012

Nyers, Peter. Rethinking Refugees: Beyond States of Emergency. 2006. Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. New York, USA, and London UK.

“When refugees take flight from violence and persecution, their human life is stripped bare, with all political qualifiers (presence, voice, agency) erased from their identity.” P.124 This rarely questioned truism is where Nyers begins his intense and challenging text on … Continue reading

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Nusseibeh, Hazem Zaki. Jerusalemites: A Living Memory. 2009. Rimal Publications, Nicosia, Cyprus, & Melisende Publishing, London, UK.

“…although the story is recounted from the viewpoint and perspective of an individual, it is in many ways the story of the unparalleled tragedy of the Palestinian people.” “The inhabitants of Jerusalem, a highly sophisticated versatile and experienced community, suddenly … Continue reading

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Noble, David F. BEYOND THE PROMISED LAND: The Movement and the Myth Between the Lines. 2005. Toronto, ON. Canada.

“What better place than here What better place than now” This quote really sums up the main thrust of this highly original critique of the Judeo–Christian mythology of future and distant rewards. He makes a strong case for ignoring determinist … Continue reading

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Niosi, Goody. Magnificently Unrepentant: The Story of Merve Wilkenson and Wildwood. Heritage House Publishing Company Ltd (October 2001).

The story of a sustainable logger, a committed social activist and a persistent thorn in the side of governments and corporations.  Merve is one of my heroes. He lives near Victoria and his beautiful forest is in the process of … Continue reading

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NIKIFORUK, Andrew. TAR SANDS: Dirty OIL and the Future of a Continent. 2008. Greystone Books. Vancouver, BC.

“Nations become what they produce. Bitumen, the new national staple, is redefining thr character and destiny of Canada.” “Investment in the tar sands, including pipelines and upgraders now totals approximately $200 billion. The tar sands boom has become the world´s … Continue reading

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Ngugi wa Thiong’o. Decolonizing the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature. 1980-1994. James Currey, UK & Hieinemann Kenya.

“In my view language was the most important vehicle through which that power fascinated and held the soul prisoner. The bullet was the means of the physical subjugation. Language was the means of the spiritual subjugation.” This slim volume was … Continue reading

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Newman, Jessica R., Editor. From The Web – A Global Anthology of Women´s Political Poetry. Radical Poetry Collective. Denver, CO, USA.

I have a poem in this book, otherwise I would not know of it. So I am glad my poem was printed here so I could read and appreciate the writers of a vast collection of poetry on subjects including … Continue reading

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Nebenzahl, Donna and Nance Ackerman. WOMANKIND: Faces of Change Throughout the World. 2003, Raincoast Books, Vancouver BC.

This is a handsome and big book, qualifying for ”coffee table“ status, but it also a wonderful collection of stunning photos and wise words of women who work with a passion for social change. Nebenzahl and Ackerman travelled the world … Continue reading

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Moyer, Bill with JoAnn McAllister, Mary Lou Finley, Steven Soifer. Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements. New Society Publishers. Gabriola Island, BC. 2001.

“There is no way; we make the road by walking it”. Antonio Machado The seriousness of social movements in recent decades can be judged by the fact that many academics who seldom leave the ivory tower deem them worthy and … Continue reading

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Monbiot, George. HEAT: How to Stop the Planet from Burning. 2006. Doubleday Canada.

Monbiot, the brilliant and prolific writer for the UK Guardian, blazes out his excellent ideas for saving our environment from global warming. In the special preface to this Canadian edition, he tells us that Canada is one of the highest … Continue reading

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Monbiot, George. Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain. Pan Macmillan. London, UK. 2000.

One of Britain ’s best journalists uses his own country for an in-depth case study of how industrial capitalism has invaded and mostly conquered every aspect of British life. It could be applied to Canada and many other countries.

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Mitchell, Adrian. The Shadow Knows: Poems 2000-2004. 2004. Bloodaxe Books. UK.

The blurb on the back cover says that Mitchell is “restoring a radical, subversive voice to the public face of British poetry.” For that he is most welcome! Mitchell is a skilled and imaginative poet, creating humorous works about sacred … Continue reading

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