Monthly Archives: September 2012

Clarke, Tony. Inside the Bottle: An Expose of the Bottled Water Industry. 2005. The Polaris Institute, Ottawa, ON.

Inside The Bottle: An Expose of the Bottled Water Industry tells us that bottled water is relatively new to Canada – it was introduced by the big corporations, like Nestle, from Europe. Then the cola companies, seeing their sales of … Continue reading

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Churchill, Ward. A LITTLE MATTER OF GENOCIDE: Holocaust and Denial in the Americas 1492 to the Present 1997. City Lights Books, USA.

Churchill, an enrolled Cherokee, is an activist in the American Indian Movement, a professor and a prolific author of many books and articles on the aboriginal peoples of the Americas. This book is well documented and has exhaustive references and … Continue reading

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Chomsky, Noam. Hegemony or Survival: The Imperialist Strategy of the United States. Metropolitan Books. NY, USA. Several editions, subtitles & publishers.

I don’t often review a best seller, but that is what this book by Chomsky has become recently. Although well known to political activists and students of political thought around the world, Chomsky, prolific and active as he is, has … Continue reading

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Chambers, Carole. Still Life Under The Occupation. & Echolocation. 2002. Thistledown Press. Saskatoon, SK 1988. Quadrant Editions. Toronto, ON & 2002. Thistledown Press, Saskatoon, SK.

“…any every tide teaches the lesson/impressions of water on sand/and then erases it/ to make this garden/you must stay here.” from Garden in sand. P 19 – Still Life under the Occupation. The best of poetry is rooted in place … Continue reading

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Carter, Laurel Anne. The Shepherd’s Granddaughter. Groundwood Books. 2008. Toronto ON.

“…My name, Amani, means wishes/ but I have only one. /My blood is mixed with/ the soil of our land/ and I will never leave.” Written for students in Grades 7–8 this is the story of a girl who wants … Continue reading

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Burrows, Beth, Editor. The Catch: Perspectives in Benefit Sharing. Published by The Edmonds Institute, Edmonds, WA, USA. 2005.

When I was given this book by the editor, a world respected authority on biosafety, I knew it was about our biological resources and knowledge, but I was not prepared for the outrageous information about such a benign sounding concept. … Continue reading

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Butalia, Urvashi. The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India. 2000. Duke University Press, USA Viking Penguin, India.

“If we had a keen vision of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.” George … Continue reading

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Butala, Sharon. The GIRL in SASKATOON: A Meditation on Friendship, Memory and Murder. 2008. HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Canada.

“Children such as Alex and I lived in mystery…” Butala is the much loved author of many books and plays; she is best known for her “Perfection of the Morning”, a memoir of her experiences for nature and landscape in … Continue reading

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Browdy De Hernandez, Jennifer. WOMEN WRITING RESISTANCE: Essays on Latin American and the Caribbean. 2003. South End Press, USA.

“Justice forgets about the dead women of Juarez” On that mountain near El Mozote in El Salvador Where they took them away Young girls as petite as their rag dolls.” from Death in the Desert: The Women of Cuidad Juarez … Continue reading

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Brazier, Chris, Dinyer Godrej & Alan Hughes. PEACE. A New Internationalist Book to Go. 2005. New Internationalist publications. UK.

This is one of a series of small easy to pocket & carry books that also include Green Action & Political Animals. The New Internationalist is the global voice of inspiration and information for all of us in the work … Continue reading

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Bok, Sissela. ALVA MYRDAL: A Daughter’s Memoir. Addison-Wesley Publishing Company. USA.

“The greatness in being human lies not in giving up, not accepting one´s own limitations.” “…:that by whatever means they choose, all human beings can and must struggle to resist propaganda and falsehoods; and that this resistance is never more … Continue reading

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Boullata, Kamal. Palestinian Art. SAQI. 2009. London, UK & Beirut, Lebanon.

In the introduction to this big and beautiful book by Boullata, a prolific Palestinian artist and writer, the UK artist, John Berger, writes about the absurdity of the identity cards Palestinians are required to carry. He says they have nothing … Continue reading

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