Monthly Archives: September 2012
Mayne, Elizabeth. A Passionate Continuity. Poetry & Illustrations. 2006. Ekstasis Editions. Victoria, BC.
“My tongue tastes pleasure, The future of change. My heart aches in the slowness of history.” This excerpt from “I Speak Again” expresses the many life long passions of Elizabeth Mayne, a Victoria resident and a visual artist who turned … Continue reading
“…Take a stone from our house So that our descendents Will remember their way home.” Mahmoud Darwish, from the poem Your Eyes. Described as a concise guide to history and issues, this booklet packs an amazing amount of information into … Continue reading
Loney, James. CAPTIVITY: 118 days in Iraq and the struggle for a world without war. 2011. Alfred A. Knopf. Canada.
“None of us can know the measure of our lives. None of us can know what our actions might seed.” James Loney was a member of Christian Peacemaker Teams, (CPT), a group that believes that pacifists should be willing to … Continue reading
Livesay, Dorothy. THE SELF-COMPLETING TREE. Selected poems. 1992. Press Porcepic. Victoria & Toronto, Canada.
Dorothy Livesay was a friend, an inspiration and a companera for me. We met late in her life, not at a literary event, but at a commemoration of Hiroshima Day on a warm sunny day in a field overlooking the … Continue reading
“The mainstream trading system is failing the poor. Fair Trade offers partnership in place of exploitation.” Beyond the general response when people ask why one should support fair trade – something that I usually sum up as a better life … Continue reading
Linn, Susan. Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood. 2004. The New Press, New York, USA and London, UK.
If I had small children, I would want to take them and run for the bush and homestead in the wilderness after reading this terrifying tale of the destruction of our first humanity – childhood. Billions of dollars are being … Continue reading
Lindsay-Poland, John. EMPERORS IN THE JUNGLE: The Hidden History of the U.S. in Panama. 2003. Duke University Press, USA.
“…the book examines the manner in which Panama served as an instrument for grander U.S. aims and the role of ideas about race and the tropic…” The author of this excellent history is a peace activist and Director of the … Continue reading
Legault, Stephen. CARRY TIGER TO MOUNTAIN The Tao of Activism and Leadership. Arsenal Pulp Press. 2006 Vancouver, BC.
This is an unusual and refreshing book for activists told through the unfolding of the ancient Chinese work, the Tao te Ching, as it applies to the work and effectiveness of modern activism. I have never heard of the author, … Continue reading
Langley, Billy & Dan Curtis. GOING WITH THE FLOW: Small scale water power. 2004. Centre for Alternative Technology Publications, Wales.
This little book excites me more than the whole heavy stack that PN recently sent me. It is immediate, politically and socially relevant, practical and comprehensive – we need it. Small scale water power – that is. The price of … Continue reading
Kurlansky, Mark. Nonviolence: Twenty-five Lessons from the History of a Dangerous Idea. 2006. Modern Library, Random House, New York, USA.
The kind of pacifism that does not actively combat the war preparations of the government is powerless and will always stay powerless. Albert Einstein One of the twenty-five lessons tells us that there is no proactive word for non–violence – … Continue reading
Kovel, Joel. The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World? Zed Books London, UK, & New York, USA. 2002.
Kovel, a USA activist-scholar and one of the most original and radical thinkers in that country, has written many thoughtful and challenging books on subjects ranging from Nicaragua to political witch hunting in USA. The Enemy of Nature, not exactly … Continue reading
Kovel, Joel. OVERCOMING ZIONISM: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine. 2007. Published by Between the Lines. Toronto ON & Pluto Press, USA & UK.
´This book is absolutely fundamental for those who reject the unfortunate confusion between Jews, Judaism, Zionism and the State of Israel –– a confusion which is the basis for systematic manipulation by the imperialist power system. It convincingly argues in … Continue reading