Monthly Archives: October 2012
Warnock was the first person who came to me in the mid-eighties and said: you have to learn about Free Trade; It´s very important. So when an elderly friend told me to do something about the planned FTA, I responded … Continue reading
Waring, Marilyn. 1 WAY 2 C THE WORLD: writings 1984-2006. 2009. University of Toronto Press. Canada.
Waring is a brilliant woman, what some might call a renaissance woman. She earned a PhD at the age of 22; then she became a Member of Parliament in her native New Zealand at 24 years. She could be described … Continue reading
Vaillant, John. The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed. 2006. Vintage Canada, Toronto, Ontario.
“A culture is no better than its woods.” W. H Auden, p. 215 “How would you convince people that material temptations, social status, and educational institutions, are used to preserve and perpetuate the status quo, with very little real consideration … Continue reading
Urbain, Olivier. DAISAKU IKEDA´S PHILOSOPHY OF PEACE: Dialogue, Transformation and Global Citizenship. 2010. I.B Tauris, UK, and the Toda Institute for Peace and Policy Research.
“When we have a genuine sense that, no matter how difficult our present circumstances, we are not alone––that we are vitally connected with others and with the world––we will, without fail, rise up to the challenge of living again.” This … Continue reading
Urbain, Olivier, editor. Music and Conflict Transformation: Harmonies and Dissonances in Geopolitics. 2008. I.B. Tauris, UK, in collaboration with the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, Tokyo, Japan.
“Music has an inexplicable way of elevating humankind to its noblest action.” Youssou N´Dour, Senegalese singer “…creative ability is a quintessential part of being human: to assert one´s Creativity is also to assert one´s Humanity.” Dennis Brutus, South African poet … Continue reading
This useful summary and overview is part of a series of beginner’s guides published by Oneworld. I’d like to see the others also – on Genetics, Palestine–Israel and particularly Postmodernism, a subject on which I shall always be a beginner. … Continue reading
Toledo, Rebecca, Teresa Guiterrez, Sara Flounders and Andy McInerney, editors. War in Colombia: Made in U.S.A. 2003. International Action Center, New York, USA.
“Cultural intervention can alter a whole society, destroying traditions, customs, values and mores developed over centuries…Far beyond its economic exploitation, cultural intervention destroys the aspects of life that best identify a whole people from all their history, imagination and character… … Continue reading
Tokar, Brian ed. Redesigning Life? The Worldwide Challenge to Genetic Engineering. McGill-Queen´s University Press. Montreal & Kingston, CANADA. 2001.
A great collection of essays from a global range of authors about all different aspects of biotechnology, from food to body parts, from cancer to cloning. Very hopeful that this is one struggle the people for life may win.
This is a harrowing, but believable novel by the actor Meg Tilly who grew up in British Columbia. Although it is a novel, Tilly says she suffered abuse from men her mother knew in her childhood; this novel is based … Continue reading
Suarez, Thomas. PALESTINE: SIXTY YEARS LATER. 2010. Americans for Middle East Understanding. New York, USA.
“Palestine today is a wasteland of powerful nations´ hypocrisy…Palestine is also a land of people determined to hold on to their humanity, a people who refuse to be erased or pummelled into the role of victimhood.” Suarez has taken powerful … Continue reading
Stauffer, Julie. The Water You Drink: Safe or Suspect? 2004. New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, BC.
The Water You Drink: Safe or Suspect? is a comprehensive manual on the use and conservation of our most precious resource. Stauffer starts by explaining that although much of our planet is covered with water, most is salt water and … Continue reading
Stauber, John & Sheldon Rampton. Toxic Sludge is Good for You: Lies, Damn lies and the Public Relations Industry. Common Courage Press, Maine, USA. 1995.
Witty but wise look at the great lengths and deceit the corporate world will go to, to sell us products and lies that damage and destroy life and society. Some great anecdotes about how some have been exposed.