Monthly Archives: October 2012

Roy, Arundhati. An Ordinary Person´s Guide to Empire. 2004. South End Press, USA.

This collection of essays and speeches by India’s award winning writer ranges across the world on many important issues from globalization to AIDS. My thoughts on these issues are similar to hers, but I lack her power of language, her … Continue reading

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Ross, John. The War Against Oblivion: The Zapatista Chronicles. Common Courage Press, Maine, USA. 2000.

The gripping endless story of one of the most amazing social movements of our time. The Mayan peasants of Chiapas in Mexico struggle to retain their traditional life by using modern technology and sophisticated planning and communication.

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Reist, Melinda Tankard. Defiant Birth, Women Who Resist Medical Eugenics Spinifex Press: Australia, 2006.

Books about Others: review by Beth Burrows. Beth Burrows is the president/director of the Edmonds Institute, a public interest, non-profit group headquartered in the Pacific Northwest of the USA” See: www.edmonds-institute.org . Reprinted with permission. Surprisingly little has changed in “fitness” … Continue reading

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Reed, Grace E et al. NEEDS. 2010. Negotiating Shadows Publishing. Portland, Ore. USA.

“We are losing youth at an alarming rate to drugs. We need a new way of dealing with this loss”. Subtitled The Journey of How Interpersonal Conflict Produced Chances for Better Choices; Poetry and Short Stories by the author & The … Continue reading

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Ransom, David. The No-Nonsense Guide to FAIR TRADE. New Internationalist Publication, UK Between the Lines, Canada.

“He points out that no—one is just a consumer or a producer — we are all both at the same time. He argues that the time has now come to put body and soul, justice and the environment together. There´s … Continue reading

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Ra´ad, Basem L. Hidden Histories: Palestine and the Eastern Mediterranean. 2010. Pluto Press. UK& USA.

This very readable account of regional history from ancient times to the present gives a clear picture of how western ideas and Zionist culture have ignored and distorted the complex real history of the people of Palestine. Ra´ad also brings … Continue reading

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Qumsiyeh, Mazin B. Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment. 2010. Pluto Press. UK & USA.

“…the reality is that popular resistance in Palestine developed indigenously, organically, naturally and beautifully. And it has accelerated in the past two decades.” Qumsiyeh is a committed activist and academic in Palestine; this is his third book. I know of … Continue reading

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Pogue, Carolyn. SEASONS OF PEACE from The Living Peace Series. 2007. Building Connections Publishing Inc. Courtenay, BC, Canada.

“For peace and non-violence to prevail, we need to foster a Culture of Peace through Education.” from the introduction. Carolyn Pogue is a multitalented peace activist — poet, writer, visual artist and organizer (of Calgary women in Black, among other … Continue reading

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Pogue, Carolyn. A New Day: Peacemaking Stories and Activities Program Ideas for Leaders of Children. 2005. Danka Gocova, illustrator. United Church Publishing House, Toronto.

Carolyn Pogue has combined her original stories, based on children’s experiences in many parts of the world, with practical and clear guidelines for hand-on creativity for peace; making paper, peace flags, solar cookers and water games. Adults will find the … Continue reading

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Pitarch, Pedro, Shannon Speed & Xochitl Leyva Solano, Editors. HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE MAYAN REGION: Global Politics, Cultural Contentions, and Moral Engagements. 2008. Duke University Press, USA.

“The essays in this book direct our attention to the different empirical instances in which Maya culture encounters rights politics.” I expected a collection of essays by mainly academics in Europe, USA and Latin America to be stuffy and esoteric … Continue reading

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Pilger, John. Freedom Next Time. 2007. A Black Swan Book. Transworld Publishers, UK.

“Rise like lions after slumber In unvanquishable number. Shake your chains to earth like dew. Which in sleep has fallen on you. Ye are many — they are few.” Percy Bysshe Shelly in The Mask of Anarchy. With that quote Pilger … Continue reading

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Pilger, John. The Conscience of Contemporary Journalism.

Chances are, if we stray from the fantasy world of smoke and mirrors called the mainstream media and try to find out what is really happening in the world, we will find the work of John Pilger, the Australian born, … Continue reading

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