Category Archives: Book Reviews
Halper, Jeff. An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel. 2008. Pluto Press, UK.
“As I did when I was involved in the civil rights and anti—war movements in the USA in the 1960s, I today stand with the oppressed, the Palestinians…a struggle for freedom, justice and human rights that is truly global.” When … Continue reading
There is much to like about this book – from the quirky title to the cover quote by Noam Chomsky, “Right on target and badly needed”, to the opening quote, “All great truths begin as blasphemies”, by George Bernard Shaw … Continue reading
HANDBOOK for NONVIOLENT CAMPAIGNS. 2014. War Resisters’ International London, UK. ISBN 978-0-903517-28-7
Dey, Andrew, coordinator. HANDBOOK for NONVIOLENT CAMPAIGNS. 2014. War Resisters’ International London, UK. ISBN 978-0-903517-28-7 “…our working definition of nonviolence is based on a desire to end violence…without committing further violence. This handbook was written by people from around the … Continue reading
Hawthorne, Susan & Bronwyn Winter eds. After Shock: September 11, 2001 / Global Feminist Perspectives. 2003. Raincoast Books, Vancouver, BC.
“There are a hundred ways to be a good citizen, and one of them is to look, finally, at things we don’t want to see.” Barbara Kingsolver in After Shock This volume was originally published as SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: Feminist … Continue reading
From the physical sciences comes the theory that all life is interconnected, that even the gentle movement of a butterfly’s wing can connect to vast and distant changes and consequences. The pages of this book are like those frail wings; … Continue reading
In her opening statement Hawthorne lays out our problem and our solution: Disconnection is critical for a system based on profit. By contrast, biodiversity relies on connection and relationship. If DISPOSABLE PEOPLE is depressing, WILD POLITICS provides an inspiring antidote … Continue reading
Heath, Joseph and Andrew Potter. The Rebel Sell: Why the culture can’t be jammed. 2004. HarperCollins, Toronto, ON.
I have long had my doubts about the idea of “culture jamming” as promoted by some magazines and recent acclaimed books. It often seems like shallow theatre to me. Thinking it may be an age related ideological problem of my … Continue reading
Hildebrandt, Zeporah. MARINA SILVA: Defending Rainforest Communities in Brazil. 2001. The Feminist Press, New York, USA.
“To see families that lived in the forest in dignity; in the favelas, in terrible poverty— that was a great motivation to become involved in political work, in social movements.” One of my memorable moments at The World Social Forum … Continue reading
This British writer-activist has excellent ideas on how to create a necessary alternative to industrial, monoculture globalization. How to create cultural diversity and preserve biodiversity while localizing economies with human priorities.
Described by a Canadian expert on the issue as the canonical work on this little known part of African history and geography; Hodges, a UK scholar and journalist, provides readers with a coherent and comprehensive record of the Western Sahara. … Continue reading
Honoré, Carl. In Praise of Slow: How a worldwide movement is challenging the cult of speed. Vintage Canada. 2004.
“There is more to life than increasing its speed” Gandhi, quoted in this book It started with the slow food movement which has spread from Italy to many countries. So Honoré starts his journey of slowing down with a report … Continue reading