Category Archives: Book Reviews

Hooks, Margaret. Tina Modotti: Photographer and Revolutionary. 1993. Pandora, HarperCollins Publications, London UK.

Tina Modotti came from a poor family in Italy to the USA: her beauty and strong character lead her into a modelling and acting career. She became a model, mistress and assistant of USA photographer, Edward Weston. Together they went … Continue reading

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Human Rights in History by Morgan Avanti.2015. Morgan Avanti Publications. Toronto, ON ISBN978-0-9918346-0-0

Review by Theresa Wolfwood “What are human rights? They are rights belonging to all by virtue of being human. One can say possessing human rights makes it possible to be fully human.” Human rights have become so commonly and often … Continue reading

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Isitt, Benjamin. FROM VICTORIA TO VLADIVOSTOK: Canada´s Siberian Expedition 1917-19. UBC Press. 2010. Vancouver, BC.

“Canada lost in Siberia, its first foray as a world power, and then quietly ignored this history.” On December 21, 2010, peace activists gathered outside the armed forces recruitment centre on Fort Street, Victoria. Just a few feet away, at … Continue reading

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Janice Williamson, editor. Omar Khadr, Oh Canada. 2012.McGill-Queen’s University Press Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-0-7735-4022-4

Review by Theresa Wolfwood   “The oppressors are playing with me, As they move freely about the world…   They have monuments to liberty And freedom of opinion, which is well and good.  But I explained to them that Architecture … Continue reading

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Johnson, Chalmers. NEMESIS: The Last Days of the American Empire. 2006. Metropolitan Books. USA.

NEMESIS: In Greek mythology,/ the goddess of retribution,/ who punishes human/ transgression of the natural,/ right order of things and/ the arrogance that causes it. So begins this detailed account and analysis of USA foreign and military policy which the … Continue reading

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Johnson, Harriet McBryde. Too Late to Die Young, Nearly True Tales from a Life. Henry Holt, New York, 2005.

Surprisingly little has changed in “fitness” circles since the Washington Post first asked, “Who are the unfit?” and then pointed out that the “unfit” tended to be anyone not belonging to the particular group having the discussion. In the ninety-one … Continue reading

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Johnsson—Latham, Gerd. A study on gender equality as a prerequisite for sustainable development. The Environmental Advisory Council, Ministry of the Environment, Sweden.

This is a booklet, readily available from the above site. It gives, in absolutely simple, jargon—free English the clearest and best written analysis of women´s place in the physical environment I have ever read. The author illustrates how, wherever they … Continue reading

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Jones, Esyllt and Adele Perry. PEOPLE´S CITIZENSHIP GUIDE: A response to conservative Canada. 2012. Arbeiter Ring Publishing. Winnipeg, MN, Canada.

“Canada has a capitalist economy which means that the bulk of decisions are made by private, for–profit firms hiring wage labour…The Canadian economy is an unequal one… Since the 1980s Canada has become more liberal and less equal. Its tax … Continue reading

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Kaldor, Mary. New & Old Wars: Organized Violence in a Global Era. Polity Press, Cambridge, UK. 1999.

The UK academic shows the links between militarism, globalization, crime and the breakdown of society in this well documented book.

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Karmi, Ghada. MARRIED TO ANOTHER MAN: Israel’s Dilemma in Palestine. Pluto Press. London, UK. ISBN 978-0-7453-2065-6

Review & author photo by Theresa Wolfwood The author writes that the title of this book comes from, “following the first Zionist Congress in Basel in 1897 at which the idea of establishing a Jewish state in Palestine was first … Continue reading

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Karmi, Ghada. IN SEARCH OF FATIMA: A Palestinian Story. Verso 2002 London, UK.

This is a poignant and sad memoir, and a vivid description of the life of one of the many Palestinians displaced by the “Nakba”, told by a woman torn from her childhood Jerusalem home with her family, forced into a … Continue reading

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Keefe, Patrick Radden. CHATTER: Uncovering the Echelon Surveillance Network and the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping. Random House.

With all the publicity surrounding Wiki leaks´ technology, management and the revelation of many governments´ secret documents, we should not forget that our private communications are regularly hacked and monitored by a sophisticated system of spying posts and satellites by … Continue reading

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