Category Archives: Book Reviews

Alain Deneault and William Sacher . Imperial Canada Inc. Legal Haven of Choice for the World’s Mining Industries 2012. Talonbooks, Vancouver, Canada

Review by Theresa Wolfwood   “This book is intended to provide Canadians and international public opinion with tools to help it ask critical questions about Canadian activities in the south and in Eastern Europe, as well as about the role … Continue reading

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Alibhai-Brown, Yasmin.THE SETTLER’S COOKBOOK: A Memoir of Love, Migration and Food. 2008. Portobello Books. London, UK. ISBN 978-1-84627-083-3

Review by Theresa Wolfwood  In her dedication the author thanks her mother for the gifts of “mettle, a wakeful conscience…and a precious supply of inventive recipes that tell our story.” This very personal and frank autobiography shows how well the … Continue reading

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Amiry, Suad. SHARON AND MY MOTHER-IN-LAW: Ramallah Diaries. Granta Books. 2005. London, UK

It is hard to imagine that there can be humour about and in a brutal war and occupation, but Amiry proves me wrong and shows again the amazing resilience of the Palestinian people. As someone else once said about her … Continue reading

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Andreas, Joel. Addicted to War: Why the U.S. Can’t Kick Militarism 2003, AK Press, USA

I am addicted to reading, but rarely do I read comics. I’m glad I read this comic book with a difference it says a lot more and says it better than many weighty tomes I wade through. Andreas is focussed … Continue reading

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Arab Group for the Protection of Nature. SIXTY ONE PORTRATS TO THE RYTHM OF HATIKIVA: Some of the Israeli Massacres in Palestine.

Illustrated by Marwa Al-Najjar. Introduction by Razan Zuayter. 2009. Published by the Arab Group for the Protection of Nature. www.apnature.org Amman, Jordan. Published in commemoration of the sixty one years since the Nakba, the catastrophe which was the violent expulsion … Continue reading

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Archer, Colin. Whose Priorities? A guide for campaigners on military and social spending 2007. International Peace Bureau. Geneva, Switzerland.

“Even a small share of the military expenditure of the rich would, if appropriately attribute, make a substantial difference to the struggle against poverty …” This report is the latest in an International Peace Bureau (IPB) series (see their website … Continue reading

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Azoulay, Ariella. From Palestine to Israel: A Photographic Record of Destruction and State Formation. 1947-50. 2011. Pluto Press. London, UK

“This book reads them [photographs] in a manner that presents a new way to write history – history through photographs.” When I was in London a few months ago, I had the good fortune to see an exhibition of the … Continue reading

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Badami, Anita Rau. Tamarind Mem. Penguin Books, Canada ISBN: 0-14-0257414-4

Review by  Sumeet Grover                            Tamarind Mem, a Canadian bestseller novel,  is an infectious and unforgettable story of an extensively engaged childhood, family, identity, culture and its inherent oppression of women, narrated through genius storytelling. Deep inside the heart of this … Continue reading

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Bales, Kevin. Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy. University of California Press, USA and UK.

If water is essential to human society and our global economy it seems that a vast labour pool of unprotected and dispensable workers is just as vital. If we think slavery went out a few centuries ago, it is time … Continue reading

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Banksy. WALL AND PIECE. 2006. Century. London UK ISBN 1844137872

Review by Theresa Wolfwood “Copyright is for losers ™” from first page of this book From the first page, Banksy who refuses to be identified, forcing us to react to his work, not him, is handing us up a mirror … Continue reading

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Barghouti, Mourid. I Saw Ramallah Translated from the Arabic by Ahdaf Soueif. 2000. Anchor Books, Random House. USA and Canada.

In his introduction to this beautiful memoir the late Edward Said says: what gives this book an unmistakeable stamp of profound authenticity is its life-affirming poetic texture . This is no surprise as Barghouti is indeed a poet of great … Continue reading

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Barghouti, Mourid. I Was Born There, I Was Born Here. 2011. Bloomsbury Publishing. London, UK

Silence said:/truth needs no eloquence./After the death of the horseman,/ the homeward-bound horse/says everything/ without saying anything. The exile longs for home, longs to say, “I was born here.” Twice the exiled Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti has been able to … Continue reading

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