Category Archives: Book Reviews

Cortas, Wadad Makdisi. A WORLD I LOVED. 2009. NATION BOOKS, NY, USA.

“We dwell in many homes on earth, the dearest is the place of birth.” By Theresa Wolfwood This poetic sentence was one of many which Wadad Cortas´s father recited. He instilled in her a love of the Arabic language, Arabic … Continue reading

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Cox, Rebecca A., editor. WEST BANK: A COLLECTION OF GRAPHIC NOVELS. 2010. Project Hope. Canada & Palestine.

“From language, photography and art classes to summer camps and projects such as drama and mural painting, Project Hope attempts to provide a safe haven for children and youth to learn and heal the psychological traumas of the occupation.” from … Continue reading

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Cramer, Ben. Nuclear Weapons: AT WHAT COST? 2009. International Peace Bureau (IPB). Geneva, Switzerland.

“Military spending cannot buy a country´s peace and security. Governments eventually come to admit that, even in purely economic terms…” Cramer is a political analyst of the arms race with experience as a journalist and as an activist on disarmament … Continue reading

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Dangl, Benjamin. THE PRICE OF FIRE: RESOURCE WARS AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS IN BOLIVIA. 2007. AK Press. USA & Scotland.

´The history of Latin America has been one of expropriation… Resources, and with them workers´ rights and public services have been squashed in a post—colonial free for all´. Dangl, a young USA writer, travels through Latin America learning about the … Continue reading

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DAVIS, WALT & many authors. STEADFAST HOPE: The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace. 2010. The Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

“For me the struggle is not between Palestinians and Israelis, nor between Jews and Arabs. The fight is between those who seek peace and those who seek war. My people are those who seek peace.” Nurit Peled Elhanan A mainstream … Continue reading

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de Villiers, Marq. Water. Stoddart Publishing Co. Toronto.

The Governor-General’s Award Winner opens his wide-ranging account of the importance of water with a page of quotes. The one I remember is: Millions have lived without love. No one has lived without water. De Villiers has written a comprehensive … Continue reading

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de Vries, Maggie. Missing Sarah: A Vancouver Woman remembers her vanished sister. 2003. Penguin. Canada.

Maggie de Vries is a writer and teacher; she is also pretty and blonde. She and her beautiful sister, Sarah, grew up in a loving family. But Sarah was a woman of colour and was harassed and tormented as she … Continue reading

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Deneault , Alain Canada: A New Tax Haven How the Country That Shaped Caribbean Tax Havens Is Becoming One Itself 2015. Talonbooks. Vancouver BC. Translated by Catherine Browne ISBN 13: 9780889228368

Review & author photo by Theresa Wolfwood . “Everything was arranged to suit the interests of the powerful to facilitate the operations of the largest firms…” Deneault, author of   Imperial Canada Inc. Legal Haven of Choice for the World’s Mining … Continue reading

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Diebel, Linda. Betrayed: The Assassination of Digna Ochoa. 2005. HarperCollins. Canada.

“In Mexico, to defend human rights is to risk your life.” Digna Ochoa This is not a pretty book nor is it a quick read. It is a detailed account of the life and commitment of a young Mexican human … Continue reading

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Docena, Herbert. ‘At the Door of all the East’: The Philippines in United State Military Strategy Focus on the Global South. The Philippines. 2007.

“The Philippines gives us a base at the door of all the East.” U.S. Senator Alfred J. Beveridge, 1900 Herbert Docena´s excellent research reports are on the cutting edge of modern documentation. Much more useful than whole books with long … Continue reading

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Docena, Herbert. UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE: Are US Special Forces engaged in an ‘offensive war’ in the Philippines? 2007. Focus on the Global South. Quezon City, Philippines.

Canada shares with the Philippines the dubious distinction of not having foreign military bases. But Canadians know that, from Nanoose Bay on the Pacific to Cold Lake Alberta, to Goose Bay in Labrador, the USA and other NATO countries military … Continue reading

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Dorfman, Ariel & Armand Mattelart. HOW TO READ DONALD DUCK: Imperialist Ideology in the Disney Comic. Introduction & translation from Spanish by David Kunzle. English text: International General. USA 1975.

“Mr. Disney, we are returning your Duck. Feathers plucked and well–roasted. Look inside, you can see the handwriting on the wall, our hands still writing on the wall: Donald, Go Home!” From the authors’ introduction. A friend just entrusted me … Continue reading

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