Author Archives: Theresa Wolfwood. Director, The Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation

About Theresa Wolfwood. Director, The Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation

Theresa Wolfwood is the co-founder and director of the Barnard-Boecker Center Foundation.

Baroud, Ramzy. My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story. 2010. Pluto Press, London, UK.

Ramzy Baroud is the founder and editor of www.palestinechronicle.com an online news service and he has written several books about Palestine. This new book is the story of just one man, not famous or particularly special — only special in … Continue reading

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Baroud, Ramzy. THE SECOND PALESTINIAN INTIFADA: a Chronicle of a People´s Struggle. 2006. Pluto Press, London, UK.

This book fulfills its title´s promise; it is an informative, engrossing, readable and moving history; a chronicle in the best sense of a period and place for which we have had little news or analysis that is not filtered by … Continue reading

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Barndt, Deborah, editor. Wild Fire: Art as Activism 2006. Sumach Press, Toronto, Canada.

The title of this anthology of mainly young activist women from an academic discipline intrigued me right away. I often think of art & activism, sometimes connected, sometimes separate. But Art as Activism implies a relationship of deeper integration. The … Continue reading

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Barlow, Maude and Tony Clarke. BLUE GOLD: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water 2002. The New Press. USA

“Although world water supplies are dwindling and transnational corporations are working hard to reap substantial profits from that scarce resource, it is not too late to turn the situation around” This quote sums up the authors’ overview of the diminishing … Continue reading

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Barghouti, Omar. BDS: BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT, SANCTIONS: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights. 2011. Haymarket Books, USA

“The BDS campaign is among the most important forms of such ´resolute struggle´ by the great majority of Palestinians, who resist the colonization of their land and minds and demand nothing less than self–determination, freedom, justice and unmitigated equality…” Barghouti … Continue reading

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Barghouti, Mourid. MIDNIGHT AND OTHER POEMS. 2008. Arc Publications. UK

“We have to be precise. Creative writing is a critical process” Except for his memoir, most of this poet´s works are not published in English. This is a first – a gift to English–only readers – a major collection of … 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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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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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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Ashour, Radwa. Siraaj: An Arab Tale 2007. Austin, University of Texas, USA.

This is a slim volume and a seemingly simple story of a baker working for a despotic sultan on an island off East Africa at end of the 1800s. Amina´s husband was lost at sea so she waits anxiously for … Continue reading

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Ashour, Radwa. Granada. # 1 of a trilogy 2003. Syracuse University Press, USA

There is a rich body of literature in Arabic; English readers are deprived of much of it by our disinterest and our historic political antagonism both to Arabic culture and our debt to it. We rarely have access to modern … Continue reading

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