Off, Carol. CHOCOLAT AMER: le côtê sinistre de la friandise la plus délicieuse du monde. 2006. Random House, Canada.

Revue littéraire de T. Wolfwood.  En francais de Andreé Scott “Ceux qui se délectent à ces gaufrettes de chaude béatitude Connaissent un moment d´oubli ravissant Mais ce plaisir cache son pass´.” … extrait d´un poème de T. Wolfwood Carol Off, journaliste canadienne, parcourt la jungle africaine à la recherche de la vérité concernant le cacao, denrée précieuse de la Côte d´Ivoire. Elle a fini par atteindre un village pauvre et écarté où les gens las et abattus manquent de clinique, d´électricité et de téléphone. Read more [...]

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Off, Carol. BITTER CHOCOLATE: Investigating the dark side of the world’s most seductive sweet. 2006. Random House. Canada.

“…wafers of warm bliss give moments of ecstatic oblivion to all who taste but this pleasure has no history …”from a poem by T. Wolfwood Carol Off, a Canadian journalist, sets off into the jungle of West Africa in search of the truth about Cote d’Ivoire’s most precious commodity, cocoa. She reached a poor remote village where the tired and weary people have no school, no clinic, no electricity or phones. She says they grow “the food of the gods”, but live a long way from paradise. They grow cocoa, sell it to buyers, but have Read more [...]

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Nyers, Peter. Rethinking Refugees: Beyond States of Emergency. 2006. Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. New York, USA, and London UK.

“When refugees take flight from violence and persecution, their human life is stripped bare, with all political qualifiers (presence, voice, agency) erased from their identity.” P.124 This rarely questioned truism is where Nyers begins his intense and challenging text on the political reality and the real people whom we label as Refugees. The challenge starts with the cover: a seemly traditional photograph of young females from an unidentified African or Asian region. But a second look at the classic pose of the central figure with a baby on Read more [...]

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Nusseibeh, Hazem Zaki. Jerusalemites: A Living Memory. 2009. Rimal Publications, Nicosia, Cyprus, & Melisende Publishing, London, UK.

“…although the story is recounted from the viewpoint and perspective of an individual, it is in many ways the story of the unparalleled tragedy of the Palestinian people.” “The inhabitants of Jerusalem, a highly sophisticated versatile and experienced community, suddenly found themselves jolted into dispersal: uprooted physically from their homes, civil service jobs…They migrated to all corners of the globe…” Intended to be a personal memoir, without references or scholarly footnotes, the author has written the story of his remarkable Read more [...]

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Noble, David F. BEYOND THE PROMISED LAND: The Movement and the Myth Between the Lines. 2005. Toronto, ON. Canada.

“What better place than here What better place than now” This quote really sums up the main thrust of this highly original critique of the Judeo–Christian mythology of future and distant rewards. He makes a strong case for ignoring determinist historic theory and urges us to seize the moment and make our own destiny, where we are, now, using many examples of social action that were unpredicted and successful from the decline of the WTO starting in Seattle to the rise of autonomous power in Chiapas, Mexico. Recently I have hears Read more [...]

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Niosi, Goody. Magnificently Unrepentant: The Story of Merve Wilkenson and Wildwood. Heritage House Publishing Company Ltd (October 2001).

The story of a sustainable logger, a committed social activist and a persistent thorn in the side of governments and corporations.  Merve is one of my heroes. He lives near Victoria and his beautiful forest is in the process of becoming a preserve now that he is in his eighties and is slowing down a little bit.

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NIKIFORUK, Andrew. TAR SANDS: Dirty OIL and the Future of a Continent. 2008. Greystone Books. Vancouver, BC.

“Nations become what they produce. Bitumen, the new national staple, is redefining thr character and destiny of Canada.” “Investment in the tar sands, including pipelines and upgraders now totals approximately $200 billion. The tar sands boom has become the world´s energy project, the world´s largest construction project, and the world´s largest capital project. No comprehensive assessment of the megaproject´s environmental, economic or social impact has been done.” It starts with a declaration of a political emergency — the Read more [...]

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Ngugi wa Thiong’o. Decolonizing the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature. 1980-1994. James Currey, UK & Hieinemann Kenya.

“In my view language was the most important vehicle through which that power fascinated and held the soul prisoner. The bullet was the means of the physical subjugation. Language was the means of the spiritual subjugation.” This slim volume was and is important enough to go through many printings. Everything the author, a respected Kenyan scholar & writer, says is still relevant today. He pens with a vivid description of the role of a writer who must have a passion for truth and a rigorous analysis of reality – like a surgeon. “Writers Read more [...]

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Newman, Jessica R., Editor. From The Web – A Global Anthology of Women´s Political Poetry. Radical Poetry Collective. Denver, CO, USA.

I have a poem in this book, otherwise I would not know of it. So I am glad my poem was printed here so I could read and appreciate the writers of a vast collection of poetry on subjects including war, cultural identity, political art and privilege – a book that the editor said she produced because it was the kind of poetry she wanted to read. I think it is a book many women – and men – would want to read. I read it cover to cover when it arrived and was amazed by the scope and breadth of the poems included. Let´s hope it gets well advertised, Read more [...]

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Nebenzahl, Donna and Nance Ackerman. WOMANKIND: Faces of Change Throughout the World. 2003, Raincoast Books, Vancouver BC.

This is a handsome and big book, qualifying for ”coffee table“ status, but it also a wonderful collection of stunning photos and wise words of women who work with a passion for social change. Nebenzahl and Ackerman travelled the world finding the answers from each woman to their question: Why do they care enough to dedicate their lives to helping other? The answers are diverse but they found a common thread: “That activist women often come to their work out of sadness and despair, because of personal loss, but sometimes simply out of deep Read more [...]

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Moyer, Bill with JoAnn McAllister, Mary Lou Finley, Steven Soifer. Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements. New Society Publishers. Gabriola Island, BC. 2001.

“There is no way; we make the road by walking it”. Antonio Machado The seriousness of social movements in recent decades can be judged by the fact that many academics who seldom leave the ivory tower deem them worthy and timely to study and joyfully criticize and deconstruct. Their studies are rarely available or of value to working activists. This book is different; Moyer and the other authors have been deeply committed social activists for many years. Their book is a very practical guide and a clear analysis of movements that activists Read more [...]

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Monbiot, George. HEAT: How to Stop the Planet from Burning. 2006. Doubleday Canada.

Monbiot, the brilliant and prolific writer for the UK Guardian, blazes out his excellent ideas for saving our environment from global warming. In the special preface to this Canadian edition, he tells us that Canada is one of the highest producers of greenhouse gases. “You think of yourselves as a liberal and enlightened people….But you could scarcely do more to destroy the biosphere if you tried…The sustainable limit for carbon dioxide emissions is…one—sixteenth of what you currently produce.” Much of what he writes Read more [...]

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