Sacco, Joe. Footnotes in Gaza. 2009. Metropolitan Books. Henry Holt and Company. New York, USA.

“As someone in Gaza told me, “events are continuous ”. Palestinians never seem to have the luxury of digesting one tragedy before the next one is upon them…younger people often viewed my research into the events of 1956 with bemusement…the past and the present cannot be so easily disentangled; they are part of a remorseless continuum, a historical blur.” Sacco has once again created an amazing documentation in comic strip form. He has brought the blur into sharp focus and shows how as one Palestinian said to him, hatred was ´planted´ Read more [...]

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Rubin, Jeff. WHY YOUR WORLD IS ABOUT TO GET A WHOLE LOT SMALLER: Oil and the end of globalization. Random House Canada. 2009.

“There is little we can do to prevent oil prices from recovering to ever new highs in the future…We have to change the basic equation that ties our oil consumption to our economy.” A Toronto economist for CIBC, Rubin is hardly a flaming radical but he has a clear understanding and an original and optimistic view on how we, the greedy energy consumers of the world, will survive the shortage and rising inevitable price of petroleum. Never mind that we have enormous reserves of oil and natural gas in Canada – we blithely signed away control Read more [...]

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Rozak, Theodore. The Gendered Atom: Reflections on the Sexual Psychology of Science. Green Books, Totnes, Devon, UK. 2000.

Very original discussion of nuclear physics, scientific research linked to a personal journey to Switzerland following the trail of early sci-fi writer, Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein.

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Roy, Arundhati. The Cost of Living. Modern Library Paperback Editions. New York, USA. 1999.

The brilliant novelist, author of The God of Small Things, turns her talent and commitment to local and global politics. In the Cost of Living she exposes dam-building and nuclear weapons as expression of political domination and betrayal of people and the environment. POWER POLITICS. South End Press, USA is her recent impassioned exposure of global war and oppression.

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Roy, Arundhati. An Ordinary Person´s Guide to Empire. 2004. South End Press, USA.

This collection of essays and speeches by India’s award winning writer ranges across the world on many important issues from globalization to AIDS. My thoughts on these issues are similar to hers, but I lack her power of language, her precision of vision, her genius to take an issue and facet it until we can see our own situation brilliantly reflect in her little jewels of illumination. Roy’s acceptance speech for the USA Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom she urges her USA audience to remember their history of brave resistance. She speaks Read more [...]

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Ross, John. The War Against Oblivion: The Zapatista Chronicles. Common Courage Press, Maine, USA. 2000.

The gripping endless story of one of the most amazing social movements of our time. The Mayan peasants of Chiapas in Mexico struggle to retain their traditional life by using modern technology and sophisticated planning and communication.

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Reist, Melinda Tankard. Defiant Birth, Women Who Resist Medical Eugenics Spinifex Press: Australia, 2006.

Books about Others: review by Beth Burrows. Beth Burrows is the president/director of the Edmonds Institute, a public interest, non-profit group headquartered in the Pacific Northwest of the USA" See: www.edmonds-institute.org . Reprinted with permission. 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 years since the Post posed Read more [...]

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Reed, Grace E et al. NEEDS. 2010. Negotiating Shadows Publishing. Portland, Ore. USA.

“We are losing youth at an alarming rate to drugs. We need a new way of dealing with this loss”. Subtitled The Journey of How Interpersonal Conflict Produced Chances for Better Choices; Poetry and Short Stories by the author & The At—Risk Boys of RAD [the youth in residential alcohol & drug treatment], Eagle provides intimate and moving insights into the lives of the marginalized and rejected of society. For those who live outside the USA, it seems hard to believe that thousands of young people are poor, abused and ultimately Read more [...]

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Ransom, David. The No-Nonsense Guide to FAIR TRADE. New Internationalist Publication, UK Between the Lines, Canada.

“He points out that no—one is just a consumer or a producer — we are all both at the same time. He argues that the time has now come to put body and soul, justice and the environment together. There´s no time to lose." Stan and Marci Marcel Thekaekara in the introduction. This is another book from a long list of excellent short pithy guides to issues ranging from Climate Change to Animal Rights that The New Internationalist produces. Always readable & reliable. Fair trade, an idea whose time has come and is working well on many levels, Read more [...]

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Ra´ad, Basem L. Hidden Histories: Palestine and the Eastern Mediterranean. 2010. Pluto Press. UK& USA.

This very readable account of regional history from ancient times to the present gives a clear picture of how western ideas and Zionist culture have ignored and distorted the complex real history of the people of Palestine. Ra´ad also brings his scholarship to bear on the connection between falsifies history and present day injustice to the indigenous Palestinians. Although he writes about the specific situation that centuries of colonization have created in Palestine, he also points out that, “metaphorically speaking half the world is still Read more [...]

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Qumsiyeh, Mazin B. Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment. 2010. Pluto Press. UK & USA.

“…the reality is that popular resistance in Palestine developed indigenously, organically, naturally and beautifully. And it has accelerated in the past two decades.” Qumsiyeh is a committed activist and academic in Palestine; this is his third book. I know of the many activities he organizes and participates in; his energy is amazing. Grounded in the present situation of struggle against the occupation, he also has the scholarly skills to present an excellent history of the role of non–violent struggle in Palestine´s continuing Read more [...]

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Pogue, Carolyn. SEASONS OF PEACE from The Living Peace Series. 2007. Building Connections Publishing Inc. Courtenay, BC, Canada.

“For peace and non-violence to prevail, we need to foster a Culture of Peace through Education.” from the introduction. Carolyn Pogue is a multitalented peace activist — poet, writer, visual artist and organizer (of Calgary women in Black, among other things) but in recent years she has deliberately chosen to concentrate on children; she sees our young people as the real hope for changing the world. Seasons of Peace is one of several books she has written directed at peace education for children. This is peace education in its fullest Read more [...]

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