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‘Stranger than Fiction:’ Spy Chiefs From Feuding India & Pakistan Co-Author a Book for Peace
Amitabh Pal: The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace is co-authored by A.S. Dulat, former head of the Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) in India, and retired General Asad Durrani, who led Pakistan’s spy outfit, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). ... The authors wrote the book in the hope of ending the interminable discord between India and Pakistan. “The general and I put our heads together in a hope for peace,” says Dulat. He quotes a question posed to Durrani by Hamid Ansari, formerly India’s vice president: “Yeh deewangi kab khatam hogi?” When will this obsessiveness end? ... The book has a number of concrete recommendations for the two countries, ranging from parleys on the disputed region of Kashmir and relaxed visa rules, to the resumption of cricket matches... Visit Website ]
Jun 21, 2018, 3:25pm

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Missing in Action: The Poor in America
Beverly Gologorsky - Every Body Has a Story I remain haunted by my own working-class childhood, my deep experience of poverty, of want, of worry. I wondered: How were working class families surviving the never-ending disasters in what was quickly becoming a new gilded age in which poverty is again on the rise? ... What does poverty actually feel like, especially to a child? I can attest to the fact that it sinks deep into your bones, into the very sinews of your life and never leaves you. ... Dreams were seen as a waste of the mental energy needed to seek out and acquire the basics: food, rent, clothing, whatever was essential to get through a day, a week, or at most a month ... The result of such suppression was anger, depression, and dissatisfaction... Visit Website ]
Jun 18, 2018, 10:23am

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How Fascist Loot Funded US Anti-Communism - Review of Gold Warriors by Sterling and Peggy Seagrave
Hugo Turner: In Gold Warriors, by Sterling and Peggy Seagrave, the authors reveal one of the most shocking secrets of the 20th century. It is the story of the vast treasure Japan managed to loot across Asia, today worth billions or even trillions of dollars, the concealment of it in hundreds of sites, and the secret recovery of much of it by what would become America’s Central intelligence Agency. ... Most of Japan’s vast stolen fortune would remain in the hands of imperialist war criminals ... the CIA and the Yakuza pulling the strings behind the scenes. ... It would be controlled by men like Allen Dulles and John J. McCloy through their Black Eagle Trust, which managed both Japanese and Nazi War loot... Visit Website ]
Jun 12, 2018, 5:00pm

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A Review: American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Edward Curtin: When a book as fascinating, truthful, beautifully written, and politically significant ... is boycotted by mainstream book reviewers, you know it is an important book and has touched a nerve ... Part memoir, part family history, part astute political analysis, and part-confessional ... “From my youngest days I always had the feeling that we were all involved in some great crusade, that the world was a battleground for good and evil, and that our lives would be consumed in the conflict.” ... American Values revolves around the long war between the Kennedys and the CIA that resulted in the deaths of JFK and RFK. All the other chapters, while very interesting personal and family history, pale in importance....
Jun 11, 2018, 10:16am

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RFK and the End of an Era
James DiEugenio: The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy: Crime, Conspiracy and Cover-Up – A New Investigation by Tim Tate and Brad Johnson ... Noguchi’s 62-page autopsy report proved that all the bullets that hit the senator entered from behind Kennedy. They also entered at extreme upward angles and at close range, i.e. from 1-3 inches. ... Every witness in the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel placed Sirhan in front of Kennedy, and at a distance of 2-5 feet. The fatal headshot struck RFK behind the right ear at point blank range, with the barrel almost touching his skin. ... After a long, detailed technical study, Van Praag (a master audio technician) concluded that there were at least 13 shots on the tape. Further, two pairs of shot sounds are too close to each other to be fired by one man ... Sirhan’s handgun held a maximum of eight shots... Visit Website ]
Jun 5, 2018, 3:49pm

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Seymour Hersh’s New Memoir (“Reporter”) Is a Fascinating, Flabbergasting Masterpiece
Jon Schwarz: He describes his coverage of a massive slaughter of Iraqi troops and civilians by the U.S. in 1991 after a ceasefire had ended the Persian Gulf War. America’s indifference to this massacre was, Hersh writes, “a reminder of the Vietnam War’s MGR, for Mere Gook Rule: If it’s a murdered or raped gook, there is no crime.” It was also, he adds, a reminder of something else: “I had learned a domestic version of that rule decades earlier” in Chicago. ... “Reporter” demonstrates that Hersh has derived three simple lessons from that rule: 1. The powerful prey mercilessly upon the powerless, up to and including mass murder. 2. The powerful lie constantly about their predations. 3. The natural instinct of the media is to let the powerful get away with it....
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Jun 2, 2018, 12:16pm

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Why the extraordinary story of the last slave in America has finally come to light
Afua Hirsch: Barracoon: The Story of the Last Slave by Zora Neale Hurston (written in the 1930s, but has only just been published) presents the remarkable fact that there were people alive in America who had experienced abduction from Africa – being examined, displayed, traded and enslaved – well into the 20th century. ... The book is the story of Cudjo Lewis; a man born Oluale Kossola in the Yoruba kingdom of Takkoi. Kossola was the last survivor of the last known slave ship to sail from the African continent to America with a human cargo. ... The word “barracoon” refers to the enclosures in which captives were held on the coast before being loaded on to ships. ... In Kossola’s case it was the Alabama vessel the Clotilda, which played its own gruesome part in the slave trade in 1860, half a century after its official abolition, transporting 130 men and women from the west African kingdom of Dahomey – modern day Benin... Visit Website ]
May 26, 2018, 10:50am

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Nuclear Disaster at Chernobyl: Reality and Unreality
Don Fitz: On May 14, 2018, Basic Books released Serhii Plokhy’s Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe. ... Consider - a realistic account of problems with the full life cycle of nuclear power: + mining uranium exposes every living creature in its path to radiation; ... + transporting nuclear fuel by rail or truck to a plant potentially exposes every living thing along the route; ... + everyday operations of nukes exposes people to radiation leaks and “near misses;” ... + the Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima catastrophes continue to be devastating for millions; ... + decommissioning a nuke affects workers as it permanently degrades the surrounding area; ... + storage of radioactive waste for millions of years has the same potential to unravel the web of life as does climate change and poses the question: How can the short term economic benefits possibly outweigh the costs of nuclear storage for eternity?... Visit Website ]
May 17, 2018, 10:29am

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Farming and Food for the Soul
This edited excerpt is from the book Women Who Dig: Farming, Feminism and the Fight to Feed the World by Trina Moyles with photographs by KJ Dakin, copyright 2018 ... When Cuba’s industrialized agriculture crashed in 1989, women were among the new small-scale farmers who fed the nation. ... The farm contrasted sharply with the cubic, concrete apartment buildings, built in the uniform Soviet architecture, but made Cuban with the choice of canary yellow, turquoise, and lime-green paint. Residents hung their laundry on the balconies to dry in the hot sun and gazed down at Edith’s long beds of food and flowers. ... “Can you believe that, over twenty years ago, this farm was a garbage dump?” ... Today they ask me, ‘How did you ever think it would be possible to transform garbage into food and flowers?’... Visit Website ]
May 15, 2018, 12:40pm

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Speaking the Unspeakable: The Assassination and Martyrdom of Thomas Merton
Edward Curtin: A Quasi-Review of The Martyrdom of Thomas Merton by Hugh Turley & David Martin Fifty years have elapsed since Thomas Merton died under mysterious circumstances in a cottage at a Red Cross Conference Center outside Bangkok, Thailand where he was attending an international inter-faith monastic conference. The truth behind his death has been concealed until now through the lies and deceptions of a cast of characters, religious, secular, and U.S. governmental, whose actions chill one to the bone. ... Thomas Merton (Fr. Lewis) was a Catholic monk, poet, writer and theologian who became very well-known in 1948 with the publication of his autobiography, The Seven Story Mountain, which became a bestseller. ... He became a major inspiration for radical activists who opposed nuclear weapons, the Vietnam War... Contrary to the common view, there is really no mystery about how Merton died. The best evidence indicates beyond any serious doubt that Merton was murdered... Visit Website ]
Apr 28, 2018, 2:04pm

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The Decline and Fall of the State Department
David Swanson: Ronan Farrow’s book War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence recounts episodes from the Obama-Trump militarization of U.S. foreign policy. ... the notion that the State Department is now engaged in or was until recently even partially engaged in pursuing peace is difficult to swallow because no account of life inside the State Department can compare with our encounter with that life itself as it was slipped to us through WikiLeaks in the form of all those cables. ... And the State Department cables reveal an institution dripping with contempt for humanity, democracy, peace, justice, and the rule of law... Visit Website ]
Apr 25, 2018, 3:04pm

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The End of Policing
Alex Vitale thinks we should radically rethink the role of police in our society. In his 2017 book, The End of Policing, the Brooklyn College sociologist argues that armed police perpetuate “the management of inequalities of race and class.” The crux of the problem, he insists, isn’t a lack of police training or diversity but an “unprecedented expansion and intensity of policing in the last forty years. The problem is policing itself.” (Interview) ... "The ultimate goal should be to address community problems in non-punitive, noncoercive ways. If we got police out of the drug business, and out of the sex-work business, and out of the school security business, that would be a lot fewer people with guns around"... Visit Website ]
Apr 20, 2018, 12:47pm

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The Korean Conflict, Reevaluated
Patriots, Traitors & Empires: The Story of Korea’s Struggle for Freedom, Stephen Gowans’ latest book on the Korean conflict, could not be more timely given the recent tensions on the Korean peninsula as well as the recent overtures being made for peace and reconciliation. The book is also a very good antidote to the anti-DPRK propaganda we have been fed for so many decades. ... The main mission that the South Korean military and police forces performed at the behest of the US, however, was the violent eradication of the left in South Korea. Thus, these forces jailed tens of thousands of leftists and nationalists in severely overcrowded prisons and killed between 100,000 to 200,000 “southern patriots,” as Gowans refers to them, by 1950.... Visit Website ]
Apr 7, 2018, 10:37am

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Fifty Years Ago the United States Government Killed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A Review of The Plot to Kill King by William Pepper: William Pepper resurrects the revolutionary MLK, and in doing so shows in striking detail why elements within the U.S. government executed him. After reading this book, no fair-minded reader can reach any other conclusion. ... As with the assassinations of President Kennedy and his brother, Robert (two months after MLK), all evidence points to the construction of patsies to take the blame for government executions. Ray, Oswald, and Sirhan all bear striking resemblances in the ways they were chosen and moved as pawns over long periods of time into positions where their only reactions could be stunned surprise when they were accused of the murders ... At the center of all these murders is a trinity of men who were devoted to ending the Vietnam War and all wars, restoring economic justice for all Americans, and eliminating racial inequality... Visit Website ]
Apr 6, 2018, 12:34pm

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Vietnam Will Win: The People’s Revolutionary Party (PRP)
Wilfred Burchett: In February 1964 and again in February 1965, I had lengthy discussions with leaders of the PRP, including Tran Nam Trung, assistant secretary general, and Tran Bach Dang, a member of the Central Committee responsible for questions of propaganda. At these meetings the PRP view on the war and how it would develop was set out in detail. ... At the first meeting in 1964, Tran Nam Trung[1] pointed out that the United States was “rapidly approaching the fullest development of special war and it is possible that within the next 12 months or so, they will go over to limited war,” using their own troops. We think that even if the Americans put in 500,000 troops we can beat them... Visit Website ]
Mar 12, 2018, 11:08am


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