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Children of Catastrophe: Journey from a Palestinian Refugee Camp to America by Jamal Krayem Kanj

September 30th, 2010

Review by Jim Miles

Children of Catastrophe - Journey from a Palestinian Refugee Camp to America. Jamal Krayem Kanj. Garnet Publishing, Reading, UK. 2010.

Children of Catastrophe is a work of courage, love - of family, friends, and country - persistence, grief, sorrow, joy, anger, bravery, fear, and frustration - in short it encompasses all the emotions that not only are part of life, but a large part of life for a child born and raised in a refugee camp. Nahr el Bared refugee camp was established in 1949 after the nakba in Palestine. Set near the northern border of Lebanon with Syria, the camp existed, grew, and to a degree, thrived and prospered until it was destroyed by the Lebanese army in 2007.

Nakba and ethnic cleansing

The first sections of Jamal Kanj’s story outline very quickly the events of the nakba, with references to the even longer history of Zionism going back to 1896 and a declaration from Theodore Herzl concerning the endeavour “to expel the poor population across the border unnoticed, procuring employment for it in transit countries, but denying it any employment in our own country.”

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The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy by John J. Mearsheimer

September 26th, 2010

Editorial Reviews by Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Expanding on their notorious 2006 article in the London Review of Books, the authors increase the megatonnage of their explosive claims about the malign influence of the pro-Israel lobby on the U.S. government. Mearsheimer and Walt, political scientists at the University of Chicago and Harvard, respectively, survey a wide coalition of pro-Israel groups and individuals, including American Jewish organizations and political donors, Christian fundamentalists, neo-con officials in the executive branch, media pundits who smear critics of Israel as anti-Semites and the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, which they characterize as having an almost unchallenged hold on Congress. This lobby, they contend, has pressured the U.S. government into Middle East policies that are strategically and morally unjustifiable: lavish financial subsidies for Israel despite its occupation of Palestinian territories; needless American confrontations with Israel's foes Syria and Iran; uncritical support of Israel's 2006 bombing of Lebanon, which violated the laws of war; and the Iraq war, which almost certainly would not have occurred had [the Israel lobby] been absent. The authors disavow conspiracy mongering, noting that the lobby's activities constitute legitimate, if misguided, interest-group politics, as American as apple pie. Considering the authors' academic credentials and the careful reasoning and meticulous documentation with which they support their claims, the book is bound to rekindle the controversy. (Sept.)

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U.S. History Uncensored: What Your High School Textbook Didn't Tell You

September 12th, 2010

By Carolyn Baker

In 2006 I published U.S. History Uncensored: What Your High School Textbook Didn't Tell You. The book's introduction informs the reader that it is not a textbook but rather a supplement written to expand and illumine material included in institutionally approved college history textbooks. I was motivated to offer the supplement because as a professor of history, I was appalled at the amount of history omitted in mainstream U.S. history college textbooks not only due to the desire of publishers to produce less costly books but as a result of a massive dumbing down of American culture in recent years. Or as one former history student of mine put it: "I used to be bored when I would watch the news with my dad because it was actually news, but today when I watch the news, it's fun because it's about things that really interest me like celebrity gossip, hip hop music, and funny commercials."

U.S. History Uncensored provides well-documented resources beyond traditional textbook material to which the reader can refer to glean additional information about historical events and read for him/herself the primary and secondary sources that are so frequently ignored in college history textbooks.

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THE MOST REVOLUTIONARY ACT: Memoir of an American Refugee by Dr. Stuart Jeanne Bramhall

September 4th, 2010

Author Provides Mind-Blowing Insight into U.S. Intelligence Criminal Activities

A simple sit-in at an administration building becomes the catalyst for a surreal, Kafkaesque, hellish fifteen years for Dr. Stuart Jeanne Bramhall in her compelling new book "The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee." Dr. Bramhall, a practicing Seattle-based psychiatrist tells in chilling detail how attending a seemingly innocent meeting to protest racial abuse at a local school triggers a covert government plot to destroy the cause and her life.

Intense government harassment between 1987 and 2002 led a 54-year old psychiatrist, single mother and social activist to close her 25-year Seattle practice to begin a new, safe life in New Zealand.

Dr. Bramhall's work confirms the myth of the "Vast right wing conspiracy" that was dismissed by the mainstream media when it was coined by then first Lady Hillary Clinton. It is a country where no person or secret is safe. People who you trust are not to be trusted. Harassment, violence and murder are tools used to subvert the Progressive agenda and the people who advocate it.

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Palestine Betrayed by Efraim Karsh

August 31st, 2010

Review by Jim Miles

Palestine Betrayed. Efraim Karsh. Yale University Press, London, 2010.

Was Palestine betrayed? Of course it was, by the British, the United States, France, the League of Nations, the United Nations, the remnants of the Ottoman empire, all of the regional Arab countries, and by certain elites and powerful of Palestine itself. Efraim Karsh makes the latter two the main if not the sole responsible for the nakba - the disaster - that occurred in 1947-48 with the announced partition of Palestine followed by the declaration of the state of Israel. “Palestine Betrayed,” as portrayed by Karsh, is the story of the connivances of the Arab leaders in the region along with the elites of Palestine while the Jewish population continually offered peace and coexistence with their brethren and encouraged them to stay in their villages and towns to become partners in the new state enterprise.

    Karsh is both right…

Karsh is right in that, yes, the Palestinians were in essence betrayed by the Arab leaders at the time more concerned about their own scenarios and power bases than that of a nascent Palestinian nationality. Further he is correct in that some of the local Palestinian leadership - or what remained of it after the British military violently dealt with them in the previous ‘Arab revolt’ - told the people of the towns and villages to evacuate and retreat away from the advancing Jewish forces. He presents many quotes from Jewish leaders, Ben Gurion in particular, that attempt to show that the Jewish people wished to live in peaceful coexistence with their Arab neighbours.

    …and horribly wrong.

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“Palestine: Waiting by Lazarus’s Tomb” by Genevieve Fraser

August 26th, 2010

Fraser Authors Book on Middle East Conflict -

“Palestine: Waiting by Lazarus' Tomb”

Lyrical, satirical, hard-edged and breathtaking, “Palestine: Waiting by Lazarus’ Tomb” by Genevieve Cora Fraser offers a poetry and prose review of the intractable and heartbreaking Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The book is over 560 pages and contains historic photos of Palestine, dating from the late 1800s to the mid-1940s, which can be found in the Library of Congress.

“Of all the photos I uncovered, the one that took my breath away is of the ruins of the synagogue at Capernaum, on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

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Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America by Robert Whitaker

July 23rd, 2010

Book Review by Jenny Westberg, Portland Mental Health Examiner

“Anatomy of an Epidemic”, an important book de-mystifying the massive increase in mental illness disability in America since the universal drugging of psychiatric patients became the norm

Award-winning investigative journalist Robert Whitaker first turned his attention to mental health in 1998, co-authoring a Boston Globe series on the abuse of psychiatric patients in research studies. Whitaker’s interest was piqued. Unfortunately for the field of psychiatry, he kept digging.

In 2002, with Mad in America, Whitaker looked behind the system’s façade. And he didn’t stop there.

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The Trojan Spy by Gaither Stewart

July 21st, 2010

From Feodor Dostoevsky and Joseph Conrad to Doris Lessing, many have explored what makes nihilists or anarchists or terrorists. In The Trojan Spy, Gaither Stewart enters the same maze with Anatoly Nikitin, a Russian double agent and spymaster from the Cold War era who, in its aftermath, intends to kill his CIA controller responsible for the death of his lover. Thwarted in this, he undertakes a greater mission: to run down the organizers of present-day terrorism. Like the Trojan Horse of mythology, Nikitin has been welcomed without suspicion into any community he was assigned to assimilate, yet within him lurks an army of aliases capable of countless betrayals.

As a Cold War spy he was maneuvered by the best of spymasters of East and West but now, after a lifetime spent switching roles, he maneuvers his own ring in an attempt to uncover the deadliest of spy rings, the organizers of terrorism. His quest sweeps the globe from Moscow, Berlin, St. Moritz, Paris, Munich and Tehran, to the seemingly placid Perugia, which seethes with spies, and finally to Assisi.

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July 2nd, 2010

includes the Executive Summary of the GOLDSTONE REPORT



    Preface / 11

    The Goldstone Report: Executive Summary / 13

    The Destruction of Gaza (photographs) / 45

    On Bended Knees:
    Zionist Power in American Politics / 69

    Trashing America for Israel: The Zionist Lobby
    Kisses Dual Loyalties Goodbye / 105

    Mossad’s Murderous Reach: The Implications
    of the Dubai Assassination / 120

    Israeli War Crimes: From the U.S.S. Liberty to the Humanitarian Flotilla / 127

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Role Models by John Waters

June 13th, 2010

John Waters Pays Homage to his Role Models (Book Review) by William Hughes

“I hope [my headstone] doesn’t end up reading, ‘The Duke of Dirt!’” - John Waters

It was awfully humid, with the heat index hovering around 95 degrees. I waited my turn standing outside the Atomic Books store on the Falls Road in Baltimore, MD, in the quirky Hampden area of the city. It was Saturday evening, June 5, 2010, and the line waiting to buy the book, “Role Models,” by John Waters, went around the block. After downing a bottle of cold water outside, I was finally able to get inside the store to buy my copy and get it signed by Waters--a genuine Baltimore icon--if there ever was one. (1)

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