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Shadow Masters by Daniel Estulin

March 9th, 2010

Review from trineday

Shadow Masters: An International Network of Governments and Secret-Service Agencies Working Together with Drugs Dealers and Terrorists for Mutual Benefit and Profit

"Merchant of Death" would have to be a magician to receive a fair trial in the US, says best-selling author Daniel Estulin

Bangkok— Victor Bout, the purported "Merchant of Death," will never receive a fair trial in the United States, declares best-selling author Daniel Estulin, commenting on the recent charges brought against the alleged arms dealer in United States District Court by the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday, February 17.

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“Dear Everybody,” a novel, by Michael Kimball

March 9th, 2010

Review by William Hughes

Michael Kimball’s third book, “Dear Everybody,” will kick you hard in the ass! It’s about a disturbed weatherman, Jonathon Bender, age 32, who kills himself. I think the jolts in it come from the fact that you can’t help but identify with his mental decline. Albert Camus, the author of “The Myth of Sisyphus,” and one of Algeria’s finest sons, said: “There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.” The literary device the author uses to tell this tragic and sometimes funny tale of Jonathon’s “short life,” works.

It’s a moving story told from a collection of diary entries; unsent letters; notes on conversations from family, friends and an his ex-wife, Sara; news reports; articles and even Jonathon’s “Last Will and Testament.” They were assembled by his younger brother, Robert, from whom he was estranged, after his death.

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“Hail to the Cheat,” a political novel, by Ted Venetoulis

March 6th, 2010

Review by William Hughes

If you’re going to write your first novel, and it’s a political spoof, then you might as well as set it in the White House. Well, Ted Venetoulis does exactly that in his “Hail to the Cheat,” which is not only a fun read, I predict it’s going to make one zany movie.

Venetoulis is an author who has lived politics and it shows in his book. The main characters are all credible and taken from that realm. As a young man, Venetoulis worked as a Congressional aide, he was involved in the national presidential campaigns of both Robert F. Kennedy and JFK, and he also served a term as the Baltimore County Executive. Baltimore County is a giant sized suburb of Baltimore City, MD. Spiro T. “Ted” Agnew was once its boss.

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"Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction" by Barry C. Lynn

March 4th, 2010

Review by Stephen Lendman

Lynn is director of the Markets, Enterprise, and Resiliency Initiative, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, and author of "Too Big to Fail" about the dangers of monopoly capitalism.

He expands on the threat in his newest book titled, "Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction," explaining today's peril given the power of predatory giants.

They control governments, the courts, war and peace, dominant information sources, and essential services, including health care, air and water, what we eat and drink, where we live, what we wear, and school curricula to the highest levels. They own genetic code patents, basic human life elements to be commodified the same as toothpaste, tomatoes or toilet paper.

Omnipotent, they plunder recklessly, ruthlessly at our expense. They're private tryannies, endangering humanity, basic freedoms, environmental sustainability, and planetary survival. Without exaggeration, they're unaccountable, unchecked "weapons of mass destruction."

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“This Dream Called Death,” a novelzine, by Stephen Janis

February 23rd, 2010

Review by William Hughes

Baltimore, MD -- Stephen Janis is an awarding-winning investigative reporter. The urban crime scene is his beat. His engrossing, surreal novel, “This Dream Called Death,” is his second book.

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Venezuela Speaks! Voices from the Grassroots, By Carlos Martinez, Michael Fox, and JoJo Farrell

January 28th, 2010

A Review by Hans Bennett

Scroll down for video interview with co-author Carlos Martinez

There are many different ways that the corporate media continues to misrepresent the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela. Many critics of this biased media coverage have directly challenged the demonization of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, but very few critics, if any, have exposed the media’s virtual erasure of the vibrant and growing participatory democracy in Venezuela. Alas, the new book entitled Venezuela Speaks! Voices from the Grassroots (PM Press, 2010) offers a powerful correction to this misrepresentation by spotlighting a wide range of people and movements that are actively governing themselves with official governmental structures created since the 1998 election of President Chavez, and the growing non-governmental social movements that have existed for several decades.

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BREAKDOWN: Violence in Search of U (you)-Turn by Dr. Carolyn LaDelle Bennett

January 28th, 2010

Policy has power to destroy and to heal. BREAKDOWN wrestles with both the manifestations of a pervasive violence and a means toward mending. It lays out the problem in U.S. foreign and domestic affairs and offers a bailout—a turn around, a U-turn in fresh ideas.

American author and independent journalist—a former Peace Corps teacher—Dr. Carolyn LaDelle Bennett decries the way of violence and argues for community consciousness, words over war in content and execution of U.S. foreign and domestic policies. Her book offers a fully documented and indexed account of regressive status quo and progressive society.

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This Country Must Change: Essays on the Necessity of Revolution in the USA, edited by Craig Rosebraugh

January 26th, 2010

Review by Hans Bennett

--A review of the new book entitled This Country Must Change: Essays on the Necessity of Revolution in the USA, edited by Craig Rosebraugh, Arissa Media Group, 2009.

From 1997 to 2001, Craig Rosebraugh acted as a public spokesperson for the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), a self-described “international, underground movement consisting of autonomous groups of people who carry out direct action in defense of the planet.” On February 12, 2002, Rosebraugh was made to testify against his will before the US Congress’ House Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health. The FBI had recently declared the ELF the #1 domestic terrorist threat, and Congress had subpoenaed Rosebraugh demanding he help them investigate “eco-terrorism.” Rosebraugh had already received seven grand jury subpoenas from various federal investigations, but had always refused to cooperate. After he rejected this particular Subcommittee’s offer to voluntarily testify, they seemed to think that intimidation might help. They were wrong.

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Time's Up! An Uncivilized Solution To A Global Crisis by Keith Farnish

January 25th, 2010

Hansen's review of "Time's Up!"

"Keith Farnish has it right: time has practically run out, and the 'system' is the problem. Governments are under the thumb of fossil fuel special interests - they will not look after our and the planet's well-being until we force them to do so, and that is going to require enormous effort. --Professor James Hansen, GISS, NASA"

I think we are beginning to see mounting awareness of the gravity and scope of the crisis afflicting life on earth. Keith's Time's Up! is a huge contribution to understanding the extremity of our situation and providing ideas for facing up to ending a fundamentally false and devouring technoculture. --John Zerzan

This is not an environmental book, even though it is concerned with the environment. It is not a book to save the world, even though the world is clearly in trouble. Ultimately, Time's Up is a book about survival; about ensuring that every individual human has the means to save herself or himself from the global crisis that is unfolding.

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Self-Defense for Radicals: A-Z Guide for Subversive Struggle by Mickey Z.

January 25th, 2010

Review by Author: Chellis Glendinning

Cartoons by Richard Cole

PM Press Pamphlet Series, 2010

The prospect of setting words to page about Mickey Z.’s Self-Defense for Radicals catalyzed a certain queasiness. It brought up the rosebush reality of…violence.

In an era of drop-of-the-hat planetary destruction, as dirty wars erupt like acne and respect for Gandhi’s ahimsa has re-blossomed like Persephone’s return, as former Weather Underground activist Mark Rudd is crisscrossing the U.S. calling for a pacifist movement and Hugo Chavez is pronouncing that armed struggle is passé—to purvey violence seems patently verboten.

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