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My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza's Untold Story by Ramzy Baroud

December 16th, 2009

A book review by Gilad Atzmon

Ramzy Baroud’s “My Father Was A Freedom Fighter” is more than a book, it is actually a masterpiece. In an overwhelmingly evoking personal style Baroud manages to bring to light the history of the Palestinian people and their battle with Israel and Zionism. Through the story of the Baroud’s family the book outlines every event in the history of the conflict and reflects on the way it transformed the Palestinian reality.

The book is a heart breaking depressing story of the Baroud family’s journey from paradise to hell. It is a flight that starts in Beit Daras, a small pictorial village in the south of Palestine. It ends in a Gaza refugee camp. It is a tragic journey of a rural self-sufficient population that is driven into total dispossession, humiliation and absolute poverty. And yet, there is a beam of light along the book namely resistance: Ramzy’s father Mohammed, was a freedom fighter. He didn’t win a single war, not even a battle, yet, against all odds, in spite of his poverty and illness, he managed to educate his children and to plant hope in their young souls, to fuel Ramzy with fierceness, which along the years transformed the young man into a monumental inspirational writer and an icon of intellectual resistance.

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December 15th, 2009

VOLUME TWO of ALAN HART's epic on the Israel/Palestine Conflict

This is the second volume in the series, ZIONISM: The Real Enemy of the Jews, the inside, true story, monumental and moving, of Zionism’s colonial enterprise and the conflict it provoked in and over Palestine that became Israel; a conflict which shows no sign of ending and contains, some fear, the seeds of a doomsday catastrophe for the region and possibly the whole world.

David Becomes Goliath reveals in well-documented detail, starting in 1948, why Zionism’s assertion that Israel has lived in constant danger of annihilation, the “driving into the sea” of its Jews, is propaganda nonsense. The revealed truth is that after Israel unilaterally declared itself to be in existence, the Arab armies did not have the ability - neither the numbers nor the weapons - to defeat Israel’s forces. Despite some stupid Arab rhetoric to the contrary - a propaganda gift which is still a trump card in Zionism’s hands - the Arab regimes had no intention of even trying to destroy the Israel of the vitiated partition plan. After Israel’s victory on the battlefield, the Arab regimes were at one with Zionism and the major powers in wanting the Palestine file to remain closed. There was not supposed to have been a regeneration of Palestinian nationalism. Yasser Arafat’s real crime was making it happen.

Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews, Vol. 2: David Becomes Goliath
978-0-932863-66-9 345 pp. $21.95 2009

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Revolutionary Social Change in Colombia, The Origin and Direction of the FARC-EP

December 13th, 2009

By Dr. James J. Brittain, Foreword by Dr. James Petras

This book presents an insider's account of Columbia's internal conflict. At the forefront are the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP).

Although they are one of the most powerful military forces in Latin American history, little is known about the FARC-EP. James J. Brittain explains where and why this political military movement came into existence and assesses whether the methods employed by the insurgency have the potential to free those marginalised in Colombia.

As democratic socialism develops in Venezuela and Bolivia, Brittain's fascinating study assesses the relevance of armed struggle to 21st century Latin American politics. This is an essential title for those wishing to develop a full understanding of the continent.

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Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers

December 5th, 2009

Book review By Trond Øverland

Arundhati Roy Disturbs Democratic Daydreaming

Arundhati Roy is an unusual Indian woman. Instead of acting the graceful upholder of traditional values, she goes on challenging the hard core of establishment thinking. Roy is India’s leading commentator on such evils as militaristic imperialist capitalism, Hindu-supported genocide of Muslims, and dam disasters. In her latest book, Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers, she hammers at perhaps the most central of all contemporary sacred pillars, i.e. that of democracy, which in her words “have metastasized into something dangerous”.

Grasshoppers is a collection of essays on such recent events as the 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai, the 2006 visit to India by “the war criminal” U.S. President George W. Bush, the 2002 Gujarat carnage (between 2000-4000 Muslims slaughtered), the 2001 attack on the Indian Parliament by "so-called" Pakistan-based terrorists, and the growing inequality in India (“the old society has curdled and separated into a thin layer of thick cream – and a lot of water …”).

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Tell Me No Lies By John Pilger

December 2nd, 2009

Review by Greg Palast


I was in deep, deep, hot, hot water with my editors at The Guardian in London. The paper was facing a ruinous suit by George Bush Sr.'s business buddies because of one of my stories. Then a tall, Aussie of dramatic demeanor walked uninvited in my boss' offices and said, "Yes, Palast is trouble. But he's good trouble."

John Pilger's intervention helped save my sorry behind.

Now he's saved my stories, and the stories of Seymour Hersh, Edward Galenao, Edward R. Murrow, Robert Fisk, the assassinated investigator of the Chechen War, Anna Politkovskaya, and many others in a big, fat—626 pages!—book of what he says is, "Journalism that changed the world." It's called Tell Me No Lies.

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November 17th, 2009

By Franklin Jones

The present despairing state of Black America is neither a baffling phenomenon nor the result of some innate Black racial deficiency, but rather instead the result of the White elite’s innate proclivity for reinventing devious methods of suppressing its Black population.

Although today most African Americans do not experience racism the way their parents experienced it, they do, however, still experience White racism. White racism in the U.S. persists as a current and devastating problem that now prevails with sophistication and is employed more covertly and more proficiently than ever before. The decline of the blatant, overt racism used in the United States to suppress African Americans through the 1960's coincided with the introduction of a well-camouflaged, more intensified, sophisticated, and covert method of White racism better suited for the times.

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The Black Panthers and the Assassination of Fred Hampton

November 5th, 2009

By Hans Bennett


Book Review: The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther, by Jeffrey Haas, published by Lawrence Hill Books (November, 2009).

On the morning of December 4, 1969, lawyer Jeffrey Haas received a call from his partner at the People’s Law Office, informing him that early that morning Chicago police had raided the apartment of Illinois Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton at 2337 West Monroe Street in Chicago. Tragically, Hampton and fellow Panther Mark Clark had both been shot dead, and four other Panthers in the apartment had critical gunshot wounds. Police were uninjured and had fired their guns 90-99 times. In sharp contrast, the Panthers had shot once, from the shotgun held by Mark Clark, which had most likely been fired after Clark had been fatally shot in the heart and was falling to the ground.

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SHLOMO SAND'S The Invention of the Jewish People

October 26th, 2009

book review by Gilad Atzmon


Following the recent publication of Sand’s book in English, I re-post my initial review of his work. I do believe that Sand’s book is a ‘must read’. It is probably one of the most important exposures of the Jewish nationalist lethal fantasy.

Tel Aviv University historian, Professor Shlomo Sand, opens his remarkable study of Jewish nationalism quoting Karl W. Deutsch:

“A nation is a group of people united by a common mistake regarding its origin and a collective hostility towards its neighbours.”(1)

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October 21st, 2009

BY James Petras


ISBN: 0-932863-68-X ISBN13: 978-0-932863-68-3 $16.95 / 234 pp. / 2009

SYNOPSIS These extraordinary times--unprecedented in modern history--are marked by a worldwide depression and regional wars involving all the major imperial powers. This book exposes the roots of the crisis in the unsustainability of the United States' military-driven empire building based on a volatile speculative economy, and influenced by Zionist policy makers committed to the colonialist state of Israel. It offers a critical study of the collapse of the empire and a profound indictment of the respectable and prestigious personalities either responsible for the debacle, or for its continuance.

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Thomas Greco’s “The End of Money and the Future of Civilization”

October 15th, 2009

A Review by Richard C. Cook

It’s too late for anyone to pretend that the U.S. government, whether under President Barack Obama or anyone else, can divert our nation from long-term economic decline. The U.S. is increasingly in a state of political, economic, and moral paralysis, caught as it were between the “rock” of protracted recession and the “hard place” of terminal government debt.

Even if the stock market can be shored up by more government borrowing for “stimulus” spending, it’s a temporary reprieve, because nothing can bring back the consumer purchasing power that was lost when the banks stopped pumping money into the economy through out-of-control mortgage lending. We simply no longer have the job base for people to earn the income they need to live.

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