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Reviewing Danny Schechter's The Crime of Our Time

October 14th, 2009

by Stephen Lendman

Danny Schechter is a media activist, critic, independent filmmaker, and TV producer as well as an author of 10 books and lecturer on media issues. Some call him "The News Dissector," and that's the name of his popular blog on media issues. He's also the co-founder of Media Channel.org that covers the "political, cultural and social impacts of the media," and provides information unavailable in the mainstream.

Schechter's books include The More You Watch The Less You Know, Plunder: Investigating Our Economic Calamity and the Subprime Scandal, and his newest and subject of this review, The Crime of Our Time: Was the Economic Collapse "Indeed, Criminal?"

As a form of economic terrorism, indeed so says Schechter and many others. Ellen Brown, author of Web of Debt, writes: Schechter "establishes the crime's elements, identifies the players, and exposes the weapons that have turned free markets into vehicles for mass manipulation and control."

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THE SAVAGE CRUELTY OF DEBT

September 14th, 2009

Link: http://www.lulu.com:80/content/paperback-book/the-savage-cruelty-of-debt/7422277

By Eric V. Encina

IMF-WB TRICKS AND FLATTERY & THE SAVAGE CRUELTY OF DEBT

http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/the-savage-cruelty-of-debt/7422277 and http://www.lulu.com/content/hardcover-book/the-savage-cruelty-of-debt-ii/7471331 published at Lulu.com in USA, is expectedly to be banned very soon because of the contents against status quo of the bankers and its crimes against the Philippines and in the third world nations.

It is obvious that bankers have put the fingers and or some bankers or financiers have put a squeeze on the publisher to keep my book off the market anywhere in the world.

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The Rejection of Palestinian Self-Determination The Struggle for Palestine and the Roots of the Israeli-Arab Conflict

September 13th, 2009

Link: http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/the-rejection-of-palestinian-self-determination/7574140

Bt Jeremy R. Hammond. Lulu, 2009 Reviewed by Jim Miles

The Rejection of Palestinian Self-Determination The Struggle for Palestine and the Roots of the Israeli-Arab Conflict. Jeremy R. Hammond. Lulu, 2009.

The story of Palestine is poorly represented in western media, generally taken out of context and generally - as a strong cohort to the lack of context - with a strong bias in favour of the Israeli perspective. That perspective in short is that of Arab terrorist aggression against the ‘democratic’ Israeli state, the victim. There is an increasing library of well written material that denies that simplistic view and ties it into the longer course of Zionist history. A new addition to this library, “The Rejection of Palestinian Self-Determination” provides a concise, clear, and valuable summary to the context.

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Halliburton’s Army – How a Well-Connected Texas Oil Company Revolutionized the Way America Makes War

July 31st, 2009

Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001Q9F02M?ie=UTF8&tag=thepeoplesvoi-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B001Q9F02M

By Pratap Chatterj. Nation Books, New York, 2009.
Review by Jim Miles

This is a book the Halliburton/KBR can live with. It airs out their dirty laundry: the bribes, kickbacks, the inefficient work, the near slave labour conditions of its subcontracted employees, the deaths from insurgent attacks and electrocution, massive overcharging on its invoices, poor record-keeping, and other serious allegations. Yet for all that, the huge corporate profits taken in by Halliburton/KBR seem to reduce this to the cost of doing business, a business that now extends well into the future with the widening of the war into destabilizing Pakistan and Iran.

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THE TRANSPARENT CABAL -A Book Review

July 21st, 2009

Paul Gottfried

Purchase

Stephen J. Sniegoski’s The Transparent Cabal would be the book of the year in a less manipulated society than our own. I suggest as much in my introduction; and former Congressman Paul Findley, who wrote the foreword, lavishes equally high praise on this monument to diligence. Almost as interesting as the book’s content are certain facts about it: for example, that the only publisher the author could find was the far rightwing Catholic IHS, and that political magazines, including “conservative” ones professing to be critical of our invasion of Iraq, would not touch Steve’s work with a ten-foot pole.

The question has occurred to me why the attack on AIPAC by J. J. Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt made a prodigious media splash, while Sniegoski’s study, although it is selling well, has trouble finding reviewers. As I point out in my introductory comments, Steve’s monograph revisits some of the same themes as the earlier work, and it is also better focused. Unlike Mearsheimer-Walt, this criticism of American Zionists seems consistently packed with evidence, and, unlike the earlier study, it does not engage in vapid moralizing about how nice our foreign policy would be if AIPAC buzzed off and if all the “right-wingers” took a powder.

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After America – Narratives for the Next Global Age

July 15th, 2009

By Paul Starobin
Review by Jim Miles

Purchase

After a half decade of books on the ‘American empire’ and many more on the politics, military, religion, and economics that are pieces of the whole, a new trend is now appearing on the book market. After the election of Obama as president, the new material is all forward looking, promoting ideas or creating possible scenarios of where the U.S. can, may, could, or should direct its energies. The general trend is the recognition that the “empire” is in significant decline, generally considered due to a combination of economic and military misadventures under the Bush regime, with recognition that it all started well before. While some see the imperial role as one that requires regaining U.S. dominance and power others see it as finding a balance in a new ordering of the world in which the U.S. will still be important but will no longer be dominant.

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In Mortal Hands – A Cautionary History of the Nuclear Age

June 16th, 2009

Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1596916176?ie=UTF8&tag=thepeoplesvoi-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1596916176

By Stephanie Cooke
Review by Jim Miles

In an era when the corporate media and the corporate politicians and the corporate military men gang up together and denounce and threaten other countries because of their nuclear related activities, they should spend much of that rhetorical energy by cross-examining themselves in a mirror. North Korea’s latest nuclear test received much more attention than its earlier ‘possible’ test because of its greater power and the strategic message sent by its politically timed Taepodong II rocket launch. Iran has moved a little bit off the radar screen as its elections have proven more interesting than its nuclear ‘threat’ but it is under increasing scrutiny as it reaches weapons potential. When placed in relation to this “cautionary history”, North Korea and Iran are acting only as all other nuclear powers have acted in the past, for the main theme behind In Mortal Hands is that of lies, deceit, deception, cover-ups, and secrecy to cover up the real issues with the nuclear industry.

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The Devil We Know – Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower

June 4th, 2009

Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307408647?ie=UTF8&tag=thepeoplesvoi-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0307408647

By Robert Baer
Review by Jim Miles

Iran is obviously a key player in the Middle East. The many references within other texts dealing with other aspects of the Middle East and the several texts dealing specifically with Iran highlight its significance. Part of that significance is that Iran - whether discussing the topics of nuclear weapons, terrorism, Lebanon, Hezbollah, Hamas, empire, or the now broadening ‘AfPak’ war – is a rational player, flexible, able and willing to negotiate.

This viewpoint is strongly reinforced by Robert Baer’s work The Devil We Know, an ironic title in that one of his central themes is that we – the United States – do not know them at all correctly but as caricatures of evil reinforced by our – the United States – ignorance of their long history and characteristics of pragmatism and flexibility. When compared to the failures of all the other governments in the region which are “bound to collapse,” Baer’s conclusion reads, “Iran is the only stable, enduring state in the Gulf.” One of his summative paragraphs deserves full reiteration:

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The Predator State – How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too

April 25th, 2009

Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/141656683X?ie=UTF8&tag=thepeoplesvoi-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=141656683X

By James K. Galbraith
Review by Jim Miles

Not too many economists make much clarity these days, and the general run of the mill economists that populate the majority of political and business positions seem to be mired in their own illusions and myths about what the economy actually is. James Galbraith stands out in contrast to that group and is able to see through the myths of the “free market” and provide well conceived, simple, and effective solutions to the problems of our current economy. In The Predator State, Galbraith follows in his father’s footsteps (whom I had the pleasure of reading and understanding many years ago) with a well structured, well argued, and clearly written examination of the supposed free market.

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No Innocent Bystanders: Riding Shotgun in the Land of Denial

January 29th, 2009

Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0978818628?ie=UTF8&tag=thepeoplesvoi-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0978818628

By Mickey Z.

It is never easy to communicate wisdom. Even more difficult to do so in an engaging way that makes it very, very easy to read and understand. Mickey Z. has accomplished this difficult task in his new book No Innocent Bystanders. This book is designed to reach deep into a person¡¦s consciousness, pierce normal psychological defenses, and overcome a lifetime of facile rationalizations. This is a book to inspire a revolution spirit in Americans, the kind needed to achieve what Thomas Jefferson had the wisdom to say our nation would need: a revolution every generation or so.

Throughout the book are wisdom-droppings that readers need to hold onto for a few minutes before moving on. One of my favorite examples: ¡§Protesting can be a bonding experience but it rarely achieves its intended goal.¡¨ I liked this because a central theme of the book is that so many people have found ways to justify their lifestyle and even their political independence, but that, for the most part, are just empty beliefs and actions that accomplish next to nothing.

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