Download E-books Political Journeys: The openDemocracy Essays PDF

By Fred Halliday

"Whatever the themes . . . Halliday's wisdom, mind's eye, and highbrow independence remove darkness from them all."—Francis Wheen

"Fred Halliday's Political Journeys diversity over broad highbrow and political landscapes, with great insights, soaking up narratives, lucid writing, and sophisticated humour."—Sami Zubeida

Fred Halliday regularly mixed the huge sweep of recent background, its currents and concepts, with a profound wisdom of recent revolutions, the center East, and nationwide activities. This number of columns written for openDemocracy among 2004 and 2009 is evidence of a refined worldview that maintains to generate questions: what's the relation among faith, nationalism, and development? Is a brand new overseas order attainable? whilst is intervention a strength for progress?

From the large headline issues just like the Iraq struggle or the Danish cartoons, to the unforeseen comparisons of Tibet and Palestine, or Afghanistan and the Falklands, Halliday is a perennially dazzling and enlightened advisor to the foremost problems with foreign politics.

Fred Halliday (1946–2010) used to be a number one authority on superpower family members, the center East, and diplomacy thought. He used to be professor emeritus of diplomacy on the London tuition of Economics from 1985 to 2008 and a learn professor on the Barcelona Institute for foreign Studies.

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Download E-books Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt PDF

By Chris Hedges

Revolutions are available waves and cycles. we're back driving the crest of a innovative epic, very like 1848 or 1917, from the Arab Spring to events opposed to austerity in Greece to the Occupy move. In Wages of Rebellion, Chris Hedges—who has chronicled the malaise and illness of a society in terminal ethical decline in his books Empire of Illusion and Death of the Liberal Class—investigates what social and mental components reason revolution, uprising, and resistance. Drawing on an bold review of trendy philosophers, historians, and literary figures he exhibits not just the harbingers of a coming challenge but additionally the nascent seeds of uprising. Hedges’ message is obvious: well known uprisings within the usa and world wide are inevitable within the face of environmental destruction and wealth polarization.

Focusing at the tales of rebels from worldwide and all through historical past, Hedges investigates what it takes to be a insurgent nowa days. using the paintings of Reinhold Niebuhr, Hedges describes the incentive that courses the activities of rebels as “sublime madness”—the country of ardour that reasons the insurgent to interact in an unavailing struggle opposed to overwhelmingly strong and oppressive forces. For Hedges, resistance is performed no longer for its luck, yet as an ethical principal that affirms existence. those that stand up opposed to the chances can be these endowed with this “sublime madness.”

From South African activists who devoted their lives to finishing apartheid, to modern anti-fracking protests in Alberta, Canada, to whistleblowers in pursuit of transparency, Wages of Rebellion exhibits the price of a lifestyles devoted to talking the reality and significant justice. Hedges has penned an crucial advisor to rebellion.

Hedges discussing Wages of Rebellion at the actual News

“A demand a brand new American revolution... Like early-20th-century muckraking newshounds and, extra lately, I.F. Stone, Hedges makes a boisterous, outspoken contribution to revolutionizing the nationwide conversation.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Download E-books The Assault on Social Policy PDF

By William Roth, Susan J. Peters

Based on incisive analyses of monetary globalization, category, politics, and forms, The attack on Social coverage examines the standard speech used to make poverty and severe inequality appear applicable, the company thoughts co-opting the distribution of wealth and different assets, and the unfavorable impression of those efforts on our extra susceptible voters, equivalent to people with disabilities, incarcerated participants, childrens, and the aged. This moment variation accommodates new learn at the hotly contested rules facing poverty, welfare, incapacity, social safety, and future health care. It additionally takes inventory of the continued results of globalization and provides a bankruptcy on education.

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Download E-books Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers PDF

By Roberto Saviano

The manufactured from 5 years’ investigative reporting, the topic of extreme nationwide controversy, and the resource of loss of life threats that pressured the nationwide Human Rights fee to assign full-time bodyguards to its writer, Anabel Hernández, Narcoland has been a publishing and political sensation in Mexico.

The definitive background of the drug cartels, Narcoland takes readers to front traces of the “war on drugs,” which has to this point rate greater than 60,000 lives in precisely six years. Hernández explains in riveting element how Mexico turned a base for the mega-cartels of Latin the United States and some of the most violent areas on the earth. At each flip, Hernández names names – not only the narcos, but in addition the politicians, functionaries, judges and marketers who've collaborated with them. In doing so, she finds the mind-boggling intensity of corruption in Mexico’s executive and enterprise elite.

Hernández grew to become a journalist after her father used to be abducted and killed and the police refused to enquire and not using a bribe. She received nationwide prominence in 2001 together with her publicity of extra and misconduct on the presidential palace, and former books have eager about criminal activity on the summit of energy, less than presidents Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderón.

In awarding Hernández the 2012 Golden Pen of Freedom, the realm organization of Newspapers and information Publishers famous, “Mexico has develop into probably the most harmful international locations on the earth for reporters, with violence and impunity last significant demanding situations when it comes to press freedom. In making this award, we realize the robust stance Ms. Hernández has taken, at nice own hazard, opposed to drug cartels.”

This up to date version contains a new bankruptcy detailing the arrest of “El Chapo” Guzman, the infamous chief of the Sinaloa Cartel, whose terrific break out from his past incarceration used to be uncovered as an inside of task through this publication.

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Download E-books The New Terrain of International Law: Courts, Politics, Rights PDF

By Karen J. Alter

In 1989, whilst the chilly battle ended, there have been six everlasting foreign courts. this day there are greater than dozen that experience jointly issued over thirty-seven thousand binding criminal rulings. The New Terrain of foreign Law charts the advancements and traits within the construction and position of foreign courts, and explains how the delegation of authority to foreign judicial associations affects international and family politics.

The New Terrain of overseas Law provides an in-depth examine the scope and powers of foreign courts working worldwide. concentrating on dispute answer, enforcement, administrative assessment, and constitutional assessment, Karen adjust argues that overseas courts regulate politics by means of supplying criminal, symbolic, and leverage assets that shift the political stability in want of household and overseas actors preferring rules extra in keeping with foreign legislation targets. foreign courts identify violations of the legislations and maybe specify treatments. regulate explains how this restricted power--the energy to talk the law--translates into political impact, and she or he considers eighteen case stories, exhibiting how foreign courts switch kingdom habit. The case reports, spanning factor components and areas of the realm, jointly elucidate the political components that regularly intrude to restrict even if overseas courts are invoked and even if foreign judges dare to call for major alterations in country practices.

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Download E-books Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict PDF

By John B. Judis

A probing examine essentially the most incendiary matters of our time―the dating among the USA and Israel

There has been greater than part a century of raging clash among Jews and Arabs―a violent, high priced fight that has had catastrophic repercussions in a serious area of the area. In Genesis, John B. Judis argues that, whereas Israelis and Palestinians needs to shoulder a lot of the blame, the us has been the critical strength outdoors the sector because the finish of worldwide battle II and as such needs to account for its repeated failed international relations efforts to solve this enduring strife.

The deadly flaw in American coverage, Judis exhibits, should be traced again to the Truman years. What occurred among 1945 and 1949 sealed the destiny of the center East for the rest of the century. hence, figuring out that interval holds the major to explaining virtually every thing that follows―right all the way down to George W. Bush's unsuccessful and ill-conceived attempt to win peace via keeping elections one of the Palestinians, and Barack Obama's failed try and deliver either events to the negotiating desk. A provocative narrative heritage lively through a robust analytical and ethical point of view, and peopled via colourful and oversized personalities and politics, Genesis bargains a clean examine those serious postwar years, arguing that if we will know how this stalemate originated, we'll be larger located to aid finish it.

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Download E-books Bin Laden's Legacy: Why We're Still Losing the War on Terror PDF

By Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Why al Qaeda is profitable its struggle opposed to the West—and the USA has been enjoying correct into its hands

In the last decade for the reason that September 11, the USA has grown weaker: it's been slowed down by way of expensive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It has spent billions of greenbacks on safeguard to guard air go back and forth and different delivery, in addition to the native land extra as a rule. a lot of this cash has been channeled into efforts which are inefficient by way of layout and hugely bureaucratic, an absence of coordination among and one of the govt and an array of contractors making it tricky to judge the go back at the huge, immense funding that we've got made in nationwide safety. in the meantime, public morale has been sapped through measures starting from color-coded terror indicators to full-body hand searches.

Now counterterrorism specialist Daveed Gartenstein-Ross info the strategic missteps the U.S. has made within the struggle opposed to al Qaeda, a gaggle that U.S. planners by no means relatively took the time to appreciate. therefore, America's responses to the terrorist probability have usually unwittingly helped al Qaeda in achieving its objectives. Gartenstein-Ross's e-book explains what the rustic needs to do now to stem the bleeding.

  • Explains intimately al Qaeda's technique to sap and undermine the yankee financial system, and indicates how the USA performed into the terrorist group's palms by way of increasing the battlefield and establishing a dear native land safety forms that has trouble facing a nimble, adaptive foe
  • Outlines how al Qaeda's fiscal plans have advanced towards an final ""strategy of one thousand cuts,"" which consists of smaller but extra widespread assaults opposed to Western societies
  • Shows how the household politicization of terrorism has weakened the USA, skewing its priorities and inflicting it to misallocate counterterrorism resources
  • Offers a realistic plan for development household resiliency opposed to terrorist assaults, and escaping the error that experience undermined America's battle opposed to its jihadist foes

Clearly written and powerfully argued by way of a renowned counterterrorism specialist, this ebook is vital interpreting for a person who desires to comprehend what al Qaeda is absolutely after and the way the us can thwart its goals—or support unwittingly to accomplish them.

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Download E-books American Rhapsody PDF

By Joe Eszterhas

  If the Watergate scandal used to be a prior generation's nationwide Nightmare, then might be the Clinton scandal was once our nationwide rainy Dream, and who larger to relate it than the screenwriter Joe Eszterhas?  In American Rhapsody, Eszterhas, whose credit contain Basic Instinct and Showgirls, and Charlie Simpson's Apocalypse, for which he was once nominated for a countrywide publication Award, takes us during the occasions that threatened to topple a president and left lots of the nation's electorate with, at least, a nasty style of their mouths. 
   Taking complete benefit of his massive journalistic and storytelling abilities, Eszterhas provides us each truth, rumor, or innuendo surrounding the president's foibles within the context of overdue century American politics and entertainment.  the following Washington and Hollywood do greater than simply flirt with one another; they proportion an analogous bed.  From scandalmongers Matt Drudge (who started as a Hollywood gossip) and Ken Starr, to would-be president paramours Sharon Stone and Barbra Streisand, to his ultimate, unimpeachable witness, Willard—none except President Clinton's speaking penis—Eszterhas offers us the products at the tale that no-one may well cease conversing approximately and, because of American Rhapsody, will be very unlikely to contemplate an identical method again.

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Download E-books 185 Stupid Things Democrats Have Said PDF

By Ted Rueter

Ted Rueter panders to Democratic occasion traces by means of gathering 370 oratorical guffaws credited to renowned politicians. classified in alphabetical order and offered by means of topic subject, the quips include:

Forgiveness: "In the Bible it says they requested Jesus what number occasions we must always forgive, and he acknowledged seventy instances seven. good, i would like you to grasp that i am protecting a chart." --Hillary Rodham Clinton

Me: "I am Al Gore, and that i was the following president of the USA of America." --Al Gore

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Download E-books How to Make a Million Dollars an Hour: Why Hedge Funds Get Away with Siphoning Off America's Wealth PDF

By Les Leopold

How hedge money make cash via taking it from the remainder of us—and how you can subscribe to them!

Top hedge fund managers make greater than Oprah, Rupert Murdoch, and A-Rod combined—but they don't seem to be operating information and leisure empires or enjoying baseball for the recent York Yankees. are usually not you interested by how those hedge fund dudes make a lot doing who understands what? you'll even wonder whether you may get there, too. in spite of everything, this is often America!

This booklet can provide the solutions in a twelve-step advisor to amassing huge riches the way in which hedge fund managers do—by enjoying trillion-dollar poker with a marked deck. via each one effortless step, you are going to research the sleight of hand and disrespect for easy morality you will need to maneuver from making tens of bucks an hour to thousands an hour! alongside the best way, you will additionally query even if those hedge fund moguls make markets paintings better—as they and their apologists insist—or reason instability, siphon off capital, and smash worth with out including quite a bit as a unmarried widget to the economy.

  • Takes a desirable travel of the wild aspect of myth finance to give an explanation for simply how hedge fund managers make quite a bit money—and even if the million-an-hour crowd produces whatever optimistic for society and the economy
  • Teaches you hedge fund secrets and techniques that give the chance to tug down mind-blowing sums within the house of minutes—from rigging your bets to milking hundreds of thousands in precise tax breaks—if you are prepared to bankrupt your morality for the cash
  • Counters some of the commonest arguments approximately why speculating in monetary markets is by some means ""worth more"" than growing leisure, electronics, or patron items that customers want
  • Written via Les Leopold, the preferred AlterNet author and writer of The Looting of America

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