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CLINT recommended on the TCM blog

July 29, 2015
To see the full list of recommended books, visit TMC's Blog, Movie Morlocks.

GANGSTERISMO excerpted in Progreso Weekly

July 28, 2015
The Kennedy administration moved to gain control over CIA-funded Cuban exile commando groups in the aftermath of the Cuban missile crisis, when the United States and the Soviet Union went to the brink of nuclear war in October 1962. The CIA cut off its generous subsidies to Cuban exile action groups that launched commando raids in Cuba from bases in Florida. (In 1963, the CIA would covertly arm and fund the “autonomous operations” of Manuel Artime and Manuel Ray.) Cuban exile leaders had not expected the Cuban missile crisis to end peacefully. They believed the United States would intervene militarily to remove the Soviet missiles and overthrow the Cuban revolution. When U.S. law enforcement agencies cracked down on unauthorized Cuban exile paramilitary operations and terminated its supply of aid and arms for exile action groups, Cuban exile leaders went into a funk.
To read the rest of the excerpt, visit Progreso Weekly.

GANGSTERISMO featured in Tampa Mafia

July 28, 2015
Washington, D.C. gangster Joe Nesline cut a dapper figure. Nesline dressed smartly and sported a diamond ring on his finger and diamond cufflinks. At a little over 5 foot 7 inches, he was not a big man. But he had swagger when it came to gambling, boasting to the FBI he was the world’s “best crap-shooter.” He had been arrested more than 20 times for liquor law violations and gambling, yet he only spent three years in jail. From the 1950s to the mid-1960s, Nesline was D.C.’s best known and best connected gangster. He came up in the tradition of past D.C. crime bosses. From the Warring brothers, who ran bootleg whiskey during Prohibition and numbers in the 1930s in Foggy Bottom and Georgetown to Roger “Whitetop” Simkins, who ran a numbers operation in Petworth, to Nesline’s gambling houses, D.C. underworld operations were local in character and relatively small-scale. The Mafia did not absorb local gangster operations in D.C. as it did in other cities. And the Mafia never became entrenched in D.C. as it did in Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, New York, or Philadelphia. In Nesline’s declassified FBI file, there is no evidence he was a “made man” of a Mafia family. He was not Italian. But Nesline’s close ties to leading Mafia gamblers made him unique among D.C. gangsters.
To read the rest of the story, visit Tampa Mafia.

"None of the tools [we use online] were designed for large group decision making.” MICAH SIFRY speaks to PRI about why the Internet hasn't revolutionized politics

July 28, 2015
To listen to the full interview, visit PRI.

WATCHLIST reviewed on Sabotage Reviews

July 27, 2015

Perhaps, Watchlist finally suggests, we in the West can never be truly alone and unobserved.

To read the rest of the review, visit Sabotage Reviews.

"I never lose hope." MOHAMMED OMER interviewed by TruthOut

July 27, 2015
Mark Karlin: Your book is an extraordinary account of a Gazan journalist with a family enduring the 51-day Israeli killing spree both personally and as a journalist reporting on the assault. How did you overcome the fear of possible death - and limitations such as the infrequent availability of electricity - to file such informative and vivid accounts, something akin to a written version of Pablo Picasso's "Guernica"? Mohammed Omer: I have known this fear all my life, so far, personally and nationally. If you let the fear of death paralyze you, then you can achieve nothing for yourself, your family, homeland or dignity. You grab whatever chance, whatever time, light and energy to carry on and get the message out to the world. We love our homeland and are proud of our identity; that is always worth defending with my pen or camera.
To read the full interview, visit TruthOut.

SHELL-SHOCKED reviewed in The Independent

July 24, 2015
Mohammed Omer's Shell-Shocked is a vivid series of despatches from what in other conflicts would be called the front line. In the open-air prison of Gaza, though, everywhere is the front line. Or as he puts it, "everyone is running everywhere and nowhere, because there is nowhere to hide".
To read the rest of the review, visit The Independent.

PATRICK MCGILLIGAN interviewed on RogerEbert.com

July 23, 2015
Interviewer: At the time of the original American hardcover release, you called the book as a critique of a certain kind of male critical adoration of Eastwood. That seems even more relevant today. McGilligan: Some of the favorable reviews said that and [read the biography] as a critical look at Hollywood and America and a certain image. The fascinating part with Clint is he represents both the actor as auteur, with this vast body of work, and Clint the director as auteur. They complement and overlap and at times they are very separate. It represents a very rich source of investigation and discussion. There is a great number of people who idolize him to the point they are blind.
To read the full interview, visit RogerEbert.com.

ELISSA SHEVINSKY profiled in Williams Magazine

July 23, 2015
Elissa Shevinsky speaks about her life, work, and Lean Out in Williams Magazine:
As she made her way in her career, she says she responded to “the dominance of white male nerd culture” in tech constructively: by founding her own startups. That way, she says, “You create your own culture, and you create your own path. I love my companies, because I hire everyone who’s there. If someone is out of line, I can fire them.” Calling herself a “serial entrepreneur,” she worked in product development for several startups and co-founded an online dating site called MakeOut Labs before joining Glimpse, an app for disappearing text messaging. She also published her first book in June, an anthology called Lean Out (OR Books). With a nod to Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, Shevinsky calls her book an exposé on the reality of the tech industry for women. “I can speak from my own experience: I have dropped out of more than one company because bigots were not going to let work get done,” she says. “Women are leaving tech, and it’s clear that intolerance is a real factor.”
To read the rest of the profile, visit Williams Magazine.

"Unspeakable devastation" SHELL-SHOCKED excerpted in Truthout

July 23, 2015
This excerpt from Mohammed Omer's Shell-Shocked: On the Ground Under Israel's Gaza Assault discusses the reality of life in the Gaza Strip, noting the humanity that persists there against all odds:
Every minute of every day we live in a distorted reality, a man-made catastrophe crafted to protect and enshrine a peculiar manifestation of overt racism that grants privilege and life solely on the basis of religion and race, and then denies it exists. Its purpose is to make the lives of those of us who belong to the non-favored race and religion unbearable. Its objective is to force us to "volunteer" to abandon our country, businesses, family, homes, ancestry and culture. The tool of this persecution is systemic and infects all aspects of life. It ranges over preventing us from rebuilding our homes to military aggression, targeted killings, imprisonment, starvation diets enforced by siege and an array of punishments that dehumanize and strip us of our rights. And then there are the obstacles to our movement— walls and checkpoints for "security." And yet, despite all this, we're still here. It's true: In Gaza we find ways to survive. Our women recycle the spent tank shells that have destroyed our homes into flowerpots. Students return to bombed-out schools determined to complete their education. Torn books are taped together, pens are jerry-rigged back into service. At night we often study by candlelight. The frequent cutting off of gas, water and electricity is another daily reality of life in The Strip. And so we carry on, focusing on the basics and muddling through with proud determination. We are human, with dreams and nightmares, equally strong and equally vulnerable. We pride ourselves on our self-sufficiency and humbly thank God for the help of others as we hope and pray for justice.
To read the rest of the excerpt, visit Truthout.

SHELL-SHOCKED excerpted in Socialist Worker

July 21, 2015
In an exclusive excerpt of Shell-Shocked: On the Ground Under Israel's Gaza Assault, Mohammed Omer surveys Gaza one year after Operation Protective Edge and finds two reasons for hope:
I conclude on two positive points: the resilience of Palestinians is intact, despite being constantly hit hard with daily despair and huge unemployment throughout the Gaza Strip. The younger generation do all they can to hold on to their lives and human rights--they attend schools and colleges, and continue to value education highly as a foundation for their future careers, even if very few have been allowed by Israel to leave the Gaza Strip and pursue their dreams. This is the new generation that Israel should be seeking to make peace with, rather than setting up as an enemy. The second positive point relates to the United States. I can recall my first talks at Harvard and Columbia universities, and in several synagogues across the USA, where most people listened but some came to heckle and shout against the truth being told. This trend is now changing, and there is a stronger connection with young Jewish American people. The tide is turning toward justice and equitable peace. I know it is a slow process and may take years, but it feels right. Change is coming. And that is a good thing.
To read the rest of the excerpt, visit Socialist Worker.

LEAN OUT excerpted in Metro

July 20, 2015

Let's stop blaming women for the failure of big tech companies and VCs to appreciate, respect, hire, fund and promote them. And let's stop trying to solve an urgent, time-sensitive HR problem—the need for big companies to create genuinely hospitable environments for a diverse set of employees—with unrelated measures like teaching kindergarteners how to code or feel-good conferences that don't change how women are hired, promoted, funded or respected. Women are not the problem. Let's fix the thing that is.

To read the full excerpt, visit Metro.

ELISSA SHEVINSKY profiled in Metro

July 20, 2015
"I'm now of the opinion that pervasive bro-ness is enough of a distraction to be worth dismantling," Shevinsky tweeted, joining a chorus of outrage over the TechCrunch scandal. She elaborated on her rekindled feminism in a follow-up blog for Business Insider titled, "That's it—I'm finished defending sexism in tech." "I thought that we didn't need more women in tech," she wrote in the impassioned manifesto that elevated her to the role of social justice warrior. "I was wrong." Yet in her new book Lean Out: The Struggle for Gender Equality in Tech and Startup Culture, Shevinsky says her initial response was flawed. Recruiting more women is not the answer, she writes, because women are not the problem. "The solution is to respect the professional environment," says 36-year-old Shevinsky, an acclaimed designer of female-centric dating apps and cybersecurity software. "Simply having more women in the room doesn't fix that. We need to fix the root issues in tech, to overhaul the entire culture. Women are smart to not show up to an industry that doesn't welcome them."
To read the rest of the review, visit Metro.

"Exhaustively researched" Belen Fernandez praises Jack Colhoun's GANGSTERISMO on Al Jazeera

July 20, 2015
Historian Jack Colhoun documented the evolution of the nexus between the American state and organised crime in his exhaustively researched book "Gangsterismo: The United States, Cuba and the Mafia, 1933 to 1966". Cuba's debut as what Colhoun called a "neocolony" of the US took place at the end of the 19th century when the latter intervened in the Cuban war of independence from Spain, effectively nipping the whole "independence" option in the bud and appointing itself Cuba's new master.
To read the rest of the review, visit Al Jazeera.

OR BOOKS praised for innovative use of Blumenthal emails

July 16, 2015
Al Kamen writes:

The Hillary Rodham Clinton e-mails recently released by the State Department include some interesting exchanges between Clinton and her pal and informal adviser (and our former colleague here at The Washington Post) Sidney Blumenthal. They don’t shed much light on what she knew and when she knew it and what she did about anything having to do with the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and three others on Sept. 11, 2012. But we’ve found someone who’s finally figured a way to make gainful use of at least one e-mail by turning it into a book promotion blurb for London journalist Patrick Coburn’s new offering: “The Jihadis Return.”

To read the rest of the article, visit The Washington Post.

LEAN OUT editor ELISSA SHEVINSKY talks to CNN about why she's decided to publicly come out as a lesbian

July 15, 2015

"I got hit on all the time. I was trying to talk business and they were trying to date me. I've gotten very good at navigating, but women shouldn't have to." By all accounts, Shevinsky said she's been lucky. She's used to being one of the guys and says for the most part, her experience in tech has been positive. But she became particularly aware of sexism in tech while working on her new book, Lean Out: The Struggle for Gender Equality in Tech and Start-up Culture. It's a compilation of first-person essays by women and transgender people in tech that portray a broad range of experiences in the industry. It includes everything from stories of sexual harassment by prominent VCs, to what it's like to be a person of color at Google, to a transgender person's account of being both a man and a woman in the tech world. Shevinsky said working on the book inspired her to be more transparent about her own life.

To read the rest of the review, visit CNN.

"Where do I sign up to be a man on the Internet?" ELISSA SHEVINSKY weighs in on women's issues on Huffpost Live

July 10, 2015
"Ultimately, I think the problem with Reddit, with Facebook, with Google, with so many of these social and data-oriented companies is that they were designed by men. So you have products designed for men, by men, for a corporate world built and run by men."
To watch the rest of the interview, visit Huffpost Live.

MOHAMMED OMER interviewed on RT

July 8, 2015
RT: What was it like reporting during those 51 days? Omer: I must say, those 51 days were the most difficult days of my entire 31-years of life. I saw so much during those days. My sleep was from 7:30 till 10 AM in the morning. The rest of the night there was constant bombardment. You could be bombed at any moment. The problem with this attack was that you didn't know when it was going to end. You didn't know who was going to be the next target. You don't know where the tank shell would be landing next. You don't know if it was going to be yourself, your wife, your son, your neighbor.
To watch the rest of the interview, visit RT.

"Gaza is still struggling to survive." MOHAMMED OMER interviewed on Democracy Now!

July 8, 2015
"Gaza is still in the same situation as right after the War. The only thing we don't have are F-16s flying overhead or Israeli drones flying overhead. Nothing has been fixed — not one single home has been built. Gaza is still struggling to survive."
To read the rest of the interview, visit Democracy Now!.

“The international media has dealt with people killed in the Gaza Strip as numbers. But who are the Palestinians?" MOHAMMED OMER interviewed by Socialist Worker

July 8, 2015
Mohammed’s book tries to tell the human stories behind the figures. “The book is based on people that I met, events I have survived and attacks I have seen with my own eyes,” he explained. “The international media has dealt with people killed in the Gaza Strip as numbers. But who are the Palestinians? “There are the mothers, there are the children, there are the fathers. There is the little girl who got stuck, and her body needs to be dug out of the ruins of her destroyed home. And her brother is alive underneath the rubble—but they can’t get him out under the heavy bombardment of tank shells.”
To read the rest of the interview, visit Socialist Worker.