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"From Chaos and Caliphate" PATRICK COCKBURN excerpted in International Policy Digest

June 24, 2016

"War reporting is easy to do but very difficult to do really well. There is great demand for a reporter’s output during the fighting because it is melodramatic and appeals to readers and viewers. This is what I used to label in my own mind as “twixt shot and shell” reporting and there is nothing wrong with it. The first newspapers were published during the Dutch Wars with Spain, the Thirty Years War and the English Civil War at the beginning of the 17th century. People rightly want to know the latest news about momentous and interesting events such as wars, natural calamities and crime.”

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"Meet the Ph.D of Secret Shit" ROBERT GUFFEY reviewed by The Edge

June 24, 2016

"Unaware at the time, Guffey was getting the perfect training for his next book – a true story of gang stalking, mass surveillance, and invisibility technology. Chameleo: A Strange But True Story of Invisible Spies, Heroine Addiction, And HomeLand Security, is a nonfiction narrative about Guffey and his friend Damien, whose name is Dion Fuller in the book. The sequence of events that inspired Chameleo, begins on July 12, 2003. Guffey called his friend Damien, who was living at the time in Pacific Beach area of San Diego. He called him several times with no response, which Guffey says was unusual. A week later he finally hears back from him, with this bizarre story to share.”

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"Vivid and informative" BARNEY ROSSET reviewed by Kirkus

June 20, 2016

"Presented by the Rosset estate with a memoir that had been “pruned to death,” OR Books founder John Oakes, who worked at Grove in the 1980s, went back to the archives and added material that better represented the boss he describes as “either brooding, laughing, or raging.” That charismatic man practically leaps off the pages of these salty reminiscences, which begin with a tribute by Rosset to his gamekeeper-assassinating Irish great-grandfather and the assertion, “Rebellion runs in my family’s blood.”

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"A candid self portrait" BARNEY ROSSET reviewed by Publishers Weekly

June 20, 2016

"The existence of a Rosset memoir has long been rumored, but who would publish it remained a question mark for years. “Barney was a seething mass of energy,” Oakes said. “His widow, Astrid [Myers], will attest—there must’ve been two dozen notebooks. He worked on it on and off, adding things here and there. There must’ve been 20 editors over the years who had an hand in it to varying degrees.” As recently as 2012, Algonquin announced its intentions to publish the memoir, then titled The Subject Is Left-Handed, a reference to an observation in Rosset’s considerable FBI file. But Algonquin backed out, and the project returned to the Rosset estate."

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"It was not possible, he concluded, for an impoverished black man in the Deep South to become a writer at that time. It’s hardly easier now. " WALTER MOSLEY for The New York Times

June 20, 2016

"It was Leroy’s dream to write for the popular pulp magazines. He even sent a cowboy story to a magazine — only to see it published a year later, under someone else’s name. He gave up. It was not possible, he concluded, for an impoverished black man in the Deep South to become a writer at that time. It’s hardly easier now."

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"All we know is physical. All we know belongs, once again, to base reality. " ANDREW SMART for MOTHERBOARD

June 20, 2016

"Conceptually, it is a self-defeating notion—something that if taken to be truth, negates itself. In fact, if, say, simulated water might be a meaningful notion, what would it be made of? It could not be made of real stuff, because if it was, it would no longer be simulated water. However, neither could it be made of simulated stuff, because—that’s the point of being a simulation—there is no such thing as simulated stuff. All we know is physical. All we know belongs, once again, to base reality. Either way, simulated water cannot exist."

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"Does anyone have the Syrian's well- being in mind?" CHARLES GLASS reviewed in History News Network

June 16, 2016

"The Syrian civil war has led to a regular stream of misjudgments, resulting in widespread confusion and ignorance. Charles Glass's slim, truthful and updated version of Syria Burning, originally published in 2015, is a perfect antidote to the lack of clarity by this seasoned reporter even if his analysis and reportage is also tinged with frustration."

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"The most sublime moments are those that are unexpected." TOM LUTZ for Big Blend Radio

June 14, 2016
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"Isis will benefit from the slaughter carried out by Omar Mateen in Orlando regardless of how far it was involved in the massacre." PATRICK COCKBURN for The Independent

June 14, 2016

"Isis will benefit from the slaughter carried out by Omar Mateen in Orlando regardless of how far it was involved in the massacre. It will do so because Isis has always committed very public atrocities which dominate the news agenda, spread fear and show its strength and defiance."

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"The need for capital to expand infinitely on a limited resource base is really at the bottom of the crisis we’re seeing." ASHLEY DAWSON on Russia Today

June 13, 2016

Transnational trade deals "erode environmental legislation… and force countries that have progressive legislation that protects the environment to open up or be sued."

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“Walmart’s good old low-cost image has been damaged by protests over wages." MARA EINSTEIN in Marketplace

June 6, 2016

“It’s really hard to be everything to everybody, because then you end up being nothing to nobody.”

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“We're in the sixth great crisis in the history of the planet" ASHLEY DAWSON on Majority Report

May 26, 2016

"This one though, human beings are largely responsible for."

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“One of the best and most knowledgeable commentators" PATRICK COCKBURN praised by Noam Chomsky

May 24, 2016

“Patrick Cockburn, one of the best commentators and most knowledgeable commentators, has correctly pointed out that what he calls the Wahhibisation of Sunni Islam, the spread of Saudi extremist Wahhabi doctrine over Sunni Islam, the Sunni world, is one of the real disasters of modern—of the modern era. It’s a source of not only funding for extremist radical Islam and the jihadi outgrowths of it, but also, doctrinally, mosques, clerics and so on, schools, you know, madrassas, where you study just Qur’an, is spreading all over the huge Sunni areas from Saudi influence. And it continues.”

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“Some friends of mine couldn’t finish this book." BURHAN SÖNMEZ featured in The Guide Istanbul

May 23, 2016

“Some friends of mine couldn’t finish this book because they lived the same thing. For most of these people, their stories didn’t have a happy ending.”

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"Few journalists are as well informed on the Middle East and Central Asia, their history and current problems, as Patrick Cockburn." PATRICK COCKBURN reviewed by Spokesman Books

May 19, 2016

"Patrick Cockburn has provided an invaluable account of the manner in which a quasi medieval reaction is sweeping across the Middle East and adjoining areas and the misguided policies of the West. His book should be read and studied by anyone seeking to understand events in the region and hopefully to campaign for more progressive policies."

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"Looking for the good guys in Syria, the moderates...has generally been an act of fantasy." PATRICK COCKBURN for The Nation

May 19, 2016

"Looking for the good guys in Syria, the moderates...has generally been an act of fantasy."

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"Few things are deadlier than doctors’ screw-ups." JAMES LIEBER for The Wall St Journal

May 18, 2016

"Few things are deadlier than doctors’ screw-ups. NASA’s chief toxicologist calculated in 2013 that medical error kills between 210,000 and 440,000 Americans each year. Only heart disease and cancer have a higher body count."

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"Timely, insightful, and passionately argued" CARMEN BOULLOSA and MIKE WALLACE reviewed in Los Angeles Review of Books

May 17, 2016

"Narco History, a timely, insightful, and passionately argued short volume, is essential reading to understand why both Mexico and America have been ravaged for over a century by cartels, politicians, and gangs. The authors aren’t starry-eyed about legalization (although they support it) because they fear that drug cartels, such as Guzman’s Sinaloa, could become corporations and sell marijuana or other drugs legally on the market. What’s required for a wholesome change in Mexico’s dysfunctional political structure is “a complete dismantling of the anti-drug regime.” Tragically, at present, there’s too much money to be made for the war to stop."

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"She is very bellicose" DOUG HENWOOD interviewed on Tablet Mag

May 12, 2016

[On Hillary Clinton]: "She is very bellicose, aggressive, very pro-military. When she was Secretary of State she was by far the most aggressive member of the Cabinet."

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"Mutual hatred is too great for any long-term deal on sharing power. " PATRICK COCKBURN excerpted in Truthdig

May 12, 2016

The best hope for an end to the killing in Syria is for the US and Russia to push both sides in the conflict to agree to a ceasefire in which each holds the territory it currently controls. In a civil war of such savagery, diplomacy with any ambition to determine who holds power in future will founder because both sides believe they can still win. Mutual hatred is too great for any long-term deal on sharing power. A ceasefire would have to be policed on the ground by a UN observer force. I recall the much-maligned UN Supervision Mission in Syria in 2012 arranging a ceasefire in the hardcore rebel town of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus. It did not stop all the shooting but many Syrians lived who would otherwise have died.

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