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“Elegant and accessible stories... this collection will go a long way to encouraging further interest in Tibetan literature.” - OLD DEMONS, NEW DEITIES reviewed at the Asian Review of Books

September 19, 2018
Modern Tibetan literature has been rather hard to find, with the exception of religious and spiritual writings, and some poetry, notably Woeser’s Tibet’s True Heart: Selected Poetry, the only book of modern Tibetan poetry I have come across. Woeser has a short story in this new collection, and was the only Tibetan writer represented that I actually knew by name..

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“Readers seeking a literate crash course in bottom-of-the-barrel geopolitics will quickly devour this book.” - STRONGMEN reviewed at Kirkus

September 18, 2018
Strongmen come in many flavors, writes editor Prashad (Red Star over the Third World, 2017, etc.), but they share a commonality: They “are nothing other than cowardly when it comes to social reality.” The fascist dictators in modern clothing, writes Prashad in his introduction to this edited volume, “do not advertise themselves as fascists,” but they speak the same language: Protect the homeland from outsiders, obey, and worship your leader. “Older, decadent language can be heard,” writes Prashad, “the language of death and disorder.”.

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“Exceptionally well written... an inherently interesting and ultimately inspiring contribution.” - A NEW HOPE FOR MEXICO reviewed at Midwest Book Review

September 18, 2018
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's stunning victory in the Mexican presidential election signals the end of decades of conservative government and the promise of fairer, more honest politics south of the Rio Grande. Andres' landslide electoral success was built on a campaign that pledged to tackle corruption, halt privatization of the energy industry, invest in education and infrastructure, open a dialogue with the country's drug cartels, and oppose Trump's border wall..

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Whitewashed Saudi ‘Reformer’ Prince Boosts Authoritarian Crackdown on Dissent - MEDEA BENJAMIN interviewed at the Real News Network

September 17, 2018
The regime of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is punishing satire on social media with 5 years in prison and sentencing women’s rights activists to death. CODEPINK’s Medea Benjamin speaks about the Western whitewash of MBS..

Watch the full interview here.

Beyond Bolton: The Path to a Progressive Foreign Policy - MEDEA BENJAMIN in Consortium News

September 13, 2018
America’s miserable record over 30 years should make it clear a serious and genuine commitment to the rule of international law offers a more viable way forward than the “law of the jungle,” argue Nicolas Davies and Medea Benjamin..

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“Finley finds her ultimate target in the current president. Unsparing diatribes serving as an implicit rebuttal of the ‘kill ’em with kindness’ approach.” - GRABBING PUSSY reviewed at Kirkus

September 12, 2018
The controversial performance artist and social commentator indulges in a Trump-bashing frenzy. Finley (The Reality Shows, 2011, etc.) finds her ultimate target in the current president. This amalgam of creative prose and freestyle poetry floods vitriol on the words and actions of Trump. Like in some of her previous works—e.g. George and Martha, her burlesque of a love affair between George Bush and Martha Stewart—the author attempts to transmogrify a bottomless liberal rage into moving, provocative, and occasionally hilarious art..

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“I thought democracy in Chile was safe. Now I see America falling into the same trap.” - ARIEL DORFMAN on the 45th anniversary of the coup in Chile in The Guardian

September 11, 2018
It can’t happen here. That’s an avowal I have been hearing from Americans ever since my family and I, fleeing a dictatorship in our native Chile, finally came to settle in the United States in 1980. What happened to you in Chile can’t happen here. Democracy in the US is too stable, the institutions too deeply rooted, the people too much in love with liberty.

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LIZA FEATHERSTONE on the history of the focus group at KPFA UpFront

September 11, 2018
Liza Featherstone is a journalist and a contributing editor to The Nation, where she also writes the advice column “Asking for a Friend.” Her latest book is “Divining Desire: Focus Groups and the Culture of Consultation.”.

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“Always interesting and often illuminating.” - MOMENT OF TRUTH reviewed at The Morning Star

September 10, 2018
COVERING some of the most knotty questions about Israel-Palestine, Moment of Truth is an important resource for those who wish to drill down into the details of the debates to gain an in-depth understanding of the conflict. Edited by Jamie Stern-Weiner, a graduate in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford, the book is structured in an interesting way, with the expert contributors make their conflicting cases in a series of exchanges, with other respondents also weighing in.

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“A fascinating memoir” - ROSSET: MY LIFE IN PUBLISHING AND HOW I FOUGHT CENSORSHIP at Pop Matters

September 10, 2018
Last year I had the pleasure of reading Barney Rosset's fascinating memoir, Rosset: My Life in Publishing and How I Fought Censorship (OR Books, 2017). I knew him, as most readers do, as the founder of Grove Press and Evergreen Review, the man who published D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover and Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer amid landmark court cases, and even as a man who distributed landmark films like Vilgot Sjöman's I Am Curious (Yellow) (1967) and I Am Curious (Blue) (1968)..

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Modi’s Political Grammar - read an excerpt from STRONGMEN at Indian Cultural Forum

September 4, 2018
An old Persian fable – The Devil’s Syrup – highlights the purpose of the Devil: to disrupt, create chaos and gain power through anarchy. An honest man enters a confectioner’s shop. The Devil quietly drips a drop of sugar syrup on the confectioner’s balding head. A fly sits on his head and begins to suck the syrup. The honest man sees the fly, takes off his shoe and whacks the fly on the confectioner’s head. The confectioner is angry. He doesn’t believe that the honest man was merely hitting the fly. The honest man says that was the only reason, but the confectioner does not believe him. A fight ensues. Others arrive. The shop is destroyed.

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“Arrest Henry Kissinger for war crimes! In the name of the people of Chile. In the name of the people of Vietnam!” - revisiting the moment MEDEA BENJAMIN confronted John McCain at The Real News

September 3, 2018
BEN NORTON: Longtime Republican Senator John McCain passed away on the 25th of August. McCain was a vociferous representative of the military-industrial complex on Capitol Hill. He will be remembered as one of the most hawkish politicians in Washington, one who publicly condemned peace activists as “low-life scum” and joked about bombing Iran. PROTESTERS: Arrest Henry Kissinger for war crimes! MEDEA BENJAMIN: In the name of the people of Chile. In the name of the people of Vietnam!

Watch the incident here.

“The new Mexican president represents a break from neoliberalism.” - A NEW HOPE FOR MEXICO reviewed at Counterfire

September 3, 2018
André Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) victory in Mexico’s presidential election on the 2nd July was greeted with a dose of scepticism by Counterfire. ‘AMLO’s accession to the Presidency is definitely an event to be welcomed by the left; not least, because senior members of the Trump administration have previously expressed their disapproval of the possibility, argued Sean Ledwith. However, ‘the likelihood is that AMLO as President will disappoint many of the millions who voted for him.’ Throughout the twentieth and twenty-first century we have seen various reformist governments, especially in Latin America, and we know how the story ends. The unshakeable faith that the state can be reformed from within eventually leads to a confrontation where the working class loses. Paraphrasing Lenin, it seems like one step forward, but two steps back.

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ARIEL DORFMAN discusses the extraordinary history of HOW TO READ DONALD DUCK at NPR Latino USA

August 30, 2018
Later in the podcast, we learn more about How to Read Donald Duck, a 1970s critique of Disney’s Donald Duck comics written by Ariel Dorfman. The book came out after Chile had the first democratically elected socialist in the Americas. We find out how one small book changed the author’s life—and why the book is hard to find even today.

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“Shows how age-old tactics have moved into new forms of cybertechnology as governments on both sides have sown disinformation in order to create chaos.” - CREATING CHAOS reviewed at Kirkus

August 30, 2018
With investigations continuing regarding Russian interference in American elections, Hancock provides context dating back to Machiavelli. A veteran analyst of covert actions, the author doesn’t judge according to right or wrong, let alone good or evil. He works under the assumption that this is the way that power sustains, defends, and extends itself, and he generally sees the Russian intelligence initiatives in the wake of the Cold War and the Soviet breakup as the mirror image of America’s perspective after World War II.

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“Deserves a place on the shelves of schools, colleges, universities and public libraries in those countries who treasure their democratic heritages and who don’t want to see them destroyed.” - STRONGMEN reviewed at ColdType

August 30, 2018
Until recently, progressives believed the retreat of liberal democracy after the end of the Cold War would be like water running uphill. “There is no coherent alternative to liberal democracy,” wrote Francis Fukuyama, author of The End of History (1992). A better quote to describe large parts of the world as it is now came from George Orwell half a century ago in his long essay, Inside the Whale. “Almost certainly we are moving into an age of totalitarian dictatorship – an age in which freedom of thought will be at first a deadly sin and later on a meaningless abstraction.

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“A book of promises and projections that, now that López Obrador has proved victorious, becomes a checklist for action.” - A NEW HOPE FOR MEXICO reviewed at Kirkus

August 29, 2018
"Confronted with Trump’s orders to persecute migrants, we must join together to denounce his human rights violations”: Mexico’s president-elect delivers a few choice words for his counterpart north of the border. In this collection of campaign-trail speeches and articles, leftist politician López Obrador offers a program for—well, making Mexico great again, inasmuch as a long reign of neoliberalism has left it “one of the poorest countries on the continent.”

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“We want to thank those who don’t fight in wars and recognize John McCain as a symbol of the glorification of the military that we have to fight against.” - MEDEA BENJAMIN on the death of John McCain at Democracy Now

August 28, 2018
We host a roundtable discussion on the life and legacy of John McCain, the Vietnam veteran and former prisoner of war, six-term senator and two-time presidential candidate, who died Saturday at the age of 81 of brain cancer. We speak with Mehdi Hasan, columnist for The Intercept and host of their “Deconstructed” podcast. He’s also host of “UpFront” at Al Jazeera English. He’s been tweeting in response to McCain’s death and wrote a piece last year headlined “Despite What the Press Says, 'Maverick' McCain Has a Long and Distinguished Record of Horribleness.” We are also joined by Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink, which McCain once referred to as “low-life scum,” and by Norman Solomon, national coordinator of RootsAction, executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy and author of “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.”

Watch the full interview Women's Review of Books here.

After School Bus Massacre in Yemen, US Media Finally Begins to Pay Attention - MEDEA BENJAMIN on the war in Yemen at Loud & Clear

August 24, 2018
A leading US anti-war activist told Radio Sputnik Tuesday she is “so glad” to see the Saudi war in Yemen finally getting mainstream media attention after having been ignored for three years. “Cable networks don’t cover international news” anymore, she lamented, “unless it has to do with Russia.”.

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LARRY HANCOCK on the history of US-Russian relations at Ochelli Effect

August 23, 2018
Historian and author Larry Hancock returns to continue the discussion on the existing and emerging history of U.S. and Soviet/Russian relations. Over a century of interaction between The American Empire and the post-Communist-Revolution Russian Empire we observe many covert and overt changes. What would the Wikileaks Clinton e-mail issue look like 100 years ago? The tools change despite unyielding objectives. Is Putin looking for pay-back? What is the reality of organized crime as it relates to the intelligence of the Russian Federation, and how did it get that way?.

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