Events in the Occupied Territories and in Israel since the tragedy of 9/11 impinge even more widely on the United States' and Europe's relations with Middle East, and on the great issues of war and peace. This work looks at what has been going on since September 2001 when what is now called the Second Intifada started. It is based exclusively on reports from the world's most reputable human rights organizations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, and from parallel Palestinian and Israeli organizations. What emerges is an objective, entirely factual and up-to-date account of daily life in both the Occupied Territories and Israel today. Events, living conditions and their human rights implications are described in an even-handed manner, using as local sources for Israel only the reports of Israeli organizations, and for the West Bank and Gaza reports of Palestinian bodies. This is valuable reading for all those who wish to understand the actual situation on the ground, the human cost on both sides, and the mountain which any serious attempt at a new peace settlement between Palestinians and Israelis must climb.
Based on the experience gained from their involvement in the pioneering Beddington Zero Emission Development (or BedZED) in London, and subsequent innovative schemes, this title presents a coherent vision of a low carbon future. It leads the reader from basic ZEDliving principles through building physics and architectural design.
This book takes its readers on a voyage of discovery. Here is modern Bangladesh: the life of its villages, its farms and fields, its city slums and elites, its waterways, its cultural heritage and the diversity of Bengali tradition all threatened by the emergence of a less tolerant version of Islam. Day labourers and rickshaw drivers, maidservants and prostitutes, child labourers and garment workers, landlords and politicians, criminals and students, all engage us in their lives. We range through the watery landscapes of Barisal to the plains of North Bengal and the hills of Chittagong. We visit the strongholds of fundamentalism. And we also meet women fighting for education, as well as idealists and freedom fighters. The author shows how political struggle has now turned into a desperate battle for the spirit of Bengal, which has become a battleground between the liberal humanism of a rooted Bengali culture and the disciplined austerities of Islam. The tension between the contending forces gives this book a powerful resonance that goes far beyond the specifics of Bangladesh to wherever there is conflict between traditional cultures and the forces of globalism.
All effects of human action will inevitably be played out within our planet’s limits; any hope of infinity is an illusion. And yet, as Wolfgang Sachs warned almost twenty years ago, environmental concerns have been assimilated into the rhetoric, dynamics and power structures of development. This classic collection of trenchant and elegant explorations addresses the crisis of the Western world’s relations with nature and social justice. Examining the notions of efficiency, speed, globalization and development, Sachs shows that sustainability, truly conceived, is incompatible with the worldwide rule of economism. Planet Dialectics reveals that the Western development model is fundamentally at odds with both the quest for justice among the world’s people and the aspiration to reconcile humanity and nature.
'Don't Owe! Won't Pay!', 'Get Rid of them All!', 'No Patents on Life!', 'Food Sovereignty', 'Another World is Possible!' ...The struggles against corporate power and the institutions of globalization grow more courageous and confident year by year. Millions of people have already become active in rejecting corporate globalization and developing alternatives to it. Millions more know that something is terribly wrong and are ready to begin taking action. This book is for them. Amory Starr is author of Naming the Enemy, a book that foresaw the emergent anti-globalization network nearly a decade ago. Here she provides, in concise and engaging style and with activist insight: A history of the movements' emergence. An outline of their analyses and aims. A digest of the ongoing controversies and dilemmas. An inspiring compendium of popular tactics.
Across Africa land is being commodified: private ownership is replacing communal and customary tenure; Farms are turned into collateral for rural credit markets. Law reform is at the heart of this revolution. The Politics of Land Reform in Africa casts a critical spotlight on this profound change in African land economy. The book illuminates the key role of legislators, legal consultants and academics in tenure reform. These players exert their influence by translating the economic and regulatory interests of the World Bank, civil society groups and commercial lenders in to questions of law. Drawing on political economy and actor-network theory The Politics of Land Reform in Africa is an indispensable contribution to the study of agrarian change in developing countries.
Drawing on numerous visits to the country and interviews with a diversity of people, including King Abdullah, Alan George describes how Jordan's reasonably stable monarchical system, unlike that in most Arab countries, has allowed the halting development of civil society and maintained control through the skillful co-option of opponents rather than heavy-handed reliance on its secret police. What is daily life like? How do its parliamentary system and political parties work? How free are the media? What are the future prospects of this buffer "state without a nation"?
Moving beyond the now widely accepted assertion that the current way of life in rich countries is not sustainable, Australian environmentalist Trainer describes what a sustainable society might look like and suggest paths to get from here to there. Arguing that the basis must be more materially simple living standards and small-scale, self-sufficient local economies, he discusses housing, food production, energy, the design of settlements, the development of a new economy, and the shift to new values. The examples of change already implemented and measures to accelerate them focus on nudging local communities rather than overturning governments and corporations. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Distributed in the US by Humanities Press. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
'Colombia is the worst humanitarian catastrophe in the hemisphere. The sources are deeply rooted in Colombia's own history, and in policies of the hegemonic power that are no less deeply rooted in its own history and institutions. This study provides a uniquely perceptive analysis of the tragic interaction, and its far-reaching implications for understanding the past and the evolving global order' - Noam Chomsky 'US administrations keep finding new excuses for intervening in Latin American affairs. Colombia is the most blatant example, as Doug Stokes' trenchant account of the US's shifting agenda - from Cold War, to guerrillas, then the drug trade, and now the 'war on terror' - so forcefully...