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Hostage in Taipei : A True Story of Forgiveness and Hope

Hostage in Taipei : A True Story of Forgiveness and Hope Lowest new price: $9.50
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Author: McGill Alexander
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A re-enactment of this hostage crisis was broadcast by National Geographic Channel in their Locked Up Abroad series of docudramas (2008). Colonel McGill Alexander was serving as a South African diplomat in Taiwan in the late 1990s. His family felt safe there - until Taiwan's most-wanted criminal, Chen Chin-hsing, broke into their home and held them at gunpoint, using the diplomatic family as pawns to free his imprisoned wife. Used as human shields during a gun battle between the killer and the trigger-happy Taiwanese police, McGill and his daughter, Melanie, were shot. After a grueling 26 hours, the entire family was freed. Chen was captured and found guilty of multiple crimes.

The book includes on-the-scene news photos as well as personal, behind-the-scenes photos. One of Taiwan's biggest news stories ever, these events thrust the Alexander family into the media spotlight. As Christian believers, they showed Taiwan and the rest of the world a stunning example of Christ's forgiveness in the midst of terror, violence and revenge.

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Censored 2009: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2007#08 (Censored: The News That Didn't Make the News -- The Year's Top 25 Censored Stories)

Censored 2009: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2007#08 (Censored: The News That Didn't Make the News -- The Year's Top 25 Censored Stories) Lowest new price: $0.39
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The yearly volumes of Censored, in continuous publication since 1976 and since 1995 available through Seven Stories Press, is dedicated to the stories that ought to be top features on the nightly news, but that are missing because of media bias and self-censorship. The top stories are listed democratically in order of importance according to students, faculty, and a national panel of judges. Each of the top stories is presented at length, alongside updates from the investigative reporters who broke the stories.

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The Future of Israel

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Author: Devin Sper
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In his new book, THE FUTURE OF ISRAEL, Devin Sper, scholar and passionate Zionist, offers a timely examination of Israel’s current crisis and answers the increasingly desperate question, "Where does Israel go from here?" In THE FUTURE OF ISRAEL, Sper explains:

· Why pursing the peace "process" is not in Israel’s interest.

· Why both the cause of, and the solution to, Israel’s problems and historical Jewish suffering are one in the same.

· The three things Israel must do immediately to insure her survival and provide security for her people.

· How and why a small fringe group hijacked Judaism and led the Jews to one tragedy after another.

Sper maintains that Israel is today without a vision of her future, her economy is in shambles and her people in despair. "Their hopes for peace have collapsed and there is a complete vacuum of ideas among Israel's leaders on a new direction, which will lead the country out of her seemingly endless tragedy." To end two millennia of Jewish suffering, Sper argues, Israel must reverse the course her leaders chose at Oslo and resume a commitment to the accumulation of Jewish power she began so promisingly in 1948. Sper presents a vision culminating in Israel as a major power and lays out a long-term plan for achieving this goal. Only by making this journey, argues Sper, can a permanent end to Jewish suffering be realized. With its radical new vision for the future of Israel and the Jewish people based on a remarkably realized plan for a country in turmoil, The Future of Israel is the rightful heir to Theodore Hertzl’s ground-breaking The Jewish State.

Sper bases his new vision on an ancient and once mainstream Jewish philosophy. It is a dynamic Judaism flowing from the Bible itself, a Judaism unafraid to engage and challenge the world, which the ancient historian Josephus called the "Fourth Philosophy." Sper explains how the abandonment of this genuine form of Judaism has led to centuries of tragedy for the Jewish people and why a return to this authentic Jewish philosophy is the only path to a secure Jewish future.

Meticulously researched and compellingly argued, this brilliant and original work boldly reinterprets Jewish history and theology to offer the Jewish people and Israel a strategy to reclaim its place as a great nation.

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The Sacred Shift, Co-Creating Your Future...in a New Renaissance

The Sacred Shift, Co-Creating Your Future...in a New Renaissance Lowest new price: $14.93
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Author: Hunt Henion

The revelation of unity and a renaissance of caring and sharing is quietly transforming our world! The first two sections of the book put this sacred shift in perspective. Section three shares secrets about protecting the potential of our children and posterity. Section four reveals simple, economic ways to bring prosperity and peace down to Earth. Contributors to this anthology include Barbara Marx Hubbard, Steve Bhaerman, AKA Swami Beyondanada, Diana Cooper, Patricia Cota-Robles, and assorted experts in various fields. This book was compiled for anyone who ever wondered how God could possible turn what we have today into the prophesied Golden Age. It reveals exactly how we're going to get from here to there -- co-creating our future with family, community, and God!


The Secret Empire

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Author: Cushman Cunningham

A penetrating analysis of modern events, revealling underlying trends of great significance.

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Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq

Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq Lowest new price: $7.59
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Author: Dahr Jamail
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“International journalism at its best.”—Stephen Kinzer

“Every conflict spawns a handful of journalists who are willing to not only brave the war zone but to seek out the stories ignored by the press pack. The Iraq War has brought us Dahr Jamail. . . . I suspect Jamail’s account will prove an enduring document of what really happened during the chaotic years of occupation, and how it transformed ordinary Iraqis. . . . It tells everything.”—Mother Jones

“From the earliest days of the war, Dahr Jamail has been a human conduit for the voices of Iraqis living under U.S. occupation. In the face of tremendous personal risk, his commitment to the crucial, principled task of bearing witness has never wavered, and this extraordinary book is the result.”—Naomi Klein

Named by AlterNet as one of the top three progressive books of 2007 alongside Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine and Jeremy Scahill’s Blackwater, Dahr Jamail’s Beyond the Green Zone goes past the polished desks of the corporate media and Washington politicians to tell first hand of the reality of life in Iraq.

Dahr Jamail is an independent journalist who has covered the Middle East for more than four years. Jamail writes for the Inter Press Service and many other outlets and is a regular guest on Democracy Now!. He lives in California.

Amy Goodman is a best-selling author and the host of Democracy Now!.

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Strategic Politicians, Institutions, and Foreign Policy

Strategic Politicians, Institutions, and Foreign Policy Lowest new price: $74.87
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Most would agree that political leaders want to stay in office. What does this mean for foreign policymaking? The essays in this book probe the way in which the desire of political leaders to stay in office shapes the choices they make in foreign policy. Moving beyond theories of international politics that emphasize the pursuit of power by the state as the goal of foreign policy, the writers look at the domestic political reasons why leaders might pursue greater power in the world for their states. In both the area of conflict policy and choices over economic policy, the essays demonstrate that leaders behave strategically, shaping their policies to satisfy key constituents whose support is necessary to keep them in power. Enhanced state power is used to satisfy constituents who will in turn be more likely to support the continued tenure of the leader.
Covering topics ranging from monetary negotiations and trade agreements to decisions to go to war, increase defense spending or form alliances, the essays explore the strategic domestic political behavior of leaders in making foreign policy decisions, enhancing our understanding of how foreign policy is made.
The contributors include Kurt Taylor Gaubatz, Michael J. Gilligan, W. Ben Hunt, Keisuke lida, Atsushi Ishida, Lisa Martin, Fiona McGillivray, T. Clifton Morgan, Glenn Palmer, Kenneth Shultz, Randolph Siverson, Alastair Smith, and Barry Weingast.
Randolph Siverson is Professor of Political Science, University of California at Davis and the co-author of The Diffusion of War.


Shake Hands With The Devil The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda

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Author: Dallaire Romeo Lieutenant-General
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562 pages of excellent text. First Edition.

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Acts of Aggression

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Author: Noam Chomsky
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Through three separate essays, this book provides an in-depth analysis of U.S.-Arab relations, the contradictions and consequences of U.S. foreign policy toward "rogue states", and how hostile American actions abroad conflict with U.N. resolutions and international law. Noam Chomsky compares U.S. foreign policy to that of the "rogue states" which the United States identifies as its enemies. Ramsey Clark argues that U.S. sanctions and military actions against Iraq are indefensible, and in violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

What constitutes the behavior that gets a nation labeled a "rogue state"? If, Noam Chomsky suggests, we consider a state to be acting in an "outlaw" fashion when it refuses to heed the articles and resolutions of the United Nations, then the United States is as much a "rogue state" as Saddam Hussein's Iraq--if not more. Chomsky presents a brief outline of America's attempts--once the cold war was over--to reconstruct Iraq as an enemy after years of turning a blind eye to Saddam's activities and even supplying him with aid. He also considers how the broader "war" on terrorism fits into this post-cold-war strategy. Noted commentator on Middle Eastern affairs Edward Said supplements Chomsky's argument with a consideration of the severity of U.S. sanctions against Iraq and what he views as a growing disregard for the interests of other Arab nations in the region. And Ramsey Clark offers a brief coda on the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; Chomsky himself delivers a more elaborate consideration of this theme in another book in the Open Media series, The Umbrella of U.S. Power. --Ron Hogan

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Modern China

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Author: Vanessa Lide Whitcomb

You're no idiot, of course. You know that China has emerged from a long, turbulent history to become a major force in the global community. To know today's China you have to know its past. But you don't have to memorize every dynasty! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Modern China will show you exactly how China has survived - and even thrived - after the end of imperial rule through the reign of Mao and into the twenty-first century. In this Complete Idiot's Guide, you get the complete story behind China's shaky relations with Taiwan and its harsh rule in Tibet and Xinjiang, a look at important Chinese cities including Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, a complete rundown of the movers and shakers in China's People's Communist Party, and critical insights into environmental, health, and welfare issues facing China today.


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