The Revolutionary Journalism of Big Bill Haywood: On the Picket Line with the IWW [EPUB]
18 September 2016, 18:36
2016 | EPUB | 0.26MB
Big Bill Haywood was one of the most inspirational leaders of the revolutionary Industrial Workers of the World (IWW or Wobblies) in the early 20th century. A giant of a man, Haywood started working down the mines at the age of nine and went on to lead massive struggles, confronting employers, private detectives, police, troops, vigilantes and the US government.
With an introduction by John Newsinger that captures Haywood's extraordinary life and turbulent times, this book collects together most of Haywood's articles for the revolutionary International Socialist Review. Written between 1910 and 1917, the articles cover struggles in not only in the US and but also in Europe — notably the 1911 South Wales miners’ strike and the 1913 Dublin Lockout. They capture the astonishing ingenuity and courage of those fighting back against a brutal system intent on making those at the bottom pay for a crisis created by those at the top -- an inspiration for the struggle today and to come.
The Less You Know, The Better You Sleep: Russia's Road to Terror and Dictatorship under Yeltsin and Putin [EPUB]
07 September 2016, 05:03
2016 | EPUB | 0.46MB
In December 2013, David Satter became the first American journalist to be expelled from Russia since the Cold War. The Moscow Times said it was not surprising he was expelled, “it was surprising it took so long.” Satter is known in Russia for having written that the apartment bombings in 1999, which were blamed on Chechens and brought Putin to power, were actually carried out by the Russian FSB security police.
In this book, Satter tells the story of the apartment bombings and how Boris Yeltsin presided over the criminalization of Russia, why Vladimir Putin was chosen as his sucessor, and how Putin has suppressed all opposition while retaining the appreance of a pluralist state. As the threat represented by Russia becomes increasingly clear, Satter’s description of where Russia is and how it got there will be of vital interest to anyone concerned about the dangers facing the world today.
Well of Lies: The Walkerton Water Tragedy [EPUB]
06 September 2016, 13:11
2016 | EPUB | 11.22MB
This is the story of a system that failed utterly, at almost every level, and with fatal effect. People died, hundreds of others were made horribly sick, and for days, no one knew what was happening, or why. There were rumours about the water, but the Public Utilities Commission blandly assured callers that the water was okay. Which left investigators trying to figure out if the problem was tainted food – or something else.
Colin Perkel was among the first reporters to visit Walkerton when word finally got out that the water was poisoned. Using the interviews he conducted and the testimony given to the Walkerton Inquiry, Perkel has pieced together an authoritative and riveting account of the tragedy. He tells the story from the point of view of the people who lived through it. He shows how the virtues of a small town – its closeness, loyalty, tradition, and sense of community – contributed to the disaster. He shows how two brothers, Stan and Frank Koebel, were sustained by those virtues despite their own limitations. He provides a day-by-day account of the epidemic itself, the moments of heroism and good sense, and the instances of incompetence, wilful blindness, and plain stupidity.
A few heroes do emerge: the pediatrician who was thoughtful and worried enough to raise the alarm; the investigator who worked feverishly through a holiday weekend to find the source of the poison; even perhaps the reporter at the local radio station who broadcast the boil-water advisory. Neither the politicians – at any level –nor the bureaucrats in the Department of Environment and the health ministry come out very well. But Colin Perkel never loses sight of the fact that this story is about real people. And his account of what happened is always set in the context of the complicated lives of the people who lived through it. There are no villains in this story, but only flawed humans.
This is a superb piece of reporting. It deals with a tragedy that might have occurred – and might occur again – in virtually any community in Canada.