The English: A Portrait of a People [EPUB]
01 December 2013, 06:31
2000 | EPUB | 1.82MB
Not so long ago, everybody knew who the English were. They were "polite, unexcitable, reserved, and had hot-water bottles instead of a sex life." As the dominant culture in a country that dominated an empire that dominated the world, they had little need to examine themselves and ask who they were. But something has happened.
A new self-confidence seems to have taken hold in Wales and Scotland, while many try to forge a new relationship with Europe. The English are being forced to ask what it is that makes them who they are. Is there such a thing as an English race? What inviolable English traits remain to win the affection of Anglophiles, raise the ire of Anglo-critics, and pique the curiosity of Anglo-watchers here and abroad?
Witty, surprising, affectionate, and incisive, The English traces the invention of Englishness to its current crisis and concludes that, for all their characteristic gloom about themselves, the English may have developed a form of nationalism for the twenty-first century.
Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel [EPUB]
29 November 2013, 10:00
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.05/1.7MB
In Goliath, New York Times bestselling author Max Blumenthal takes us on a journey through the badlands and high roads of Israel-Palestine, painting a startling portrait of Israeli society under the siege of increasingly authoritarian politics as the occupation of the Palestinians deepens.
Beginning with the national elections carried out during Israel's war on Gaza in 2008-09, which brought into power the country's most right-wing government to date, Blumenthal tells the story of Israel in the wake of the collapse of the Oslo peace process.
As Blumenthal reveals, Israel has become a country where right-wing leaders like Avigdor Lieberman and Bibi Netanyahu are sacrificing democracy on the altar of their power politics; where the loyal opposition largely and passively stands aside and watches the organized assault on civil liberties; where state-funded Orthodox rabbis publish books that provide instructions on how and when to kill Gentiles; where half of Jewish youth declare their refusal to sit in a classroom with an Arab; and where mob violence targets Palestinians and African asylum seekers scapegoated by leading government officials as "demographic threats."
Immersing himself like few other journalists inside the world of hardline political leaders and movements, Blumenthal interviews the demagogues and divas in their homes, in the Knesset, and in the watering holes where their young acolytes hang out, and speaks with those political leaders behind the organized assault on civil liberties. As his journey deepens, he painstakingly reports on the occupied Palestinians challenging schemes of demographic separation through unarmed protest. He talks at length to the leaders and youth of Palestinian society inside Israel now targeted by security service dragnets and legislation suppressing their speech, and provides in-depth reporting on the small band of Jewish Israeli dissidents who have shaken off a conformist mindset that permeates the media, schools, and the military.
Through his far-ranging travels, Blumenthal illuminates the present by uncovering the ghosts of the pastŚthe histories of Palestinian neighborhoods and villages now gone and forgotten; how that history has set the stage for the current crisis of Israeli society; and how the Holocaust has been turned into justification for occupation.
A brave and unflinching account of the real facts on the ground, Goliath is an unprecedented and compelling work of journalism.
White Girl Bleed a Lot [EPUB]
29 November 2013, 09:48
2013 | EPUB | 3.7MB
First of all, this is not a racist book, unless you're describing a race to bury news items. In black and white (that's newsprint and pages), Colin Flaherty exposes the media blackout on a new form of organized crime. When one example of mobs of thugs attacking innocents doesn't make the news, that's (to use the media favorite) an "isolated incident". When hundreds of similar attacks are ignored, covered up, excused and buried by both the media and public officials, that amounts to a conspiracy of silence, whether orchestrated or incidental.
Pedestrians know to avoid mockingbirds and residents have factual reason to be alert for pit bulls. Hikers should know better than to get within a quarter mile of a mother bear. Homeowners are well advised not to approach a hornets' nest. Drivers in New York have plenty of cause to be wary of large groups of bikers. Private citizens on public streets and in retail outlets have a similar right to know the type of people they should protect themselves from -- and Flaherty provides a vital public service by using factual data (via video and public comment when it's covered up by the media) to inform us of a well established trend of mob violence taking place across our country. He uses his journalistic skills to provide clear descriptions of the type of people we need to avoid if we want to stay safe. (The book's editing could use some polish -- but the topic is definitely rough).
This isn't biased profiling. This book is prolific reporting of facts. Ignore them at your own risk. It should be required reading for anyone who chooses to make their decisions based on today's brutal realities.