Book Resources:Freedom’s Battle: The Origins of Humanitarian Intervention
by Gary J. Bass
Bass, associate professor of international affairs at Princeton makes the case that humanitarian military intervention arose in Victorian times in parallel with democracy and the mass media. When Greeks rebelled against the Ottoman Empire, Turkish troops committed atrocities viewed by reporters and letter writers whose accounts produced a torrent of outrage. Reluctantly, British leaders began pressuring the sultan, but the failure of this effort led to Britain’s great naval victory at Navarino that assured Greek independence. Bass also covers the 1860s Syrian upheaval in which Maronite Christians and Druze slaughtered each other, the 1870s mass murders of Bulgarians by the Ottomans and the Armenian genocide during WWI. Publishers Weekly.Women in Iraq: The Gender Impact of International Sanctions
by Yasmin Husein Al-Jawaheri
Scholar Al-Jawaheri examines how women bore the brunt of the impact of the 13 years of U.N.-backed sanctions on Iraq. Intended to force Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to comply with international law, the sanctions “failed miserably,” Al-Jawaheri writes. Indeed, “the cruel irony is that the dictator and his henchmen grew obscenely rich... while helpless civilians... were made to suffer hunger, disease, or even death.” Publishers Weekly.Paradise Lost: Smyrna 1922
by Giles Milton
In his searingly vivid account of Smyrna's destruction by the Turks in 1922, acclaimed popular historian Milton renders an astute account of the clash of Greek and Turkish nationalisms and the unhelpful meddling of Western powers, particularly Britain, which supported a Greek incursion into Turkey. When the defending Turkish troops under Mustafa Kemal took Smyrna in September 1922, a horrific killing spree of Greeks and Armenians began, and hundreds of thousands of refugees were trapped on the quayside between the sea and a city willfully torched by the Turks as a score of foreign vessels looked on. Milton draws on eyewitness accounts to render these events in all their horror, and ends with an almost incredible rescue led by an unlikely hero. Milton powerfully renders this tragic tale of an army that came to “liberate” Smyrna and instead massacred its citizens and burned their prize to the ground in a vengeful frenzy. Publishers Weekly.Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America
by Paul Tough
Tough profiles educational visionary Geoffrey Canada, whose Harlem Children's Zone—currently serving more than 7,000 children and encompassing 97 city blocks—represents an audacious effort to end poverty within underserved communities. Canada's radical experiment is predicated upon changing everything in these communities—creating an interlocking web of services targeted at the poorest and least likely to succeed children: establishing programs to prepare and support parents, a demanding k-8 charter school and a range of after-school programs for high school students. Publishers WeeklyGardens: An Essay on the Human Condition
by Robert Pogue Harrison
Robert Pogue Harrison examines the many ways gardens evoke the human condition. From the gardens of ancient philosophers to the gardens of homeless people in contemporary New York, he shows how the garden has served as a check against the destruction and losses of history. The ancients, explains Harrison, viewed gardens as both a model and a location for the laborious self-cultivation and self-improvement that are essential to serenity and enlightenment.1001 Historical Sites You Must See Before You Die
edited by Richard Cavendish, preface by Koichiro Matsuura
Well-organized by region and graced with thorough historical descriptions of each locale, this volume’s impressive range incorporates everything from typical tourist destinations like Westminster Abbey, the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China, as well as unusual spots like the A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Guinness Brewery in Dublin, and the Mercedes-Benz Factory in Stuttgart, Germany. Publishers Weekly.The Eco Chick Guide to Life: How to Be Fabulously Green
by Starre Vartan
Vartan emphasizes that sustainable living needn’t involve making sacrifices; her host of recipes, trivia, instructions on cooking up homemade household cleaners and pet food (not to mention toothpaste!) and tips on ecological makeovers for the home, body and wardrobe make an environmentally friendly lifestyle seem desirable, accessible and full of creative potential. The author informs and entertains as she presents natural solutions to roaches (catnip!) as well as the unexpected health benefits of cast-iron cookware. Publishers Weekly.Other Resources:
DOCUMENTARY --- VIDEO ONLINE Toxic Alberta - the Canadian tar sands
The future of American oil is in Canada, and the future is grim. The oil is trapped in dirt, the Canadians like to call it "sand" but it's dirt and getting it out is expensive and messy. VBS travelled to the epicenter of the tar sands industry, Ft. McMurray, Alberta, to document the bloody mess from many angles.
RADIO INTERVIEWArthur Robinson is interviewed by Glenn Beck about his 'Oregon Petition' that was signed by 31,000 scientists who believe global warming is not caused by the human production of greenhouse gases.Center for Disease Control
Statistics for HIV/AIDS in the USACairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam -- Full Text
Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam,Aug. 5, 1990, U.N. GAOR,
World Conf. on Hum. Rts., 4th Sess., Agenda Item 5, U.N. Doc.
A/CONF.157/PC/62/Add.18 (1993) [English translation].A comparison of the Cairo Declaration to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the International Humanist and Ethical Union --the world union of Humanist organizations.
Eco-Chick - website
The blogteam at Eco-chick includes a model who has a degree in entomology, an alternative health freak who’s used herself as a guinea pig, a science nerd, a news junkie and a London-based expat; the site is run and hosted by an anarchist webmaster. Today’s chicks want to know what’s going on, and want to laugh. Eco Chick agrees. While we have a woman’s perspective, all are welcome to contribute, comment and create.
The purpose of the Petition Project is to demonstrate that the claim of "settled science" and an overwhelming "consensus" in favor of the hypothesis of human-caused global warming and consequent climatological damage is wrong. No such consensus or settled science exists. As indicated by the petition text and signatory list, a very large number of American scientists reject this hypothesis. It is signed by 31,072 Americans with university degrees in science – including 9,021 PhDs.Global warming dissenters - a short backgrounder on the scientists resisting global warming
Lawrence Solomon, executive director of Energy Probe and author of 'The Deniers' gives a short history of the various scientific movements over the past few years that have stood against the current global warming movement based on the Kyoto Protocols.
The primary movements are the "Statement by Atmospheric Scientists on Greenhouse Warming" signed by 47 scientists in February 1992; the 'Heidleberg Appeal' signed by 425 scientists at the UN"s Earth Summit in June 1992; the 'Leipzig Declaration on Global Climate Change' of 1997; the Cornwall Declaration on Environmental Stewardship in 2000, the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine's Petition Project of 2001 and finally the Oregon Petition of 2008.'Global Warming Is Not a Crisis' - Listen to the NPR debate online radio
In this debate, the proposition was: "Global Warming Is Not a Crisis." In a vote before the debate, about 30 percent of the audience agreed with the motion, while 57 percent were against and 13 percent undecided. The debate seemed to affect a number of people: Afterward, about 46 percent agreed with the motion, roughly 42 percent were opposed and about 12 percent were undecided.