Category Archives: “War on Terror”

Afghanistan: 3 Books and a Song

The Sewing Circles of Herat by Christina Lamb Christina Lamb is a foreign correspondent with a close relationship to Afghanistan and its people. Long before the current crisis of the west’s longest war-without-end, Lamb was reporting from Afghanistan. During the … Continue reading

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The Morning They Came For Us, by Janine Di Giovanni

If I wasn’t already aware of it, Janine Di Giovanni would make me realise how little I’ve managed to fit into my life. A journalist reporting in depth on more than two decades of wars and conflict in Europe, Africa … Continue reading

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Baghdad Burning by Riverbend (Clashes and Churches).

I’ve now finished reading the first volume of Baghdad Burning, by Riverbend; the blog of an Iraqi woman published in book form. The blog is still available on line at https://riverbendblog.blogspot.com.au/ Whether in book form or the blog itself, I … Continue reading

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Baghdad Burning : Girl Blog from Iraq by Riverbend

Baghdad Burning should be compulsory reading for every US, British and Australian citizen. It clearly describes how those nations helped destroy peoples’ lives and culture, all in the name of family Bush and those nations who followed them based on … Continue reading

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Baghdad Burning

An article in the Guardian, “Top 10 books about the Iraq war”* made me aware of the Baghdad Burning blog: https://riverbendblog.blogspot.com.au/ The blog content has been released in book form, with two volumes. After reading through the first few entries … Continue reading

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Notes on an Exodus, Richard Flanagan

Notes on an Exodus : an essay is a small book by Man Booker prize winning author Richard Flanagan, illustrated by Ben Quilty. Flanagan and Quilty travelled to the Middle East and Europe with World Vision, visiting refugees in camps … Continue reading

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The Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire

This is a book of essays by Booker Prize winning author Arundhati Roy. Some of the essays are spoken about in The Chequebook and the Cruise Missile, the book of interviews addressed in my previous post. Roy’s views are both insightful and … Continue reading

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The Chequebook & the Cruise-Missile

A collection of interviews with Arundhati Roy, conducted by David Barsamian between 2001 and 2003. Topics discussed include the political influence of big business; the uncompensated displacement of 1000s due to the building of dams in India; the continuing effects … Continue reading

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Fences and Windows, Naomi Klein

Since September 11, I have spoken with friends from South Africa and Iran who are furious about the outpouring of grief demanded of them in response to the attacks. They say it is racist to ask the world to mourn … Continue reading

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Blood, Paint and Marble.

I have watched from the dirt ramparts of the base at Tarin Kot… I have heard the noise of battle in the distance; taken the radio call… I have awaited their return and tended their wounds… I have worn their … Continue reading

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