November 17th, 2006

Chris Keeley

We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Light in a Time of Darkness (Hardcover)

We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Light in a Time of Darkness (Hardcover) 

by Alice Walker 

From Publishers Weekly
Often rambling and occasionally pedantic, the essays in Walker's latest collection can also be stunningly insightful. Mixing prose with poetry, she discusses Martin Luther King, feminism and meditation, among other subjects, always circling back to themes of integrity and activism. The most substantial entries are based on live lectures. In a speech to the graduating class of the California Institute of Integral Studies, Walker urges that we not fear the pause that "wisdom requires" when "something major is accomplished," despite our eagerness to rush into "The Future." She manages to show how this "moment of reflection" is natural and necessary, whether the defining event is college graduation, menopause or the buildup to a military invasion. Her 2002 lecture, "I Call That Man Religious," argues that Fidel Castro is a "truly religious man" because he "speaks out for the rights of the poor," in contrast to the Catholic Church, which hid its priests' abuse of children for so long. More contradictory is "Crimes Against Dog," in which she describes a visit to buy a labrador retriever and her discomfort at the similarity between dog breeders and slaveholders, but doesn't consider getting a mutt. Despite the annoying inclusion of homework-like assignments at the end of most essays, this book will inspire hope. (Dec.)
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Book Description
A beautifully packaged book of spiritual ruminations with a progressive political edge, from the incomparable Pulitzer Prize-winner—a woman who has devoted her life to befriending the earth.

From the Introduction: "In fact, the happiness that imbues this kind of (impersonal) friendship, whether for an individual or a country, or an act, is like an inner light, a compass we might steer by as we set out across the lengthening darkness. It comes from the simple belief that what one is feeling and doing is right. That it is right to protect rather than terrorize others; right to feed people rather than withhold food (and medicine); right to want the freedom and joyful existence of all human kind. Right to want this freedom and joy for all creatures that exist already, or that might come into existence. Existence, we are now learning, is not finished! It is a happiness that comes from honoring the peace or the possibility of peace that lives within one's own heart. A deep knowing that we are the earth—our separation from Earth perhaps our greatest illusion—and that we stand, with gratitude and love, by our planetary Self.

Author of the perennially bestselling novel The Color Purple, Alice Walker has long been a force for sanity in a chaotic world. In We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For she draws on her deep spiritual grounding, her political conviction and experience, and her literary gifts to offer a series of meditations filled with wisdom, hope, encouragement, and, at times, serenity to a world in need of all these things. The perfect gift for Alice Walker fans and anyone who longs for peace, on earth and within, this lovely volume will be embraced for its wise insights and mature compassion.
Chris Keeley

Ines of My Soul: A Novel (Hardcover)

Ines of My Soul: A Novel (Hardcover)

by Isabel Allende 

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Only months after the inauguration of Chile's first female president, Allende recounts in her usual sweeping style the grand tale of Doña Inés Suárez (1507– 1580), arguably the country's founding mother. Writing in the year of her death, Inés tells of her modest girlhood in Spain and traveling to the New World as a young wife to find her missing husband,
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Chris Keeley

DEVO founder Mark Mothersbaugh

DEVO founder Mark Mothersbaugh

Mark Mothersbaugh on Weird America

Mothersbaugh This week's Weird America features DEVO founder Mark Mothersbaugh. It's a great video with Mothersbaugh reflecting on much of his career, from the birth of DEVO following the Kent State University shootings in 1970, to the meaning of Devolution, to his early mail art and recent Beautiful Mutant series of manipulated photos.
Link (via Laughing Squid) 

http://www.mutatovisual.com/

http://www.weirdamerica.com/2006/11/15/weird-america-with-mark-mothersbaugh/
Chris Keeley

In Israel, a government cabinet minister is calling for an increase in the “targeted killing” of Pal

Abortion Rights Groups Criticize New Family-Planning Appointee
And finally, the Bush administration is coming under criticism for its new choice to head family-planning programs at the Department of Health and Human Services. The appointee, Erick Keroack, is former head of “A Women’s Concern” -- a medical organization that discourages handing contraceptives to women. The Washington Post reports the group supports sexual abstinence until marriage, opposes contraception and does not distribute information promoting birth control at its six centers in eastern Massachusetts. Keroack will play an advisory role on reproductive health and adolescent pregnancy and oversee $283 million dollars in annual family-planning grants. Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said: "[Keroack's appointment is] striking proof that the Bush administration remains dramatically out of step with the nation's priorities." 

Leading HMO Charged With Hospital Dumping
In California, a leading hospital chain has been charged with ridding itself of a homeless patient by dumping her in a crime-ridden neighborhood of Los Angeles. The hospital, Bellflower, is run by Kaiser Permanente, the largest HMO in the United States. Prosecutors say the case marks the first time a US hospital has been charged with hospital dumping despite its widespread practice. 

Bush Admin Plans Gitmo “Mini-City” for Military Commissions
The Miami Herald is reporting the Bush administration is planning construction of a massive new “mini-city” at Guantanamo Bay to hold military trials for prisoners. The one hundred twenty-five million dollar compound would be the largest single construction expenditure since the prison opened four years ago. The administration wants to begin the military commissions by July of next year. 

Israeli Minister Calls for Broadening “Targeted Assassinations”
In Israel, a government cabinet minister is calling for an increase in the “targeted killing” of Palestinian leaders. In an address on public radio Thursday, Infrastructure Minister Benjamin Ben Eliezer said the attacks should be broadened and that not even Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya should be immune.

Pivotal Journalist in Al-Arian Case Romantically Involved With Prosecutor
Here in Florida, a journalist whose reporting led to the federal investigation into jailed University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian has admitted he’s romantically involved with one of the case’s lead prosecutors. The reporter, Michael Fechter of the Tampa Tribune, has been widely criticized for displaying bias in his coverage of Al-Arian and his alleged links to the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad. Al-Arian has been jailed for over three years despite the fact the jury in his case failed to return a single guilty verdict on any of the charges brought against him. Fechter insists his relationship with prosecutor Cherie Krigsman began after the end of Al-Arian’s trial last year. Fechter says he’s stopped reporting on the case since the relationship began. 

Senate Approves US-India Nuclear Deal
In other news from Capitol Hill, the Senate approved legislation Thursday to begin nuclear cooperation with India. The measure received bi-partisan support to pass 85 to 12. Dissenting Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota argued the agreement would increase nuclear proliferation and worsen tensions between India and Pakistan.

    Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota): "Any nuclear deal, any relationship we have with another country that deals with nuclear power and nuclear issues should be judged, in my opinion, on whether it reduces the number of nuclear weapons. Does it reduce the number of nuclear weapons that exist, or decrease them? It's quite clear that what we're debating today will result in an increase of nuclear weapons in India. I don't think there's
Chris Keeley

We live in a time of global enlightenment. This alone should make us shout for joy

I love the earth, because I had parents who knew what to do with the earth and who respected it and could grow anything there on the farm. So I think that that's part of my spirituality, is just -- it just is me. It is how I came into the world, understanding how divine earth is. 

Inner Light in a Time of Darkness: A Conversation with Author and Poet Alice Walker

Friday, November 17th, 2006

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/17/1454228

A renowned author, poet and activist, Alice Walker is perhaps best known for her book "The Color Purple" for which she won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983. She was the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer for fiction. Alice Walker joins us in our firehouse studio to talk about her latest work, "We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For." [includes rush transcript]

 

"The Color Purple" was adapted into an Oscar-nominated feature length film and has been recently made into a Broadway musical. She has written many other bestselling books including "In Search of Our Mothers Gardens", "Possessing the Secret of Joy" "The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart."

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Chris Keeley

Will Taft's speech on international law

Subject:        Will Taft's speech on international law
Date:   Fri, 17 Nov 2006 12:41:57 -0500

  This address, delivered at the Yale Law School in March 2006, is a
most interesting, comprehensive, readable (and non-polemical) analysis
of the role of international law in U.S. relations with the rest of the
world in the past and in recent years. It is available at the link
below, can be downloaded as a PDF file, and prints out at just over 9
pages. It was published in the Yale Journal of International Law, Vol.
31, No. 2 (Summer 2006). The author is William H. Taft IV, whose most
recent government post was as Legal Adviser at the Department of State,
2001-2005.

  www.yale.edu/yjil/current_issue.htm

Chris Keeley

Isabel Allende

I am Inés Suárez, a townswoman of the loyal city of Santiago de Nueva Extremadura in the Kingdom of Chile, writing in the year of Our Lord 1580. I am not sure of the exact date of my birth, but according to my mother I was born following the famine and deadly plague that ravaged Spain upon the death of Philip the Handsome. I do not believe that the death of the king provoked the plague, as people said as they watched the progress of the funeral cortege, which left the odor of bitter almonds floating in the air for days, but one never knows. Queen Juana, still young and beautiful, traveled across Castile for more than two years, carrying her husband's catafalque from one side of the country to the other, opening it from time to time to kiss her husband's lips, hoping that he would revive.” 

Acclaimed Chilean Novelist Isabel Allende on Michele Bachelet, Immigration and Chile as a "Country of Poets"

Friday, November 17th, 2006

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/17/1454233

Chilean novelist Isabel Allende is a prolific writer with 15 books in just over two decades. Her works have been translated to more than 27 languages and have hit best-seller lists around the world. She joins us to discuss her latest work, "Ines of My Soul," the centuries-long struggle of the indigenous people of Chile, the significance of Chilean president Michele Bachelet, immigration and much more. [includes rush transcript]

 

Born in Lima, Peru, in 1942, Isabel Allende traveled the world as the daughter of a prominent Chilean family. Her uncle was Chile's President, Salvador Allende. He died on another September 11th - September 11th 1973 when Augusto Pinochet seized power in a CIA-backed military coup. Afterwards, Isabel Allende's family fled to Venezuela where she continued to work as a journalist.

Her debut novel in 1982, The House of the Spirits, chronicled four generations of a Chilean family through the tumult of that country's political history. It is a history that is intertwined with Allende's own. Her latest book, "Ines of My Soul" recounts the story of Doña Inés Suárez, arguably the founding mother of Chile.

 

  • Isabel Allende, prize-winning Chilean novelist. Her latest book is titled "Ines Of My Soul."
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