November 30th, 2006

Chris Keeley

100 Notable Books of the Year

FICTION & POETRY

 

 

ABSURDISTAN. By Gary Shteyngart. (Random House, $24.95.) A young American-educated Russian with an ill-gotten fortune waits to return to the United States in this darkly comic novel.

 

AFTER THIS. By Alice McDermott. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $24.) In her effectively elliptical novel, McDermott continues to scrutinize the lives of Irish Catholics on Long Island.

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Chris Keeley

Palestine Peace Not Apartheid is a challenging, provocative, and courageous book.

Palestine Peace Not Apartheid is a challenging, provocative, and courageous book.

Following his #1 New York Times bestseller, Our Endangered Values, the former president, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, offers an assessment of what must be done to bring permanent peace to Israel with dignity and justice to Palestine. 

Palestine Peace Not Apartheid (Hardcover)
by Jimmy Carter

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (November 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0743285026
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
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    President Carter, who was able to negotiate peace between Israel and Egypt, has remained deeply involved in Middle East affairs since leaving the White House. He has stayed in touch with the major players from all sides in the conflict and has made numerous trips to the Holy Land, most recently as an observer in the Palestinian elections of 2005 and 2006. 

     

    In this book President Carter shares his intimate knowledge of the history of the Middle East and his personal experiences with the principal actors, and he addresses sensitive political issues many American officials avoid. Pulling no punches, Carter prescribes steps that must be taken for the two states to share the Holy Land without a system of apartheid or the constant fear of terrorism.

     

    The general parameters of a long-term, two-state agreement are well known, the president writes. There will be no substantive and permanent peace for any peoples in this troubled region as long as Israel is violating key U.N. resolutions, official American policy, and the international "road map" for peace by occupying Arab lands and oppressing the Palestinians. Except for mutually agreeable negotiated modifications, Israel's official pre-1967 borders must be honored. As were all previous administrations since the founding of Israel, U.S. government leaders must be in the forefront of achieving this long-delayed goal of a just agreement that both sides can honor.

     

    Palestine Peace Not Apartheid is a challenging, provocative, and courageous book.

    Chris Keeley

    It was not clear why Apgar was in the water at such an early hour. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd sa

    Fla. Man Loses Arm to Alligator Attack

    Filed at 9:22 a.m. ET

    LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Sheriff's deputies pulled a naked man from the jaws of a nearly 12-foot long alligator that almost completely severed the man's arm, the sheriff's office said.

    Four deputies waded through thick mud about 20 feet into Lake Parker to find Adrian Apgar, 45, around 4 a.m. Wednesday morning, the sheriff's office said. They were responding to multiple reports about a man screaming for help.

    Deputy Billy Osborne said he pulled Apgar's arms while the gator gripped the man's lower half and eventually helped pull Apgar free. The deputies said they couldn't shoot the animal because it was too dark and they might have hit the victim.

    It was not clear why Apgar was in the water at such an early hour. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Apgar told deputies he had been smoking crack.

    Apgar was taken to the hospital in critical condition with an apparent broken right arm, leg injuries and his left arm hanging by a tendon. Hospital officials did not immediately release information about his condition.

    None of the deputies were injured.

    Fish and Wildlife trappers said they believe they caught the alligator near the site of the attack later Wednesday, although they said they couldn't be sure it was the same animal.

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    Rodway described Dalmas as a packrat.

    Search warrants list 1,074 pairs of women's undergarments that he stole, many of which were stuffed in shopping bags inside a filing cabinet at his Fulton Avenue home in Falls Church.

    Ex-CIA Worker Admits Theft Of Items Pricey and Peculiar

    By Fredrick Kunkle
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Thursday, November 30, 2006; B01

     

    George C. Dalmas III, a CIA employee for almost 20 years, yesterday admitted to breaking into 10 homes in the McLean area about a year ago and taking valuables and curiosities.

    The loot from his daylight burglaries included Camp David cuff links, a Daughters of the American Revolution pin, a gold Phi Beta Kappa necklace, Cartier hoop earrings, a Tiffany gold scarab ring, a sapphire-diamond necklace, rhinestone bracelets, a Rolex watch and even a Fauquier High School ring. He also helped himself to several antique clocks and old radios -- all treasures he told his wife he had picked up at yard sales.

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    US Prison Population on Rise

    US Prison Population on Rise
    New figures show the number of Americans in prison or jail is on the rise. A record two point two million people are behind bars, up nearly three percent from last year. Another four million people are either on probation or parole. The number of female prisoners has seen a significant jump, rising two point six percent. Racial disparities show no signs of reversal. Among males in their late 20s, eight percent of African Americans are incarcerated, compared with one percent of white males
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    the nation's newspapers have largely ignored Jimmy Carter's book since its publication two weeks ago. The book hasn't even been mentioned in the news pages of the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Boston Globe or Los Angeles Times

    http://www.democracynow.org/print.pl?sid=06/11/30/1452225

    Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid: Jimmy Carter In His Own Words

    Thursday, November 30th, 2006

    http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/30/1452225
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    photographs taken by Casimir Zagourski in Africa between 1924 and 1941

    Casimir Zagourski Postcard Collection: This extraordinary collection consists of 200 postcards made from photographs taken by Casimir Zagourski in Africa between 1924 and 1941, which formed a part of his overal project, "L'Afrique Qui Disparait" (Disappearing Africa).

    http://mssa.library.yale.edu/madid/showthumb.php?id=mss&msrg=1573&msrgext=0




    http://www.library.yale.edu/african/zagourski.html
    Chris Keeley

    Ex State Policy Head Haass in Foreign Affairs: The New

    *The New Middle East*
    By Richard N. Haass

       *From /Foreign Affairs/, November/December 2006*

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       Summary: The age of U.S. dominance in the Middle East has ended and
       a new era in the modern history of the region has begun. It will be
       shaped by new actors and new forces competing for influence, and to
       master it, Washington will have to rely more on diplomacy than on
       military might.

       /Richard N. Haass is President of the Council on Foreign Relations./

       THE END OF AN ERA

       Just over two centuries since Napoleon's arrival in Egypt heralded
       the advent of the modern Middle East -- some 80 years after the
       demise of the Ottoman Empire, 50 years after the end of colonialism,
       and less than 20 years after the end of the Cold War -- the American
       era in the Middle East, the fourth in the region's modern history,
       has ended. Visions of a new, Europe-like region -- peaceful,
       prosperous, democratic -- will not be realized. Much more likely is
       the emergence of a new Middle East that will cause great harm to
       itself, the United States, and the world.

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