Written during and after the Persian Gulf War, this anthology includes original research and in-depth analysis of U.S. foreign policy and its domestic repercussions. The contributors look at the war abroad and at home, addressing race, gender, geo-politics, ecology, economics, and the movement for peace and justice.
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The term ‘collateral damage' has recently been added to the vocabulary of military forces to refer to the unintended consequences of armed interventions, consequences that are unplanned but nevertheless damaging and often very costly in human and personal terms. But collateral damage is not unique to the world of armed intervention - it is also one of the most salient and striking dimensions of contemporary social inequality. The inflammable mixture of growing social inequality and the rising volume of human suffering marginalized as ‘collateral' is becoming one of most cataclysmic problems of our time. For the political class, poverty is commonly seen as a problem of law and order - a matter of how to deal with individuals, such as unemployed youths, who fall foul of the law. But treating poverty as a criminal problem obscures the social roots of inequality, which lie in the combination of a consumerist life philosophy propagated and instilled by a consumer-oriented economy, on the one hand, and the rapid shrinking of life chances available to the poor, on the other. In our contemporary, liquid-modern world, the poor are the collateral damage of a profit-driven, consumer-oriented society - ‘aliens inside' who are deprived of the rights enjoyed by other members of the social order. In this new book Zygmunt Bauman - one of the most original and influential social thinkers of our time - examines the selective affinity between the growth of social inequality and the rise in the volume of ‘collateral damage' and considers its implications and its costs.
At 46 with a wife and two children and a successful business, the unthinkable happened Brain Cancer. As a multiple sport athlete and an avid golfer, having the core of his being stripped away and knowing it would never come back was devastating. This book is a "no holds barred" full-fledged cancer experience for the reader. It is a journey through the unknown which includes everything from fear, sadness, panic, loneliness and anger to flat out gut-wrenching laughter. The intent is to give a cancer patient, a patient-to-be and their loved ones the strength to fight the battle they must fight and the courage to adjust to whatever kind of future lies ahead.
A dead body is discovered in a locked room in a country house in the affluent Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. Nine people were present in the house at the time, nine people who saw nothing they'd like to report and did nothing they're willing to confess to. A document that might relate to a CIA scandal in the recent past--or to a presidential election in the near future--is missing, and much sought after. No one will know exactly what it means until it's found. But would someone be willing to kill for it? The key to this complicated puzzle lies with two sisters, two young women who don't quite fit into Washington's high-stakes political arena. Retired Foreign Service agent Richard Michaelson and his friend Marjorie Randolph find themselves at the middle of this whirlwind of political and personal intrigue, and must do more than sort clues. For the most challenging locked room you're likely to encounter in Washington, D.C., is your own mind.
Bea Collins was troubled when she went to Hannibal Jones' office. Her fiancee Dean had disappeared. Hannibal Jones, the troubleshooter, agreed to help her, even though he feared that his quarry had simply run off with another woman after taking most of Bea's money.Little did Hannibal suspect that he would find Dean just before the man was accused of the bloody murder of a co-worker.Suddenly, Hannibal has a new client. Not only do the murder weapon and other evidence point to Dean, but Dean can't seem to remember what happened. Police believe that Dean might be following in the footsteps of his own mother, who had been convicted of killing Dean's father. Or was Dean covering for his mother, now out of prison and considered a possible serial killer.The trail leads from Washington DC to Las Vegas and even to Germany, where Hannibal stumbles upon a third murder which seems linked to Dean's life. The web of murder also ties Dean to his sexy female boss, as well as the man Dean is accused of murdering.The killings have destroyed the lives connected to them, friends and family who represent the murder's collateral damage. It soon becomes clear that Hannibal will have to solve all three cases in order to clear Dean's name.
Before being injured on a rescue mission in Lebanon, Jack Hunter takes out a blonde-haired, blue eyed American who is holding VIP hostages with a radical terrorist group. The mission goes horribly wrong. When the dust settles, the blonde's body isn't among the dead and people are questioning Jack's memory. Two weeks later, while going crazy in a hospital bed, Jack sees the blonde American's mug on the TV screen with reports that the businessman had died in Brazil just yesterday. He reports this to his superiors, expecting action. When he is told to stand down and focus on recuperating, Jack goes AWOL. He heads to Atlanta to question the businessman's widow, determined to solve the mystery. Lauren Collins's complicated life takes a turn for chaos when she foils a burglar in the middle of the night only to face the business end of an assassin's gun the next day. That happens just minutes after Jack arrived on her doorstep demanding answers about her soon-to-be ex's activities. Their race to escape a killer becomes a race against time to save her sons from becoming collateral damage in a global attack to destroy the world's economy. Thrust into a world of peril, political treachery and treason, Lauren has no choice but to trust Jack with her life and her children's lives. Jack puts everything on the line-from life to his career-to save Lauren and her sons. Even if they miraculously survive against all odds, he's sure his heart won't... it already bit the dust at Lauren's feet the moment she opened her front door.
Sifting through a range of incidents, this book reveals how the rising corporatisation of public schools needs to be understood as part of a broader attack on the public sector.
Collateral Damage brings together testimony from the largest number of on the record, named, combat veterans who reveal the disturbing, daily reality of war and occupation in Iraq. Through their eyes, we learn how the mechanics of war lead to the abuse and frequent killing of innocents. They describe convoys of vehicles roaring down roads, smashing into cars, and hitting Iraqi civilians. They detail raids that leave families shot dead in the mayhem. And they describe a battlefield in which troops, untrained to distinguish between combatants and civilians, are authorized to shoot whenever they feel threatened.
HOMETOWN SECRETS Was the explosion that took the lives of Sarah Russell's parents an act of murder? Her teenage daughter thinks so and is determined to seek answers in the sleepy small town where Sarah grew up. Sarah fears the teen will uncover a secret she's not ready to share: everyone, including Sarah's daughter, believes the girl is Sarah's kid sister. Even the child's father doesn't know the truth. But as Sarah reunites with Nick Tyler to look into the mysterious deaths, she knows she'll have to tell him—and their daughter—the truth. Yet someone wants to ensure that no one uncovers any long-buried secrets.