In a never-ending battle to match population growth with food and energy production, the countries of the Middle East have been frenziedly developing water resources without considering their neighbors' needs. The inevitable result has been more frequent and increasingly bitter conflicts. At the same time, a halting Arab-Israeli peace process continues. Are we indeed entering a new era in a new Middle East? Focusing on international rivers and ground water, this timely study provides thoughtful-if pessimistic-answers to this question. Examining each water source in the Middle East, Soffer also weighs the implications of going to war over water and such unconventional solutions to the water shortage as desalination and importation.
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“Magisterial” (Pankaj Mishra, The New York Review of Books) and “to Urdu fiction what One Hundred Years of Solitude is to Hispanic literature” (TLS) The most important novel of twentieth-century Urdu fiction, Qurratulain Hyder’s River of Fire encompasses the fates of four recurring characters over two and a half millennia. These characters become crisscrossed and strangely inseparable over different eras, forming and reforming their relationships in romance and war, in possession and dispossession. River of Fire interweaves parables, legends, dreams, diaries, and letters, forming a rich tapestry of history and human emotions and redefining Indian identity. But above all, it’s a unique pleasure to read Hyder’s singular prose style: “Lyrical and witty, occasionally idiosyncratic, it is always alluring and allusive: Flora Annie Steel and E. M. Forster encounter classical Urdu poets; Eliot and Virginia Woolf meet Faiz Ahmed Faiz” (The Times Literary Supplement).
As he demonstrated in The Fox and Other Stories, (Turtle Press - 1996) and The Man Who Saw Himself (Xlibris -2002), Ed Robison continues to watch and listen closely to the world around him. This new collection reveals fresh poignancies and acutely observed quotidian mini-dramas that can easily burn into the consciousness of those willing to pause and listen. The River of Fire, the key story, is another unforgettable look at the horror of war. “It wouldn’t be entirely out of line to characterize Ed Robison as a Damon Runyon of the resorts, retirement communities, logging towns and ... porch swings of the Northwest.” —Jim Nisbet Author of Prelude to a Scream.
The common perception of William Morris is as a stuffy Victorian, a man who designed wallpaper, a utopian who sought refuge from the industrial world in medieval fantasy. But he also wrote novel, poetry and translated Icelandic sagas, he wrote on politics, architecture and the state of art under a growing industrial capitalism and what possibilities existed for the future. Hassan Mahamdallie argues here that the socialism of Morris grew out of his view of the past and his hatred of for a system of 'shoddy' production.
Creating a new life in the United States can be challenging for any minority immigrant woman who has the courage to give up everything she's ever known to start anew. In her openly honest memoir, an Indo-Trinidadian woman shares the fascinating story of how she seized an opportunity later in life to follow her dream of working in law enforcement-simply because she wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Born in Trinidad, West Indies, Maria Pereira offers her early memories as a backdrop to her future life in Atlanta, Georgia, where she confronts violations at Atlanta's Fulton County Jail that threaten the well-being of fellow deputies, inmates, and visitors. Persevering against ostracization and a demotion, she describes how she stood up to her adversaries and followed her conscience, prevailing in the end and ultimately gaining the respect of the inmates and her colleagues. By refusing to allow racism or sexism to define her dream, Pereira offers an inspiring portrait that proves that making a difference is not easy, but in the end, it's immensely rewarding.
Oh, one more thing. Admiral Sam wants to know, if you need back-up. Great! The more, the merrier. A minute later, Sam appeared next to Debbie, clad in his long cloak and wide brimmed hat and asked, When does the fun, begin? Debbie instantly snapped to attention and saluted. Hold on there, cadet. Dont go military, on me. Relax, were in the field. Calistus explained, We have to stop, about two dozen men and two gun boats, before sunup. Su should be sending a large tank of flammable solvent, through a portal, any moment now. But, I havent seen any guards as of yet. A horizontal portal opened twenty, feet above the water and a large metal tank slipped through unnoticed, and hovered just above the water to close to their position. Calistus sighed and said, I cant ignite it there, itll fry us all. I'm on it, whispered Debbie, eager to show off, for the admiral. As she dove in the water and pushed the container into position. Just then, a pirate poked his head out of one of the gun ships, spotted something moving and hollered, Whos there? And began to fire at the tank of flammable solvent, igniting it into a ball of fire. That swiftly spread over the water turning, the inlet into a river of fire. Debbie quickly dove underwater, to avoid getting hit. But she was struck in the side, before she could react. She struggled desperately to stay afloat, and managed to make it to shore, where she collapsed. Calistus hollered, Sam, lets try and get them in a crossfire! In minutes, the camp was swarming with pirates, firing at anything that moved. After a ten-minute gun battle, the pirates strapped Debbies limp body, to a tree and the leader hollered, Drop your weapons and surrender, or the woman dies! Sam, theyve got Debbie! Hold your fire! The two men approached the pirates, with their hands and guns over their heads, Sam whispered, Protective shields on, weapons on stun, once we reach Debbie, we position ourselves in front of her, to protect her, then, we let 'em have it. As they reached Debbie, the men quickly spun around, Calistus hollered, as he leveled his rifle at the pirates, I think its you, who should surrender! Laughter suddenly broke out, amongst the crowd, mocking Calistuss bold statement. Sam shouted, Fire! Blasts of energy streaked through the night rapidly finding their marks as bullets ricocheted off their shields. Once silence reined, Calistus glanced at Sam and inquired, What's wrong? I was hoping for a knockdown, drag out, gun fight. Instead, all we got, was a bunch of wimps! Whatever, Sam. Why dont you round them up, before they come to, while I take care of Debbie. Carefully untying her and lying her on the ground, Calistus contacted Moon Base One, Su, I need you here and fast, cadet Debbies been injured. Seconds later, Su appeared, then, hollered, as she dove for the ground, firing her pistol Look out! A blast of energy struck the would-be assassin, liquefying his body into a yellow-brown ooze, which swiftly seeped into the sand. Su quickly returned, with Debbie. Sam bellowed A little help, here, if you dont mind! Having the prisoners tied up, Sam surveyed the pirates and commented What a motley crew they are. Do you think well get any information, out of 'em, Cal? Nope! None of them, look like, they have the brains to come up with a strategy, as complex as this. Deb did mention about Norm, who tried to waste her. Hes probably their contact. How are we going to locate one person, in this jungle? questioned a frustrated Sam. Sam, youre slipping in your old age. Deb mentioned that she was washed up on the beach after the ship was destroyed. That should be on the other side of the island. Calistus contacted Su and inquired, Can you contact the nearest coast guard, and inform them about the bunch of pirates, we have tied up. Then, see if you can bounce a signal off one of Earths satelli
The effects and counter effects of a little known religious revival lead by Charles Finney in upstate New York in 1830 began a change of events that would be felt long after Finney's visit and far beyond the boundaries of the river town of Rochester. Charles Finney, a talented lawyer turned Presbyterian evangelist spearheaded the Christian social justice movement that produced the abolitionist movement, prohibition, woman's suffrage and the Civil War. Finney challenged the traditional belief in Predestination by his stand on duty to one's fellow human beings. Thousands of people came to his revival in the river-town of Rochester and were transformed by his message. He set them afire with religious zeal - hence upper New York became known as the Burnt Over District and this novel received its name. A door had been opened for men like Frederick Douglass (a black man) to publish an abolitionists newspaper. Rochester would become an important part of the Anti-Slavery Movement and the Underground Railroad. Rochester was also the birthplace of the woman's rights movement in the person of Susan B. Anthony. The ancient roles of women would, at last, be challenged along with the other attitudes that had hitherto suffocated the dignity of large numbers of the human race. All this is not to imply that the utopia dreamed of in Finney's day was in fact realized. Quite the contrary, an upheaval occurred. forces were set in motion that could not be stopped. But it is only when humans are stressed that agitation conceives change to which complacency could not give birth. I came to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism to receive, and how distressed I am until it is over! Do you suppose that I came to bring peace to the world? No, not peace, but division. -Luke 12:49-51 Through the fictional characters of my book, I dramatize vividly the transformation of human beings representing every facet of 1830 American life. From their cold and bitter Puritan roots; the tyranny of slavery; the oppression of immigrant peoples; and the greed of the emerging industrial revolution, to the upheaval that produced the Civil War, my characters tell a passionate, painful, and uplifting story of a nation giving birth to the ideal of social justice.
Two men desired Adrianna. Only a river of fire could prove which one deserved her love and trust. Adrianna, the granddaughter of a prominent Alabama senator, is rich, beautiful, and an exalted member of antebellum society. Yet she longs for an enduring passion. She's attracted to the respectable Foy, yet can't be certain his actions match his righteous talk. His competition, the rakish and elegant Green Bethune, promises a life of adventure in the world far from Adrianna's quiet, isolated hometown of Eufaula, but is Green a wolf in fine clothing? The choice may tear her soul apart.
With great spiritual insight and unparalleled scholarship, Dr. Taitetsu Unno--the foremost authority in the United States on Shin or Pure Land Buddhism--introduces us to the most popular form of Buddhism in Japan. Unique among the various practices of Buddhism, this "new" form of spiritual practice is certain to enrich the growing practice of Buddhism in the United States, which is already quite familiar with Zen and Tibetan traditions. River of Fire, River of Water is the first introduction to the practice of Pure Land Buddhism from a trade publisher and is written for readers with or without prior experience with it. The Pure Land tradition dates back to the sixth century c.e., when Buddhism was first introduced in Japan. Unlike Zen, its counterpart which flourished in remote monasteries, the Pure Land tradition was the form of Buddhism practiced by common people. Consequently, its practice is harmonious with the workings of daily life, making it easily adaptable for seekers today. Despite the difference in method, though, the goal of Pure Land is the same as other schools--the awakening of the true self. Certain to take its place alongside great works such as Three Pillars of Zen, The Miracle of Mindfulness, and Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind--River of Fire, River of Water is an important step forward for American Buddhism. From the Trade Paperback edition.
It is March 1799. A sunken lugger in the Pool of London reveals a grisly secret: The bodies of two men entombed in the crew's cabin. Suspicion falls on a third member of the crew seen fleeing the scene. He had a known motive for murder. Against the background of a nation at war with Napoleon, River Surveyor Tom Pascoe finds his own life under threat as he digs deeper into the case. He uncovers the existence of French agents in London whose task is to strike a deadly blow to the heart of the capital and undermine England's ability to continue the war. Tom's job is further complicated by the presence of a new member of the police crew with a shocking secret of his own...