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Ideas for Change By Simon Davies
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Ideas for Change is an independent project to help improve the effectiveness of citizen activism. It’s a ’tool kit’ of around one hundred strategic principles and campaign tactics... More > that - across the centuries - have changed the world for the better. Ideas for Change emerged from the arenas of information rights and privacy, but its principles should benefit any aspect of direct action. If you look closely at the most successful privacy campaigns of the past forty years, you’ll see a clear reflection of the most celebrated actions of the peace movement, consumer rights and environmental activism. The principles of strategy are immutable.< Less
Locked On! By Marty Branagan
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Have you ever wondered what it’s like when someone feels so strongly about an issue that they’ll go to jail for it? This novel, based on real-life events but set within a humorous sci-fi... More > universe, takes you on a journey to the centre of nonviolent civil disobedience by an author who has been there repeatedly over three and a half decades. In a world plagued by wars and major environmental problems such as global warming, its insights into the possibilities of nonviolence and environmental action bring hope and inspiration. Branagan takes us on a romp through the universe, where we meet eco-pirates and space heroines and heroes united in a cause to protect what they love. Marty’s humour shines through with witty dialogue and some laugh out loud moments. It is visually exciting – I can see it as a movie. Touching on serious issues of our time, Marty asks us to think. Ultimately a love story. Love for ourselves, for each other, for place and for doing what you believe in.< Less
soft as water By Charles P. Busch
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A book of brilliantly simple meditations, soft as water is bursting with wisdom. It is a book that can change your life and change the world. If you believe in the necessity of peace in the... More > Nuclear Age, this book will provide new insights and energy. Charles Busch doubles down on the power of story-telling. Every story in this book has deep meaning which is fleshed by a sharp reflection on its significance for peace and justice. soft as water offers some of the most important concepts of contemporary peacebuilding for individuals and groups in a soothing yet inspiring language. Whether you are concerned with inner peace or world peace, this book is full of insightful gems.< Less
Vaccination Panic in Australia By Brian Martin
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In 2009 in Australia, a citizens’ campaign was launched to silence public criticism of vaccination. This campaign involved an extraordinary variety of techniques to denigrate, harass and censor... More > public vaccine critics. It was unlike anything seen in other scientific controversies, involving everything from alleging beliefs in conspiracy theories to rewriting Wikipedia entries. Vaccination Panic in Australia analyses this campaign from the point of view of free speech. Brian Martin describes the techniques used in the attack, assesses different ways of defending and offers wider perspectives for understanding the struggle. The book will be of interest to readers interested in the vaccination debate and in struggles over free speech and citizen participation in decision-making.< Less
The deceptive activist By Brian Martin
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In your action group, is it ever beneficial to lie to other members? When is it wise to lie to authorities? If a member of your group has done something wrong, is it better to be open about it now or... More > keep it hidden in the hope that outsiders will never know? What are the pros and cons of infiltrating opposition groups to collect information about harmful activities? Should we wear masks at rallies? There’s lots of research showing that lying is an everyday occurrence in most people’s lives, and furthermore that lies can be beneficial in some circumstances. But they can also be very damaging, especially lies by authorities. The Deceptive Activist introduces key ideas about lying and deception and then provides a series of case studies in which activists need to decide what to do. There are no final answers, but it is important to address the questions.< Less
Nonviolence and Islamic Imperatives By Chaiwat Satha-Anand
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Nonviolence and Islamic Imperatives is a timely book that provides a valuable perspective to the ongoing dialogue on Islam, peace, and Islamophobia today.  Chaiwat Satha-Anand offers his... More > expertise as a peace researcher to inform readers on the history and present application of Islamic nonviolent movements, through contextual analysis of sacred texts, as well as, current examples of Islamic nonviolence in action.  This perspective is vital to counter the false perception of violence in Islam.  Nonviolence and Islamic Imperatives is highly relevant and critical to continuing a crucial dialogue on the subject matter.< Less
Governments Push Infant Formula By George Kent
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George Kent’s book is an articulate and incisive analysis of the ways in which some governments actively promote the use of infant formula. They do this despite the predictable harm it does to... More > children’s health. The book is a timely and powerful reminder to governments in the rich and poor world of their obligations under international law to protect children’s health and the right to food through framework legislation and the regulation of non-State actors including corporations. Effective remedies are urgently required.< Less
Ruling Tactics By Brian Martin
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Most people think of the world as divided into countries, and many people identify with their “own” country. Because there’s nothing natural in this, governments and others need to... More > continually encourage identification with the nation. This serves those with power and wealth. Ruling Tactics outlines the methods commonly used to foster everyday nationalism and how they can be countered. These methods are described in a range of areas, including crime, sport, language, economics, terrorism and war. This book can serve as a practical manual for recognising how thinking is oriented towards the state, and how this sort of thinking can be changed.< Less
Hugo Chávez The Bolivarian Revolution from Up Close By Eirik Vold
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Worshiped by his poor followers, despised by his opponents and declared the number one threat to US interests in the Western Hemisphere by the Bush administration. This is the story of how Hugo... More > Chávez, a poor boy raised in a mud hut in rural Venezuela, rose to global fame as he took on local elites and US hegemony. Also features an exclusive interview with Chávez and previously unreported WikiLeaks documents on US efforts to defeat Chávez and his political project.< Less
Caring About Hunger By George Kent
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In this world of abundant resources and huge wealth, hunger cannot be understood simply as a problem of food production. It is also a matter of human relations. Hunger grows out of widespread... More > indifference and exploitation. The goal of ending hunger has been achieved in many places, including places where people have little money. In stable, strong communities, where people care about one another’s well-being, no one goes hungry. That caring is strengthened when people work and play together. This insight tells us the direction we need to take to move toward a world without hunger. The problem of global hunger will be solved when we learn to live together well locally.< Less