International Politics

  • Palestine/Israel

    Peace or Apartheid? Occupation, Terrorism and the Future, Updated Edtion

    By Marwan Bishara     January 2002

    In this incisive new book, Marwan Bishara, a leading Palestinian commentator, analyses where Palestinian/Israeli situation eight yearson from the Oslo Accords of 1993. He lays out the causes of the Second Intifada and argues that peace without justice is impossible. Running counter to the prevailing support for the Oslo process, this book shows how this was in fact doomed from the start. However, Marwan Bishara also invites the reader to look ahead. Examining the demographic, political and security stakes, he explores the avenues that eventually could lead both sides to a just and durable peace.

  • Islam and Jihad

    Prejudice Versus Reality

    By A G Noorani     December 2001

    This short and accessible rebuts the misconceptions about Islam articulated by many European intellectuals down the centuries. For non-Muslims these still obstruct a clear understanding of both the nature of Islam and the history of Christian/Muslim interactions. Th eauthor demonstrates the very recent politically motivated abd theologically dubious nature of the assertions of so-called Islamic fundamentalist movements. He contrasts them with sociall y progressive Muslim thinkers who have sought to address the inescapable questions of the modern world.

  • Another American Century? (Updated Edition)

    The United States and the World since 9/11

    By Nicholas Guyatt     December 2001

    Another America Century? is a sweeping and penetrating study of the United States since the end of the Cold War. Nicholas Guyatt reveals the economic, diplomatic and military dimensions of American foreign policy and investigates what Americans say and believe about their relationship with the rest of the world. A major new chapter discusses September 11th, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the motives and ideas behind America’s “war on terror.”

  • A New Democracy

    Alternatives to a Bankrupt World Order

    By Harry Shutt     January 2001

    Harry Shutt argues our world is coming under threat from forces that the ruling elite is increasingly unable to control. Our present economic system is inherently unstable and heading not just for recession, but very serious breakdown. And US domination of international politics cannot last in an age where democracy and respect for human rights are demanded and where marginalization of most of the world’s people is no longer acceptable.

  • The Water Manifesto

    Arguments for a World Water Contract

    By Riccardo Petrella     January 2001

    In 20 years time, some three of the eight billion people on earth will, if present trends continue, lack access to sufficient drinkable water. Already, half that number do not and another two billion lack clean water generally. The rest of humanity faces a degradation in fresh water quality. And there is no body of international law regulating the right and access to fresh water supplies. Ricardo Petrella exposes how corporate interests prevent an adequate response, and a market-oriented system that sees water as a commodity rather than a precious resource and fundamental human right. He calls for a world water contract to enshrine fresh water as an essential good. It should be controlled by communities in the public interest, and with international rules for equitable management and distribution.

  • Japan at Century’s End

    Changes, Challenges and Choices

    Edited by Hugh Millward and James H. Morrison     January 1997

    A timely compilation of 21 essays on the wide range of issues confronting Japan in the late 1990s. The authors provide a mainly Canadian perspective on domestic and international politics, the economy, business, technology, social issues, the environment, and more. The six major sections are introduced by the editors, and a comprehensive index allows cross-referencing of all topics.

  • Transforming Communities

    By William L. Luttrell     January 1997

    An extraordinary exploration of the dangers, and possibilities, facing human communities today, Transforming Communities rejects the current myth that capitalism, led by global corporations, is providing the solutions we require to survive and prosper in the decades ahead. Quite a different path is offered to us by Mother Earth, Dr. Luttrell suggests, and it is the best hope for life on this planet, our own lives included. The book is an effort to outline the direction this path would take us, and the multifaceted transformation that it entails for our communities. It is also informed by the work of others, including environmentalists, social analysts, social biologists and anthropologists.

  • A Land Without Gods

    Process Theory, Maldevelopment and the Mexican Nahuas

    By Daniel Buckles and Jacques M. Chevalier     January 1995

    In this theoretically innovative study of maldevelopment and power relations among the Nahuas of southern Veracruz, Chevalier and Buckles explore the impact of Mexico’s cattle ranching and petrochemical industries on milpa agriculture and rainforest environment. They also examine how national politics and economics affect native patterns of patrimonial culture and social organization. In the concluding chapter, an ascetic worldview illustrated through corn god mythology points to meaningful ways of countering current trends of social and ecological impoverishment.

  • Revolution In The Americas

    By B.H. Barlow     December 1992

    What is revolution? In this text Barry Barlow traces the emergence of modern revolution from the early 1500s. After setting the stage by comparing and contrasting the main revolutionary movements from the Renaissance to the twentieth century, he goes on to look specifically at the revolutionary movements in Latin America during this century.