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Politics on all levels, national, international

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DESCRIPTION: On Sept. 2, 2005, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin issued a "desperate S.O.S." His city, one of America’s most historic and gracious urban centers, had been devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Now 80% of it lay underwater, while some citizens huddled on rooftops waiting for rescue, and others turned the flooded streets into canals of anarchy. In the first decade of the 21st century, despair, disease and death had transformed a great American city into a scene of third-world privation, even as heroic rescue workers battled to save lives, restore order and aid the suffering. Now Time chronicles the story of the greatest natural disaster in U.S. history in Hurricane Katrina, An American Tragedy. Here, in stunning pictures and grippin... Rest of this review on the detail page
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In 1950, when Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Ho Chi Minh and Kim Il-Sung met in Moscow to discuss the future, they had reason to feel optimistic. International communism seemed everywhere on the offensive: Stalin was at the height of his power; all of Eastern Europe was securely in the Soviet camp; America's monopoly on nuclear weapons was a thing of the past; and Mao's forces had assumed control over the world's most populous country. Everywhere on the globe, colonialism left the West morally compromised. The story of the previous five decades, which saw severe economic depression, two world wars, a nearly successful attempt to wipe out the Jews, and the invention of weapons capable of wiping out everyone, was one of worst fears confirmed, and... Rest of this review on the detail page
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* Did you know that your government is watching you? * That it buys personal data from private contractors and foreign governments? * That it collects this information to "predict" whether you might be a terrorist? * That if you are singled out, no one may be able to help you? In light of the recent terrorist threats at U.K and U.S. airports, this book is a timely and provocative read about what governments should and should not be doing to protect us from further terrorist attacks. It is a crucial look at a little-examined aspect of the U.S.-led "war on terror" – the move toward the use of mass, globalized surveillance and a "preemptive" model of security, and its effects on democratic values and human rights around the wo... Rest of this review on the detail page
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What could be improved to life on this planet if we were able to leave a lot of our current ideas how that life should be behind us and redesign our society. This book is one big thought experiment: what if things were run differently. What if the whole concept of countries was abolished, what if politics was less about power and a lot more about serving the country. A lot of these interesting what-ifs fill this book and make the reader think seriously about everything. The build-up of this book is interesting: it starts with 'abolish countries' and goes into more detail on somewhat less world-changing ways which still could improve life on this planet for all its inhabitants. An interesting read and I think this book really has potential t... Rest of this review on the detail page
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