Free politics and current events Kindle books for 08 Dec 18

Illogical Atheism: A Comprehensive Response to the Contemporary Freethinker from a Lapsed Agnostic

by Bo Jinn

Typically, it is the “religious” that are expected to render apologies for their beliefs. However, since the inauguration of the ‘New Atheist Movement’ more than ten years ago, modern atheism has transitioned from the mere rejection of mainstream religion to the proliferation of a (not entirely new) breed of fundamentalism. The ‘Illogical Atheism’ series comprises a comprehensive four-part analysis of the new atheist worldview from the philosophical perspective of a former atheist/agnostic, and an exposé of the propagandist maneuvers employed by the so-called “Four Horsemen of New Atheism”, who have so effectively penetrated the public consciousness.



United Nations Peace Operations in a Changing Global Order

“I have seen the UN perform on a changing global stage in many UN missions. This book examines how the UN must continue to evolve amongst changing state actors, differing regional organisations and a constant global paradigm shift. It is essential material for enhancing one’s understanding of the nature of international conflict and for the continued relevance of the UN as a key stakeholder and participant in world affairs.”â??Maj. Gen. Kristin Lund, Head of Mission and Chief of Staff, UN peacekeeping mission in the Middle East (UNTSO)
“This outstanding collection is a must-read for anyone interested in the central challenges of peacekeeping today. From big ideas about changes in global order, to more focused analyses of policing and the protection of civilians, this book provides a comprehensive overview of where peacekeeping is now, and what we may expect in the future.”â??Lise Morjé Howard, Associate Professor, Georgetown University
“The book analyses recent developments in UN peacekeeping in the context of the historic changes underway in the global order. I would recommend it to policy makers, peacekeepers and scholars who wish to understand, optimise and improve the effectiveness of modern peacekeeping.”â??Lt. Gen. Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz, former Force Commander in the UN missions in the DRC (MONUSCO) and Haiti (MINUSTAH)
“Peacekeeping has been the most visible UN activity in its primary mandate to maintain international peace and security. In a world in disarray, as security threats mutate and the world order shifts away from US primacy and fresh challenges arise, the UN must respond with nimbleness and flexibility to stay relevant. This exceptional collection of analyses by experts from both the global North and South will be of interest to practitioners and scholars alike – highly recommended.”â??Ramesh Thakur, Professor, Australian National University
“Peacekeeping is not what it was even a decade ago: global power is shifting, new types of conflicts are emerging, and demands on the United Nations and regional organizations are growing. Anyone interested in contemporary conflict resolution and the changing character of international peace operations should read this excellent book.”â??Roland Paris, Professor of International Affairs, University of Ottawa
“This book is an insightful and forward-looking scholarly contribution to debates within the United Nations. It shows how profound the recent changes affecting peace operations are and pushes us all to rethink our assumptions about conflict, peace and the role of international organizations. It could not come at a better moment.”â??Jean-Marie Guehenno, UN High-level Advisory Board on Mediation, former UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations
This open access book explores how UN peace operations are adapting to four transformational trends in the changing global order: (1) the rebalancing of relations between states of the global North and the global South; (2) the rise of regional organisations as providers of peace; (3) the rise of violent extremism and fundamentalist non-state actors; and (4) increasing demands from non-state actors for greater emphasis on human security. It identifies emerging conflict and peace trends (robustness of responses, rise of non-state threats, cross-state conflicts) and puts them in the context of tectonic shifts in the global order (rise of emerging powers, North-South rebalancing, emergence of regional organisations as providers of peace). The volume stimulates a discussion between practitioners and academics from the global North and South, and offers an analysis of how the international community collectively makes sense of the changing global order and its implications for UN peace operations.



Os jesuítas e o apostolado social durante a ditadura militar: a atuação do CEAS (Portuguese Edition)

by Grimaldo Carneiro Zachariadhes

O estudo aborda a intervenção política da Companhia de Jesus na história recente do Brasil, particularmente no período da ditadura militar. A obra tem importância decisiva para a compreensão do que teria sido a atuação da Igreja Católica durante os anos de autoritarismo e violação dos direitos humanos. Ao estudar o Centro de Estudos e Ação Social (CEAS), contribui-se para dar relevância ao papel que essa instituição teve no enfrentamento da ditadura, trazendo como resultado uma pesquisa consistente, que agrega conhecimento novo e fornece elementos para a compreensão da atuação dos jesuítas na realidade particular da Bahia. O autor consegue, sem perder o rigor acadêmico, escrever elegantemente, evitando qualquer hermetismo. Pelas características do trabalho, pela metodologia utilizada, pelo rigor na apuração, esta obra é uma referência obrigatória a quem pretende entender o que foi a atuação da Companhia de Jesus durante a ditadura militar no Brasil.



Donald Trump and His Enemies: How the Media Put Trump in Office

by Walter Donway

On election eve, the TV anchors and panelists awaited the Clinton victory. The polls reliably showed that in two days she had sprung back from the Comey bombshell to leadership; all would be well.

They had fashioned, out of postmodernism’s premises, a narrative of the politically correct first female candidate for President, bringing us together, and her opponent, the billionaire racist, misogynist, xenophobic, cripple-teasing bigot and “divider.” And they had believed this story themselves, as we believe, however improbably, what confirms our deepest assumptions, and focused on the part of their audience who also believed them. And never imagined that any serious, significant remnant of Americans would fail to accept their fable.

Indeed, election eve began with New York, California, Illinois, and “Bosnywash” (the Boston to New York to Washington corridor) unassailable in the Democratic camp with well over a hundred electoral votes for Hillary Clinton. On election eve, she never got above 215. The other bastion supposedly was Florida, where the great Miami-Dade-Broward County urban area went overwhelmingly for Clinton, but the rest of the state narrowly offset this to give Trump a pivotal victory.

On election eve, the panelists (as mentioned, I was following PBS Channel 13) watched anxious, then bewildered, then alarmed, then confounded as a brilliant red fire burned across America through state after state, region after region, where voters did not hear the postmodernist sirens screaming their alarm at “Miss Piggy” or the women who came out the past to charge “inappropriate touching.”

In one of the most indefatigable campaign schedules in history, a 70-year-old supposed “playboy” had made five campaign stops a day with high-energy, ringing appeals to “Make America Great Again.” The spacious sweep of America between the two coasts heard a message that an America they increasingly could not understand, with ideals unrelated to their lives, would not in the end supplant the America they knew and loved.

As the drumbeat of postmodernist alarms threatened to drown out any opposition, Mr. Trump was drawing astonishing crowds to rally after rally. In the closing days and hours, Mr. Trump campaigned for the most part aloneâ??the media said “lonely,” “isolated,” “rejected,” “abandoned by his party”â??but his supporters watched Hillary campaigning with entertainers like Jay-Zâ??who supposedly represented Black Americansâ?? rapping about “ni**ers,” “pimps,” and “motherfu**ers” while the media rolled on about Mr. Trump’s vulgarity and insensitivity.

And so, the wild red fire blazed through the eveningâ??Florida for Trump, North Carolina for Trump, Pennsylvania for Trump, Ohio for
Trump, Iowa for Trump: All the supposed “battleground states,” which Trump had to sweep, fell one by one. Reliable stones in the “blue firewall” that guaranteed Clinton’s victoryâ??such as Michigan and Wisconsinâ??fell to Trump.
I was watching the panelists literally begin to mumble, heads down, “So what went wrongâ?¦?” “We have to ask ourselvesâ?¦” “Why didn’t we see this coming?”

They had fashioned, out of postmodernism’s premises, a narrative of the politically correct first female candidate for President, bringing us together, and her opponent, the billionaire racist, misogynist, xenophobic, cripple-teasing bigot and “divider.” And they had believed this story themselves, as we believe, however improbably, what confirms our deepest assumptions, and focused on the part of their audience who also believed them. And never imagined that any serious, significant remnant of Americans would fail to accept their fable.

In brief, voters for Mr. Trump had heard his positions, almost obliterated in mainstream media coverage, and heard Clinton’s “let us unite, stronger together,” but had said, “No, we will not unite around the postmodernist slogans and goals. We will unite around, and vote for, OUR values.”



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