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The Poles in Britain, 1940-2000 - From Betrayal to Assimilation (Hardcover): Peter D. Stachura The Poles in Britain, 1940-2000 - From Betrayal to Assimilation (Hardcover)
Peter D. Stachura
R3,732 Discovery Miles 37 320 Out of stock

This book provides an important, original analysis of the Polish community in the United Kingdom, adding up to a provocative interpretation of the Pole's position in British society. The chapters add to our understanding of the significant Polish military effort alongside the Allies in defeating Nazi Germany, while the appalling price the Poles paid at the end of the war at the Yalta Conference is accentuated. This crass and wholly unjustified betrayal of the cause of a Free Poland by the Allies resulted directly in the formation of a large Polish community in Britain.

Blood-dark Track - A Family History (Hardcover): Joseph O'Neill Blood-dark Track - A Family History (Hardcover)
Joseph O'Neill
R333 R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Save R67 (20%) Out of stock

In this story of a family and its place in history, Joseph O'Neill reconstructs the fate of two men he never met and who never met each other, but who have had a profound effect on his life. His Turkish and Irish grandfathers, Joseph Dakad and James O'Neill, were both vigorous and strong-willed men, patriarchs and visionaries. And they were each imprisoned, one in Palestine and the other in Ireland, during World War II. The Turkish hotelier and entrepreneur was suspected by the British of being a spy for the Germans, and left a vertiginous testament of his experiences in colonial jails. The Irish labourer and poacher was a dedicated IRA man in Cork, an area where memories of the Black and Tan war were recent and bitter. In retracing their lives, their grandson writes about the sunlit world of provincial Turkey, and the fierce passions of rural Southern Ireland. The secrets he uncovers are haunting and tragic, and resonate in him and his family. He explores the different meanings of a passionate commitment, and how compelling and dangerous they can be.

The Laughter of Triumph - William Hone and the Fight for the Free Press (Paperback, Main): Ben Wilson The Laughter of Triumph - William Hone and the Fight for the Free Press (Paperback, Main)
Ben Wilson 2
R200 R160 Discovery Miles 1 600 Save R40 (20%) Out of stock

Satirist William Hone is the forgotten hero of the British press. In 1817 he was forced to defend himself against a censorious government, in what amounted to a show trial pitting a self-educated Fleet Street journalist against the Lord Chief Justice and a hand-picked jury. Hone's crime was to ridicule the powers that be. Through Hone's life, Ben Wilson looks at the history of the struggle for free expression against repressive law.

Affective Communities in World Politics - Collective Emotions after Trauma (Hardcover): Emma Hutchison Affective Communities in World Politics - Collective Emotions after Trauma (Hardcover)
Emma Hutchison
R2,182 Discovery Miles 21 820 Out of stock

Emotions underpin how political communities are formed and function. Nowhere is this more pronounced than in times of trauma. The emotions associated with suffering caused by war, terrorism, natural disasters, famine and poverty can play a pivotal role in shaping communities and orientating their politics. This book investigates how 'affective communities' emerge after trauma. Drawing on several case studies and an unusually broad set of interdisciplinary sources, it examines the role played by representations, from media images to historical narratives and political speeches. Representations of traumatic events are crucial because they generate socially embedded emotional meanings which, in turn, enable direct victims and distant witnesses to share the injury, as well as the associated loss, in a manner that affirms a particular notion of collective identity. While ensuing political orders often re-establish old patterns, traumatic events can also generate new 'emotional cultures' that genuinely transform national and transnational communities.

Lethal Politics - Soviet Genocide and Mass Murder Since 1917 (Hardcover): R. J Rummel Lethal Politics - Soviet Genocide and Mass Murder Since 1917 (Hardcover)
R. J Rummel
R3,756 Discovery Miles 37 560 Out of stock

While there are estimates of the number of people killed by Soviet authorities during particular episodes or campaigns, until now, no one has tried to calculate the complete human toll of Soviet genocides and mass murders since the revolution of 1917. Here, R. J. Rummel lists and analyzes hundreds of published estimates, presenting them in the historical context in which they occurred. His shocking conclusion is that, conservatively calculated, 61,911,000 people were systematically killed by the Communist regime from 1917 to 1987.

Rummel divides the published estimates on which he bases his conclusions into eight historical periods, such as the Civil War, collectivization, and World War II. The estimates are further divided into agents of death, such as terrorism, deportations, and famine. Using statistical principles developed from more than 25 years of quantitative research on nations, he analyzes the estimates. In the collectivization period, for example, about 11,440,000 people were murdered. During World War II, while the Soviet Union had lost almost 20,000,000 in the war, the Party was killing even more of its citizens and foreigners-probably an additional 13,053,000. For each period, he defines, counts, and totals the sources of death. He shows that Soviet forced labor camps were the major engine of death, probably killing 39,464,000 prisoners overall.

To give meaning and depth to these figures, Rummel compares them to the death toll from'major wars, world disasters, global genocide, deaths from cancer and other diseases, and the like. In these and other ways, Rummel goes well beyond the bare bones of statistical analysis and tries to provide understanding of this incredible toll of human lives. Why were these people killed? What was the political and social context? How can we understand it? These and other questions are addressed in a compelling historical narrative.

This definitive book will be of interest to Soviet experts, those interested in the study of genocide and violence, peace researchers, and students of comparative politics and society. Written without jargon, its statistics are confined to appendixes, and the general reader can profitably read the book without losing the essence of the findings, which are selectively repeated in the narrative.

Dottore! - Internment in Italy 1940-1945 (Paperback): Salim Diamand Dottore! - Internment in Italy 1940-1945 (Paperback)
Salim Diamand
R346 R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Save R59 (17%) Out of stock

"Dottore!" is more than an autobiographical account of one man's fate during the Second World War. It is an astonishingly human insight into the nature of the war in Italy and Italians. Dr Salim Diamand arrived in Italy prior to 1939 to study medicine. A Jew from Poland, he became a victim of the war and spent over four years in various concentration camps. "Dottore!" gives us rare insights into these unusual concentration camps, the inmates, the administration and the peculiarities of war-torn Italy. It is also a tribute to the Italians as a people, as individuals and to Italy as a special country. Dr Salim Diamand emigrated to Canada from Italy in 1950 and he has practised medicine in British Columbia and then in Toronto, Ontario.

Attacks on the Press in 2002 - a Worldwide Survey by the Committee to Protect Journalists (Paperback): Anne Garrels Attacks on the Press in 2002 - a Worldwide Survey by the Committee to Protect Journalists (Paperback)
Anne Garrels
R825 Discovery Miles 8 250 Out of stock

The January 2002 abduction and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl brought into sharp relief the dangers faced by journalists on assignment in areas of conflict. Scores of journalists are imprisoned every year because of what they have reported. Hundreds more are routinely subjected to physical attack, illegal detention, spurious legal action and threats against themselves or their families. Published annually by the nonprofit Committee to Protect Journalists, Attacks on the Press provides factual and non-sensationalized reports on violations of press freedom around the world. The book covers press freedom abuses in more than 130 countries, including harassment, censorship, assault, harassment, and assassination. It also gives detailed accounts of journalists jailed for challenging government orthodoxy in countries whose leaders would prefer a docile and obedient press. Beginning with the 2001 edition (released in March 2002), the Brookings Institution Press will distribute Attacks on the Press, enabling widespread dissemination of this important volume to bookstores, libraries, and wholesalers. Attacks on the Press 2001 chronicles the deaths of 37 journalists in 2001, including eight who were killed in Afghanistan during a deadly period last November. It also features spotlight essays on three countries--Burma, Syria, and Colombia--where press freedom is most threatened. It describes the U.S. bombing of Al-Jazeera!|s Kabul bureau and the Israeli bombing of the Voice of Palestine!|s broadcasting facilities on the West Bank. It criticizes the jailing of Vanessa Leggett, a Houston-based freelancer who spent five months behind bars in Texas for refusing to turn over her research to a grand jury

Prolegomena - To a Study of the Return of the Repressed in History (Paperback): Clifford Harper Prolegomena - To a Study of the Return of the Repressed in History (Paperback)
Clifford Harper
R251 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R15 (6%) Out of stock

I don't want to do anything subversive - I just want to destroy capitalism. A collection of 'ultra' prose and poetry from 300 years of outrage, passion, sarcasm and wit. Quotes, rants, declarations and blood-curdling warcries. This is utterly brilliant, and is finally reprinted here (from an obscure edition first published in the 60s) in a new edition edited, introduced, and illustrated by Clifford Harper. "Death to middle-class society, and long live anarchism!"

Laogai--the Chinese Gulag (Paperback): Hongda Harry Wu Laogai--the Chinese Gulag (Paperback)
Hongda Harry Wu
R785 R709 Discovery Miles 7 090 Save R76 (10%) Out of stock

In this work, the author reveals the hidden world of the laogai - the PRC's labour reform camps. The author, a political prisoner for 19 years, takes the reader through the harsh reality found in the camps, describing their ideological origins, complex structures and living conditions. What makes the PRC's laogai unique, according to Wu, is the essential contribution to China's GNP of the commodities produced by the prisoners and the camps' concomitant indispensability to the nation's economic health.

Other People's Blood - U.s. Immigration Prisons In The Reagan Decade (Paperback): Robert S Kahn Other People's Blood - U.s. Immigration Prisons In The Reagan Decade (Paperback)
Robert S Kahn
R860 R773 Discovery Miles 7 730 Save R87 (10%) Out of stock

During the 1980s hundreds of thousands of refugees fled civil wars and death squads in Central America, seeking safe haven in the United States. Instead, thousands found themselves incarcerated in immigration prisons--abused by their jailors and deprived of the most basic legal and human rights. Drawing on declassified government documents and interviews with prison officials, INS staff, and more than 3,000 Central American refugees, Robert S. Kahn reveals how the Department of Justice and its dependent agency, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, intentionally violated federal laws and regulations to deny protection to refugees from El Salvador and Guatemala who were fleeing wars financed by U.S. military aid.Kahn portrays the chilling reality of daily life in immigration prisons in Texas, Arizona, and Louisiana. Behind the razor-topped prison walls, refugees were not simply denied political asylum; they were beaten, robbed, sexually assaulted, and sometimes tortured by prison guards."Other People's Blood" traces the ten-year legal struggle by volunteer prison workers and attorneys to stop the abuse of refugees and to force the Justice Department to concede in court that its treatment of immigrants had violated U.S. laws and the Geneva Convention for over a decade. Yet the case of "American Baptist Churches v. Thornburgh, " which overturned more judicial decisions than any other case in U.S. history, is still virtually unknown in the United States, and today the debate over illegal immigration is being carried on with little awareness of the government policies that contributed so shamefully to this country's immigration problems.

Is Apartheid Really Dead? Pan Africanist Working Class Cultural Critical Perspectives (Paperback): Julian Kunnie Is Apartheid Really Dead? Pan Africanist Working Class Cultural Critical Perspectives (Paperback)
Julian Kunnie
R970 R868 Discovery Miles 8 680 Save R102 (11%) Out of stock

"Is Apartheid Really Dead? Pan Africanist Working Class Cultural Critical Perspectives" is an engaging and incisive book that radically challenges the widespread view that post-apartheid society is a liberated society, specifically for the Black working class and rural peasant populations. Julian Kunnie's central contention in this book is that the post-apartheid government was the product of a serious compromise between the former ruling white-led Nationalist Party and the African National Congress, resulting in a continuation of the erstwhile system of monopoly capitalism and racial privilege, albeit revised by the presence of a burgeoning Black political and economic elite. The result of this historic compromise is the persistent subjugation and impoverishment of the Black working class by the designs of global capital as under apartheid, this time managed by a Black elite in collaboration with the powerful white capitalist establishment in South Africa."Is Apartheid Really Dead?" engages in a comprehensive analysis of the South African conflict and the negotiated settlement of apartheid rule, and explores solutions to the problematic of continued Black oppression and exploitation. Rooted in a Black Consciousness philosophical framework, unlike most other works on post-apartheid South Africa, this book provides a carefully delineated history of the South African struggle from the pre-colonial era through the present. What is additionally distinctive is the author's reference to and discussion of the Pan Africanist movement in the global struggle for Black liberation, highlighting the aftermath of the 1945 Pan African meeting in Manchester. The author analyzes the South African struggle within the context of Pan Africanism and the continent-wide movement to rid Africa of colonialism's legacy, highlighting the neo-colonial character of much of Africa's post-independence nations, arguing that South Africa has followed similar patterns.One of the attractive qualities of this book is that it discusses correctives to the perceived situation of neo-colonialism in South Africa, by delving into issues of gender oppression and the primacy of women's struggle, working class exploitation and Black worker mobilization, environmental despoliation and indigenous religio-cultural responses, and educational disenfranchisement and the need for radically new structures and policies in educational transformation. Ultimately, "Is Apartheid Really Dead?" postulates revolutionary change as a solution, undergirded with all of the aforementioned ingredients. While anticipating and articulating a revolutionary socialist vision for post-apartheid South Africa, this book is tempered by a realistic appraisal of the dynamics of the global economy and the legacy of colonial oppression and capitalism in South Africa.

Mr. China's Son - A Villager's Life (Paperback, 2nd New edition): Liyi He, Claire Anne Chik Mr. China's Son - A Villager's Life (Paperback, 2nd New edition)
Liyi He, Claire Anne Chik
R875 R786 Discovery Miles 7 860 Save R89 (10%) Out of stock

He Liyi belongs to one of China's minorities, the Bai, and he lives in a remote area of northwestern Yunnan Province. In 1979 his wife sold her fattest pig to buy him a shortwave radio. He spent every spare moment listening to the BBC and VOA in order to improve the English he had learned at college between 1950 and 1953. For "further practice," he decided to write down his life story in English. Humorous and unfiltered by translation, his autobiography is direct and personal, full of richly descriptive images and phrases from his native Bai language. At the time of He Liyi's graduation, English was being vilified as the language of the imperialists, so the job he was assigned had nothing to do with his education. In 1958 he was labeled a rightist and sent to a "reeducation-through-labor farm." Spirited away by truck on the eve of his marriage, Mr. He spent years in the labor camp, where he schemed to garner favor from the authorities, who nevertheless shamed him publicly and told him that all his problems "belong to contradictions between the people and the enemy." After his release in 1962, the talented Mr. He had no choice but to return to his native village as a peasant. His stratagems for survival, which included stealing "nightsoil" from public toilets and extracting peach-pit oil from thousands of peaches, personify the peasant's universal struggle to endure during those difficult years. He Liyi's autobiography recounts nearly all the major events of China's recent history, including the Japanese occupation, the Communist victory over the Nationalists in 1949, Mao's disastrous Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution, the experience of the labor camps, and changes brought about by China's dramatic re-opening to the world since Deng Xiaoping came to power in 1978, No other book so poignantly reveals the travails of the common person and village life under China's tempestuous Communist government, which He Liyi ironically refers to as "Mr. China." Yet he describes his saga of poverty and hardship with humor and a surprising lack of bitterness. And rarely has there been such an intimate, frank view of how a Chinese man thinks and feels about personal relationships, revealed in dialogue and letters to his two wives. He Liyi's autobiography stands as perhaps the most readable and authentic account available in English of life in rural China. He Liyi's previous book is The Spring of Butterflies (London and New York, 1985), a translation of Chinese folk tales.

National Socialism and Gypsies in Austria (Hardcover): Erika Thurner (Professor, Institute for Political Science, University of... National Socialism and Gypsies in Austria (Hardcover)
Erika Thurner (Professor, Institute for Political Science, University of Innsbruck, Austria); Translated by Gilya Gerda Schmidt; Foreword by Michael Berenbaum (President and CEO, Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, Los Angeles, USA)
R1,034 Discovery Miles 10 340 Out of stock

Originally published in German, Erika Thurner's NATIONAL SOCIALISM AND GYPSIES IN AUSTRIA is the ground-breaking study of Nazi policy toward Gypsies during the Third Reich. The recent upsurge of anti-Gypsy violence in Austria illustrates both the horror of the treatment of Gypsy tribes and the timeliness of this volume. Illustrated.

The Memory of the Argentina Disappearances - The Political History of Nunca Mas (Paperback): Emilio Crenzel The Memory of the Argentina Disappearances - The Political History of Nunca Mas (Paperback)
Emilio Crenzel
R1,078 Discovery Miles 10 780 Out of stock

Memory of the Argentina Disappearances examines the history of the production, public circulation, and the interpretations and reinterpretations of the Nunca Mas report issued by Argentina's National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons (CONADEP). It was established in 1983 by constitutional president Raul Alfonsin to investigate the fate of thousands of people who had been disappeared by the state during the seventies. Upon publication in 1984, Nunca Mas became a bestseller, was translated into several languages and won greater public importance when the military juntas were brought to trial and the court accepted the report as key evidence. The report's importance was further enhanced with the adoption of CONADEP and Nunca Mas as models for truth commissions established in Latin America, and when it was postulated as a means for conveying an awareness of this past to Argentina's younger generations. This book contributes to understanding the political processes that led to Nunca Mas becoming the way in which Argentines remembered the disappearances and the country's political violence, and how its meaning is modified by new interpretations. Given the canonical nature of Nunca Mas, the book sheds light on the most substantial changes and the continuities in Argentina's social memory of its recent past.

Traditional, National, and International Law and Indigenous Communities (Paperback): Marianne O Nielsen, Karen Jarratt-Snider Traditional, National, and International Law and Indigenous Communities (Paperback)
Marianne O Nielsen, Karen Jarratt-Snider
R846 Discovery Miles 8 460 Out of stock
Letters from Robben Island - A Selection of Ahmed Kathrada's Prison Correspondence 1964-1989 (Paperback): Ahmed Kathrada Letters from Robben Island - A Selection of Ahmed Kathrada's Prison Correspondence 1964-1989 (Paperback)
Ahmed Kathrada; Volume editing by Robert D. Vassen; Introduction by Sisulu, Walter; Foreword by Nelson Mandela
R577 R533 Discovery Miles 5 330 Save R44 (8%) Out of stock

Late one night in July, 1963, a South African police unit surrounded the African National Congress headquarters in Rivonia and arrested a group of Movement leaders gathered inside. Eventually eight of them, including Nelson Mandela, who was already serving a sentence, Walter Sisulu, Dennis Goldberg, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba, Elias Motsoledi, Andrew Mangeni, and Ahmed Kathrada, were convicted of sabotage and, on 12 June 1964, sentenced to life in prison. Soon, these men became widely known as the "Rivonia Trialists." Despite their imprisonment, the Trialists played active roles in the struggle against South Africa's racist regime. Instead of being forgotten, as apartheid officials had hoped, they became enduring symbols in a struggle against injustice and racism.
Kathrada and his colleagues were classified as high security prisoners, segregated from others and closely watched. Every activity was regulated and monitored. Among the many indignities visited upon them, the prisoners were prohibited from keeping copies of incoming and outgoing correspondence. Kathrada, or "Kathy" as he is known, successfully hid both.
" Letters From Robben Island" contains a selection of 86 of the more than 900 pieces of correspondence Ahmed Kathrada wrote during his 26 years on Robben Island and at Pollsmoor Prison. Some were smuggled out by friends; others were written in code to hide meaning and content from prison censors. These are among his most poignant, touching, and eloquent communications. They are testimonies to Kathrada, his colleagues, and to their commitment to obtaining human dignity and freedom for all South Africans.

Letter from Morocco (Paperback): Constantina Mitchell Letter from Morocco (Paperback)
Constantina Mitchell; Christine Daure-Serfaty; Preface by Edwy Plenel; Translated by Paul Raymond Cote
R472 R438 Discovery Miles 4 380 Save R34 (7%) Out of stock

On 30 September 1999, two months after his accession to the throne, the new Moroccan king, Mohammed VI, announced his decision to permit political dissident Abraham Serfaty's return to the country. After 17 years of imprisonment, torture and isolation in a Moroccan prison and eight years' exile in France, the most celebrated political opponent of the recently deceased king, Hassan II (1961-99), became a free citizen. King Mohammed VI allowed Serfaty to return from exile, a gesture his father refused to make, just two months after he acceded to the throne. It was an important poltical act, a powerful symbolic gesture, and a precusror of other, equally spectacular political decisions, beginning with the new king's dismissal of Driss Basri, interior minister for 20 years and dreaded strong man of Hassan II's regime. This is a story of "homecoming", beginning with Christine Daure-Serfaty's accounts of friend's re-found after many years, of places in memory brought back to life, of remembrances resurfacing to sweep over her emotions and overwhelm her consciousness. Her husband, Abraham Serfaty, is honoured, celebrated and invited to travel throughout the country as a hero. But for her, bits and pieces of the past suddenly and unexpectedly appear, bitter memories of lives lived "before" haunt her, memories of the prison, of the ongoing struggle to let the world know, memories of the injustice of their imprisonment,and of the waiting, always the waiting. Daure-Serfaty also discusses contemporary Morocco, analyzing the most significant problems that face Mohammed VI if he is to retain the good will of Morocco - a politically stable nation with a strong economy and a well-developed social structure. Finally, she addresses some of the more basic issues that may play themselves out in the Morocco of the future: democratization, the status of women, poverty and finally the "Morocco of the past".

Surviving the Storm: A Memoir - A Memoir (Hardcover, Illustrated Ed): Chen Xuezhao Surviving the Storm: A Memoir - A Memoir (Hardcover, Illustrated Ed)
Chen Xuezhao
R2,723 Discovery Miles 27 230 Out of stock

Memoirs of the Chinese author, Chen Xeuzhao, who was branded a rightist by the communist authorities. The book tells of her suffering during the Cultural Revolution.

Hunger Trilogy (Hardcover): Wang Ruowang, Kyna Rubin, Ira Kasoff Hunger Trilogy (Hardcover)
Wang Ruowang, Kyna Rubin, Ira Kasoff
R2,724 Discovery Miles 27 240 Out of stock

This autobiographical novella was written in 1980 by one of China's leading dissidents, who was released from jail in late October 1990 again after being imprisoned as a pro-democracy activist in the wake of the Tiananmen incident of spring 1989. Wang recounts three episodes of extreme hardship in his life: incarceration in a Guomindang jail during the 1930s for his communist activism, on the run from Japanese troops during the 1940s in a bleak part of Shandong Province, and imprisonment as a "rightist" in Shanghai during the 1960s cultural revolution. The central theme of the three stories is extreme deprivation and "Hunger".

The Prison Memoirs of a Japanese Woman (Hardcover): Kaneko Fumiko, Mikiso Hane, Jean Inglis The Prison Memoirs of a Japanese Woman (Hardcover)
Kaneko Fumiko, Mikiso Hane, Jean Inglis
R3,104 Discovery Miles 31 040 Out of stock

Kaneko Fumiko (1903-1926) wrote this memoir while in prison after being convicted of plotting to assassinate the Japanese emperor. Despite an early life of misery, deprivation, and hardship, she grew up to be a strong and independent young woman. When she moved to Tokyo in 1920, she gravitated to left-wing groups and eventually joined with the Korean nihilist Pak Yeol to form a two-person nihilist organization. Two days after the Great Tokyo Earthquake, in a general wave of anti-leftist and anti-Korean hysteria, the authorities arrested the pair and charged them with high treason. Defiant to the end (she hanged herself in prison on July 23, 1926), Kaneko Fumiko wrote this memoir as an indictment of the society that oppressed her, the family that abused and neglected her, and the imperial system that drove her to her death.

The Prison Memoirs of a Japanese Woman (Paperback): Kaneko Fumiko, Mikiso Hane, Jean Inglis The Prison Memoirs of a Japanese Woman (Paperback)
Kaneko Fumiko, Mikiso Hane, Jean Inglis
R972 Discovery Miles 9 720 Out of stock

Kaneko Fumiko (1903-1926) wrote this memoir while in prison after being convicted of plotting to assassinate the Japanese emperor. Despite an early life of misery, deprivation, and hardship, she grew up to be a strong and independent young woman. When she moved to Tokyo in 1920, she gravitated to left-wing groups and eventually joined with the Korean nihilist Pak Yeol to form a two-person nihilist organization. Two days after the Great Tokyo Earthquake, in a general wave of anti-leftist and anti-Korean hysteria, the authorities arrested the pair and charged them with high treason. Defiant to the end (she hanged herself in prison on July 23, 1926), Kaneko Fumiko wrote this memoir as an indictment of the society that oppressed her, the family that abused and neglected her, and the imperial system that drove her to her death.

Outright Assassination - The Trial and Execution of Antun Sa'adeh, 1949 (Hardcover): Adel Beshara Outright Assassination - The Trial and Execution of Antun Sa'adeh, 1949 (Hardcover)
Adel Beshara
R1,443 R1,106 Discovery Miles 11 060 Save R337 (23%) Out of stock

No other political trial in Lebanon and, indeed, the Arab World has been more controversial than the trial and execution of Antun Sa'adeh just before sunrise on July 8, 1949. The case is inescapably a tragedy. It was and still is the shortest and most secretive trial given to a political offender. Indicted for treason and for creating dissension, Antun Sa'adeh was tried on trumped-up charges based on falsified evidence and deliberate misapplication of the law. It was really nothing more than an open-and-shut exercise in accusation and punishment - a trial more appropriate to the cruel days of the Middle Ages than the supposedly civilized world of the 20th century. Since the trial was held, many complex issues have been raised, many more crucial than the actual fate of the accused: Why the secrecy and haste? Was it a fair trial? Was the offense political and, if so, why did the Lebanese State refuse to treat it as such? What did the Khoury regime hope to achieve from the trial? Did the penalty fit the crime? This book answers these and many more questions that, until now, have received cursory treatment as part of a general history rather than the thorough analysis they deserve.

Outright Assassination - the Trial and Execution of Antun Sa'adeh, 1949 (Paperback): Adel Beshara Outright Assassination - the Trial and Execution of Antun Sa'adeh, 1949 (Paperback)
Adel Beshara
R564 R466 Discovery Miles 4 660 Save R98 (17%) Out of stock

No other political trial in Lebanon and, indeed, the Arab World has been more controversial than the trial and execution of Antun Sa'adeh just before sunrise on July 8, 1949. The case is inescapably a tragedy. It was and still is the shortest and most secretive trial given to a political offender. Indicted for treason and for creating dissension, Antun Sa'adeh was tried on trumped-up charges based on falsified evidence and deliberate misapplication of the law. It was really nothing more than an open-and-shut exercise in accusation and punishment - a trial more appropriate to the cruel days of the Middle Ages than the supposedly civilized world of the 20th century. Since the trial was held, many complex issues have been raised, many more crucial than the actual fate of the accused: Why the secrecy and haste? Was it a fair trial? Was the offence political and, if so, why did the Lebanese State refuse to treat it as such? What did the Khoury regime hope to achieve from the trial? Did the penalty fit the crime? This book answers these and many more questions that until now have received cursory treatment as part of a general history rather than the thorough analysis they deserve.

Refugees into Citizens - Palestinians and the End of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Paperback, New): Donna E. Arzt Refugees into Citizens - Palestinians and the End of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Paperback, New)
Donna E. Arzt
R486 Discovery Miles 4 860 Out of stock

This timely book offers a blueprint for resolving what is often called the most intractable--if not taboo--subject in the Arab-Israeli peace negotiations: a just and permanent solution to the problem of over 3 million Palestinian refugees. The refugee question has never before been treated as the keystone of regional peace and stability. In a hard-hitting, yet balanced and dispassionate analysis, Donna Arzt advocates that the end of the Middle East conflict can only be achieved when all Palestinian refugees are offered citizenship, compensation for lost property, and voluntary absorption options in either a future state of Palestine, other Arab states in the region, the broader international community, or, on family reunification grounds, repatriation in Israel. Comprehensive in scope, yet free of technical jargon, the book is both accessible to generalists and valuable to specialists in the fields of refugee studies, the Middle East conflict, human rights, and public international law. Drawing on the latest historiography, demographic data, and legal texts on the concept of " return, " statelessness and minority rights, Refugees into Citizens avoids falling into the trap of relitigating old polemics and accusations by inviting the international community into a pragmatic, forward-looking dialogue on this most politically sensitive question. " Donna Arzt's innovative and substantial proposal for resolving the complex Palestine refugee issue challenges us to act on the basis that inclusion, reconciliation, compromise, dignity, and belonging are important ingredients in a search for viable, concrete, legal, and lasting resolution to seemingly intractable refugee problems atconflict's end." Judy Mayotte, author, Disposable People? The Plight of the Refugees " This compact book brilliantly summarizes both the history of and the law governing the status of millions of Palestinian refugees. It offers a workable plan for turning these refugees into citizens as part of a comprehensive settlement of the Arab- Israeli conflict. I recommend it to experts and lay readers alike." Rita E. Hauser, International Lawyer

Letters from Prison (Paperback, 2nd edition): James P. Cannon Letters from Prison (Paperback, 2nd edition)
James P. Cannon; Volume editing by George Weissman
R455 R429 Discovery Miles 4 290 Save R26 (6%) Out of stock

Prison correspondence of a revolutionary leader jailed during World War II. Discusses how to educate and organize a communist movement able to stand up to wartime repression and prepare for the big labor battles that were emerging during the closing years of the war.

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