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url 2015-12-11 05:35
Warrior Kids: A Tale of New Camelot
Warrior Kids: A Tale of New Camelot (The Knight Cycle) (Volume 6) - Michael J. Bowler

The future looks bleak unless eighteen-year-old Lance and his New Camelot Earth Warriors can save the planet from catastrophic climate change.

Spurred by twelve year-olds Billy, Enya, Itzamna, and his ten-year-old brother, Chris, Lance creates a branch of Earth Warriors, a youth-led movement designed to save the earth from its greatest enemy – greed.

His involvement leads to Earth Warrior crews springing up all across America. Millions of kids leap into action, paralyzing the country and alarming the rich and powerful.

Having adopted his father’s philosophy of doing what’s right, rather than what’s easy, Lance makes serious enemies when he calls out New Camelot donors who represent fossil fuel or other polluting industries, and then barely escapes a series of "accidents” designed to kill him.

When he challenges the United States Congress to step up and act immediately on the climate crisis, the attacks on him escalate. With the majority of America's kids on his side, Lance and his young Earth Warriors prepare for the United Nations Conference of the Parties in Paris, where they will call upon world leaders to stop talking about sustainability and start acting on it.

But whoever wants him dead isn't giving up. Will Lance and his crew live long enough to even get to Paris?

Warrior Kids is a standalone tale set within the Children of the Knight universe.

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review 2015-09-15 07:53
Some things change just to remain the same. For students of politics, international relations, history and those wishing to be better informed.
Mission Accomplished? - Simon Jenkins

Thanks to Net Galley and I.B. Tauris for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for a review.

Like most people I read articles about politics and current affairs, but in my case I rarely read whole books about it (at least not recently). But when I got the opportunity of reading this book for review I thought it couldn’t have arrived at a better time.

Simon Jenkins is an expert on the subject and this book compiles many of his previous articles over the last 15 years, with the vantage point of time and his current reflections on the topic. He is humble enough to recognise that sometimes not even the sharpest and best informed of analysts realises the ramifications of certain events. And trying to second guess what world leaders will do by using common sense and strategic knowledge will rarely work. Making good the adage that those who don’t remember their history are doomed to repeat it, he analyses the behaviour of both the US and the UK and their military interventions abroad, in light of previous history. Considering the crisis of refugees the subject is more than current, and many of the questions Jenkins asks (why have there been American and UK interventions in some countries and not others; what role plays the United Nations; what could justify a military intervention in another country, especially when it is not supported by legal arguments; is the war on terror a real war?) are as relevant, if not more, now.

There are no great revelations in this volume but the clarity of the arguments and the analysis of an expert that has first-hand knowledge (including visiting Iraq and Afghanistan at the time) give perspective and depth to the subject. Although there are more questions than answers (and you might not agree with the conclusions and the summary Jenkins offers) this volume adds to the debate on Western interventions and will be of interest to those studying recent international politics, history, and keen on getting better informed about this subject that will continue to be a matter of international debate.

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text 2014-03-01 18:05
Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life - Arnold Kotler,Thích Nhất Hạnh,Dalai Lama XIV
Open Heart - Elie Wiesel
Reconciliation: The Ubuntu Theology of Desmond Tutu - Michael Battle
Ten Days that Shook the World - John Reed,A.J.P. Taylor,Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt - Eleanor Roosevelt
Strength to Love - Martin Luther King Jr.
St. Francis of Assisi - G.K. Chesterton
The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict - Ken Sande
The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict - Arbinger Institute
The United Nations and Changing World Politics - Thomas G. Weiss,Kelly-Kate S. Pease

Dear Friends in the Booklikes Universe,


You might be in Turkey, or staying in a Syrian refugee camp, standing in line for bread and water.  Maybe you are afraid to leave your apartment in Kiev.  No matter where you are, we have books in common, and where ever there are books, there is hope.


Can life get any worse for my fellow human beings?  I hope not, as I pace with anxiety, urging you to read, to become inspired, and to care for all life, no matter where or what that life is.


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quote 2013-10-04 22:58
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Éric Puybaret

― United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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