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WikiLeaks documents expose US foreign policy conspiracies. All cables with tags from 1 5000 [DOES NOT CONTAIN TEXT OF CABLES]
WikiLeaks documents expose US foreign policy conspiracies. All cables with tags from 1 5000 [DOES NOT CONTAIN TEXT OF CABLES]

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars AMAZON CUSTOMER NO MORE AND HERE'S WHY..., 11 Dec 2010
Open letter to Amazon.com Customer Service:

December 2, 2010

I'm disgusted by Amazon's cowardice and servility in abruptly terminating today its hosting of the Wikileaks website, in the face of threats from Senator Joe Lieberman and other Congressional right-wingers. I want no further association with any company that encourages legislative and executive officials to aspire to China's control of information and deterrence of whistle-blowing.

For the last several years, I've been spending over $100 a month on new and used books from Amazon. That's over. I ask Amazon to terminate immediately my membership in Amazon Prime and my Amazon credit card and account, to delete my contact and credit information from their files and to send me no more notices.

I understand that many other regular customers feel as I do and are responding the same way. Good: the broader and more immediate the boycott, the better. I hope that these others encourage their contact lists to do likewise and to let Amazon know exactly why they're shifting their business. I've asked friends today to suggest alternatives, and I'll be exploring service from Powell's Books, Half-Price Books, Biblio and others.

So far Amazon has spared itself the further embarrassment of trying to explain its action openly. This would be a good time for Amazon insiders who know and perhaps can document the political pressures that were brought to bear-and the details of the hasty kowtowing by their bosses-to leak that information. They can send it to Wikileaks (now on servers outside the US), to mainstream journalists or bloggers, or perhaps to sites like antiwar-dot-com that have now appropriately ended their book-purchasing association with Amazon.

Yours (no longer),
Daniel Ellsberg

Daniel Ellsberg (born April 7, 1931) is a former United States military analyst who, while employed by the RAND Corporation, precipitated a national political controversy in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret Pentagon study of US government decision-making about the Vietnam War, to The New York Times and other newspapers. Keith Olbermann has called Ellsberg "an American hero." Ellsberg is the recipient of the Inaugural Ron Ridenhour Courage Prize, a prize established by The Nation Institute and The Fertel Foundation. In 1978 he accepted the Gandhi Peace Award from Promoting Enduring Peace. On September 28, 2006 he was awarded the Right Livelihood Award.


Netherland
Netherland
by Joseph O'Neill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A rewarding read..., 28 Nov 2009
This review is from: Netherland (Paperback)
A meandering plot, entirely secondary to what is essentially a meditation on memory, friendship, loss and identity. Hans, the central character is reeling from the fallout of the horrific experiences thrust upon those resident in NYC on 9/11 , which leave him emotionally shell-shocked and deeply introspective, a mere spectator to the events in his life unable to participate until he is able to rediscover some meaning to his existence, the novel penetrates and personalises the more nuanced psychological aftereffects of surviving New York's apocalypse in a way I have not come across before.

Containing some beautifully descriptive passages and memorable imagery ('pulmonary rhythm of cricketers in the outfield') and some sharp observation of immigrant communities within the cricketing diaspora in NY that are full of authentic detail (O'Neill has a great ear for capturing the rhythms of the West Indian vernacular), the book is not without it's flaws, women aren't really his forte and at times midway through the book you feel he loses his way slightly, a hazard maybe of writing in such an elliptical style, this is still in many ways a richly rewarding read.


Tyson - The Movie [Blu-ray] [2008]
Tyson - The Movie [Blu-ray] [2008]
Dvd ~ Mike Tyson
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £9.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary, essential viewing., 8 April 2009
Whatever you think you know about Mike Tyson, whatever your opinion of him might be, boxing fan or not, this film is simply essential viewing. For anyone who remembers Tyson's initial explosion onto the world stage, or who remembers him in his prime it will also serve as a visceral reminder of what all the fuss was about in the first place. The tale of a modern day tragedy told almost exclusively from Tyson's point of view, what you get is an utterly compelling, brutally candid, fascinating glimpse into the soul of a person whose life experiences are so extreme that few could ever possibly relate. It is lazy and too convenient to label Tyson as some sort of freak or monster (the ear-biting, the rape conviction etc. etc. etc.) What watching this film will make abundantly clear is that there are always reasons behind how and why peoples lives turn out the way they do and whilst Tyson may be responsible for monstrous acts he is also, and equally, a product of your average all-American ghetto and a victim of forces way beyond his control. This extraordinary film addresses such issues simply by letting the man talk and leaving you to draw your own conclusions and whilst as a subject he may lack the articulacy, wit or charisma of an Ali, there is enough self-awareness, insight and honesty here, coupled with the poetic talents of a gifted and original film maker, to make this almost hypnotic, compulsive viewing. There are undoubtedly future films to be made about Tyson, ones that interview all the players involved and that offer a more thorough, objective, investigative analysis of some of the notorious events covered in this film. But as pieces of the puzzle go, no credible appraisal of the rise and fall of one of the late twentieth centuries genuine sporting megastars can now be undertaken without acknowledging a debt to this stunning film. Do not miss.
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Tyson: The Movie [2008] [DVD]
Tyson: The Movie [2008] [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Toback
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £6.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary, essential viewing, 8 April 2009
Whatever you think you know about Mike Tyson, whatever your opinion of him might be, boxing fan or not, this film is simply essential viewing. For anyone who remembers Tyson's initial explosion onto the world stage, or who remembers him in his prime it will also serve as a visceral reminder of what all the fuss was about in the first place. The tale of a modern day tragedy told almost exclusively from Tyson's point of view, what you get is an utterly compelling, brutally candid, fascinating glimpse into the soul of a person whose life experiences are so extreme that few could ever possibly relate. It is lazy and too convenient to label Tyson as some sort of freak or monster (the ear-biting, the rape conviction etc. etc. etc.) What watching this film will make abundantly clear is that there are always reasons behind how and why peoples lives turn out the way they do and whilst Tyson may be responsible for monstrous acts he is also, and equally, a product of your average all-American ghetto and a victim of forces way beyond his control. This extraordinary film addresses such issues simply by letting the man talk and leaving you to draw your own conclusions and whilst as a subject he may lack the articulacy, wit or charisma of an Ali, there is enough self-awareness, insight and honesty here, coupled with the poetic talents of a gifted and original film maker, to make this almost hypnotic, compulsive viewing. There are undoubtedly future films to be made about Tyson, ones that interview all the players involved and that offer a more thorough, objective, investigative analysis of some of the notorious events covered in this film. But as pieces of the puzzle go, no credible appraisal of the rise and fall of one of the late twentieth centuries genuine sporting megastars can now be undertaken without acknowledging a debt to this stunning film. Do not miss.
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