Reviews

Chasing the Scream: Book Review

The War on Drugs has been a dismal failure. Hundreds of billions have been wasted on this war, millions of lives ruined, and the number of addicts and arrests continue to increase. The only real beneficiaries are companies who build prisons, prison guards, corrupt politicians and the judges, lawyers, cops and probation officers whose livelihoods depend on administration of‘drug criminals.’

“WHEN WE FIGHT WE WIN!”

Twenty-First-Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World by Greg Jobin-Leeds and AgitArte. NY/London, The New Press, 2016. $17.95 Reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA      This inspiring book looks at the growing social movements of resistance and solidarity of the second decade of the 21st Century, grassroots efforts struggling for social…

American Sniper: Two Views (Excerpts)

by Chris Hedges American Sniper lionizes the most despicable aspects of U.S. society, the gun culture, blind adoration of the military, the belief we have a right as a Christian nation to exterminate the lesser breeds, a hyper-masculinity that banishes compassion, a denial of inconvenient facts. Many, especially white Americans trapped in a stagnant economy…

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (Beacon Press/ReVisioning American History, Boston, 2014) Reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA In a short, thorough survey of U.S. history from settlement and conquest to current crises, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz pulls on the thread that unravels the tapestry of lies in most US “histories,” whether academic, popular, or progressive. She views that history…

The Untold History of the U.S.

by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick Gallery Books, Simon & Schuster,  NY, 2012 Reviewed by Jeffrey Hirsch This is the finest book on recent US history I’ve ever read. Written by filmmaker Oliver Stone and Prof. Peter Kuznick, of American University in DC, this 800-page book dots the i’s, crosses the t’s, and amplifies many…

Film Reviews by Dancing Owl

The Theory of Everything: Inspiring biopic on life of Stephen Hawking. Rosewater: Gael Garcia Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries, Science of Sleep) plays true story of Iranian-Canadian journalist Bahari who was arrested and tortured in 2009 for reporting on unrest during re-election of Iranian Pres. Ahmadinejad. Dir. by Jon Stewart Interstellar: Dir. Christopher Nolan attempts to…

Capsule Reviews by Dancing Owl, AKA Chas. Fredricks

FILMS-upcoming, in current release or worthy of catching on the rebound: Mission Blue: Gripping documentary about humanity’s global destruction of our oceans, and the effort to stop it. Dolphin Tale 2: In this PR counterattack by the aquarium industry, we get to feel cute and cuddly while imprisoning an animal that has a bigger brain…

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