Review: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation – The Bible, Justice, and the Palestine-Israel Conflict by Naim Stifan Ateek

06 Genocide, 07 Other Atrocities, 10 Transnational Crime, 5 Star, Consciousness & Social IQ, Country/Regional, Crime (Government), Empire, Sorrows, Hubris, Blowback, Justice (Failure, Reform), Misinformation & Propaganda, Peace, Poverty, & Middle Class, Power (Pathologies & Utilization), Religion & Politics of Religion, Survival & Sustainment, Truth & Reconciliation, Values, Ethics, Sustainable Evolution, Voices Lost (Indigenous, Gender, Poor, Marginalized)
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Naim Stifan Ateek

5 Star — The Bible As Jesus Intended — for All, Not Some

From the Foreword by Walter Brueggemann:

QUOTE (xv): Thus, almost all of the information (misinformation that we receive in the West is filtered through Zionist ideologicial interest that holds in thrall much of the Christian community in the United States and consequently that holds in thrall US policy as well. In that articulation the current plight of Palestinians is kept invisible and the legitmate claims of Palestinians, ground in historical and social reality, are left without articulation.

QUOTE (xvii): Ateek’s reading of the Christian gospel is a move from “some” to “all,” a rejection of privileged tribalism, and a prospect for a just peace in which all parties may participate.

QUOTE (xix): This book is a venture in truth-telling advocacy.

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Review: Our Towns – A 100,000 Mile Journey into the Heart of America by James and Deborah Fallows BONUS 1 Minute Video

6 Star Top 10%, Change & Innovation, Civil Society, Complexity & Resilience, Consciousness & Social IQ, Country/Regional, Culture, Research, Democracy, Leadership, Peace, Poverty, & Middle Class, Politics, Public Administration, Values, Ethics, Sustainable Evolution
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6 Stars – A Most Extraordinary Uplifting Account of the Reinvention of America One “Flyover” Town at a Time (42 Specific Towns Visited)

I know James Fallows — he is best-known as a former speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter and as an author for The Atlantic.  I met him after reading three of his books, Blind Into Baghdad: America’s War in Iraq; National Defense; and Free Flight: Inventing the Future of Travel.

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Review: Caught In Between by His Grace Riah Abu El-Assal Former Bishop of Jerusalem and the Middle East

5 Star, Biography & Memoirs, Civil Society, Country/Regional, Crime (Government), Culture, Research, Empire, Sorrows, Hubris, Blowback, Insurgency & Revolution, Justice (Failure, Reform), Misinformation & Propaganda, Peace, Poverty, & Middle Class, Power (Pathologies & Utilization), Religion & Politics of Religion, Security (Including Immigration), Truth & Reconciliation, Values, Ethics, Sustainable Evolution, Voices Lost (Indigenous, Gender, Poor, Marginalized), War & Face of Battle
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5 Stars A Bishop Bears Witness in Palestine

Riah Abu El-Assal

From God’s lips to my ears. His Grace is both an Arab and a Christian whose life over several generations has been defined, on the one hand, by the love of God and on the other by the perfidy of the Zionists looting and destroying Palestine, and now including Jerusalem, a corpus separatum by any rational understanding.

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Review: Enclosure – Palestinian Landscapes in a Historical Mirror

6 Star Top 10%, Country/Regional, Crime (Government), Geography & Mapping, Justice (Failure, Reform), Power (Pathologies & Utilization), Religion & Politics of Religion, Voices Lost (Indigenous, Gender, Poor, Marginalized)

Gary Fields, ENCLOSURE: Palestinian Landscapes in a Historical Mirror (University of California Press, 2017), Paperback, US$29.85, Kindle $16.17.

This is easily a six-star work of history, political economy, human rights & atrocities, and cultural engineering.

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