Un Regard Plein de Desir
Yagoub Saed Al-Nour
Banned in 2008 by the Sudanese authorities, this novel now appears in French. Endangered in his own country, where corruption, war and arbitrary are the rule, Noureddine is about to leave “the Great Nation”, a dictatorship governed by “His Excellency the honorable infallible”, and his mentor, Abu Sharaye Al-Wawi. In the hall of the airport, Noureddine observes his compatriots and remembers the many horror scenes he has seen himself or he has heard about. He also recalls the strange career of His Excellency the honorable infallible, his methods of government and the hagiographical legends surrounding his personality. Though the Great Nation is never overtly quoted, the author “who originates from Darfur” denounces of course the policy of ethnic cleansing perpetrated in his country. It is a great novel, a testimony from inside made by a committed intellectual, written in a style which mixes realism and metaphor, poetry and hardship.
Rescue Plan for Planet Earth
As alarm grows about the possible extinction of human life, along comes a practical plan to stop the downward spiral, permanently. Any realistic rescue design must include the global politics of how we are to survive and thrive in the near and distant future, no matter what powerful or dangerous new technologies may emerge. In his new book, Jim Stark details exactly how we can conduct a global referendum and achieve democratic world government in as little as a decade. He argues cogently that a mandate from a successful global referendum must be accepted as legally binding under international law, but even if it weren't accepted as such, if the whole human race votes for something, such an unprecedented act of people-power should prevail. And finally, importantly, Stark also provides us with the means to keep the new global government forever free of corruption.
A Long Day's Dying
The main theme of this new book is that the Khartoum regime is committing genocide in Darfur while the international community watches in silence or with mere hand-wringing. Publication of such an important book, at this critical moment in the Darfur genocide, offers to government officials, academics, humanitarian aid groups, human rights organizations, as well as to the broader public an in-depth critical assessment of the current situation in Darfur. It also provides an unsparing assessment of the international community’s diplomatic efforts, past and present, to respond to Darfur. Such an assessment comes at a defining moment. The world is watching clearly and yet responding weakly. Action is essential now if we are not to see a further extension of the international failures so conspicuous in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.
Southern Exposure throws light and shadows on Canadians abroad at work and vacation. Four stories in Green and Gold feature Canadian ‘experts’ whose lives are changed by their adaptation to a different culture. Scent of Jasmine introduces Linda, as aspiring journalist who visits Cuba just before the Missile Crisis and later in her life as a tourist, when her need to travel reveals deeper motives. In a four-part novella, The Snake Ranch, we meet a group of artists – Erik, Celia, Zoe, and Mimi – at work in a Costa Rican art colony. All have different goals and outcomes from this experience and their first-person narrations contradict each other. Why do the characters in Southern Exposure change? Is it the heat? The light? Or the chemistry in the mix of characters?