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The Spirit Of The Digger

Author: Patrick Lindsay
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
ISBN: 0730492958
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A re-issue of Patrick Lindsay's bestselling SPIRIT OF THE DIGGER in an updated edition that will include fascinating new material including the digger in Iraq and Afghanistan. told through the words and actions of the Diggers themselves, tHE SPIRIt OF tHE DIGGER explores the essence of the Australian soldier and how he differs from other soldiers. In many ways, the Digger is a study in contradictions: he doesn't crave war yet he will fight with unequalled ferocity; he hates spit and polish but will hold his discipline under the most trying conditions; he is tough yet compassionate; he hates his enemy until he surrenders, then he is generous in victory; he despises histrionics but will cry unashamedly at the loss of a mate. this updated edition of Patrick Lindsay's bestseller includes new chapters devoted to the Digger in Iraq, the first Australian VC awarded to Mark Donaldson in Afghanistan, as well as never before seen photographs. Courage, mateship, endurance, selflessness, devotion, independence, audacity, and humour describe the Digger. throw in resilience, self-reliance and compassion and the list of the Digger's qualities is still not complete. they are not all heroes but they are remarkable. Praise for the first edition of the Spirit of the Digger: 'tHE SPIRIt OF tHE DIGGER is part of Lindsay's quest to establish what makes up the Australian character - the Digger is the key piece to the puzzle' - WEEKEND AUStRALIAN

Me Against My Brother

Author: Scott Peterson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135955514
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As a foreign correspondent, Scott Peterson witnessed firsthand Somalia's descent into war and its battle against US troops, the spiritual degeneration of Sudan's Holy War, and one of the most horrific events of the last half century: the genocide in Rwanda. In Me Against My Brother, he brings these events together for the first time to record a collapse that has had an impact far beyond African borders.In Somalia, Peterson tells of harrowing experiences of clan conflict, guns and starvation. He met with warlords, observed death intimately and nearly lost his own life to a Somali mob. From ground level, he documents how the US-UN relief mission devolved into all out war - one that for America has proven to be the most formative post-Cold War debacle. In Sudan, he journeys where few correspondents have ever been, on both sides of that religious front line, to find that outside "relief" has only prolonged war. In Rwanda, his first-person experience of the genocide and well-documented analysis provide rare insight into this human tragedy.Filled with the dust, sweat and powerful detail of real-life, Me Against My Brother graphically illustrates how preventive action and a better understanding of Africa - especially by the US - could have averted much suffering. Also includes a 16-page color insert.

Yes Yes Yes

Author: Shirleene Robinson
Publisher: NewSouth
ISBN: 9781742235998
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A compelling,moving account of the long journey to marriage equality in Australia. Yes Yes Yes,written by two advocates intimately involved in the struggle for marriageequality, reveals the untold story of how a grassroots movement won hearts andminds and transformed a country. From its tentative origins in 2004, through toa groundswell of public support, everyday people contributed so much to seemarriage equality become law. The book captures the passion that propelled themovement forward, weaving together stories of heartbreak, hope and triumph. Itis based on personal memories and more than twenty interviews with key figuresand everyday advocates from across Australia. It covers the movement's originsin 2004, when the Marriage Act of 1961 was amended to exclude same-sex couples,through to the unsuccessful High Court challenge, a public vote in 2017 and theParliamentary aftermath. It reminds us that social change is possible and thatlove is love.

Decolonizing Solidarity

Author: Clare Land
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.
ISBN: 1783601752
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In this highly original and much-needed book, Clare Land interrogates the often fraught endeavours of activists from colonial backgrounds seeking to be politically supportive of Indigenous struggles. Blending key theoretical and practical questions, Land argues that the predominant impulses which drive middle-class settler activists to support Indigenous people cannot lead to successful alliances and meaningful social change unless they are significantly transformed through a process of both public political action and critical self-reflection. Based on a wealth of in-depth, original research, and focussing in particular on Australia, where – despite strident challenges – the vestiges of British law and cultural power have restrained the nation's emergence out of colonizing dynamics, Decolonizing Solidarity provides a vital resource for those involved in Indigenous activism and scholarship.

Compliant Rebels

Author: Hyeran Jo
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316432432
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Seventeen million people have died in civil wars and rebel violence has disrupted the lives of millions more. In a fascinating contribution to the active literature on civil wars, this book finds that some contemporary rebel groups actually comply with international law amid the brutality of civil conflicts around the world. Rather than celebrating the existence of compliant rebels, the author traces the cause of this phenomenon and argues that compliant rebels emerge when rebel groups seek legitimacy in the eyes of domestic and international audiences that care about humanitarian consequences and human rights. By examining rebel groups' different behaviors such as civilian killing, child soldiering, and allowing access to detention centers, Compliant Rebels offers key messages and policy lessons about engaging rebel groups with an eye toward reducing civilian suffering in war zones.


Author: Noam Chomsky
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 1629634646
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The Balkans, in particular the turbulent ex-Yugoslav territory, have been among the most important world regions in Noam Chomsky's political reflections and activism over the past couple of decades. Through his articles, public talks, and correspondence, he has been addressing some of the crucial political and social issues (such as the relevancy of international law in today's politics, media manipulations, and economic crisis as a means of political control) that affect both the region and the international community. This volume provides a comprehensive survey of virtually all of Chomsky's texts and public talks that focus on the region of the former Yugoslavia, from the 1970s to the present. With numerous articles and interviews, this collection presents a wealth of materials appearing in book form for the first time along with reflections on events 25 years after the official end of communist Yugoslavia and the beginning of the war in Bosnia.

Humanitarian Military Intervention

Author: Taylor B. Seybolt
Publisher: SIPRI Publication
ISBN: 9780199252435
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Military intervention in a conflict without a reasonable prospect of success is unjustifiable, especially when it is done in the name of humanity. Couched in the debate on the responsibility to protect civilians from violence and drawing on traditional 'just war' principles, the central premise of this book is that humanitarian military intervention can be justified as a policy option only if decision makers can be reasonably sure that intervention will do more good than harm. This book asks, 'Have past humanitarian military interventions been successful?' It defines success as saving lives and sets out a methodology for estimating the number of lives saved by a particular military intervention. Analysis of 17 military operations in six conflict areas that were the defining cases of the 1990s-northern Iraq after the Gulf War, Somalia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Rwanda, Kosovo and East Timor-shows that the majority were successful by this measure. In every conflict studied, however, some military interventions succeeded while others failed, raising the question, 'Why have some past interventions been more successful than others?' This book argues that the central factors determining whether a humanitarian intervention succeeds are the objectives of the intervention and the military strategy employed by the intervening states. Four types of humanitarian military intervention are offered: helping to deliver emergency aid, protecting aid operations, saving the victims of violence and defeating the perpetrators of violence. The focus on strategy within these four types allows an exploration of the political and military dimensions of humanitarian intervention and highlights the advantages and disadvantages of each of the four types. Humanitarian military intervention is controversial. Scepticism is always in order about the need to use military force because the consequences can be so dire. Yet it has become equally controversial not to intervene when a governmentsubjects its citizens to massive violation of their basic human rights. This book recognizes the limits of humanitarian intervention but does not shy away from suggesting how military force can save lives in extreme circumstances.

How To Resist

Author: Matthew Bolton
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408892731
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'This extraordinary book is the roadmap for a new kind of effective activism' - Brian Eno 'This book is for people who are angry with the ways things are and want to do something about it; for people who are frustrated with the system, or worried about the direction the country is going. Maybe they've been on a march, posted their opinions on social media, or shouted angrily at something they've seen on the news but don't feel like it's making any difference. It is for people who want to make a change but they're not sure how.' - Matthew Bolton

Activist Wisdom

Author: Sarah Maddison
Publisher: UNSW Press
ISBN: 9780868406862
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Peace marches, protest demonstrations and campaigns for or against every cause imaginable have long been part of the Australian social and political landscape. This lively book blends the voices and experiences of insiders involved in particular causes with a bigger picture that analyses successes and failures, communication of ideas and social and political impacts.