"Radical in the true sense of the word, [Parenti] digs at the roots which ... sustain our public consciousness." —Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Michael Parenti is a towering prophetic voice in American life. We need him now more than ever!" —Cornel West
Michael Parenti is one of America's most astute and engaging political analysts. His work, covering a wide range of subjects, has enlightened and enlivened readers for many years. Contrary Notions is a powerful selection of Michael Parenti's most lucid and penetrating writings on real history, political life, empire, wealth, class power, technology, culture, ideology, media, environment, sex, and ethnicity.
Softcover, index, 400pp
"Segregation is back, and only a writer of Jonathan Kozol's wisdom and passion can assess its terrible price, one child at a time. It isn't easy, but before we can craft a solution, we have to feel the shame." —Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed
"Shines a spotlight on poor, minority children, sabotaged and isolated by an educational system tilted to slight them ... His outrage ought to infect us." —Los Angeles Times
Since the federal courts began dismantling the landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, segregation of Black children has reverted to its highest level since 1968. In many inner-city schools, a stick-and-carrot method of behavioral control traditionally used in prisons is now used with students. Meanwhile, as high-stakes testing takes on pathological and punitive dimensions, liberal education has been increasingly replaced by culturally barren and robotic methods of instruction that would be rejected out of hand by schools that serve the mainstream of society.
Filled with the passionate voices of children, principals, and teachers, and some of the most revered leaders in the Black community, The Shame of the Nation directly challenges the chilling practices now being forced upon our urban systems by the Bush administration. In their place, Kozol offers a humane, dramatic challenge to our nation to fulfill at last the promise made some 50 years ago to all our youngest citizens.
By David Barsamian
with Noam Chomsky, Ervand Abrahamian and Nahid Mozaffari
As Washington escalates it's threats against Iran, it's urgent for the movement and everyone impacted by U.S. war in Iran to be informed. To be ready to answer the lies and misrepresentations that the U.S. will use to launch a war against Iran.
In Targeting Iran, David Barsamian examines the issues with three scholars who discuss the political complexities of the conflict. The format is question/answer.
Using Human Rights to Sell War
By Jean Bricmont
Since the end of the Cold War, the idea of human rights has been made into a justification for intervention by the world's leading economic and military powers—above all, the United States—in countries that are vulnerable to their attacks. The criteria for such intervention have become more arbitrary and self-serving, and their form more destructive.
Jean Bricmont's Humanitarian Imperialism is both a historical account of this development and a powerful political and moral critique. It seeks to restore the critique of imperialism to its rightful place in the defense of human rights. It describes the leading role of the United States in initiating military and other interventions, but also on the obvious support given to it by European powers and NATO. Timely, topical, and rigorously argued, Jean Bricmont's book establishes a firm basis for resistance to global war with no end in sight.
Jean Bricmont is professor of theoretical physics at the University of Louvain, Belgium.
Softcover, 192pp, bibliography, notes, index