May 2011 News

  • New review calls Birth Matters “so clear and simple”

    New review calls Birth Matters “so clear and simple”

    May 25, 2011

    "While reading, one question remained. What did Ina May propose that we do about all of this? She presented a lot of problems, but did she have a solution? I am happy to report that Ina May does propose real solutions so that you and I can take action immediately. Read this book only if you want to shed light on the problems with our current birth culture and want to see real, lasting change."

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  • TIME Magazine interviews Ina May Gaskin

    TIME Magazine interviews Ina May Gaskin

    May 25, 2011

    "Gaskin's methods have the respect of clinicians around the world (there is even an obstetric maneuver named after her). Now 71, she is credited with reviving what was essentially a dead profession in the U.S., inspiring scores of women to enter the field and helping found the Midwives Alliance of North America. But even while midwives attend more births in the U.S. — about 7.5% in 2008 — they're finding it increasingly hard to get practice agreements with doctors and hospitals. In her latest book, Birth Matters: A Midwife's Manifesta (Seven Stories, April 2011), Gaskin argues that America needs midwives more than ever." -- TIME Magazine

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  • Ina May Gaskin’s book Birth Matters “truly delivers”

    Ina May Gaskin’s book Birth Matters “truly delivers”

    May 25, 2011

    "In the new book Birth Matters: A Midwife's Manifesta by Ina May Gaskin, you'll learn that having a baby can be empowering, exhilarating, and — believe it or not — it could be pain-free ... For both new moms and mothers of experience, Birth Matters truly delivers." -- Eagle Tribune

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  • Review of The Sweetest Thing by author Thomas Hauser

    Review of The Sweetest Thing by author Thomas Hauser

    May 25, 2011

    The Sweetest Thing by Mischa Merz recounts the author’s experiences as a forty-something amateur boxer. “I can hit,” she quotes Wolfe as saying. “I can hit hard. I hit like a man, and I’m gonna hurt you. When you get in that ring with me, you better have your soul right, because I’m gonna destroy you. I’ll have no conscience about what I’ll do to you. I’m trying to survive, and I’ll destroy anything I come in contact with before it destroys me. I’m a natural killer. You gonna bully me? My parents died when I was a kid. I lived on the streets, eating out of trash cans. I lived with killers. How you gonna bully me in a boxing ring?” Bernard Hopkins couldn’t have said it better.

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  • Noam Chomsky on the assassination of Osama bin Laden

    Noam Chomsky on the assassination of Osama bin Laden

    May 20, 2011

    As the Atlantic inquiry observes, “The decision to kill bin Laden outright was the clearest illustration to date of a little-noticed aspect of the Obama administration's counterterror policy. The Bush administration captured thousands of suspected militants and sent them to detention camps in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay. The Obama administration, by contrast, has focused on eliminating individual terrorists rather than attempting to take them alive.” That is one significant difference between Bush and Obama. The authors quote former West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, who “told German TV that the U.S. raid was ‘quite clearly a violation of international law’ and that bin Laden should have been detained and put on trial,” contrasting Schmidt with US Attorney General Eric Holder, who “defended the decision to kill bin Laden although he didn't pose an immediate threat to the Navy SEALs, telling a House panel on Tuesday that the assault had been ‘lawful, legitimate and appropriate in every way’.”

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  • Elizabeth Abbott on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s affair

    Elizabeth Abbott on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s affair

    May 20, 2011

    Arnold Schwarzenegger is a traditional man! His cheating on Maria followed the age-old tradition of the sexual Double Standard that accommodates extramarital sex for husbands by allowing them to have mistresses or concubines. Nobody understood this better than Bill Clinton, who offered this definitive explanation of why he dallied with Monica Lewinski: “Because I could.” And so could and did Schwarzenegger, with Patty Baena as well as, the rumor mill alleges, legions of other women. Like other high-powered, dynamic and powerful men, his sense of entitlement and invulnerability prompted him to do what he wanted, when and with whom he wanted it. Or as Woody Allen, shrugging off vitriolic criticism for having committed adultery with his step-daughter, put it: “The heart wants what the heart wants.”

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  • Sacramento News & Review on Gary Webb’s new anthology

    Sacramento News & Review on Gary Webb’s new anthology

    May 19, 2011

    ""The Killing Game": Selected Writings by the Author of Dark Alliance demonstrates that what [Gary Webb] did, all the time, was investigative reporting. He did it like other people walk or breathe. Gary corralled facts, sniffed out leads, tracked down documents and then put them into a story that wasn’t just coherent, it was interesting and important."-- Sacramento News & Review

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  • Derrick Jensen reads from “Upping the Stakes” and answers reader questions

    Derrick Jensen reads from “Upping the Stakes” and answers reader questions

    May 19, 2011

    Derrick Jensen joined Orion Magazine staff and readers for a live web event on May 17, 2011. Jensen read from his essay in the May/June 2011 issue of Orion, "To Live or Not to Live," and answered questions submitted by listeners on this and other essays he's written for his column "Upping The Stakes." Listen to the audio here.

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  • Angela Y. Davis at ASU: “education, not incarceration”

    Angela Y. Davis at ASU: “education, not incarceration”

    May 18, 2011

    Davis discussed her reasons for calling for drastic changes in imprisonment in an ASU lecture titled “Education or Incarceration? The Future of Democracy” sponsored by Project Humanities in conjunction with the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. According to Davis, more African-American men are entangled in the justice system today than were enslaved in 1850. “The United States has 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of the world’s prisoners, and the highest incarceration rate in the world,” she said.

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  • 3:AM Magazine names Nelson Algren “cult hero”

    3:AM Magazine names Nelson Algren “cult hero”

    May 18, 2011

    Nelson Algren was very much like John Steinbeck. Both were from families of modest means, both came across the harsh realities of their fellow human beings and those who had missed out on the American dream. But where Steinbeck wrote of migrant workers with a poetic optimism, Algren wrote of urban dwellers with a naturalistic pen. Like Stephen Crane’s Maggie, Algren’s Francis Majcinek is the victim of forces he cannot control, and is resigned to a tragic fate.

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