October 8, 2013
Triangle Square book The Story of the Blue Planet has been nominated for a UK Literacy Association Book Award!
Nominated for the 7-11 year old category, The Story of the Blue Planet is a tale about how a simple planet of children is changed when an adult comes offering big promises in exchange for the children’s youth. A fantastical adventure, beautifully told, unfolds in this deceptively simple tale.
Tags: 7-11 years old, Andri Snær Magnason, book awards, children's books, icelandic authors, literacy awards, nominated, nominated children's books, Story of the Blue Planet, uk literacy association, UKLA
October 8, 2013
Publisher’s Weekly recently reviewed Censored 2014: Fearful Speech in Fateful Times, noting that although these stories are hard to read, and even harder to believe, they are a must.
“This book is evident of Project Censored’s profoundly important work in educating readers on current events and the skills needed to be a critical thinker.”
Read the full review here.
For almost forty years, Project Censored has has worked round-the-clock for the advocacy and protection of First Amendment rights and the freedom of information in the United States. Censored 2014 includes stories that you didn’t hear about, but should have, including the rise of anti-government groups in the US; human rights violations at home and abroad; environmental threats, including fracking; and maybe most importantly, “Junk Food News” and the media’s tendency towards misinformation, deception, and propaganda.
October 5, 2013Berkeley Book Release Party October 5, 2013 @ yPM Moe’s Books 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley
Celebrate the release of Censored 2014: Fearless Speech in Fateful Times at Moe’s Books on Saturday, October 5th at 7pm.
Seven Stories Press has been publishing this yearbook since 1994, featuring the top stories listed democratically in order of importance according to an international panel of judges. Beyond the Top-25 stories, additional chapters delve further into timely media topics: The Censored News and Media Analysis section provides annual updates on Junk Food News and News Abuse, Censored Deja Vu, signs of hope in the alternative and news media, and the state of media bias and alternative coverage around the world. In the Truth Emergency section, scholars and journalists take a critical look at the US/NATO military-industrial-media empire. And in the Project Censored International section, the meaning of media democracy worldwide is explored in close association with Project Censored affiliates in universities and at media organizations all over the world.
October 3, 2013
Exactly one hundred years ago today, President Woodrow Wilson signed the first federal income tax into law. Despite the opposition from the nation’s wealthiest, the new “progressive” tax reform was supported from coast to coast by state legislature and was given the final okay by Congress in 1913.
In an op-ed on Reuters, Sam Pizzigati, editor of Too Much and author of The Rich Don’t Always Win, and John Buenker, an emeritus professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and author of The Income Tax and the Progressive Era, explain that these tax reforms created the middle class, supported the economy and industry, and changed the face of America.
“These high-tax years — for the rich — should have been a time of economic calamity. At least according to the critics of progressive income taxation. But real life proved these critics wrong. Commerce did not cease when the tax code levied steeply graduated rates on U.S.
October 3, 2013
Operation Massacre has long been considered a pioneering piece of true crime reportage in Latin America and is now available in English for the first time. Translator Daniella Gitlin and critic Michael Wood will be discussing the book’s importance in the history of Latin American literature, as well as its relevance today.
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 at 6PM
Labyrinth Books Princeton
122 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ 08542
Rodolfo Walsh’s classic of true-life crime reporting, Operation Massacre, is a detailed account of the night of June 9th, 1956, when twelve men in a Buenos Aires suburb were arrested on suspicion of conspiring against the military government, and were taken to a garbage dump on the edge of the city to be executed. Seven of the men survived and Walsh tracked them down and tells their stories and the aftermath of that fateful night.
Walsh went on to publish four versions of the book in Argentina starting in 1957 and worked tirelessly to seek justice for the men who were killed and to speak out against the military regimes that destroyed so many lives.
October 1, 2013
How did you celebrate Banned Books Week last week?
Unfortunately, media and literary censorship is an issue facing US citizens every week of the year. Project Censored has been fighting since 1976 to bring attention to news stories that have been ignored or under-reported in the mainstream media.
TODAY is the release of Project Censored’s Censored 2014, featuring the annual list of the top 25 under-reported news stories.
Each year, over 200 faculty members, students, and community experts review hundreds of story submissions for coverage, content, reliability of sources, and national significance. The top twenty-five stories are submitted to a panel of judges who then rank them in order of importance. Current and former judges include Michael Parenti, Cynthia McKinney, Howard Zinn, and Noam Chomsky. The twenty-five stories in this year’s edition are clustered by topic in order to provide greater context, with the first and most important topic focusing on past and present whistle blowers and their role in keeping the public informed.
Tags: Banned Books Week, Barbara Jones, Bradley Manning, censored 2014, Freedom to Read Foundation, Lane Tech, Office for Intellectual Freedom, On the Perks of Being a Wallflower, project censored, Project Censored Show
September 30, 2013Subhankar Banerjee, photographer, journalist, activist, and editor of Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point (paperback edition on Oct.8th) gives an update on the latest findings of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.Dear Friend,As you know last Friday, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the first part of a multi-part Fifth Assessment Report. More than a thousand scientists from around the globe contributed to it, the team looked at more than 9,000 scientific publications, 2/3rd of which was published since 2007 (when the last IPCC report AR4 was published), and after all that, representatives from 190 nations signed off on what is called the Summary for Policy Makers that was released on Friday. The findings are consistent with what they had said in 2007, but this time with irrefutable evidence.But the climate deniers are working overtime to discredit the findings and spew their irresponsible and dangerous misinformation. And, if you view my interview with Jaisal Noor of The Real News Network on the IPCC report and then look at the comments posted below, you’ll know that the climate deniers are indeed working overtime, even on weekend.
September 27, 2013
Think the Occupy Movement had no impact in reining in Wall Street and calling attention to massive economic inequality? What would you have done differently? There’s no better way to become a more engaged protester (and citizen) than by looking at protest movements of the past.
Fight the Power!: A Visual History of Protest Among the English Speaking Peoples just released this week.
In Fight the Power! authors Sean Michael Wilson and Benjamin Dickson team up with illustrators Hunt Emerson, John Spelling, and Adam Pasion to recreate the history that matters to the masses through a visually stunning and accessible art form.
From Dublin to Birmingham, from Nelson Mandela to Rosa Parks, Fight the Power! chronicles the protests of the English-speaking nations and shows how, slowly but surely, rights have been won and liberties have been protected by the people, for the people. Fight the Power! illuminates history through the struggles of the Luddites and Swig Riots of the early 1800s up to the Occupy movement, and shows the valuable connections among them.
Tags: Activism, adam pasion, Art, benjamin dickson, comics, Fight the Power!, graphic novel, hunt emerson, john spelling, protest art, protests, sean michael wilson, stand up against oppression, visual protest
September 27, 2013
Check out Jason speaking at the CUNY Graduate Center this Friday, September 27th at 5pm in a panel on the challenges of translating work from India’s many languages for an English-speaking audience.
All events (including the reception) will be held at the James Gallery at the CUNY Graduate Center on Friday, Sept. 27. The symposium is being supported by a grant from Amazon and is co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center, the Walls and Bridges Festival, and the New York Institute for the Humanities. For more information, see the Center for Humanities website.
5:00 – 6:15 p.m.
इंडिया (India, in other words)
With Jason Grunebaum, Christi A. Merrill, and Eliot Weinberger, moderated by Esther Allen
What forces make the contemporary Indian literature written in English so globally prominent even as the literatures of the nation’s many other languages remain, for the most part, obscure?
September 23, 2013
Last week marked the two year anniversary of the beginning of the Occupy Wall Street protests, and Seven Stories Press author Kalle Lasn and Darren Fleet are still excited. The movement that their magazine Adbusters helped create has provided a needed outlet for the current generation to debate and advocate change with a system they believe just doesn’t work today. On this anniversary, Lasn and Fleet have written a manifesto for the ongoing Occupy movement on Globe and Mail.
A little over two years ago, there was the idea that we needed to do something to change our economy. But with the start of that simple demand, the ball began rolling about what we could do to fix the faults with our society. The same sparks that lit the Occupy Wall Street movement are the same ideas that helped ignite the protests and revolutions across the globe. “There is a growing conviction that the things that can happen, will happen.