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Download E-books Who Controls the Internet?: Illusions of a Borderless World PDF

By Tim Wu

Is the web erasing nationwide borders? Will the way forward for the web be set via net engineers, rogue programmers, the United international locations, or strong international locations? who is relatively in command of what is occurring at the Net?
In this provocative new booklet, Jack Goldsmith and Tim Wu inform the interesting tale of the Internet's problem to governmental rule within the Nineties, and the resultant battles with governments all over the world. it is a booklet in regards to the destiny of 1 idea--that the net could unencumber us eternally from govt, borders, or even our actual selves. We examine of Google's struggles with the French govt and Yahoo's capitulation to the chinese language regime; of ways the ecu Union units privateness criteria on the web for the whole global; and of eBay's struggles with fraud and the way it slowly realized to belief the FBI. In a decade of occasions the unique imaginative and prescient is uprooted, as governments time and time back assert their energy to direct the way forward for the web. The future of the net over the subsequent a long time, argue Goldsmith and Wu, will replicate the pursuits of strong countries and the conflicts inside of and among them.
While acknowledging the numerous sights of the earliest visions of the web, the authors describe the recent order, and chatting with either its extraordinary virtues and unavoidable vices. faraway from destroying the web, the event of the decade has result in a quiet rediscovery of a few of the oldest features and justifications for territorial executive. whereas territorial governments have unavoidable difficulties, it has confirmed demanding to exchange what legitimacy governments have, and more durable but to exchange the procedure of rule of legislation that controls the unchecked evils of anarchy. whereas the web will switch a few of the ways in which territorial states govern, it's going to no longer lower the oldest and so much basic roles of presidency and demanding situations of governance.
Well written and jam-packed with attention-grabbing examples, together with colourful pics of many key avid gamers in net heritage, it is a paintings that's absolute to stir heated debate within the our on-line world neighborhood.

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Download E-books Gnarr: How I Became the Mayor of a Large City in Iceland and Changed the World PDF

In the epicenter of the area monetary predicament, a comic introduced a comic story crusade that didn’t appear so humorous to the country’s top politicians . . .

It begun whilst Jón Gnarr based the easiest get together in 2009 to satirize his country’s political method. The monetary cave in in Iceland had, in any case, brought about the world-wide meltdown, and fomented common protest over the country’s leadership.

Entering the race for mayor of Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital, Gnarr promised to get the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park into downtown parks, loose towels at public pools, a “drug-free Parliament by way of 2020” . . . and he swore he’d holiday all his crusade promises.

But then whatever unusual begun taking place: his crusade started to prevail. And within the party’s electoral debut, the easiest social gathering emerged because the greatest winner. Gnarr rapidly proposed a coalition govt, even though he governed out companions who had no longer noticeable all 5 seasons of The Wire.

And similar to that, a guy whose past foreign-relations adventure consisted of a radio convey (in which he frequently crank-called the White condo and police stations within the Bronx to determine in the event that they had came upon his misplaced pockets) used to be quickly assembly overseas leaders and being taken heavily because the mayor of a eu capital.

Here, Gnarr recounts the way it all occurred and, with admirable candor, describes his imaginative and prescient of a extra enlightened politics for the longer term. the purpose, he writes, isn't really to be afraid to get involved—or to tackle the method.

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Download E-books The Golden Cage: Three Brothers, Three Choices, One Destiny PDF

By Shirin Ebadi

"If you don't have the facility to overthrow the guideline of oppression, tell others of the oppression."―Persian proverb

For over fifty years the Shah Pahlavi dynasty governed Iran till Ayatollah Khomeini's 1979 Islamic Revolution seized strength and commenced its personal reign of tyranny. The questions on the revolution form The Golden Cage whereas the solutions make clear Islamic Iran's present occasions and let us know why it strives for nuclear power, chants "Death to Israel," and claims to be the main strong strength within the heart East and Muslim world.

background probably is healthier defined via existence tales we every one can carry dearly. The Golden Cage is one such tale approximately 3 brothers the writer knew via their sister, Pari, a adolescence good friend. each one brother subscribes to another political ideology that tears Iran and their lives aside. As Pari observes, her brothers stay deluded lives in golden cages of ideology. those phrases mark the start of this tale, illuminating the multifaceted, oppressive Iran of this day and years prior.

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Download E-books Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste: How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdown PDF

By Philip Mirowski

On the onset of the nice Recession, as apartment costs sank and joblessness soared, many commentators concluded that the industrial convictions in the back of the catastrophe may now be consigned to background. but within the harsh gentle of a brand new day, assaults opposed to govt intervention and the worldwide force for austerity are as powerful as ever. Never allow a significant hindrance visit Waste is the definitive account of the wreckage of what passes for financial inspiration, and the way neoliberal principles have been used to unravel the very trouble that they had created. Now up to date with a brand new afterword, Philip Mirowski’s sharp and witty paintings presents a roadmap for these seeking to break out today’s faulty fiscal dogma. 

From the Hardcover edition.

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Download E-books Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream PDF

By Barbara Ehrenreich

The bestselling writer of Nickel and Dimed is going again undercover to do for America’s in poor health center classification what she did for the operating poor

Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed explored the lives of low-wage staff. Now, in Bait and turn, she enters one other hidden realm of the economic climate: the shadowy international of the white-collar unemployed. Armed with a believable résumé of a pro “in transition,” she makes an attempt to land a middle-class job—undergoing profession training and character checking out, then trawling a sequence of EST-like boot camps, activity gala's, networking occasions, and evangelical job-search ministries. She will get a picture makeover, works to venture a profitable angle, but is proselytized, scammed, lectured, and—again and again—rejected.

Bait and turn highlights the folks who’ve performed every little thing right—gotten collage levels, built marketable talents, and outfitted up notable résumés—yet became again and again at risk of financial ruin, and never easily a result of vagaries of the company cycle. Today’s ultra-lean companies show pride in laying off their “surplus” employees—plunging them, for months or years at a stretch, into the twilight region of white-collar unemployment, the place activity looking turns into a full-time activity in itself. As Ehrenreich discovers, there are few social helps for those newly disposable workers—and little safety even in the event you have jobs.

Like the now vintage Nickel and Dimed, Bait and turn is alternately hilarious and tragic, a searing exposé of financial cruelty the place we least anticipate it.

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Download E-books Witchcraft and the Rise of the First Confucian Empire (SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture) PDF

By Liang Cai

Contests long-standing claims that Confucianism got here to prominence below China’s Emperor Wu.

whilst did Confucianism turn into the reigning political ideology of imperial China? A pervasive narrative holds it was once throughout the reign of Emperor Wu of the Han dynasty (141–87 BCE). during this booklet, Liang Cai keeps that this sort of date could were too early and offers a brand new account of this alteration. A hidden narrative in Sima Qian’s The Grand Scribe’s files (Shi ji) shows that Confucians have been a powerless minority within the political realm of this era. Cai argues that the infamous witchcraft scandal of 91–87 BCE reshuffled the facility constitution of the Western Han forms and supplied Confucians an opportune second to grab energy, evolve right into a new elite classification, and set the tenor of political discourse for hundreds of years to come.

“Through an in depth research of the surviving textual facts, Witchcraft and the increase of the 1st Confucian Empire presents a strong photograph of the destruction of 1 order within the final years of the reign of Emperor Wu and the construction of a brand new elite less than Huo Guang. although those occasions have already been the topic of at the least one special English-language examine … the narrower timeframe and extra targeted narrative in Liang Cai’s learn offers an excellent extra robust photograph of the long-lasting aftermath of Emperor Wu’s witchcraft trials.” — Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society

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Download E-books Rogue Cartoonist: The Internet Perils of a Citizen-Muckraker PDF

By Ben Garrison

"Rogue Cartoonist" tells the tale of an self reliant artist and muckraker named Ben Garrison. In 2008, the large banks have been bailed out. Ben wrote his senators and congressman and requested them to vote opposed to the bailout, however the invoice handed besides. Ben made up our minds balloting used to be no longer powerful. He desired to do extra. He desired to do what the mainstream media wasn't doing. He desired to ring alarm bells. He turned a citizen muckraker. In 2009, he made up our minds to attract editorial cartoons to aid create information of a starting to be police nation, corrupt politicians, and a dysfunctional procedure of cash. He begun importing the cartoons to message forums on the web. They unfold like wildfire. Many went 'viral.' Ben's cartoons have been republished on many good blogs. He acquired loads of encouraging electronic mail. Then a legion of web trolls all started attacking him. He obtained hate mail. His cartoons have been altered via nameless entities. The trolls defaced his paintings into anti-Semitic and racist hatred whereas ensuring they left his identify at the cartoons. They unfold the libel day-by-day and for 5 lengthy years. net se's started identifying up the detest. Ben's popularity was once ruined by way of an invisible horde of haters. in the beginning he made up our minds to disregard the trolls, yet they did not develop bored. as a substitute they ramped up their assaults on social media. Cyber bullying and trolling became an enormous challenge on the web. Ben explains that darkish facet and in his e-book he unmasks a number of the trolls. He explains why it really is tricky to convey them to justice. He describes the recognition of web memes between children. His e-book encourages others to develop into citizen muckrakers. It additionally serves as a warning—those who're potent may also face big assaults from nameless trolls who're out to close down the loose speech of these talking out opposed to executive corruption.

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Download E-books History and Revolution: Refuting Revisionism PDF

By Mike Haynes

In History and Revolution, a bunch of revered historians confronts the conservative, revisionist developments in old enquiry which were dominant within the final two decades. starting from an exploration of the English, French, and Russian revolutions and their remedy by way of revisionist historiography, to the debates and topics bobbing up from makes an attempt to downplay revolution’s function in heritage, History and Revolution also engages with numerous trendy revisionist historians, together with Orlando Figes, Conrad Russell and Simon Schama.

This vital ebook indicates the shortcoming of revisionism to give an explanation for why thousands are moved to behave in defence of political explanations, and why particular political currents emerge, and is an important reassertion of the concept that of revolution in human improvement.

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Download E-books Nationalism and Cultural Practice in the Postcolonial World (Cultural Margins) PDF

By Neil Lazarus

This wide-ranging learn comprises person chapers on modernity, globalization and the "West," nationalism and decolonization, cricket and renowned attention within the English-speaking Caribbean, and African pop tune. Neil Lazarus bargains prolonged discussions of the paintings of such influential writers, critics and activists as Frantz Fanon, C. L. R. James, Edward stated, Gayatri Spivak, Samir Amin, Raymond Williams, Paul Gilroy and Partha Chatterjee. This e-book is a politically centred, materialist intervention into postcolonial and cultural reviews, and constitutes a massive reappraisal of the debates on politics and tradition in those fields.

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Download E-books Terror Tunnels: The Case for Israel's Just War Against Hamas PDF

By Alan M. Dershowitz

At a time whilst Israel is lower than continual attack—on the battlefield, by way of overseas organisations, and within the courtroom of public opinion—Alan Dershowitz provides a strong case for Israel's simply conflict opposed to terrorism.

In the spirit of his overseas bestseller The Case for Israel, Dershowitz exhibits why Israel's fight opposed to Hamas is a struggle not just to guard its personal electorate, yet for all democracies. The geographical region of the Jewish humans is delivering a version for all who're threatened by way of terrorist groups—such as ISIS, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram.

Having himself been in a single of the Hamas terror tunnels, Dershowitz explains why Israel had no selection yet to ship in floor troops to guard its civilians opposed to Hamas demise squads.

Dershowitz wrote this e-book to warn the realm that until Hamas's technique of construction terror tunnels and firing rockets from at the back of human shields is denounced and stopped—by the foreign neighborhood, the media, the academy, and solid humans of all religions, ethnicities, and nationalities—it could be coming quickly "to a theater close to you."

Covering all of the hot-button issues—from the BDS circulation, to the increase of anti-Semitism, to the cost of battle crimes, to the customers of peace—Terror Tunnels: The Case for Israel's simply struggle opposed to Hamas is a must-read for all who care approximately Israel, peace within the Mideast, human rights, and equity.

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