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Mikhail Gorbachev’s Book

“I was fortunate in being with Margret Thatcher when she met Mikhail Gorbachev in 1984. He did more to end the Cold War than anyone else and it ended without a shot being fired. We need to listen to his wise advice and encourage Vladimir Putin, not just Donald Trump, to act on it. Neither wants war but, as Gorbachev writes, we could end up with it by accident with the world being devastated.” Sir Malcolm Rifkind, former Foreign Secretary and Defence Secretary of the United Kingdom

“Mikhail Gorbachev has written this short book to warn us of the grave risks we now face and to urge us all, political leaders and citizens alike, to take action to address them. He argues that self-serving policies and narrow-minded politics aimed at the pursuit of national interests are taking the place of political principles and overshadowing the vision of a free and just world for all peoples. He offers his view of where Russia is heading and he urges political leaders in the West to recognize that re-establishing trust between Russia and the West requires the courage of true leadership and a commitment to genuine dialogue and understanding on both sides. This succinct account of the immense challenges we now face by one of the world’s greatest statesmen will be of interest to everyone concerned about the current state of the world and its future.” George Schultz

The Book:

Thirty years after the end of the Cold War, world peace is at risk again. The President of the United States has withdrawn from the disarmament treaty with Russia, Europe is disintegrating, China is surging forward and a wave of nationalism and populism is destabilizing established political institutions and endangering hard-won liberties.

In view of this dangerous and unpredictable state of affairs, Mikhail Gorbachev, the last great statesman of the 1989 revolution, has written this short book to warn us of the grave risks we now face and to urge us all, political leaders and citizens alike, to take action to address them. He focuses on the big challenges of our time, such as the renewal of the arms race and the growing risks of nuclear war, the new tension between Russia and the West, the global environmental crisis, the rise of populism and the decline of democracy. He argues that self-serving policies and narrow-minded politics aimed at the pursuit of national interests are taking the place of political principles and overshadowing the vision of a free and just world for all peoples. He offers his view of where Russia is heading and he urges political leaders in the West to recognize that re-establishing trust between Russia and the West requires the courage of true leadership and a commitment to genuine dialogue and understanding on both sides.

This succinct account of the immense challenges we now face by one of the world’s greatest statesmen will be of interest to everyone concerned about the current state of the world and its future.

The Author:

Mikhail Gorbachev was the last leader of the Soviet Union, serving as General Secretary of the Communist Party from 1985 to 1991 and President of the USSR from 1990 to 1991. He played a pivotal role in bringing an end to the Cold War and he was awarded the Noble Peace Prize in 1990.  Since then, he has maintained an active role in world affairs through the Gorbachev Foundation, a non-profit organization which promotes democracy and humanitarian initiatives globally.

China Goes Green Novel

What does it mean for the future of the planet when one of the world’s most durable authoritarian governance systems pursues “ecological civilization?” Despite its staggering pollution and colossal appetite for resources, China exemplifies a model of state-led environmentalism which concentrates decisive political, economic, and epistemic power under centralized leadership. On the face of it, China seems to embody hope for a radical new approach to environmental governance.

In this thought-provoking book, Yifei Li and Judith Shapiro probe the concrete mechanisms of China’s coercive environmentalism to show how “going green” helps the state to further other agendas such as citizen surveillance and geopolitical influence. Through top-down initiatives, regulations, and campaigns to mitigate pollution and environmental degradation, the Chinese authorities also promote control over the behavior of individuals and enterprises, pacification of borderlands, and expansion of Chinese power and influence along the Belt and Road and even into the global commons. Given the limited time that remains to mitigate climate change and protect millions of species from extinction, we need to consider whether a green authoritarianism can show us the way. This book explores both its promises and risks.

The Authors:

Yifei Li is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at NYU Shanghai, and Global Network Assistant Professor at NYU.

Judith Shapiro is Professor and Director of the Masters in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development at American University.

360 Magazine

W.E.B Du Bois Book

W.E.B. Du Bois spent many decades fighting to ensure that African Americans could claim their place as full citizens and thereby fulfill the deeply compromised ideals of American democracy. Yet he died in Africa, having apparently given up on the United States.

In this tour-de-force, Elvira Basevich examines this paradox by tracing the development of his life and thought and the relevance of his legacy to our troubled age. She adroitly analyzes the main concepts that inform Du Bois’ critique of American democracy, such as the color line and double consciousness, before examining how these concepts might inform our understanding of contemporary struggles, from Black Lives Matter to the campaign for reparations for slavery. She stresses the continuity in Du Bois’ thought, from his early writings to his later embrace of self-segregation and Pan-Africanism, while not shying away from assessing the challenging implications of his later work.

This wonderful book vindicates the power of Du Bois’ thought to help transform a stubbornly unjust world. It is essential reading for racial justice activists as well as students of African American philosophy and political thought.

The Author:

Elvira Basevich is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Reviews:

“Unique among books on Du Bois, Basevich originally and persuasively presents a liberal ideal of civic enfranchisement as the heart of Du Bois’ thought.”

Chike Jeffers, Dalhousie University

“A valuable and compelling addition to the literature on Du Bois. Both a useful introduction to those unfamiliar with his thought and an innovative interpretation that will hold the interest of experts, Basevich has achieved a remarkable feat—and produced an apt tribute to her subject.”

I’ll Benjamin McKean, Ohio State University

CORVETTE STINGRAY: THE MID-ENGINE REVOLUTION

Available May 19, 2020

The officially licensed Corvette Stingray: The Mid-Engine Revolution (Motorbooks, May 19, 2020) chronicles the full development story behind Chevrolet’s re-imagined sports car with an engaging, detailed text and photography from GM’s archives and Corvette team members. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the history, detailed, development, and technology of a modern-day supercar masterpiece.

Corvette is Chevrolet’s iconic performance car. Its importance to the brand cannot be overstated. Thus, each new generation is sweated by Chevy’s designers, engineers, marketing staff, and executives to ensure that it sets the bar higher than the preceding version.

With the eighth generation, Chevrolet has done more than raise the bar or move the goalpost—they’ve torn down the stadium and started from scratch. For the first time ever in a production version, the new Corvette features a mid-engine configuration. Though Corvette engineers have experimented with this engine placement over the past several decades, 2020 marks the first time GM has committed it to production cars.

Corvette already had prodigious power on tap, but its front-engine configuration put some limitations on its handling and traction. The new mid-engine Corvette eliminates any final performance barriers and takes the battle to supercar rivals like Ferrari, Lamborghini, and McLaren. Chevrolet has experimented with mid-engine platforms for its legendary sports car since the late 1950s—now it’s reality! Corvette Stingray: The Mid-Engine Revolution takes the reader from those early prototypes through the design and engineering process used to create today’s Corvette Stingray supercar. It’s the Corvette story all enthusiasts will want in their automotive library.

Book Specs
CORVETTE STINGRAY: THE MID-ENGINE REVOLUTION
Available May 19, 2020
Hardcover, 192 pages
ISBN: 9780760367438
Published by Motorbooks

Greg Palast in Mexico Wins Top Journalism Award

Greg Palast in Mexico is Star Attraction, Wins Top Journalism Award

As 2015 Nobel Peace Prize nominee and multiple award winning journalist Daniel Estulin (who introduced Greg Palast at Mexico’s prestigious award show recently wrote about the event: “ Surrounde4d by journalist celebrities from all over the world, Palast along with the absent Julian Assange was the star attraction. He is admired and respected by so many attendees for his fearless reporting against the deep state he so courageously expose. ”

The Association of Mexican Journalists has awarded Greg Palast their 2019 prize for International Reporter for his exposés on the theft of elections from Georgia to Mexico and his reporting from Venezuela.

Recipients are chosen each year by a panel from throughout Latin America. Palast was presented the award at a ceremony held at the organization’s headquarters in Mexico City on Friday, June 7. The ceremony was covered live by the nation’s television outlets, expecting the President of Mexico to appear to present the award. But President Andreas Manuel Lopez Obrador (universally called AMLO) was in the difficult last minutes of negotiating the agreement that backed down U.S. President Donald Trump from his threat to impose tariffs that could have crushed the economies of both nations.

In a nod to the tense moment, the biggest applause from the audience of Latin America’s top journalists came when Palast said, “Most of us in the U.S. oppose the latest Trump tariff tantrum.”

Palast also acknowledged his fellow award recipient, Julian Assange, now imprisoned in Britain, facing extradition to the U.S.

“Assange is in prison today for the sole crime of letting Americans know the truth about their own government and the deadly crimes of our leaders.”

Palast tried to explain the problems that result from America’s press, which is weaker and more submissive to the viewpoint of the moneyed class than the Latin press.

“If my fellow Americans seem as ignorant and crazy as chihuahuas, foolishly electing people like George Bush and Donald Trump, forgive them, because my countrymen don’t get the truth through their news, only exposure to a torrent of cheap propaganda.”

Palast with fellow honoree Stella Collini.

The third international prize went to Argentine Stella Colloni for a lifetime of investigative scoops, including risking her life to expose “Operation Condor,” the CIA’s program to assassinate Left officials in Chile and throughout Latin America. [Photo at right with Palast.]

Palast concluded by recognizing the astonishing courage of Mexico’s reporters. “I am honored to accept this award — from a courageous nation of journalists far more courageous than me, who have given their lives to report the news. All I can do is commit to honor your award by continuing to fight to uncover the truth, whether in Caracas or Mexico or Washington.”


Palast’s acceptance speech:
[original in Spanish]

My esteemed fellow reporters,

If my fellow Americans seem as ignorant and crazy as chihuahuas, foolishly electing people like George Bush and Donald Trump, forgive them, because my countrymen don’t get the truth through their news, only exposure to a torrent of cheap propaganda.

But let me defend my countrymen.

Americans never elected George Bush. In 2000, I discovered how Bush stole the election in Florida. My story for BBC, The British Broadcasting Corporation, was published all over the world — except in my own nation.

And later, in 2006, they stole another election. Here, in Mexico.

I directed an investigation for The Guardian of England that proved, without any doubt, that AMLO [now President Lopez Obrador] had won. That story was completely disappeared from the media in my country.

Don’t blame Americans. They really believe Donald Trump was elected President.

Let me tell you today that that did not happen

Before the 2016 elections, Trump’s political agents eliminated 1,100,000 Black and Hispanic citizens from the voter rolls. If it were not for the purge of these voters and the disappearance of their ballots, Trump would not be President.

I reported this discovery for Al Jazeera and in Rolling Stone magazine, but the U.S. television news kept Americans in the dark.

I’ve brought some copies of my film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, which has subtitles in Spanish, which explains how Trump stole the election and how he can steal the next one in 2020. I do this to protect my countrymen from being blamed for electing this spoiled, rich, fanatic, orange-stained baby.

And permit me to add, most of us in the USA oppose the latest Trump tariff tantrum.

Today, as I accept this honor, I am sadly aware of the absence of my fellow journalist, Julian Assange.

Assange is in prison today for the sole crime of letting Americans know the truth about their own government and the deadly crimes of our leaders.

I am honored to accept this award — from a courageous nation of journalists far more courageous than me, who have given their lives to report the news. All I can do is commit to honor your award by continuing to fight to uncover the truth, whether in Caracas or Mexico or Washington.

Thank you so much.

UTA Signs Common In All Areas

United Talent Agency (UTA) is proud to announce it now represents multi-award-winning artist, actor, activist and producer, Common in all areas worldwide.
Common’s work in the critically acclaimed film Selma earned him an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, a Golden Globe Awardand a Critics’ Choice Award for his single, Glory, featuring John Legend. He most recently was nominated for an Academy Award, a Grammy Award and a Critics’ Choice Award for his song, Stand Up For Something, which he co-wrote alongside Diane Warren. Throughout his career, he has been nominated for 20 Grammy Awards, winning three of them and an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor.
Common co-founded Freedom Road Productions with his longtime manager Derek Dudley. Freedom Road executive produced the critically-acclaimed Showtime series, The Chi and has many projects slated for 2019. On the music front, he recently formed the hip hop supergroup, August Greene, a collaboration with producers Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins. The trio took home a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for their song, Letter to the Free.
Common is widely known for his commitment to philanthropy and activism and is the founder of the Common Ground Foundation, a non-profit that seeks to empower underprivileged youth to be strong citizens of the world. Common joined musician Andra Day in performing their Oscar and Grammy-nominated track, Stand Up For Something, at the March For Our Lives anti-gun violence rally in Washington, D.C. He is also a part of the Recording Academy’s newly formed Diversity Task Force led by former Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama, Tina Tchen.
Additionally, Common has appeared in multiple roles in both major films and television series. His previous features include John Wick: Chapter 2 alongside Keanu Reeves, Selma with David Oyelowo, Suicide Squad alongside Will Smith, Viola Davis, and Margot Robbie and Barbershop: The Next Cut with Ice Cube. On the television side, he has appeared in The Chi,The Mindy Project, and The Simpsons. Common has a busy Fall with two major studio projects set for release; Warner BrosSmallfoot and the highly-anticipated Fox film, The Hate U Give. His film Three Seconds is set for release in early 2019.
Common continues to be represented by manager Derek Dudley and legally by David Fox of Myman Greenspan Fox.
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