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Fidel Castro Fascinated by Book on Bilderberg Club
Will Weissert

Fidel Castro is showcasing a theory long popular both among the far left and far right: that the shadowy Bilderberg Group has become a kind of global government, controlling not only international politics and economics, but even culture.

Los Mangos Fall-Winter Children's Program
Pamela Thompson

It is hard to believe, but it is time to start planning the fall-winter events and projects here in Puerto Vallarta! Plans are now in the works for weekly children’s program at Sally’s Corner of the Puerto Vallarta Public Library, Biblioteca Los Mangos, and volunteers are needed.

Krystal Hotel Hosts New Book Signing by One of Vallarta's Oldest Living Legends
Maria Elizabeth Torres de Gonzalez

You are welcome to attend the celebration of the first printing and release of the newly completed novel by Puerto Vallarta's own living legend, Josefina Cortes Lugo de Torres, born in 1918, when Puerto Vallarta was still named Las Peñas.

Mary Renault's 'The Charioteer' Reviewed
Alex Gomez

This is not only my favourite book of all time; it's also one of the best written I've ever read, to the extent that when I first read it at seventeen, I thought Renault had written it for me. Not only as an example of exceptional writing, but also as something I could believe in...

Mexico City is a Metastasis, Says Author Guillermo Fadanelli
Claudia Herrera-Pahl

Mexico City is the second largest metropolis in the world. In his work, renowned Mexican author Guillermo Fadanelli portrays the dark side of his home - marked by drugs, prostitution and corruption.

An Honest Look at Obama's First Year
David Swanson

Most commentary on President Barack Obama either beats him up unfairly because he's not a Republican or cuts him extra slack because he's not a Republican. If, in the privacy of your own home, you want to pause and review the main events of the first year or more of this presidency, as recorded by someone who obviously doesn't care about partisan boosting, I recommend Paul Street's new book "The Empire's New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power."

Alan Hart's Epic History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Clarity Press

This is the third volume in the series ZIONISM, THE REAL ENEMY OF THE JEWS, an epic journey through the propaganda lies and the documented truth of history as it relates to the making and sustaining of the conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel.

Police Procedural Tells of King Assassination
Lynn Bonney

April 4, 1968. Martin Luther King Jr. is shot on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. Hampton Sides, has returned to his childhood memories to explore the two men whose lives became linked on that April night: King and James Earl Ray.

Annual Hiroshima Day Poem
Sherwood Ross

Annual Hiroshima Day poem based on John Hersey book from Sherwood Ross; sketch by Andrei Ross

Fidel Castro Releases Excerpts of New Book
Tom Leonard

Fidel Castro has released excerpts of a book about the Cuban revolution ahead of publication. However, the 833-page The Strategic Victory fail to reveal any new information, with the Cuban leader writing long-windedly about his childhood, university years and his life in his twenties.

Dread and Redemption: A History of Monstrous Mexico City
Benjamin Dangl

In El Monstruo: Death and Redemption in Mexico City, long-time journalist and author John Ross summons the magic of Mexico’s history, making it shine through the political blood and city smog. This monstrous work is spiced with humor, murder mysteries, gossip, and haunting detail.

Castro Book Reveals Little New About His Youth
Andrea Rodriguez

Fidel Castro's new book spins tales of his childhood, university years and life through his 20s in his whimsical and long-winded style - but contains little information that hasn't appeared in other sources.

Book by an Innocent Victim Suggests Torture by U.S. was Widespread
Sherwood Ross

Although U.S. officials have attributed the torture of Muslim prisoners in their custody to a handful of maverick guards, in fact such criminal acts were widely perpetrated and systemic, likely involving large numbers of military personnel, a book by a survivor suggests.

Boxing Great Sugar Ray Robinson Cared for His Opponents in the Ring
Sherwood Ross

Sugar Ray Robinson, ranked by the Associated Press as the greatest boxer of the 20th Century, also exhibited a caring and compassionate nature that matched his talent.

Mexico's "Murder City" Out of Control, Says Author
Robin Emmott

Feuds between rival cartels in northern Mexico have spun out of control, unleashing a wave of bloodshed security forces are unable to subdue, the author of a new book on Mexico's escalating drug war said.

Howard Zinn: "The Bomb"
David Swanson

The late Howard Zinn's new book "The Bomb" is a brilliant little dissection of some of the central myths of our militarized society.

Dispersing Power: New Book on Bolivian Social Movements
Benjamin Dangl

Raúl Zibechi’s first book translated into English, reports on and analyzes social struggles and indigenous community organizing in and around El Alto, Bolivia.

Mary Renault's 'The Last of the Wine' Reviewed
Alex Gomez

I've always seen 'The Last of the Wine' as the natural sequel to Renault's 'The Charioteer', because of the three male protagonists and would-be lovers in the first, two of them trying to live their lives according to Plato's (by means of Socrates) treatise on love, The Phaedrus.

The Poverty Solution: Just Give Money to the Poor
Melinda Burns

In an urgent new book, Just Give Money to the Poor: The Development Revolution from the Global South, three British scholars show how the developing countries are reducing poverty by making cash payments to the poor from their national budgets.

British Scientist Uncovers 'Secret Messages' Hidden in Plato's Ancient Text
David Derbyshire

A British academic claims to have uncovered codes that suggest the Greek philosopher was a secret follower of Pythagoras and shared his belief that the secrets to the universe lie in numbers and maths.

Live Dangerously: Ten Easy Steps to Becoming a Radical Homemaker
Shannon Hayes

When Shannon Hayes made a list of easy steps for becoming a radical homemaker, she didn't realize just how revolutionary they were.

The New National Security State
t r u t h o u t

In this exclusive excerpt from his forthcoming spy thriller, "Inside Out," former CIA operative turned bestselling author Barry Eisler takes us on a tour of the darkest crevices of the new National Security State.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist Reviewed
Alex Gomez

'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' is a brief but very dense and intense read, which I recommend to anyone with suspicions about American foreign policy and an open mind. Or even someone closed off, that it might open his/her mind.

Mexican Author Carlos Monsivais Dies at Age 72
Mark Stevenson

Examining his own country like a pop anthropologist, Monsivais chronicled Mexico's historic upheavals, social trends, and literature for over 50 years. He was also known as a tireless and ubiquitous activist for leftist causes.

'Black Minutes' Sheds Light On Corruption In Mexico
Oscar Villalon

As an attorney general was quoted as saying in Alan Riding's best-selling book, Distant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans, "Wherever you put your finger, pus comes out." In his tightly written, surprisingly lyrical noir novel, The Black Minutes, Mexican author Martin Solares works within this grim given.

The Intersectionist: Sy Montgomery's "Birdology"
Leslie Thatcher

When I read my first Sy Montgomery book last summer, I was so moved and delighted, I gobbled up her whole oeuvre as fast as I could. The punishment for my greed was having to wait until now for a new book, "Birdology: Adventures with a Pack of Hens, a Peck of Pigeons, Cantankerous Crows, Fierce Falcons, Hip Hop Parrots, Baby Hummingbirds, and One Murderously Big Living Dinosaur."

Disorder in the Court

These are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts, and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while these exchanges were actually taking place.

The Private Love Letters of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor: New Book Reveals Intimate Details of Their Romance
Sam Kashner & Nancy Schoenberger

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor famously fell in love on the set of the 1963 epic Cleopatra. In the ensuing 13 years, theirs was to become the most notorious, celebrated and vilified love affair of the century.

Opening Soviet Archives Providing New Insight Into Stalin’s Mind
Sherwood Ross

Much of the information shedding light on the character of the dictator is being unearthed from the archives of the Soviet Union, opened in the 1990s after the collapse of Communism, and which is the source material for a series of some 25 books titled The Annals of Communism, published by Yale University Press.

Science vs. the Bible: Reconciling Genesis and the Big Bang
Lauren Green

God created the universe in six days. Science says it took 15 billion years. How to reconcile those numbers? If you're Gerald Schroeder, the answer is simple: Do the math. The math, however, is not so simple.

The Hacker and the Hack
David Kamp

If you’re a latecomer to the Stieg Larsson phenomenon, here, briefly, is the deal: Larsson was a Swedish journalist who edited a magazine called Expo, which was devoted to exposing racist and extremist organizations in his nativeland. In his spare time, he worked on a trilogy of crime thrillers.

U.S. Poets in Mexico 2011 in Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Sheila Lanham

With a talented community of poets from the U.S. and Mexico, 80-degree days and stunning beaches with a clear, turquoise surf - the January 2011 workshops will be one of our most thought provoking AND relaxing events to date!

The Case for Socialism
Eleanor J. Bader

It’s obvious that if you repeat something often enough, in an authoritative voice, listeners will begin to believe what you say. That’s the theory behind both advertising and conservative media.

Book Signings at Daiquiri Dick's

On Sunday, May 30th from noon to 3 pm, Banderas Bay area authors Doug Danielson, Robert Hardin, and Bob Lamb will sign editions of their recently published books on the beach behind one of Puerto Vallarta's most famous restaurants, Daiquiri Dick's.

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