The Common Good
June 2005

New and Noteworthy

by Molly Marsh | June 2005

Imperial Training

Imperial Training

The School of the Americas: Military Training and Political Violence in the Americas, by Lesley Gill, is a thorough, well-written account of U.S. military imperialism, as it’s been practiced through the Georgia-based School of the Americas. Gill interviewed SOA-trained military leaders from the United States, Colombia, Honduras, and Bolivia; anti-SOA activists; and those who bear the brunt of the school’s devastating legacy - peasant farmers in Colombia and Bolivia. Duke University Press.

Peaks and Valleys

The Appalachians covers the region’s broad musical terrain and history - its 22 tracks contain everything from gospel to bluegrass and country. Lonesome wails run alongside instrumentals, June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash sing of "The Road to Kaintuck," Ricky Skaggs takes on the "Soldier of the Cross," and everybody has a good time in "Hillbilly Fever." Dualtone.

Public Stewardship vs. Private Profit

Thirst takes a look at the fierce debate raging around the world over water - who does it belong to? Directors Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman interview community members in the U.S., India, Bolivia, and Japan who are trying to keep global companies from seizing control of local water. The hour-long DVD includes special features, such as interviews, an activist tool kit, and a delightful vignette of "water" poetry.

Broken Values

Losing Moses on the Freeway: America’s Broken Covenant with the 10 Commandments, by Chris Hedges. The New York Times reporter and former war correspondent devotes a chapter to each commandment - with an epilogue on love - and, through stories about himself and others, looks at the struggle to understand and follow them. A thoughtful and interesting reminder about what the commandments really point us toward: our life-giving relationships with God and others. Free Press.

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