Wars in the 21st century are wars against the earth: against natural resources like water, soil, forests, minerals, seeds. The global corporate economy based on the idea of limitless growth has become a war economy and the means it uses are instruments of war. Trade wars. Water wars. Food wars.
In a compelling and rigorously documented exposition, Shiva demolishes the myths propagated by corporate globalisation in its pursuit of profit and power by demonstrating its flawed assumptions and devastating fallouts.
Corporate control violates all ethical and ecological limits. It promotes technologies of production based on genetic engineering, geo-engineering and toxins; industrial development that entails the forcible appropriation of land, rivers, mountains; agribusinesses that deplete nature’s diversity; land-grab in Africa, Asia, South America. Exploitation of this order incurs the kind of ecological and economic debt that is unsustainable, unbailable and unbearable.
Making Peace with the Earth outlines how a paradigm shift to earth-centred politics and economics is our only chance of survival; and how collective resistance to corporate exploitation can open the way to a new environmentalism of interdependence and earth democracy.
About the author
Vandana Shiva is an Indian philosopher, environmental activist, author and eco feminist. Shiva, currently based in Delhi, has authored more than 20 books. She is one of the leaders and board members of the International Forum on Globalization (along with Jerry Mander, Edward Goldsmith, Ralph Nader, Jeremy Rifkin, et al.) and a figure of the global solidarity movement known as the alter-globalization movement. She has argued for the wisdom of many traditional practices, as is evident from her interview in the book Vedic Ecology (by Ranchor Prime) that draws upon India’s Vedic heritage. She is a member of the scientific committee of the Fundacion IDEAS, Spain’s Socialist Party’s think tank. She is also a member of the International Organization for a Participatory Society. She was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1993. Past publications include Soil Not Oil (2008) and Staying Alive (2010).
Join Bill Nasson as he tells the story of South Africa at war against Germany, Italy and Japan, its unpreparedness at the start, its surprising sucess in rising to the challenge, and the huge impact the war had on South African society and on expectations of change.
Jacana is pleased to share a book preview of the German book, Afropolis: City/Media/Art, which has now been translated into English.
The flipping preview contains an entire contents page, which delineates the five different cities (Cairo, Lagos, Nairobi, Kinshasa, Johannesburg). The preface, foreword, and the three first chapters from the Cairo section make up the bulk of the preview of the book, which takes a fascinating look at the African metropolis.
Metropolises often evoke images of flashy high-rise buildings, permanent background noise, backed-up cars and people moving quickly in all directions in their masses. New York, Tokyo, London, Sao Paulo. But what about Cairo? Lagos? Nairobi, Kinshasa, Johannesburg?
More than half of the world‘s population lives in cities. Countries of the South in particular are facing fast-paced globalisation, with the highest rates of urbanisation taking place in African cities. Beyond Western models of urban development, African cities are creating their own urban structures, topography and cultures. How do these structures work? How do the residents of these cities organise their daily lives? What discussions are taking place in Africa about the history and future of cities? And how are artists thinking about and representing urban life in Africa?
Lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched, Afropolis is the product of an exhibition developed by the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne, Germany. The book focuses on the Big Five of African cities: Cairo, Lagos, Nairobi, Kinshasa and Johannesburg, and brings together positions of artistic and cultural studies, as well as detailed histories and the specific dynamics of these African cities, in order to expand our understanding of the concept of urbanity and the phenomenon of the City from an African perspective.
This is the first time the book is available in English.
Christian Hanussek, born in Frankfurt am Main in 1953, is an artist, author and curator currently based in Berlin. He studied art and art theory at the Städelschule in Frankfurt and at ateliers 63 in Haarlem (NL). His art often combines three-dimensional painting with film and video, and his works include a number of permanent installations. Since 2001, he has published a series of articles on art from Africa. In 2005/2006, he curated his project Gleichzeitig in Africa… with exhibitions, seminars and discussions in several German cities.
Kerstin Pinther is a Professor for African Art at the Department of Art History, Freie Universität Berlin. Until early 2010, she was a research fellow at Goethe University Frankfurt/Main. Within her general research fields of photography and visual cultures in West Africa, she is presently focusing on architecture and urbanity in Africa, and on specific issues related to Africa’s contemporary art and cultural production in a global context. Her most recent publication is Wege durch Accra. Stadtbilder, Praxen und Diskurse (2010). Kerstin Pinther curated the exhibition Black Paris. Kunst und Geschichte einer schwarzen Diaspora (2006). She has spent periods of research in Accra, Paris, Lagos, and Cairo.
Bill Nasson’s South Africa at War, 1939–1945 is the first history of South Africa’s involvement in World War II to appear for a very long time. It is written by one of South Africa’s leading historians, who has specialised in writing the history of war.
With characteristic brio, erudition and good humour, Bill Nasson tells an illustrated story of South Africa at war against Nazi Germany, its unpreparedness at the start, its surprising success in rising to the challenge, and the huge impact the war had on South African society and on expectations of change. It explores the impact, both immediate and in a wider historical context, of the 1939–45 crisis upon the Union and its divided and often volatile society. Touching on a broad range of experiences and events – military, political, economic and social – here is an evocative portrayal of a largely neglected episode in South Africa’s modern history.
About the author
Bill Nasson is a professor in the History Department at the University of Stellenbosch and is one of South Africa’s leading historians. In 2011 he won the Recht Malan Prize for Best Non-Fiction for The War in South Africa: The Anglo-Boer War 1899–1902, which was also shortlisted for the Alan Paton Award. He specialises in the history of war in modern South African society and his works have been translated into Dutch, German, French and Italian.
Pre-order your copy of Annie Bell’s Baking Bible from Jacana Media and receive a 20% discount. Books will be delivered at the end of September:
In this beautifully illustrated book, Annie Bell explains the techniques that produce perfect results every time, whether baking sponge cakes, biscuits, brownies, muffins, macaroons or meringues.
She creates sweet treats for all occasions, from children’s birthdays to Christmas, sharing her fail-proof recipes that will ensure you never again bake a cake that fails to rise or sinks in the middle. With recipes inspired from Britain, France, America and a number of places in between, this is an indispensable guide to becoming a brilliant baker.
It’ll make your mouth water and ensure you impress and delight with really great chocolate brownies, delicious carrot cake, tangy lemon and polenta cake plus the oh-so-easy and yum breads and pancakes.
Justice Richard Goldstone has been invited to join a UN-backed inquiry into the death of UN secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld. Hammarskjöld died in 1961 in an plane crash on the way to a peace mission in the Congo. Susan Williams examines the controversy surrounding his death in Who Killed Hammarskjöld?.
Justice Richard Goldstone has been invited to join a new United Nations (UN) backed inquiry into the death of UN secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld who died in 1961 in an air crash on a mission to prevent newly independent Democratic Republic of the Congo spiralling into civil war.
A survivor and several witnesses said the aircraft was shot down, but a UN inquiry into the crash dismissed the claims. Eight months before Hammarskjöld’s death, Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba had been assassinated in Katanga.
Kasrils welcomed the various “London Recruits” present in the audience, as well as the Dutch activist, Klaas de Jonge, whose “footprint in our history is rather large.” He and his wife, Helen Pastoors, brought weapons into the country from Maputo over several years, burying equipment in dead letter boxes, and providing sketches to incoming MK cadres.
The book, which was first published in the UK by Merlin Press, is a collection of narratives written by those who served the anti-apartheid movement, mostly recruited from the Young Communist Party.
Dennis Walsh showed the patterned inside of the false-bottomed suitcase that deceived the eye in order to conceal its contents. It was one of some 200 similar pieces of luggage that were constructed to serve this purpose. “It worked brilliantly,” said Walsh. “It was a small contribution but we were very proud to have made it.”
Tim Jenkins unpacked a shopping bag which contained “a real live leaflet bomb”. Initially conceived of as the “bucket bomb”, the design that Kasrils had taught him to create. However, “a nice white boy like me would never be seen carrying a bucket around town” so a modified plan permitted him to wander around town undetected carrying a supermarket packet instead. “Beneath my green tea, facial tissues and poppadums,” said a grinning Jenkins, as he unpacked his groceries, “is this big fat battery, the timer, the explosives…”
A vibrant and fascinating question and answer session ensued, with many old friends in the audience recollecting and reconnecting, concluding a tremendously successful launch.