For more than a hundred years, the Nobel Prizes have been the worlds most prestigious awards. But the annual announcement of the winners often provokes astonishment and disapproval. How can a prize for peace go to people who are widely considered war criminals? And why arent actual peacemakers receiving the recognition they deserve? Journalist Emil Bobi investigates the truth behind the Nobel Foundations imperious grandstanding, asks uncomfortable questions about the treatment of Alfred Nobels fortune and last wishes, and reveals the political motives underlying the award selection process. A massive scandal is brewing beneath the awards shiny surface. Corrupt practices and accusations of funds mismanagement are jeopardizing the future of the illustrious award. A million-dollar lawsuit is underway and the powerful Nobel Foundation is nervously working all the angles to prevent investigations and even ban them by law. The authorities are trying their best to avoid dealing with the case. Its time to scrutinize and reconsider a binational treasure. Emil Bobi traveled to Stockholm and Oslo to talk to awardees, foundation officials, politicians, regulators, advocates, and opponents. The result is a shocking tale of politics and crime. Emil Bobi is an investigative journalist and has visited numerous areas of conflict and war, like the collapsing states of the Eastern Bloc and countries torn apart by civil wars like Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Rwanda, and many more. Before that, he spent 15 years uncovering political and societal affairs for the Austrian news magazine Profil. His reports repeatedly attracted international attention and forced an Austrian secretary of state and a bishop to resign. Hes been awarded for his journalistic work multiple times and lives in Vienna and Southern Styria.
Chessa´s husband, Darren Richards, is a behind-the-scenes narcissistic abusive alcoholic. None of that changes when he becomes the leading candidate for president of the United States. Chessa´s worries about her husband reach a fevered pitch as he closes in on winning the nation´s highest office. How can she support his candidacy, even if it will mean becoming first lady? Meanwhile Darren´s opponent, Leif Mitchell, is selected from his humble life as a stable hand and country rock singer to run for political office. His charm and leadership pave the way for him to become a national hero and a real threat as the leading Republican presidential candidate. A powerful Darren will stop at nothing to bring Leif down, causing Leif to reconsider his high road approach to politics. When Chessa finds out Leif is preparing to seek revenge on Darren in an attack that not only will destroy her husband´s candidacy but will probably cost innocent lives as well, she is suddenly faced with a decision: Should she preserve peace at all costs, protecting those who would become collateral damage as a result of the ensuing battle and in turn sacrificing her freedom and risking her own life? Should she try to stop Leif, which may ruin his chances but save his soul? The Peace Maker is based on the story of David and Abigail in the Bible´s first book of Samuel, a story of hardship, struggle, courage, and faith that God will lead his people if they but let him. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elli Raven. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/039868de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Bachelor Thesis from the year 2015 in the subject Politics - International Politics - Region: Near East, Near Orient, grade: 2,3, University of Bamberg, language: English, abstract: Since the establishment of an Israeli state on May 14, 1948, there has been conflict between the Israeli and the Palestinian people.The conflict was fueled by Israel ?s occupation of the historic regions of Palestine in 1967, which included the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are controlled by Israel. Today many Palestinian refugees are still suffering under the military pressure and of the blockades of the borders by Israel. It is not surprising that the Palestinian people want to free themselves from the occupation by Israel and establish their own autonomous state. That is why the Palestine Liberation Organization, was established in 1969 that saw a military fight and the destruction of Israel as the only options for liberating Palestine at that time. In 1974, the PLO indirectly recognized Israel as a state. The Arabic states liked the idea that a national authority should be established in the free parts of the Palestinian territories. Hence the Arabic States recognized the PLO as the only legitimate representation of the Palestinians. Over time, many Palestinian parties were established such as Fatah, who articulated and transferred its interests through the PLO and constituted the government of the Palestinians before the elections in 2006. Hamas, as the major opponent of Fatah, which was listed as a terrorist organization by the international community until today, was elected as the (quasi) government in the Gaza Strip in 2006. Since then, tensions between Palestinians (respectively Hamas) and Israel increased. After the elections of Hamas, there have been several attacks by Israel and Hamas. In November 2012, Israel and Hamas agreed on a ceasefire. However, both Israel and Hamas launched minor attacks against each other. In doing so, both have violated the agreements of the ceasefire, which still remained at that time. It can be said that a cold peace, existed between both Hamas and Israel. Until the outbreak of the Gaza War in 2014, there have been no major military operations by Israel and no major rocket attacks by Hamas. It can be said that a cold peace existed between both the Hamas and Israel. However, on June the 8th, 2014, Hamas fired large numbers of rockets into Israel and initiated the
Shortly after arriving in the White House in early 1933, Franklin Roosevelt took the United States off the gold standard. His opponents thought his decision unwise at best and ruinous at worst. But they could not have been more wrong. With The Money Makers, Eric Rauchway tells the absorbing story of how FDR and his advisors pulled the levers of monetary policy to save the domestic economy and propel the United States to unprecedented prosperity and superpower status. Drawing on the ideas of the brilliant British economist John Maynard Keynes, among others, Roosevelt created the conditions for recovery from the Great Depression, deploying economic policy to fight the biggest threat then facing the nation: deflation. Throughout the 1930s, he also had one eye on the increasingly dire situation in Europe. In order to defeat Hitler, Roosevelt turned again to monetary policy, sending dollars abroad to prop up the faltering economies of Britain and, beginning in 1941, the Soviet Union. FDR´s fight against economic depression and his fight against fascism were indistinguishable. As Rauchway writes, ´´Roosevelt wanted to ensure more than business recovery; he wanted to restore American economic and moral strength so the US could defend civilization itself.´´ The economic and military alliance he created proved unbeatable - and also provided the foundation for decades of postwar prosperity. Indeed, Rauchway argues that Roosevelt´s greatest legacy was his monetary policy. Even today, the ´´Roosevelt dollar´´ remains both the symbol and the catalyst of America´s vast economic power. The Money Makers restores the Roosevelt dollar to its central place in our understanding of FDR, the New Deal, and the economic history of 20th-century America. We forget this history at our own peril. In revealing the roots of our postwar prosperity, Rauchway shows how we can recapture the abundance of that period in our own. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Walter Dixon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/001765de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Margaret Roach has been harvesting 30 years of backyard parables - deceptively simple, instructive stories from a life spent digging ever deeper - and has distilled them in this memoir along with her best tips for garden making, discouraging all manner of animal and insect opponents, at-home pickling, and more. After ruminating on the bigger picture in her memoir And I Shall Have Some Peace There, Margaret Roach has returned to the garden, insisting as ever that we must garden with both our head and heart, or as she expresses it, with ´´horticultural how-to and woo-woo.´´ InThe Backyard Parables, Roach uses her fundamental understanding of the natural world, philosophy, and life to explore the ways that gardening saved and instructed her, and meditates on the science and spirituality of nature, reminding her listeners and herself to keep on digging. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Margaret Roach. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/000842de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Terry Copps tireless teaching, research, and writing has challenged generations of Canadian veterans, teachers, and students to discover an informed memory of their countrys role in the Second World War. This collection, drawn from the work of Terrys colleagues and former students, considers Canada and the Second World War from a wealth of perspectives. Social, cultural, and military historians address topics under five headings: The Home Front, The War of the Scientists, The Mediterranean Theatre, Normandy/Northwest Europe, and The Aftermath. The questions considered are varied and provocative: How did Canadian youth and First Nations peoples understand their wartime role? What position did a Canadian scientist play in the Allied victory and in the peace? Were veterans of the Mediterranean justified in thinking theirs was the neglected theatre? How did the Canadians in Normandy overcome their opponents but not their historians? Why was a Cambridge scholar attached to First Canadian Army to protect monuments? And why did Canadians come to commemorate the Second World War in much the same way they commemorated the First? The study of Canada in the Second World War continues to challenge, confound, and surprise. In the questions it poses, the evidence it considers, and the conclusions it draws, this important collection says much about the lasting influence of the work of Terry Copp. Foreword by John Cleghorn.
Continuing her journey from a deeply religious Islamic upbringing to a post at Harvard, the brilliant, charismatic and controversial New York Times and Globe and Mail #1 bestselling author of Infidel and Nomad makes a powerful plea for a Muslim Reformation as the only way to end the horrors of terrorism, sectarian warfare and the repression of women and minorities. Today, she argues, the world´s 1.6 billion Muslims can be divided into a minority of extremists, a majority of observant but peaceable Muslims and a few dissidents who risk their lives by questioning their own religion. But there is only one Islam and, as Hirsi Ali shows, there is no denying that some of its key teachings-not least the duty to wage holy war-are incompatible with the values of a free society. For centuries it has seemed as if Islam is immune to change. But Hirsi Ali has come to believe that a Muslim Reformation-a revision of Islamic doctrine aimed at reconciling the religion with modernity-is now at hand, and may even have begun. The Arab Spring may now seem like a political failure. But its challenge to traditional authority revealed a new readiness-not least by Muslim women-to think freely and to speak out. Courageously challenging the jihadists, she identifies five key amendments to Islamic doctrine that Muslims have to make to bring their religion out of the seventh century and into the twenty-first. And she calls on the Western world to end its appeasement of the Islamists. ´´Islam is not a religion of peace,´´ she writes. It is the Muslim reformers who need our backing, not the opponents of free speech. Interweaving her own experiences, historical analogies and powerful examples from contemporary Muslim societies and cultures, Heretic is not a call to arms, but a passionate plea for peaceful change and a new era of global toleration. In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo murders, with jihadists killing thousands from Nigeria to Syria to Pakistan, this book offers an answer to what is fast becoming the world´s number one problem.
Leary and Mundy return in the RCN series.#10 in the nationally best-selling Republic of Cinnabar Navy space adventure series.Cinnabar´s chief spymaster is a mother also - and her son is determined to search for treasure in the midst of a civil war. Who better to hold the boy´s hand - and to take the blows directed at him - than Captain Daniel Leary, the Republic of Cinnabar Navy´s troubleshooter, and his friend the cyberspy Adele Mundy?The only thing certain in the struggle for control of the mining planet Corcyra is that the rival parties are more dangerous to their own allies than to their opponents. Daniel and Adele face kidnappers, hijackers, pirates and a death squad - even before they can get to their real business of ending the war on Corcyra. Only with planetary peace can the boy they´re escorting get on with his mission.The boy thinks the treasure he´s looking for is a thousand years old. Daniel and Adele know that it´s probably a dream - but if the treasure is real, it just might be tens of thousands of years older than anyone imagines, and incalculably more valuable! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Victor Bevine. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/016052de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
"Sense shines with a double luster when it is set in humility. An able yet humble man is a jewel worth a kingdom." (William Penn) Of all the original 13 colonies in America, only one owes its conception to one man, and indeed, Pennsylvania was and still remains bound up in the life and character of its founder, William Penn. Here was a man born into a military family who saw his father rise through the ranks of the 17th-century English court to become a friend of the king, and he even considered a military career for himself, only to leave it all behind to become a member of the "Society of Friends"; known colloquially as the Quakers. Few today know much about the Quakers. Whenever the subject of Quakerism slips into conversation, most picture a rosy-cheeked fellow in a simple black overcoat, and a wide brim hat atop his thick, cloud-white hair, inspired by the famous logo of the Quaker Oats company. In spite of the stereotype, Quakers today come in all colors, shapes, and sizes, with the more liberal folk sporting trendy haircuts, tattoos, and various piercings. They call themselves ´´Friends”, a starkly different but very devout following of God. They strive for a world empowered by peace and acceptance, an ambitious mission fueled by diversity, blind to race, gender, or creed. As amicably harmless as the Friends might appear, there was once a time when being a Quaker was at the very best an instant conviction, and at the very worst a death sentence. Their unorthodox ideals were considered poisonous and potentially dangerous by authorities, who would fight time and time again to stamp out the flames of their movement, but still, they weathered storm after storm. And while the peace-loving followers of Christ were famed for their views of harmony, by no means were they feeble opponents. Not only would they persevere in the face of persecution, theirs was a movement so powerful that it stood strong for centuries, and ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Norman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/107937de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the number one best-selling author Saxon Andrew comes the fourth book in the best-selling Annihilation Series, Tommy´s Tale. The Stars Realm is finally at peace and the Algeans are now allies of the Realm. The Gardner´s youngest child, Tommy, has made a quest to free the captured Alfont from the Captors that have held them imprisoned for more than sixty million years. The Captors are hundreds of millions of years more advanced technologically than the Stars Realm Military and nothing in the Realm´s arsenal can match their ships, some of which are more than 3,000 miles in diameter. The Captors have annihilated more than a million planets whose starships had the misfortune to stumble into their domain and Tommy is putting the Realm on a collision course with these beings that show no mercy. What the Realm doesn´t know is that the Captors are coming no matter what course Tommy decides to follow. The difference maker in the coming conflict could be two Algean adolescents that have started their education. These two will find redemption for all the destroyed worlds their race harvested and perhaps even more than redemption, each other. The Annihilation Series continues and the action is non-stop as the Stars Realm fights to survive its most dangerous opponent. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Liam Owen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/027328de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.