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The year in reviews

THE BOOKS OF March revisit long-standing struggles and urge us to take a stand and act.

Written against a backdrop all too familiar to anyone familiar with the Israel/Palestine conflict âe" where bulldozers tear down homes, bored young soldiers shoot as soon as look at you, and children are shot dead for throwing stones âe" David Rhodes' Sparrow Story is a warm, funny and beautifully written book to make people who have never thought about the issue of Palestine sit up and take notice. >by Jenny Lynn >fiction

In Terrorism and the Constitution: Sacrificing civil liberties in the name of national security David Cole and James Dempsey show that politically committed U.S. citizens are now, as often as not, the victims of a misunderstanding between effective criminal investigation and the FBIâe(TM)s frequently misleading counterintelligence operations. >by Marcus Williams >counterterrorism

Cathleen With's debut story collection âe" SKIDS âe" has garnered excellent reviews from across the country, bringing her tales of youth in Vancouverâe(TM)s Downtown Eastside, many of them runaways or addicts, to all Canadians. With tackles gender, sexuality, addiction, loss, courage and hope with a passion and compassion born of life experiences. >by Elizabeth Ruth >short fiction

In There Is No Me Without You, American journalist Melissa Fay Greene tells the story of Haregewoin Teffera, a middle-aged, middle-class Ethiopian woman who, through the vagaries of chance, became foster mother to sixty or so of the 1.5 million Ethiopian children who have lost parents to AIDS. Exhaustively researched and beautifully written, itâe(TM)s the bookâe(TM)s shortcomings that are most illuminating. >Yohannes Edemariam >HIV/AIDS

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