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These aren't nonsense

Issue No. 1769

NEW INTERNATIONALIST magazine has just released three more 'No-Nonsense Guides'. They are £7 and are available from Bookmarks-phone 020 7637 1848 or go to

World History by Chris Brazier

FROM PRIMORDIAL soup to the collapse of the 'Asian Tigers' in 130 pages is something of a task, but in this book it's a journey that makes sense. Brazier examines the great civilisations of South America, West Africa, ancient China and India. He also pays special attention to the role of women throughout history, and tries to look at history through the eyes of the oppressed and exploited. Throughout the book he keeps one eye on modern capitalism and the fight against it. I came away feeling that we need to know our history in order to counter their myths.


Sexual Diversity by Vanessa Baird

THIS BOOK looks at the way that different forms of gender and sexuality have been an accepted part of different societies. Sexual minorities have also often been severely oppressed. Baird explores this history, including the role of the state and major world religions, and the attitudes of science and medicine.

It also talks about how sexual minorities have fought back against their oppression. The book presents information in an easily readable form. It's a book for activists-short, but packed with information that every socialist can use to counter the bigots and build the fight against oppression today.


International migration by Peter Stalker

WHILE ECONOMIC globalisation seeks to remove all barriers to the free movement of capital around the world, the movement of people is met with ever harsher restrictions.

This excellent guide demolishes the myths which sustain attacks on refugees. Stalker challenges the assumption that migrants take jobs. Immigrants create jobs and pay more in tax than they claim in welfare. Globalisation is creating greater inequality. This forces migrants to undertake perilous journeys to provide cheap labour which benefits business in rich countries.

This book will prove an invaluable resource for all those struggling for social justice.


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Mon 1 Oct 2001, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1769
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