Circle in the Darkness: Memoir of a World Watcher

Circle in the Darkness: Memoir of a World Watcher

by Diana Johnstone

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Overview

Circle in the Darkness recounts veteran journalist Diana Johnstone's lifelong effort to understand what is going on in the world, seeking the truth about our troubled times beyond the veils of government propaganda and media deception. For Johnstone, the political is personal. From her experience of Cold War hostilities as a student in Yugoslavia, in the movement against the U.S. war against Vietnam, in May '68, in professional and alternative journalism, in the historic peace movement of the 1980s that led to the reunification of Germany, in the transformation of the German Greens from peace to war party and the European Union's sacrifice of democracy to “globalization”, her critical viewpoint dissects events and identifies trends.

She recounts in detail how the Western left betrayed its historical principles of social justice and peace and let itself be lured into approval of aggressive U.S.-NATO wars on the fallacious grounds of “human rights”. Subjects range from caustic analysis of the pretentious confusion of French philosophers to the stories of many courageous individuals whose struggle for peace and justice ended in deep personal tragedy, with a great deal in between.

Circle in the Darkness is a lucid, uncompromising tour through half a century of contemporary history intended especially for those who may aspire against all obstacles to change its course for the better.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781949762136
Publisher: Clarity Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/01/2020
Pages: 444
Sales rank: 609,191
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Diana Johnstone, PhD, a native of Minnesota, raised in New Deal Washington, has spent more than half her life in Europe as a political observer and journalist, working for Agence France Presse, for In These Times as European Correspondent, and as press officer for the Green Group in the European Parliament. She holds a BA in Russian Area studies and a PhD in French literature. She is author of three books including Fools' Crusade: Yugoslavia, NATO and Western Delusions., and co-author with her father, Paul H. Johnstone, of From Mad to Madness: Inside Pentagon Nuclear War. Planning.

Table of Contents

Part I Looking for the World

1 Memories of Memories 2

2 The Rest of the World 15

3 An Educational Marriage 30

Part II The Right Thing to Do

4 Vietnam Everywhere 48

5 May in Minnesota 70

6 People's Diplomacy 82

7 Time to Go 98

Part III Lost Causes

8 Decade of Uncertainty 110

9 Italy's Hot Cold War 130

10 Land Where My Father Died 147

Part IV The Plots Thicken

11 From Afghanistan to Iran 160

12 Heresy Defines Religion 168

13 Deep State Power Struggles 174

14 The Bulgarian Disconnection from Reality 183

15 The Israeli Connections 193

Part V The Fate of Peace-Seekers

16 Dinner with Dr. Sartawi 206

17 The Mysterious North 212

Part VI The Franco-German Couple

18 Mitterrand Meets the Markets 220

19 The Ideological Pendulum 233

20 The New Germany 242

21 Great Power Politics Takes Over 257

Part VII The European Non-Parliament

22 New World Order or New World Disorder? 266

23 What Are We Doing Here? 275

24 Lost in the Balkans 288

Part VIII The Joint Criminal Enterprise

25 The Scene of the Crimes 302

26 Serbia Alone 315

27 The War NATO Needed 325

Part IX The Age of Destruction

28 From One War to Another 340

29 Globalizing France 354

30 The Bedouin and the Zionist 362

31 Black Humor Is No Joke 377

32 Wars and Elections 387

Part X It Can't Go On Like This

33 Phased Out 404

34 Hubris and Humanity 413

35 Truth 424

Index 425

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