Other Lands Have Dreams: Letters From Pekin Prison

Other Lands Have Dreams: Letters From Pekin Prison

by Kathy Kelly



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781904859284
Publisher: AK Press
Publication date: 05/01/2005
Series: Counterpunch Series
Pages: 175
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Kathy Kelly, twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, is the founder of Voices In The Wilderness, a group dedicated to breaking the US embargo on Iraq by contributing humanitarian aid, and providing 'human shields' to protect against bombing. She is also a key organiser of the protests against the School of the Americas, for which she was imprisoned.

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pjsullivan on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book is a good antidote to the mainstream media. This is the American assault on Iraq without the spin, as witnessed by an unembedded American who was there voluntarily, in solidarity with the local people. It is a cry of protest against what Americans are doing to the rest of the world, specifically to Iraq. The sanctions against Iraq were "child abuse" and "child sacrifice." The United Nations is a "battered woman" bullied by the U.S. rogue superpower, the "world's greatest killing machine," which has an "unfortunate addiction" to war making. The suffering the author relates is horrendous, and it is real. Americans need to know about it. This book is important because it exposes ongoing crimes that depend upon secrecy. From our "abysmally failed foreign policies" she proceeds to our "abysmally failed" prison system, as seen from the inside. She complains of "absurdly long sentences," dehumanizing and cruel treatment, and disrespect for the family ties of inmates. Nonviolent lawbreakers are being scapegoated while lethal crimes in high places are ignored. She asks, are prisons necessary? And suggests alternatives, at least for nonviolent criminals. Not a comfortable read, but important. Although the sanctions are now history and the focus of American imperialism has shifted from Iraq, this book is by no means out-of-date. Would that it were!