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5 From mirage to image: Contest(ed)ing Space in Diasporic Films (1955–2011)

Dominic Thomas Indiana University Press ePub

And then there was no more Empire all of a sudden Its victories were air, its dominions dirt . . . The map that had seeped its stain on a schoolboy’s shirt Like red ink on a blotter, battles, long sieges.

Derek Walcott1

The symbiotic ties linking Africa and France are incontrovertible facts of history. The French presence in Africa has received extensive scrutiny, yet more recently attention has shifted toward those populations of African descent (usually former colonial subjects), immigrants or ethnic minorities (either naturalized subjects or citizens), residing in the French hexagon.2 Findings have underscored the complexity and multidimensionality of this phenomenon and pointed to a broad range of discourses organized around such diverse cultural, political, and social questions as assimilation, incorporation, Islam, globalization, and secularism. On the one hand, European metropolitan centers have continued to exercise a magnetic effect in attracting labor from the global south, yet on the other we have witnessed a disquieting increase in anti-immigrant sentiment and intolerance toward migrant subjects. This has generated revisions to government policy and in some cases blurred the gap between domestic and foreign policy.

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On Rage

IU Press Journals Indiana University Press ePub

Be honest. Who’s unafraid

of the Big, Bad, Bigger

Thomas? The omnipresence

of Knockout games & flash mobs

& black boys

in clothes that don’t fit, droves that won’t quit

stealing what can’t be replaced: guiltless sleep,

the comfort of a block when its blank.


becomes code word for wars the State made from scratch.

Coming up, our mantra was I’m not the one

& we weren’t until we were. Until smooth talk

could no longer keep a policeman’s hands

in brackets.

I don’t remember unlearning

the love & lilt of a first swing,

what Ms. Reilly said

in 6th grade that defused me.

But by 8th it was undeniable:

these hands were best suited to soft gestures: the silly give

of art class clay,

all those quick missives to fairest Rosalinda:

my awkward cursive,

like a swan’s neck

against the paper.

Still, this is where I keep the chimera

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Compassion and Corruption

IU Press Journals Indiana University Press ePub

choosing the difficult path

IN HER NEW book, Good Morning, Mr. Mandela, Zelda La Grange (who served as Nelson Mandela’s personal assistant for many years during his presidency and into his retirement) recounts how she gradually changed and grew into the woman she is today. La Grange describes her life journey and how she was transformed from being a deeply conservative Afrikaans white woman (she herself admits having been an avowed racist) into a more caring person with at least some understanding of how racism dehumanizes black people and how necessary it is to treat others with respect and dignity.

The role Nelson Mandela played in this remarkable journey lies at the heart of the book. In La Grange’s telling, Mandela exudes compassion and understanding for others. He consistently treats even those who have wronged him and should be considered his opponents or enemies with charm and (often) with respect. Even when people made mistakes, even when they faltered and disappointed him, Mandela was almost always ready to forgive. These traits are far removed from what I have come to understand to be the hallmark of most successful politicians, who are eager to put as much distance as possible between themselves and their colleagues who make mistakes or are caught doing something reprehensible or illegal. Showing such regard for others who are not like us and with whose actions we disagree profoundly is also the antithesis of what we, as white South Africans, did during apartheid.

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5. Youth, Sex, and Cake: The Physical Gifts of a Bicycling Lifestyle by Kristen Steele

Amy Walker New World Library ePub

Kristen Steele

I know of something that can turn back the clock on aging, make you more attractive, let you eat chocolate cake without gaining weight, make your penis look bigger, and give you more orgasms. And I’m not hawking the next miracle pill.

While millions of well-intentioned folks are popping pills and pharmaceutical executives are getting rich, there is a much simpler, cheaper, and less risky remedy waiting in your garage. It’s called a bicycle.

Saying cycling is good for you is like saying the sky is blue: it’s fairly obvious that riding a bike is healthy exercise. However, many would-be cyclists are letting their bikes collect dust because cycling seems dangerous. Of course cycling has risks (though far fewer than many prescription remedies). Unlike those pharmaceutical commercials that list all the “possible side effects” in triple speed at the end, I’ll deal with those first.

Cyclists risk injury or death if involved in a serious accident. But risks while cycling are actually relatively low. For example, cycling results in 0.005 injuries per hour, compared with 0.06 injuries per hour for playing soccer or 0.19 injuries per hour for football. Urban cyclists also risk effects from increased exposure to smog.1 But a 2010 study by the Dutch researcher Jeroen Johan de Hartog and his colleagues quantified the risks and benefits of cycling, measuring them in life years lost and gained, and concluded that the gains are about nine times greater than the losses.2

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12 Call to Action

Epstein, Marc J. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Investing in impact is not easy, but the world needs you. The social and environmental issues we face today are tremendous. But investors like you are making great strides in many areas, and there has never been more interest in solving the big problems. Tackling the challenges that lie ahead will require all of us to invest our scarce resources in the most strategic and effective ways possible.

You’ve already chosen to devote your time, money, and other precious resources to help others by promoting positive social and environmental changes. And now you’re making the decision to manage your investments in new ways to create the maximum possible benefits. We’ve all heard about well-meant projects that have languished or failed, and none of us wants to waste resources or fall short of the promises we’ve made to our beneficiaries and ourselves. With good intentions, deep thinking, and careful management, every investor can create better outcomes.

The time is right to focus on impact. Virtually all stakeholders involved with social impact—investors, regulators, community members, trade partners, and beneficiaries—are more interested than ever in making sure that these investments make a difference. While this puts pressure on investors to deliver, it also leads to a great deal more attention toward providing support and resources that can help deliver impact.

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Chapter 4 - Soteriology: The Social Significance of the Atonement

Robert Andelson Shepheard-Walwyn ePub

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.1

I am God and not man, the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come to destroy.2

These amazing words are an affirmation of Gods transcendent freedom. As Brunner tells us, it is not a logical necessity to God to forgive, and there are no human conditions in which we have the right to expect that God will forgive us as a matter of course.3 But because He is free He is able to forgive. He is not bound by iron gyves of cause and effect. The wages of sin is death, and as far as anything man can do about it is concerned, this statement has all the rigid finality of karmic law. Yet what is impossible for man is not impossible for his Creator, hence the statement has a sequel: but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. 4

When we say that God is above law and free, we do not mean that He abrogates law or sets it aside, for that would be a denial of His faithfulness and His consistency. What we mean, rather, is that He has within Himself boundless resources for dealing with the irrefrangible sequence of sin and retribution, stratagems of grace which overcome the law without annulling it. His holiness demands that sin be taken seriously. In the words of Athanasius it was unthinkable that God, the Father of Truth, should go back upon His word regarding death in order to ensure our continued existence. 5 His wrath, which stems inexorably from what Brunner aptly calls the infinite divine self-respect without which His love would not be divine love but sentimentality, 6 is the expression of his inability to regard sin as if it did not matter. But wrath is not His essence; it is not the ultimate category of deity. IfGod is not mocked, neither is His purpose thwarted, and an ultimate reign of wrath would not comport with the realization of His unconditional will for communion with man. This is not the place to elaborate a detailed soteriology; furthermore, it would be dangerously brash to try to lay down apodictically the intricacies of the economy of grace. The meaning of the Atonement is in its fullness ineffable. Still, this much can be said: the Cross which reconciles man to God reconciles at the same time Gods justice to Gods love. This is something man could never do. God alone could do it but at what a price! The divine sacrifice is the immeasurable stratagem which makes the divine forgiveness possible without negating the divine holiness. Any effort to spell this out in literal terms is likely to lead to notions of a rationalistic and artificial character. Let us be content to be grateful for something which transcends analysis, humbly and joyfully affirming the incomprehensible fact that God in His graciousness at infinite cost to Himself takes the initiative in healing the breach created by the willfulness of man.

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22 Seeds of a Commons Movement

Rowe, Jonathan Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Every movement requires a story. To claim the future it must first explain the past.

The true story of the commons does this. It explains how we lost the capacity to see our own wealth. It debunks the myth that privatization is always progress. And it shows how growth has become a form of cannibalism in which the market devours the bases of its own existence.

Many of us know this story at some level, but usually it is a story without a name or solution. The commons provides both: it is the commons that is being devoured and the commons that must be restored. What’s more, it is the commons that opens the way to a politics outside the left/right divide.

Some on the right are starting to see that the market isn’t the answer to every problem. Many on the left are coming to the same conclusion about government. So what’s the alternative? An alternative potentially acceptable to both sides is the commons.

If one looks closely, one can see the seeds of a new commons movement germinating. They’re visible in many places, from local land trusts to your laptop to your tabletop. They’re seen in battles against Walmart, patented seeds, and advertising in schools, as well as in open source software, free wi-fi hot spots, farmers’ markets, time banks, and big ideas like the sky trust.

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1 Meaningful Votes

Edited by Daniel McCool Indiana University Press ePub

The debate over minority voting rights began in earnest the night of April 11, 1865. General Robert E. Lee had surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia two days earlier, and the end of the Civil War was in sight. Washington, D. C., was in a state of exultation, and a boisterous crowd of citizens gathered below a window of the White House, demanding that the president say a few words. Lincoln came to the window and, reading by candlelight, explained his vision for a postwar nation. Among his ideas was a proposal to give some blacks, especially those who had fought in the war, the right to vote. Among the listeners in the crowd was John Wilkes Booth. He muttered to his friend, “That means nigger citizenship. That’s the last speech he’ll ever make.”1

In the aftermath of the Civil War and Lincoln’s assassination, the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution were adopted. The Fifteenth Amendment, which became part of the Constitution in 1870, reads, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.” The debate over the Fifteenth Amendment was contentious; southern states argued that it interfered with states rights. But after the amendment was adopted, the New York Times editorialized that the amendment would “put an end to further agitation of the subject.”2

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Chapter 16 | Optimistic Defeat

Carol O’Keefe Wilson University of North Texas Press PDF

Chapter 16

Optimistic Defeat


he man who had succeeded H. C. Poe as the Temple State Bank’s chief executive early in 1917, T. H. Heard, resigned that position in December of 1918. Heard, the former president of the Heidenheimer Bank, had experienced his own challenges with Jim Ferguson. In late December of

1916 insufficient funds had forced him to turn down a large check that Ferguson had written on an account at the Heidenheimer bank. This had angered Ferguson who, in open court, accused Heard of being full of “Poe poison.” In August of 1917, as the new president of the Temple State Bank, Heard was called before Judge William

Masterson of the Fifty-fifth District Court to explain why he could not turn over the sum of escrow money that Jim Ferguson was presumably holding in the Temple bank in the land sale. There was little Heard could say since Ferguson had spent the money in question.1

Jim reclaimed the presidency of the Temple State Bank but the position had long lost any semblance of prestige. The Fergusons’ personal financial situation remained perilous, but Jim continued to use a sort of “scatter” business approach, investing in a variety of ventures hoping one or more would take hold and flourish. None did. In addition to his newspaper, The Ferguson Forum, Jim owned (or co-owned) a creamery in Bosque County and held stock in a meat market and a produce market, both in Temple. Probably his greatest hope rested in his renewed endeavor: oil speculation. He made several attempts, drilling in Liberty and Eastland Counties, starting his own Money Oil Company, Chance to Lose Oil Company, and Kokernot Oil

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Letting Go of Outcomes

Sinema, Kyrsten Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Since we’re so smart and have all the answers to the world’s problems, you’d think that we progressives would get more done. But sadly, we spend a lot of our time yelling in the corner that the prevailing idea or project or bill is a bad one and the one that we’ve painstakingly created over the course of three years, complete with charts and graphs in a shiny plastic binder, is infinitely better. And really, it should be appreciated. Meanwhile, the compromise package moves forward and wins while we stand forlornly with our three hundred shiny copies of the “good” plan. In this chapter, I posit to you, dear reader, that our obsession with specific, predetermined outcomes limits our ability to find real working solutions that appeal to a broad swath of America.

This chapter is a scary one because it advocates that we put down those shiny plastic binders, store away the charts and graphs, and let go of our predetermined outcomes. By outcome, I mean the thing that you just know will fix the problem du jour. Your seventy-two-page proposal to solve America’s health-care crisis. Your treatise on the solution to the Southwest’s water shortage. Your plan to ensure that every American kid leaves the third grade knowing how to read. Whatever it is, it’s your outcome. It’s predetermined, and you think that it is the way.

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Eight The Hope Plan

Bryant, John Hope Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub


Following World War II, the United States put together an initiative to provide economic and technical support to help Europe rebuild its cities and economies. Called the European Recovery Program but popularly known as the Marshall Plan, after Secretary of State George Marshall, the plan was designed to modernize European industry and remove trade barriers, in addition to revitalizing destroyed cities and putting people back to work.

The program began in April 1948, ran for four years, and was an unqualified success. Those four years of American technical and financial assistance may not have been solely responsible for Europe’s recovery, but it certainly helped, and most leaders today would probably agree that this not only was the right thing to do at the time but also was smart politics and even smarter economics. We are still benefiting from the effects of the Marshall Plan, and our former enemy Germany is today one of the world’s largest, most vital economies as well as one of our principal allies and largest trading partners. (The same is true of Japan, to whom the United States also offered assistance.)

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PART IV Negotiating Interests

David M. Freeman University Press of Colorado ePub

In defense of their water tower and to assemble their contribution to a habitat recovery program, Colorado’s South Platte water providers configured their designs to fit the fundamental realities of their situation. They needed to preserve the integrity of the Nebraska-Colorado Compact, develop alliances with water interests on the lower river near the Nebraska border, prevent opportunistic destructive water raids in the name of legal compliance, and secure water flows for listed species in a heavily appropriated basin.

Interstate water compacts allocate rights to consumptive use (Corbridge and Rice 1999: 534–540; Dunbar 1983). They are treaties made among states, ratified by the respective state legislatures, signed by governors, and adopted by the U.S. Congress. Colorado pioneered the use of compacts to resolve interstate disputes, and its waters are the most compacted of any state (Tyler 2003).

On the South Platte River, Colorado’s water consumption is limited by a compact agreement with Nebraska mandating that if flows fail to equal or exceed 120 cubic feet per second (cfs) of natural flow to Nebraska from April 1 to October 15 each year, Colorado is obligated to curtail the diversions of a specific set of Colorado users with priorities junior to June 14, 1897. Users subject to curtailment are those located downstream of the Washington County line where the South Platte flows through the Balzac/Cooper gauge and is measured into what becomes the “lower river,” about 100 miles long as it winds its way northeast to the Julesburg gauge at the Colorado-Nebraska border (Map 9.1).*

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Graham, John Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.


If you’re already working on a project as a member of an organized group or team, then much of what’s in this chapter has already been done for you. I suggest you skip to the section “Create a Vision for Your Project’s Success.”

ASSUMING YOU’VE identified the problem you’d like to take on, start with these first two steps:

At this stage, you don’t need to become an expert. But you do need to learn enough about your problem to know what you might be getting into.

They could be advocacy organizations, government agencies, professional associations, service clubs, or political groups. Use your favorite Web search engine. Ask friends. Check newspapers and magazines. Maybe a piece of your junk mail is from a like-minded group. If and when you find such a group, download or send for its information. If it’s local, attend a meeting and ask questions.

There may be no organized groups with information you can readily tap. And even if there are, they’re very likely to describe the problem from just their point of view. So do some independent research. Along the way, be skeptical (especially of people who tell you that nothing can be done), and be relentless in pursuing the information you need.

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Something Will Save Us

Hartmann, Thom Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

From The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight:
Waking Up to Personal and Global Transformation

But how did we do this? How could we drink up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the entire horizon? What were we doing when we unchained this earth from its sun? Whither is it moving now? Whither are we moving? … Do we hear nothing as yet of the noise of the gravediggers who are burying God?


WENDY KAMINER WROTE A BRILLIANT BOOK TITLED I’M DYS-functional, You’re Dysfunctional: The Recovery Movement and Other Self-Help. In it she pointed to the pervasive assumptions of dysfunction inherent in the self-help movement and the increasing obsession with emotional and psychological pathology in our culture. She didn’t offer any specific solutions; she only defined the problem. (Although one could say that her solution was really the most elegant of all: see the problem for what it is and refuse to dance the dance. In this she argued forcibly for people to reclaim their own inherent power and emotional health.)

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1 Our Hidden Wealth

Rowe, Jonathan Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

My wife grew up in what Western experts, not without condescension, call a “developing” country. The social life of her village revolved largely around a tree. People gathered there in the evening to visit, tell stories, or just pass the time. Some of my wife’s warmest childhood memories are of playing hide-and-seek late into the evening while adults chatted under the tree.

The tree was more than a quaint meeting place; it was an economic asset in the root sense of that word. It produced a bonding of neighbors, an information network, an activity center for kids, and a bridge between generations. Older people could be part of the flow of daily life, and children got to experience something scarce in the United States today—an unstructured and noncompetitive setting in which their parents were close at hand.

In the United States we spend hundreds of billions of dollars on everything from community centers to kiddie videos to try to achieve those results, with great inefficiency and often much less positive effect. Yet most Western economists would regard the tree as a pathetic state of underdevelopment. They would urge “modernization,” by which they would mean cutting down the tree and making people pay money for what it provided. In their preferred vision, corporate-produced entertainment would displace local culture. Something free and available to all would become commodities sold for a price. The result would be “growth” as economists understand that term.

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