Peace Warriors

posted by Neil on May 31, 2013

Twenty years after The Boys from the Barracks—chronicling the attempted coups in the 1980s—Criselda Yabes returned to the military in the field of Muslim Mindanao,
where the struggle to find peace is taking place to end one of the country’s longest-running insurgencies. Says writer Patricio Abinales: “(This book) is, as far as I know, the first intimate look at everyday life inside military camps. Yabes has given us portrait after portrait of soldiers and officers who fight the country’s internal wars—in all their nobility and their flaws.”
 (Source: Anvil Publishing –

The Islamist

posted by Neil on April 12, 2013

When I was sixteen I became an Islamic fundamentalist:  Five years later, after much emotional turmoil, I rejected fundamentalist teachings and returned to normal life and my family.  As I recovered my faith and mind, I tried to put my experiences behind me, but as the events of 7/7 unfolded it became clear to me that Islamist groups pose a threat to this country the we- Muslims and non-Muslims alike- do not yet understand… This is the first time an ex-member openly discusses life within radical Islamic organizations. This is my story.”  (Taken from the back cover of this book)

A long way gone: memoirs of a boy soldier

posted by Neil on January 21, 2013

Ismael Beah. – USA: Sarah Crichton Books, c2007. 229 p. : 23 cm.

Taken from back cover: “Ishmael Beah describes the unthinkable in calm, unforgettable language, his memoir is an important testament to the children elsewhere who continue to be conscripted into armies and militias” Steve Coll