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Linguistic Nationalism, Institutional Decay, and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka

Author: Neil DeVotta

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804749244

Category: Political Science

Page: 276

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In the mid-1950s, Sri Lanka’s majority Sinhalese politicians began outbidding one another on who could provide the greatest advantages for their community, using the Sinhala language as their instrument. The appeal to Sinhalese linguistic nationalism precipitated a situation in which the movement to replace English as the country’s official language with Sinhala and Tamil (the language of Sri Lanka’s principal minority) was abandoned and Sinhala alone became the official language in 1956. The Tamils’ subsequent protests led to anti-Tamil riots and institutional decay, which meant that supposedly representative agencies of government catered to Sinhalese preferences and blatantly disregarded minority interests. This in turn led to the Tamils’ mobilizing, first politically then militarily, and by the mid-1970s Tamil youth were bent on creating a separate state.
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Author: Brad Thor

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1847395295

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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A weapon designed to decimate the Roman Empire has just become the No.1 threat to the United States. Caught live on Al Jazeera in an off-the-books operation, Scot Harvath's career has been terminated. But when the tide in the War on Terror suddenly turns against the US, the president has no choice but to secretly enlist the help of the man the administration has just fired. Ducking a congressional subpoena, Harvath travels to the Mediterranean, where he learns of a shadowy organization that has been combing the earth for decades in search of the ultimate weapon to use against the USA and her allies. Now, after three summers of record-breaking heat across Europe, one steadily melting Alpine glacier has given up an ancient secret - one with the potential to thrust civilization back into the Dark Ages. From Cyprus, London and Paris, to Italy, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia, Harvath must race against the clock to stop one of the greatest evils ever to face the western world. Look out for the adrenaline-fuelled new Brad Thor novel, Code of Conduct, published in July 2015!
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The Costs and Consequences of American Empire

Author: Chalmers Johnson

Publisher: Metropolitan Books

ISBN: 1429928115

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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An explosive account of the resentments American policies are sowing around the world and of the payback that will be our harvest in the twenty-first century. Blowback, a term invented by the CIA, refers to the uninted consequences of American policies. In this sure-to-be-controversial book, Chalmers Johnson lays out in vivid detail the dangers faced by our overextended empire, which insists on projecting its military power to every corner of the earth and using American capital and markets to force global economic integration on its own terms. From a case of rape by U.S. servicemen in Okinawa to our role in Asia's financial crisis, from our early support for Saddam Hussein to our actions in the Balkans, Johnson reveals the ways in which our misguided policies are planting the seeds of future disaster. In the wake of the Cold War, the United States has imprudently expanded the commitments it made over the previous forty years, argues Johnson. In Blowback, he issues a warning we would do well to consider: it is time for our empire to demobilize before our bills come due.
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How Do You Fight Something You Cannot See? The Second of the Jonathan Savage Trilogy

Author: Paul V. Walters

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing

ISBN: 1625160682

Category: Fiction

Page: 302

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London, 2012. A deadly virus is released on a late night tube. In seconds 23 innocent commuters die a horrible death. Chief inspector Moore of New Scotland Yard's terror unit is assigned the case. However, before he can begin the investigation, another attack occurs in a Camden pub and London is now a terrorized city. Bio Defence Inc., a shadowy government organization, is enlisted to work with the terror unit to determine what appears to be an international terror attack on British soil. But is it? Moore suspects that these bio terrorism attacks are somehow connected and go all the way to the highest level of the sitting government. Miranda Phillips is back pulling the strings; hell bent on revenge in any way she can, destroying all her enemies in her quest to eliminate the ultimate prize, Jonathan Savage. Can Moore stop the deadly game of cat and mouse before the U.K. goes into meltdown? Blowback is a thrill a minute roller coaster ride and a fitting follow up to Final Diagnosis.
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Author: Bill Pronzini

Publisher: Speaking Volumes

ISBN: 1612320686

Category: Fiction

Page: 152

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He's just gotten some bad news, and its impact has made him immobile and fearful. He's always known that the racking cough was not just something that was going to go away, that the ache in his chest was indicative of something more serious. And now he's found out that he has a lesion on his lung which could be malignant. He's set to sit and wait and do nothing else until he gets the results, but is swayed into action by a call from an old buddy of his from the service, Harry Burroughs.Harry has an isolated fishing camp in Northern California. Currently, he has several people in residence. Recent events have convinced him that the place is a powderkeg waiting to erupt into violence. Therefore, the call to Nameless. What Nameless finds on his arrival is a simmering situation, mostly caused by the presence of a very erotic woman by the name of Angela who is there with her extremely jealous husband, Ray, who is even more combustible because he's a heavy drinker. Angela is a woman who plays sweet but gets deep underneath a man's skin and is nowhere near as innocent as she would have folks believe.And then the murders start. The first doesn't seem to have anything to do with the situation when a rug dealer is killed in his van. But then the inhabitants of the camp become targets, including Nameless. He faces more than the usual share of danger as he is entombed in a cave. The book has a little bit of everything-sexual intrigue, theft, murder, violence-all leavened by Nameless searching for the truth in a high tension environment.
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Author: Bob McElwain

Publisher: Foremost Press, Inc.

ISBN: 097897042X

Category: Fiction

Page: 324

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Thugs burst into Dr. Wade Turklen's home, brutally assaulting and slashing the throats of his wife and two daughters. He is shot and left for dead. Was his family the victims of a random attack or was he the target, and his family killed only to cover that fact? Fueled by hatred and bent on revenge, he sets out on a mission that may very well destroy the very essence of whom he believes himself to be.
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A Vanessa Pierson Novel

Author: Valerie Plame,Sarah Lovett

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101598565

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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Introducing Blowback, an exhilarating new espionage thriller by former CIA ops officer Valerie Plame and thriller writer Sarah Lovett. Covert CIA ops officer Vanessa Pierson is finally close to capturing Bhoot, the world’s most dangerous international nuclear arms dealer. One of her assets delivers explosive intel: Bhoot will be visiting a secret underground weapons facility in Iran in just a few days. But just as Pierson is about to get the facility location, an ambush leaves her informant dead. Now Pierson has two targets: Bhoot and the asset’s sniper. When all the Agency’s resources aren’t enough to protect her assets from Bhoot’s assassin, Pierson risks going rogue and jeopardizing a fellow ops officer who is also her secret lover. With each day, the pressure of the manhunt mounts, forcing Pierson to put her cover and career—and life—at risk. With rapid-cut shifts from European capitals to Washington to the Near East, and with insider detail that only a former spy could provide, Blowback marks the explosive beginning to a thrilling new series. From the Paperback edition.
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The Adventures of a Millionaire Dope Smuggler

Author: Michael Forwell,Lee Bullman

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0283070846

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

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'I thought I was the biggest dope smuggler. I wasn't. He was' Howard Marks On 29 June 1988 Michael Forwell (aka The Fox) had it all - fast cars and speedboats, a nightclub in Bangkok, homes around the world. And a ship heading towards California carrying 72 tons of high-grade Thai marijuana, his last deal before going straight. On 30 June the DEA seized the ship in the biggest dope bust in history . . . and very soon Michael had nothing at all. A mild-mannered, public school educated Englishman who abhors violence, Michael was not the most likely drug smuggler but he was certainly one of the most successful. Now he shares his astonishing adventures as he found ever more inventive ways to smuggle dope from South-East Asia to the US. By the eighties Michael was juggling aliases, dodging the authorities and making millions of dollars. Until that final deal, too good to pass by, went horribly wrong and he was forced to go on the lam. Fast-paced and funny, Blowback takes us on an adrenalin-charged journey with a charming rogue, revealing the fun he had and the price he ultimately paid.
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Enzo Macleod 5

Author: Peter May

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1782068899

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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THE FIFTH ENZO THRILLER, FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF COFFIN ROAD, ENTRY ISLAND AND THE LEWIS TRILOGY. PUY-DE-DÔME, FRANCE. A Silenced Man. Footprints in the snow lead to the murder scene of Marc Fraysse, France's most celebrated chef - brutally shot before he could make the revelation of his career. A Determined Man. Seven years on and the mystery still raw, Enzo Macleod, forensic investigator, forays into the heated world of haute cuisine to uncover bitter feuds and a burning secret. A Hunted Man. The Fraysse family history is as twisted as Enzo's own. And in his pursuit of truth, the depths of deceit threaten to consume Enzo - and that which he cherishes most.
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America's Recruitment of Nazis and Its Destructive Impact on Our Domestic and Foreign Policy

Author: Christopher Simpson

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1497623065

Category: History

Page: 407

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A searing account of a dark “chapter in U.S. Cold War history . . . to help the anti-Soviet aims of American intelligence and national security agencies” (Library Journal). Even before the final shots of World War II were fired, another war began—a cold war that pitted the United States against its former ally, the Soviet Union. As the Soviets consolidated power in Eastern Europe, the CIA scrambled to gain the upper hand against new enemies worldwide. To this end, senior officials at the CIA, National Security Council, and other elements of the emerging US national security state turned to thousands of former Nazis, Waffen Secret Service, and Nazi collaborators for propaganda, psychological warfare, and military operations. Many new recruits were clearly responsible for the deaths of countless innocents as part of Adolph Hitler’s “Final Solution,” yet were whitewashed and claimed to be valuable intelligence assets. Unrepentant mass murderers were secretly accepted into the American fold, their crimes forgotten and forgiven with the willing complicity of the US government. Blowback is the first thorough, scholarly study of the US government’s extensive recruitment of Nazis and fascist collaborators right after the war. Although others have approached the topic since, Simpson’s book remains the essential starting point. The author demonstrates how this secret policy of collaboration only served to intensify the Cold War and has had lasting detrimental effects on the American government and society that endure to this day.
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Poems in Mutant English

Author: James Goodson

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1450293158

Category: Poetry

Page: 108

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The first section of poems are adventures in writing character sketches and caricatures. The portraits are about people with whom I had encounters. Some of the contacts were good and some awful. Then I go into explorations of ideas that were emerging from my subconscious. The pressure would be there trying to get out. I did meditations on solitude and silence. Poetry actually has no rules, nor does art for that matter. The artists make the rules that best suits their creative format. I love poetry because I can take the language apart and put it back together the way it best suits my subject.
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Blowback (A Black Cipher Files Thriller)

Author: Lisa Hughey

Publisher: Lisa Hughey

ISBN: 1452485240

Category:

Page: N.A

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Blowback: a deadly unintended consequence of a covert operation Thirteen years ago, Jamie Hunt sacrificed everything to keep her sister protected and safe. Now she lives alone, works alone, survives alone. When a covert mission goes horribly wrong, suddenly she can trust no one. Not her boss, not her agency, not even herself. Lucas Goodman, former FBI agent turned PI, is on the trail of a missing teenager when his investigation leads him to Jamie. Despite her attempts to ditch him, Lucas tenaciously continues to shadow Jamie, realizing he doesn’t just want information...he wants her. When their investigations collide and her sister is in danger, Jamie is forced to team up with Lucas. Together they must expose the connection between agents’ murders, a missing teenager, and a sixty-year-old government conspiracy. But can she open her heart to find the truth within the lies? BLOWBACK is the first novel in the Black Cipher Files series. The Black Cipher Files is a fast-paced, edgy romance and espionage series that features hot, alpha heroes and kick-ass heroines working to uncover long-buried secrets from the past so they can save their future.
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Author: Eric Fullilove

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 006227709X

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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blowback \blo-bak\ n: the unintended results of covert intelligence operations that come back to haunt you. When the Unthinkable Happens— On India's border a weapon of mass destruction has begun a terrifying countdown toward Armageddon. A Conspiracy Unfolds— In Washington, D.C., Richard Whelan, National Security Advisor to the President and one of the most powerful men in the administration, has just been framed for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, the daughter of a prominent defense contractor who happens to be a staunch supporter of the President ... The One Man Who Can Find the Answers— As powerful enemies align to keep him from the truth, Richard Whelan—alone, a fugitive from justice—finds himself in a race against time as the world heads to the brink of nuclear confrontation.
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Masters of War

Militarism and Blowback in the Era of American Empire

Author: Carl Boggs

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415944991

Category: Political Science

Page: 371

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An incredibly timely volume, emphasizing the recent transformation of the U.S. into a militarized, imperialist world presenceIncludes the most vocal and important critics of the Bush war effort, including bestselling authors Noam Chomsky and Chalmers JohnsonCovers war in Iraq, Colombia and Afghanistan, as well as the place of oil, gun rights and movies in making war a national obsession
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From 9/11 to Terror War

The Dangers of the Bush Legacy

Author: Douglas Kellner

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742526389

Category: Political Science

Page: 319

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The book shows how September 11 provided an opportunity for the Bush administration to push through hard-right domestic and foreign policies, many of which were being contested and blocked in Congress pre-September 11. Visit our website for sample chapters!
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Thriller

Author: Brad Thor

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783442367122

Category:

Page: 506

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Scot Harvath's counterterrorism career has just crashed and burned - thanks in part to a ruthless senator with her sights set on the White House. But when the war on terror takes a chilling turn, the president has no choice but to secretly bring Harvath back inside. Deep beneath an Alpine glacier, an ancient weapon designed to decimate the Roman Empire has been unearthed - and a shadowy organization intends to use it for America's downfall. Racing across Europe, Harvath must secure the ultimate instrument of destruction before it brings the United States and the rest of the world to their knees.
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Cartridges and Firearm Identification

Author: Robert E. Walker

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1466588810

Category: Law

Page: 388

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At a time when crime scene television shows are all the rage amongst the civilian population, knowledge of firearm forensics is of paramount importance to crime scene analysts, police detectives, and attorneys for both the prosecution and the defense. Cartridges and Firearm Identification brings together a unique, multidisciplined approach to questions that arise regarding ammunition and firearms within the context of investigation. Supplying essential practical information about firearms and ammunition in a clear, easy-to-follow format, this volume: Defines and depicts photographically all varieties of firearms Presents investigative concerns of firearms evidence from the perspectives of evidence preservation and safe handling procedures Introduces readers to the standards of measurement used to classify ammunition, including the significance of names, adjectives, and other descriptors used in conjunction with ammunition cartridges Categorizes and identifies ammunition head stamps from cartridges produced around the world Provides ammunition manufacturing practices for dozens of nations The text offers a methodology for the identification of unknown firearms as well as ammunition of questioned identity. The author explains the terminology and describes each group of firearms and the aspects that identify the weaponry—including property marks, proof marks, and patent dates. Lavishly illustrated, this comprehensive reference includes case studies to support the text, making it a premier reference for all those responsible for the complicated task of investigating firearms and cartridges.
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Author: Lyn Gala

Publisher: Ellora's Cave

ISBN: 9781419968464

Category: Human-alien encounters

Page: 394

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Tom is a soldier and sniper on a ship tracking space terrorists. Despite being unlucky at love, he hopes to catch the eye of crewmate Da'shay. Da'shay, an exotically beautiful alien with her own very strange ideas, keeps ruining his plans. While Tom loves playing trust games in the bedroom, where he's happy to let a woman take complete erotic control, in real life he never trusts easily. Da'shay is no exception to that rule. But when danger forces Tom to rely on Da'shay, he finds himself drawn to more than just her body. Her strength and her suffering intrigue him. As the conspiracies and blowback threaten the entire crew, Tom finds his loyalties and his love starting to turn toward the one woman he never would have expected.
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Author: Mukul Deva

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9350295938

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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'You can smell the gunpowder. This is the impact of the words of Mukul Deva ... the country's first military thriller writer' - The Hindu A warlord in the rugged Tribal Areas of Pakistan pushes his way to the crest of the jihadi wave, seeking to forge an alliance of terror groups to take on the American surge. One of his allies appears to be Pakistan's ISI. But are they using him to attain their own goals? Or is he using them? And for what? Facing the brunt of this deadly double game is the spirited Force 22 represented by Iqbal and Tanaz, just back from Pakistan after their search-and-destroy mission to eliminate Salim, who are catapulted into action as lethal intelligence operations begin to unfold. The third in the action thriller series from India's 'literary storm trooper', Blowback will keep you riveted with its tight plotting and heart-stopping pace. 'For a land so strife-torn and terrorism plagued, Mukul Deva's books become topical, close to the hearts of millions of Indians, and offer hope and redemption.' - Eika Chaturvedi Banerjee 'Gripping, well narrated action - I read the book in one go.' - Ananth Doraswamy 'His in-depth knowledge of affairs military coupled with a lucid style of storytelling makes the reader crave for more.' - Brigadier Sanjeev Kanal 'Mukul Deva is an extraordinary writer - his imagination and attention to detail make his characters come alive and one is almost sorry to reach the end.' - Neena Singh
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