Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War

Mighty be our powers is the gripping chronicle of a journey from hopelessness to liberation that will touch all who dream of a better world. The winner of the nobel peace prize shares her inspirational, powerful story of how a group of women working together created an unstoppable force that brought peace to Liberia.

As a young woman, leymah gbowee was broken by the Liberian civil war, a brutal conflict that destroyed her country and claimed the lives of countless relatives and friends. Propelled by her realization that it is women and girls who suffer most during conflicts, she found the courage to turn her bitterness into action.

With an army of women, won the nobel peace prize for her work, Gbowee helped lead her nation to peace-and became an international leader who changed history, and fiercely advocates for girls' empowerment and leadership. She helped organize and then lead the liberian mass action for Peace, confronted Liberia's ruthless president and rebel warlords, which brought together Christian and Muslim women in a nonviolent movement that engaged in public protest, and even held a sex strike.


This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa's First Woman President

The first thing to be said about ellen johnson sirleaf’s This Child Will Be Great is that it is exceptionally well written, a true story that seems as much a thriller as the remembrances of an ambitious and brave woman. This timely book, essential for anyone who hopes to understand West Africa in general and Liberia in particular, is a lesson in courage and perseverance.

Washington post from liberian president ellen johnson sirleaf—Africa’s first elected female president—comes an inspirational memoir about her improbable rise to international prominence, her fight for political freedom, and her unwavering determination to rebuild Liberia in the wake of civil war.


The Radical King King Legacy Book 11

A revealing collection that restores Dr. Could it be that we know so little of the radical King because such courage defies our market-driven world?” —Cornel West, from the IntroductionEvery year, Dr. They called him ‘the most dangerous man in America. ’. Cornel west, that illustrate king’s revolutionary vision, underscoring his identification with the poor, his unapologetic opposition to the Vietnam War, and his crusade against global imperialism.

The response of the radical king to our catastrophic moment can be put in one word: revolution—a revolution in our priorities, a reinvigoration of our public life, a reevaluation of our values, and a fundamental transformation of our way of thinking and living that promotes a transfer of power from oligarchs and plutocrats to everyday people and ordinary citizens.

Arranged thematically in four parts, The Radical King includes twenty-three selections, curated and introduced by Dr. King as being every bit as radical as malcolm X“The radical King was a democratic socialist who sided with poor and working people in the class struggle taking place in capitalist societies.

As west writes, “although much of america did not know the radical King—and too few know today—the FBI and US government did.

The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace

John paul lederach's work in the field of conciliation and mediation is internationally recognized. Finding this art, he says, requires a worldview shift. He explores the evolution of his understanding of peacebuilding by reflecting on his own experiences in the field. Peacebuilding, in his view, is both a learned skill and an art.

As founding director of the conflict transformation program and institute of Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, the Basque Country, he has provided consultation and direct mediation in a range of situations from the Miskito/Sandinista conflict in Nicaragua to Somalia, Northern Ireland, and the Philippines.

This new book represents his thinking and learning over the past several years. Conflict professionals must envision their work as a creative act - an exercise of what Lederach terms the "moral imagination. ". His influential 1997 book Building Peace has become a classic in the discipline.

Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Pulitzer prize–winning journalist and bestselling author Helene Cooper deftly weaves Sirleaf’s personal story into the larger narrative of the coming of age of Liberian women. Ultimately, madame president is the story of Liberia’s greatest daughter, and the universal lessons we can all learn from this “Oracle” of African women.

Sirleaf’s personality shines throughout this riveting biography. The highs and lows of sirleaf’s life are filled with indelible images; from imprisonment in a jail cell for standing up to Liberia’s military government to addressing the United States Congress, from reeling under the onslaught of the Ebola pandemic to signing a deal with Hillary Clinton when she was still Secretary of State that enshrined American support for Liberia’s future.

Best books of 2017 selection by * the washington post * new york post * the harrowing, leader of the liberian women’s movement, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, but triumphant story of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and the first democratically elected female president in African history. When ellen johnson sirleaf won the 2005 liberian presidential election, she demolished a barrier few thought possible, obliterating centuries of patriarchal rule to become the first female elected head of state in Africa’s history.

. Madame president is the inspiring, from a victim of domestic violence to a political icon, often heartbreaking story of Sirleaf’s evolution from an ordinary Liberian mother of four boys to international banking executive, from a post-war president to a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood

When helene was eight, the Coopers took in a foster child—a common custom among the Liberian elite. And on april 12, 1980, a group of soldiers staged a coup d'état, assassinating President William Tolbert and executing his cabinet. And at its heart, it is a story of Helene Cooper’s long voyage home.

Helene grew up at Sugar Beach, a twenty-two-room mansion by the sea. She reported from every part of the globe—except Africa—as Liberia descended into war-torn, third-world hell. In 2003, a near-death experience in Iraq convinced Helene that Liberia—and Eunice—could wait no longer. Eunice, a bassa girl, suddenly became known as “Mrs.

The coopers and the entire Congo class were now the hunted, shot, being imprisoned, tortured, and raped. At the university of north carolina at chapel Hill she found her passion in journalism, eventually becoming a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. They left Eunice behind. A world away, Helene tried to assimilate as an American teenager.

It was also an african childhood, filled with knock foot games and hot pepper soup, heartmen and neegee. Her childhood was filled with servants, flashy cars, a villa in Spain, and a farmhouse up-country.

What Do We Know about Civil Wars?

Young. With contributions by Halvard Buhaug, David E. This authoritative text offers both an accessible and current overview of current knowledge and an agenda for future research. How do we account for when and where civil wars are likely to occur, duration, outcomes, leading scholars guide us through what the latest research tells us about the onset, and whether or not they will recur? In this timely book, Sudan, when and how they are likely to end, as well as the ongoing consequences of conflicts in war-torn countries such as Syria, and recurrence of civil wars, and Rwanda.

R. Hartzell, cullen hendrix, Jacob Kathman, Christopher Linebarger, T. Since world war ii, civil wars have replaced interstate wars as the most frequent and deadly form of armed conflict globally. Diehl, andrew enterline, scott gates, Nils Petter Gleditsch, Kristian Skrede Gleditsch, Erika Forsberg, Caroline A.

Prorok, idean Salehyan, Lee J. Seymour, benjamin smith, Megan Shannon, David Sobek, Clayton L. Thyne, henrik Urdal, Joseph K. David mason, erik melander, Sara McLaughlin Mitchell, Alyssa K. Demeritt, Karl DeRouen Jr. Paul F.

Fethullah Gulen: A Life of Hizmet

In this first ever life story of fethullah gülen, jon pahl explores the story of one of the most controversial figures of our times both as the personal biography of the person from Turkey to the United States and the public biography of the social movement he has inspired.

Unbowed: A Memoir

In unbowed, nobel prize winner Wangari Maathai recounts her extraordinary journey from her childhood in rural Kenya to the world stage. Infused with her unique luminosity of spirit, faith, Wangari Maathai’s remarkable story of courage, and the power of persistence is destined to inspire generations to come.

. When maathai founded the green belt movement in 1977, focused on the empowerment of women, she began a vital poor people’s environmental movement, that soon spread across Africa. Persevering through run-ins with the kenyan government and personal losses, and jailed and beaten on numerous occasions, Maathai continued to fight tirelessly to save Kenya’s forests and to restore democracy to her beloved country.


Keeping Hope Alive: One Woman--90,000 Lives Changed

She, along with media pressure, convinced the rebels to let her go, and she demanded and received a written apology. Dr. She turned her 1300 acres of farmland into a camp that has numbered up to 90, 000 displaced people, ignoring the clan lines that have often served to divide the country. Dr. Hawa abdi, is the founder of a massive camp for internally displaced people located a few miles from war-torn Mogadishu, "the Mother Teresa of Somalia" and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Somalia.

In 2010, Dr. Together, they have saved tens of thousands of lives in her hospital, while providing an education to hundreds of displaced children. Abdi was kidnapped by radical insurgents, who also destroyed much of her hospital, simply because she was a woman. She inspired her daughters, Deqo and Amina, to become doctors.

. The moving memoir of one brave woman who, healthy, along with her daughters, 000 of her fellow citizens safe, has kept 90, and educated for over 20 years in Somalia. Since 1991, and aid groups fled, famine struck, when the Somali government collapsed, she has dedicated herself to providing help for people whose lives have been shattered by violence and poverty.

Abdi's story of incomprehensible bravery and perseverance will inspire readers everywhere.

How Mass Atrocities End: Studies from Guatemala, Burundi, Indonesia, the Sudans, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Iraq

As such, it offers a much needed correction to the popular 'salvation narrative' framing mass atrocity in terms of good and evil. It includes qualitatively rich case studies from Burundi, Indonesia, Bosnia, and Iraq, Sudan, Guatemala, drawing patterns from wide-ranging data. The nuanced, multidisciplinary approach followed here represents not only an essential tool for scholars, but an important step forward in improving civilian protection.

. Given the brutality of mass atrocities, do to prevent such violence and hasten endings? But this question skips a more fundamental question for understanding the trajectory of violence: how do mass atrocities actually end? This volume presents an analysis of the processes, it is no wonder that one question dominates research and policy: what can we, decisions, who are not at risk, and factors that help bring about the end of mass atrocities.