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Book review: The iPINIONS Journal - Commentaries on the Global Events of 2012 by Anthony L. Hall
Published on April 12, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

Once again, another year of world events has elapsed and Caribbean News Now op-ed columnist Anthony Hall has published his eighth retrospective compendium of insight and observations on the major events of our times.

Hall’s latest look back -- The iPINIONS Journal - Commentaries on the Global Events 2012 -- covers his usual wide range of subjects, conveniently ordered by region and topic, making it easy for the reader to refer to particular sections and items of interest.

The latest volume includes such geo-political topics as:

Africa and the Middle East: The attacks on US Embassies in Egypt and Libya, and the Vietnamization of Afghanistan.

The Americas and the Caribbean: Where China is invading the US ‘Sphere of Influence’ in the Caribbean, and when Obama’s Bushism was the highlight of the Americas Summit.

Asia: Where North Korea is commanding world attention… again, and where China and Japan are in a Falklands-like dispute.

Europe: The News Corp hacking scandal, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

United States: Shooting rampages vs. gun control, Obamacare, and the presidential (re)election.

Other major topics are the Globalsphere, Sports, Entertainment, a Potpourri, and the deaths of famous people.

Anthony L. Hall is a Bahamian who descends from the Turks and Caicos Islands. He is an international lawyer and political consultant - headquartered in Washington DC - who also publishes a current events weblog, The iPINIONS Journal, at
As always, Hall tackles all of these topics and many more in his latest volume with his trademark confidence, flair and humour and stays true to his own introduction in that what truly distinguishes his commentaries is their lack of conformity to any prevailing orthodoxy.

“People invariably remark -- with evident exasperation -- that they can’t tell whether I am a liberal or conservative commentator. The point is that, unlike most political pundits and social critics, I have no vested interest (commercial or political) in proselytizing any ideology… my only aim has been to provide readers an irreverent, informed, and sometimes witty take on the events of the day,” Hall says.

He certainly achieves this objective and more.

Highly recommended reading.

The iPINIONS Journal - Commentaries on the Global Events of Our Times: Volume VII, 528pp, is now available at Amazon (including an e-book version for just $1.99) and all other major booksellers.
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