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Book review: The iPINIONS Journal - Commentaries on the Global Events of Our Times: Volume VII by Anthony L. Hall
Published on June 1, 2012 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Caribbean News Now contributor

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

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Hall’s latest look back -- The iPINIONS Journal - Commentaries on the Global Events of Our Times: Volume VII -- covers his usual wide range of subjects, conveniently ordered by 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: Where students do more in a few months (during the Arab Spring) than Western governments did in fifty years to advance the cause of democracy.

The Americas and the Caribbean: Where not even the mystery surrounding Hugo Chavez’s health surpasses interest in the ongoing saga that is Haiti.

Asia: Where it is all about China.

Europe: Where a royal wedding and phone-hacking scandal made the UK seem relevant again… and the EU is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy.

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Anthony L. Hall is a descendant of the Turks & Caicos Islands, international lawyer and political consultant - headquartered in Washington DC - who publishes his own weblog, The iPINIONS Journal, at http://ipjn.com offering commentaries on current events from a Caribbean perspective
United States: Where a sexting scandal and congressional deadlock demonstrate how little redeeming value is left in American politics.

Other major topics are the Globalsphere, Natural Disasters, Sports, Entertainment (including Charlie Sheen, the Daffy Gaddafi of Hollywood), and a Potpourri (where revelations about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s lovechild seem tame compared to revelations about Sarah Palin’s fetish for black men).

For Hall, like Shakespeare, all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women are players (often to be lampooned), with their entrances and their exits (“where it is truly shocking how soon we forget them”).

As always, Hall tackles all of these topics and many more in his latest volume with his trademark confidence, flair and humour.

Highly recommended reading.

The iPINIONS Journal - Commentaries on the Global Events of Our Times: Volume VII, 528pp, is now available at Amazon and all other major booksellers. But the best deals are at Barnes and Noble.
 
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