SpeechWorks presents this collection of the greatest speeches of great women. Represented here are some of the most famous women of recent history, including athletes, politicians, businesswomen, diplomats, heads of state, activists, philanthropists, and more. You will hear the actual voices of these women, recorded at public functions at which they were the featured speakers. Included are the following: Amelia Earhart, American aviation pioneer Clare Boothe Luce, American author, politician, and diplomat Eleanor Roosevelt, American politician, diplomat, and activist Golda Meir, a teacher, politician, stateswoman, and prime minister of Israel Mother Teresa, Roman Catholic nun and missionary Katharine Hepburn, Academy Award-winning actress Benazir Bhutto, former prime minister of Pakistan Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the US House of Representatives Queen Noor of Jordan, widow of King Hussein of Jordan Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Dutch American activist, author, and politician Billie Jean King, American tennis champion Gloria Steinem, American journalist and activist Nadia Comaneci, Romanian champion gymnast Melinda Gates, American businesswoman and philanthropist Hillary Clinton, American politician Oprah Winfrey, American actress, talk-show host, and media proprietor Condoleezza Rice, American political scientist Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist and Nobel Prize laureate Carly Fiorina, American businesswoman 1. Language: English. Narrator: Amelia Earhart, Clare Boothe Luce, Eleanor Roosevelt, Golda Meir, Mother Teresa. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/008953/bk_blak_008953_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In Goliath, New York Times best-selling author Max Blumenthal takes us on a journey through the badlands and high roads of Israel-Palestine, painting a startling portrait of Israeli society under the siege of increasingly authoritarian politics as the occupation of the Palestinians deepens. Beginning with the national elections carried out during Israel´s war on Gaza in 2008/9, which brought into power the country´s most right-wing government to date, Blumenthal tells the story of Israel in the wake of the collapse of the Oslo peace process. As Blumenthal reveals, Israel has become a country where right-wing leaders like Avigdor Lieberman and Bibi Netanyahu are sacrificing democracy on the altar of their power politics, where the loyal opposition largely and passively stands aside and watches the organized assault on civil liberties, where state-funded Orthodox rabbis publish books that provide instructions on how and when to kill gentiles, where half of Jewish youth declare their refusal to sit in a classroom with an Arab, and where mob violence targets Palestinians and African asylum seekers scapegoated by leading government officials as ´´demographic threats.´´ Immersing himself like few other journalists inside the world of hardline political leaders and movements, Blumenthal interviews the demagogues and divas in their homes, in the Knesset, and in the watering holes where their young acolytes hang out, and he speaks with those political leaders behind the organized assault on civil liberties. As his journey deepens, he painstakingly reports on the occupied Palestinians challenging schemes of demographic separation through unarmed protest. He talks at length to the leaders and youth of Palestinian society inside Israel now targeted by security service dragnets and legislation suppressing their speech and provides in-depth reporting on the small band of Jewish Israeli dissidents who have shaken off a conformist mind-set that pe 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Michael Garcia. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/005957/bk_blak_005957_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In May 2011, President Barack Obama gave speeches about the Middle East that discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, using terms like ´´final status issues”, ´´1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps”, and ´´demographic realities”. Obama’s speeches were strongly denounced by both the Palestinians and the Israelis, while political commentators across the world debated what Obama’s speeches actually meant. Four months later, in September, the Palestinians sought statehood at the United Nations. Why would the Palestinians go to the UN after President Obama had made clear for months that the US would ultimately prevent any attempt at Palestinian statehood with its veto in the Security Council?Welcome to the Middle East conflict, a conflict that is technically 63 years old and counting but has its roots in over 2,000 years of history. With so much time and history, the peace process has become laden with unique, politically sensitive concepts like the right of return, contiguous borders, secure borders, demilitarized zones, and security requirements, with players like the Quartet, Palestinian Authority, Fatah, Hamas, the Arab League, and Israel. Over time, it has become exceedingly difficult for even sophisticated political pundits and followers to keep track of it all.Until now. Decoding the Conflict Between Israel and the Palestinians cannot solve the peace process, nor does it heap credit or blame on any of the sides. This book goes about breaking down all the terms often thrown around in the Middle East that make the peace process a political minefield, and one that both beginners and sophisticated followers have a hard time keeping up with. Serving as both a glossary and primer of the history of the Middle East conflict and the peace process, Decoding the Conflict Between Israel and the Palestinians defines the terms, looks at the region’s history, discusses previous attempts at negotiations like Oslo and Taba, 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Hare. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/121826/bk_acx0_121826_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this issue:COMMENT´´Obama vs. Netanyahoo´´, by Hendrik Hertzberg: A week of dueling speeches.THE TALK OF THE TOWN´´Big Ted, Little Ted”, by Reeves Wideman: Ted Nugent meets his long-lost son.´´Buddies”, by Michael Schulman: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, food critics. THE POLITICAL SCENE´´Romney’s Dilemma´´, by Ryan Lizza: Will his greatest achievement sink him?A REPORTER AT LARGE´´The Invisible Army´´, by Sarah Stillman: Workers lured into the war zone.SHOUTS & MURMURS´´A Bow to Our Benefactors´´, by Ian Frazier.THE CURRENT CINEMA´´Where the Boys Are´´, by David Denby: Reviews of The Hangover 2 and Submarine. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Todd Mundt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/nyer/110601/pe_nyer_110601_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On November 10, 1975, the General Assembly of United Nations passed Resolution 3379, which declared Zionism a form of racism. Afterward, a tall man with long, graying hair, horned-rim glasses, and a bowtie stood to speak. He pronounced his words with the rounded tones of a Harvard academic, but his voice shook with outrage: ´´The United States rises to declare, before the General Assembly of the United Nations, and before the world, that it does not acknowledge, it will not abide by, it will never acquiesce in this infamous act.´´ This speech made Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, a celebrity, but as Gil Troy demonstrates in this compelling new book, it also marked the rise of neo-conservatism in American politics - the start of a more confrontational, national-interest-driven foreign policy that turned away from Kissinger´s detente-driven approach to the Soviet Union--which was behind Resolution 3379. Moynihan recognized the resolution for what it was: an attack on Israel and a totalitarian assault against democracy, motivated by anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism. While Washington distanced itself from Moynihan, the public responded enthusiastically: American Jews rallied in support of Israel. Civil rights leaders cheered. The speech cost Moynihan his job - but soon won him a U.S. Senate seat. Troy examines the events leading up to the resolution, vividly recounts Moynihan´s speech, and traces its impact in intellectual circles, policy making, international relations, and electoral politics in the ensuing decades. The mid-1970s represent a low-water mark of American self-confidence, as the country, mired in an economic slump, struggled with the legacy of Watergate and the humiliation of Vietnam. Moynihan´s Moment captures a turning point, when the rhetoric began to change and a more muscular foreign policy began to find expression, a policy that continues to shape international relations to this day. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Clinton Wade. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/014038/bk_adbl_014038_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Emily Raboteau’s Searching for Zion takes listeners around the world on an unexpected adventure of faith. Both one woman’s quest for a place to call ´´home´´ and an investigation into a people’s search for the promised land, this landmark work is a trenchant inquiry into contemporary and historical ethnic displacement. At 23, Raboteau traveled to Israel to visit her childhood best friend. While her friend appeared to have found a place to belong, Raboteau couldn’t say the same for herself. As a biracial woman from a country still divided along racial lines, she’d never felt at home in America. But as a reggae fan and the daughter of a historian of African-American religion, Raboteau knew of Zion as a place black people yearned to be. She’d heard about it on Bob Marley’s Exodus and in the speeches of Martin Luther King. She understood it as a metaphor for freedom, a spiritual realm rather than a geographical one. In Israel, the Jewish Zion, she was surprised to discover black Jews. Inspired by their exodus, Raboteau sought out other black communities that had left home in search of a promised land. Her question for them is the same she asks herself: Have you found the home you’re looking for? On her 10-year journey back in time and across the globe, through the Bush years and into the age of Obama, Raboteau wanders through Jamaica, Ethiopia, Ghana, and the Southern United States to explore the complex and contradictory perspectives of ´´black Zionists´´. She talks to Rastafarians and African Hebrew Israelites, Evangelicals and Ethiopian Jews, and Hurricane Katrina transplants from her own family - people who have risked everything in search of territory that is hard to define and harder to inhabit. In Searching for Zion, Raboteau overturns our ideas of place and patriotism, displacement and dispossession, citizenship and country in a disarmingly honest and refreshingly brave take on the pull of the 1. Language: English. Narrator: Quincy Tyler Bernstine. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/004689/bk_brll_004689_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hagit the Israeli: A Novel was written by Naphtali Holon, who lived in Israel for many years. Thus, this audiobook captures the realistic socio-cultural environment of Israel. This is a travel romance novel, so those who love travel and romance will love this audiobook. This is the story of an American young man who studies modern Hebrew in Jerusalem. In an effort to improve conversational modern Hebrew skills, Pete devises an ingenious plan. But he has a stipulation: the modern Hebrew speech partner must be a young single woman. They travel together to the exotic land of Egypt to see the pyramids. During the trip, Pete comes to understand himself better and falls in love. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chloe Golden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/011425/bk_acx0_011425_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this entertaining and engaging memoir, former ambassador Sherard Cowper-Coles lifts the lid on embassy life throughout the world. For over 30 years Sherard Cowper-Coles was on the diplomatic front line in a distinguished Foreign Office career that took him from the corridors of power in Whitehall to a string of high-profile posts across the globe. Entering the Foreign Office fresh from Oxford in 1977, he enjoyed a meteoric rise with postings in Beirut, Alexandria and Cairo, Washington, and Paris, and working on Hong Kong, punctuated with spells in London, where the young diplomat had a baptism of fire writing foreign affairs speeches for Geoffrey Howe and Margaret Thatcher. In 1999, he was made Principal Private Secretary to the irascible Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, providing the book with some of its most hilarious sequences, and his glittering career culminated in a succession of ambassadorial posts as Our Man in Israel, Saudi Arabia, and finally Afghanistan. Ever the Diplomat is his revealing, passionate, and witty account of half a lifetime in diplomacy, which is set to become a classic of the genre. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sherard Cowper-Coles. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/001137/bk_hcuk_001137_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The multi part series I´ve been working on since July, 2012 came to an end in November, 2012. I expect to continue to post this series on the Jewish community´s complaint regarding bullying Jewish Students on University Campuses, and the new use of Title VI 1964 Civil Rights action to affect this problem of bullying students on University campuses. This standpoint of a large if not majority segment of the established Jewish Community in the United States is a report on a given point of view that finds Israel part of this conversation and also the point of view this behavior represents anti-Semitism…a collection of voices in interview from American Jewish Community regarding the real concern by them of bullying Jewish students on some University campuses plays a significant role in unmasking anti-Israel actions and behavior as anti-Semitism. That is the Jewish Community thesis and argument brought to legal remedy through Federal Law that is the theme of this series. The basis for this kind of hate and anti-Semitism, bad behavior at best and hateful activity at worst, is evident in the practiced belief that Zionism is an evil belief by those whose actions show them as performing the Jewish bullying. Free speech is one type of cherished speech, but there are others. Intelligent speech is just as important, ideas of merit and weight, based in fact, and accumulated knowledge. Honest speech is essential. Telling lies and cloaking them in historical or scientific method is appalling. Manipulating or fabricating debate is unacceptable. Civil speech is critical, exchanging ideas in a safe environment. Bad manners, intellectual intimidation, and physical harassment have no place in higher education. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jerry Tritle. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/014490/bk_acx0_014490_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.