Violent Persuasions: The Politics and Imagery of Terrorism

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Nonfiction. What is terrorism? Who defines the term and for what purpose? In this powerful collection multiple and oftentimes conflicting meanings of terrorism are revealed and argued in compelling and accessible essays, discussions, and images. This collaboration between internationally respected thinkers, political activists, and artists serves as a visually engaging guidebook to contemporary world politics, a most valuable antidote to status-quo political reporting.

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This book, which argues that terrorism includes a wide spectrum of governmental acts of violence and repression for political ends, is based on a 1992 exhibition and symposium at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore. If the overbroad premise vitiates credibility, contributors make some potent criticism of the mainstream terminology of terrorism: Merrill points out that in the early 1980s CIA ignored terrorism practiced by right-wing groups supported by the U.S.; Ramsey Clark points out that most murders are committed by people who know their victims, not by the terrorists Americans are taught to fear. Angela Sanbrano of CISPES, long critical of U.S. policy toward El Salvador, tells how the FBI harassed her organization, while American Indian Movement activist Ward Churchill describes the FBI's "low-intensity warfare" on the Pine Ridge Reservation in the mid-1970s. The book should stimulate greater criticism of the media's failure to place discussions of terrorism in a larger context. Brown is director of exhibitions at the Institute; Merrill chairs its language and literature department. Illustrations not seen by PW.
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This collection of essays, panel discussions, and visual art grew out of "Beyond Glory: Re-Presenting Terrorism," a 1992 exhibit and symposium at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore. The book challenges the definitions of terrorism of the U.S. government as enshrined by mainstream news media, urging that misrepresentation of terrorism is deliberate and goal-oriented. Symposium participants include former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, journalists Alexander Cockburn and William Schaap, academics and authors Edward S. Herman, Robert Merrill, Michael Parenti, and Margaret Randall, CISPES executive director Angela Sanbrano, Randall Robinson of TransAfrica, and Ward Churchill of the American Indian Movement (AIM). Libraries whose shelves include studies of terrorism from standard think-tanks (Hoover, Heritage, Rand, CSIS) can achieve some balance with this militantly anticolonialist discussion of the true nature of terrorism in the world today. Mary Carroll

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