Monday, January 12, 2015

Terrorism Not New to France

Almost half of the 500 terrorist acts in Europe last year were in France ("France Frequent Target of Islamic Extremist Terrorism," Voice of America, January 8, 2015). But terrorism on the scale of the recent Charlie Hebdo attacks started in 1995 when eight people were killed and over one hundred people were hurt in a bomb explosion on a Paris train.

Review selected hard copy and online library books related to terrorism at LSC-CyFair Branch Library. Click the title of a listed item, select the "Request" button in the listing, and enter your library card number and PIN for each title you want to reserve for pick up at the library.

Use these subject words and phrases to find more in the library catalog:
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Islamic fundamentalism
  • national security
  • Qaida
  • terrorism
  • terrorists
(2:38 minutes) from the Films on Demand video database - Films Media Group, 2009.
Note: Login with your My LoneStar login or Lone Star College ID/library card barcode number to view the video off campus.
"Terrorism is unlawful violence directed at civilians and it's designed to create a culture of fear in a society. Terrorist attacks are mostly caused by small groups who are motivated by political or religious conviction. The main effect of a terrorist attack is psychological. They aim to destroy public confidence in national security. . ." - video excerpt

Debating Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Conflicting Perspectives on Causes, Contexts, and Responses (2nd edition) edited by Stuart Gottlieb
SAGE, 2014.
call number: 363.325 Deb

"With topics ranging from the root causes of terrorism, the role of religion in terrorism, whether suicide terrorism is ever justified, whether the spread of democracy can help defeat terrorism, and what trade-offs, if any, should exist between security and civil liberties, Gottlieb's outstanding cast of contributors returns in this edition, compelling students to wrestle with the conflicting perspectives that define the field." - publisher's summary

Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War by James Risen
Houghton, 2014.
call number: 973.931 Ris

"Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Risen...asks how far America will go in the effort to fight terror...A sensational indictment of the violence and avarice that have plagued America's war on terror since September 11, 2001." - Library Journal review excerpt

Norton, 2013.
call number: 297.09 Ben

"Algerian American Bennoune...looks at the everyday resistance of ordinary Muslims to religious fundamentalism...She recounts how a broad spectrum of Muslims, ranging from educators, journalists, lawyers, and women's rights activists to a comic book creator and street vendors, wage a persistent struggle against fundamentalists who seek to redefine Islamic cosmopolitanism into their own narrow and intolerant version of religious discourse." - Library Journal review excerpt


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Domestic Violence Spills into the Workplace

While NFL is still dealing with the issue of players who perpetrate domestic abuse, they are not the only employers who must face this dilemma. In fact, most employers do not have policies for handling abusers, but instead focus on the victims ("Domestic Violence: The NFL Isn't the Only Workplace With a Problem," NBC News, September 22, 2014). Although there are an estimated "13,000 acts of violence against women in the workplace every year," companies are encouraged to address this issue with policies that protect employees.

Review selected hard copy and online library books related to domestic violence at LSC-CyFair Branch Library. Click the title of a listed item, select the "Request" button in the listing, and enter your library card number and PIN for each title you want to reserve for pick up at the library.

Use these subject words and phrases to find more in the library catalog:
  • abused women
  • family violence
  • intimate partner violence
photo of couple
(3:12 minutes) from the Films on Demand video database - Films Media Group, 2013.
Note: Login with your My LoneStar login or Lone Star College ID/library card barcode number to view the video off campus.
Domestic Violence book cover"Healthy relationships are built on respect and trust; one person should not wield power over another. Dating abuse usually follows a pattern that escalates to extreme abuse. . ." - producer summary

Domestic Violence edited by Louise I. Gerdes
Greenhaven, 2012.
call number: 362.829 Dom
"This book is a collection of articles in which authors debate whether domestic violence is a serious problem, whether teen dating violence is a serious problem, and whether economic downturns amplify problems that can lead to domestic violence." - publisher's summary

A Safe Place book cover
A Safe Place for Women: Surviving Domestic Abuse and Creating a Successful Future by Kelly White
Hunter House, 2011.
call number: 362.829 Whi
"It's the story of one woman's ordeal with an abusive husband and how she gained the strength to leave him and thrive in a new life with her children. Noted women's advocate Kelly White unsparingly revisits the dark periods of her husband's irrational, violent moods. Her narrative makes clear why women often stay in such situations." - and also how to end them.




Thursday, July 31, 2014

Immigrant Children Are First in Court

To stem the tide of children coming across the border from Central America, immigration courts are moving minors (and their parents if they accompany them) to the front of the line within 21 days after the deportation process begins ("Criticism Arises after Children Are Rushed to See Immigration Judges," Los Angeles Times, July 28, 2014). Some say that this expedited legal action does not allow time to locate an attorney and prepare a defense. However, others note that this new policy makes it clear that the courts will uphold immigration laws.

Review selected hard copy and online library books related to immigration at LSC-CyFair Branch Library. Click the title of a listed item, select the "Request" button in the listing, and enter your library card number and PIN for each title you want to reserve for pick up at the library.

Use these subject words and phrases to find more in the library catalog:
  • border security
  • illegal aliens
  • immigrants
  • immigration
Border Insecurity: Why Big Money, Fences, and Drones Aren't Making Us Safer by Sylvia Longmire
Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
call number: on order
"With practical suggestions for policing the borders, informed by experience on the ground, the book provides an easy, quick, energetic, and nonpartisan introduction to the subject." - Publishers Weekly review excerpt


The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail by Oscar Martínez; translated by Daniela Maria Ugaz and John Washington.
Verso, 2013.
call number: 305.906 Mar
"This searing account of the hardships suffered by Central American migrants headed through Mexico to the United States comes from true shoe-leather reporting." - Publishers Weekly review excerpt


The Independent Institute, 2013.
call number: 305.906 Var

“The book first looks at the immigrant experience, which connects the present to the past, and America to the rest of the world, and explores who immigrants are and why they move. It contends that the conduct of today is no different than that in the past, and contrary to the claims by immigration critics, the patterns of contemporary migration do not differ fundamentally from those of other epochs. The book then discusses immigration and culture and tackles assimilation, globalization, and cultural differences.” - publisher summary excerpt