[Housman’s is one of the last independent, progressive bookshops left in London (if not the last). Quirky and eclectic, it deserves to be supported, if not in person then at least via their Website (see below for details). It has an extremely wide range of books, pamphlets and periodicals that are simply not available anywhere else. It’s just round the corner from Kings Cross Station. We need to support it, it’s the last of its kind in a city which used to boast of dozens of such venues but all have vanished under the awful hand of corporate franchisement and astronomical rents. Places like Housman’s made living in this city worthwhile.  Oh, and just opposite, on Caledonian Road is another example of a dying breed, the independent deli, an Italian one, full of all kinds of goodies and inexpensive too. The Ed.]



1. New Housmans website is launched!

2. January sale

3. Facebook update


4. (talk/book signing)

‘Britain’s dirty role in global mining’ with Roger Moody

Wednesday 14th January – 7pm

5. (talk/book signing)

‘Violence and Sex Work in Britain’ with Hilary Kinnell

Saturday 17th January – 5pm

6. (reading/music/book signing)

‘The Adventure Through Everything and Nothing’ with Jonjo Nally

featuring music from Nathan Ball

Wednesday 21st January – 7pm

7. (film screening/talk)

Solidarity with Grassroots Colombia

Saturday 24th January – 3pm

8. (talk/book signing)

‘The Politics of Abortion’ with Dr. Wendy Savage

Wednesday 28th January – 7pm

9. (talk)

‘Detox, Herbalism and Big Pharma’

with Melissa Ronaldson

Saturday 31st January – 5pm


10. Housmans Peace Diary 2009

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Alberto Terenzi: Gaza: Chronicle of a Predictable Slaughter

5 Jan 2009 03:51 AM CST. First published on January 1 2009

[Translated by Diego Traversa and revised by Mary Rizzo for www.tlaxcala.es]

Like any fact risking being spread to the extent of undermining world peace, it’s necessary to see who should be considered accountable for what’s happening in Palestine.

In fact, the western media accept all too easily, for reasons that cannot be analyzed here, the Israeli version according to which the operation “Cast Lead” is supposed to be nothing but a retaliation against Hamas launching several dozen rockets towards Israeli-populated areas close to the Gaza Strip.

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The Newsletter of the Free Gaza Movement, 5 January, 2008

5 January, 2009

Violence Even Against Emergency Boat

Death and destruction is Israel’s current Gaza policy. More than 500 have been killed since the massacre started, and a ground offensive began, while countries like Germany officially justify the slaughtering by saying that the Zionist state is defending itself and that Hamas is the only one to blame. The Free Gaza Movement takes a stand for occupied Palestine and does not believe that the war on Gaza is a defense or in any way constructive or justified. The Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, for example, one of the three civil society organisations which were the first to offcially invite the Free Gaza Movement to Gaza, was largely destroyed by Israeli F16 airplanes.
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Andrew Hughes: Obama’s statement on the Crisis in Palestine

4 January, 2009 Global Research

It’s no small wonder that President Elect Barack Obama is keeping silent on the current round of wanton slaughter and destruction in Palestine. After all He had already made his position crystal clear when he addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, otherwise known as ‘The Israeli Lobby’, on June 4th of last year. There had been doubts amongst a portion of Jewish voters as to his fealty to Israel but in his opening statement he put those fears to rest.

‘I want you to know that today I’ll be speaking from my heart, and as a true friend of Israel. And I know that when I visit with AIPAC, I am among friends. Good friends. Friends who share my strong commitment to make sure that the bond between the United States and Israel is unbreakable today, tomorrow and forever.’

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Bashir Abu-Manneh: Destroying Gaza, Delaying Palestine

We watch in horror as Israel unleashes yet another war on the dispossessed and weak. Hundreds are killed (mostly police and civilians, not trained militants), thousands are injured, and a million and a half are terrorized, punished for defying the will of their besiegers and refusing to submit. Again the media colludes and sells a barbaric aggression on a basically defenseless and deprived population as a war between two sides, mystifying fundamental inequalities of power through words like ‘disproportionate response’ and ‘ceasefire.’

Again ‘shock and awe’ is bandied about as military currency, as if it worked the first time round in Iraq, or the second in Lebanon 2006. Again we hear a cocksure military commander say that the targeted area will be sent back decades in time, as if Israel has complete control over historical temporality: ‘In attacking Hamas’ regime in the Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Forces will try to ‘send Gaza decades into the past’ in terms of weapon capabilities while achieving ‘the maximum number of enemy casualties and keeping Israel Defense Forces casualties at a minimum,’ GOC Southern Command Yoav Galant said.’[1]
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