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Remote, forbidding, and volatile, the Caspian Sea long tantalized the world with its vast oil reserves. But outsiders, blocked by the closed Soviet system, couldn’t get to it. Then the Soviet Union collapsed, and a wholesale rush into the region erupted. Along with oilmen, representatives of the world’s leading nations flocked to the Caspian for a share of the thirty billion barrels of proven oil reserves at stake, and a tense geopolitical struggle began. The main players were Moscow and Washington–the former seeking to retain control of its satellite states, and the latter intent on dislodging Russia to the benefit of the West. The Oil and the Glory is the gripping account of this latest phase in the epochal struggle for control of the earth’s “black gold.” Steve LeVine, who was based in the region for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Newsweek, weaves an astonishing tale of high-stakes political gamesmanship, greed, and scandal, set in one of the most opaque corners of the world. In LeVine’s telling, the world’s energy giants jockey for position in the rich Kazakh and Azeri oilfields, while superpowers seek to gain a strategic foothold in the region and to keep each other in check. At the heart of the story is the contest to build and operate energy pipelines out of the landlocked region, the key to controlling the Caspian and its oil. The oil pipeline that resulted, the longest in the world, is among Washington’s greatest foreign policy triumphs in at least a decade and a half. Along the way, LeVine introduces such players as James Giffen, an American moneyman who was also the political “fixer” for oil companies eager to do business on the Caspian and the broker for Kazakhstan’s president and ministers; John Deuss, the flamboyant Dutch oil trader who won big but lost even bigger; Heydar Aliyev, the oft-misunderstood Azeri president who transcended his past as a Soviet Politburo member and masterminded a scheme to loosen Russian control over its former colonies in the Caspian region; and all manner of rogues, adventurers, and others drawn by the irresistible pull of untold riches and the possible “final frontier” of the fossil-fuel era. The broader story is of the geopolitical questions of the Caspian oil bonanza, such as whether Russia can be a trusted ally and trading partner with the West, and what Washington’s entry into this important but chaotic region will mean for its long-term stability. In an intense and suspenseful narrative, The Oil and the Glory is the definitive chronicle of events that are understood by few, but whose political and economic impact will be both profound and lasting.
The principal liturgies of Holy Week underwent a series of reVisions between 1951 and 2011. In this book, noted liturgist Paul Turner charts the rubrics and prayers of the current rites paragraph by paragraph, explaining the historical development of individual components, how and why the post 'Vatican II liturgical reform made its reVisions, and where the Roman Missal, Third Edition has added nuances. This book will help ministers, liturgists, catechists, and al the faithful enter more deeply into the mystery of the cross of Christ, their glory and their hope. Pal Turner is a priest of the Diocese of Kansas City/St. Joseph, where he serves as pastor of St. Munchin Catholic Church in Cameron, Missouri. He holds a doctorate in sacred theology from the University of Saint' Anselmo in Rome and has served as a facilitator for the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. His books include Let Us Pray: A Guide to the Rubrics of Sunday Mass (Liturgical Press, 2006).
The Passion and The Glory The Greatest Love Story Ever Lived There have been numerous accounts of the life of Jesus, but throughout the whole century there has never been a single one written from the point of view of a woman. The Passion and the Glory The Greatest Love Story Ever Lived is the first Gospel written from the point of view of a woman, furthermore, it is the only one written from the perspective of the woman who loved Jesus passionately as a God and as a Man, Mary of Magdala. It is the Gospel of Mary of Magdala. A Gospel for the new Century. The Passion and the Glory The Greatest Love Story Ever Lived offers to the reader the most complete account of the life of Jesus the Christ that has ever been written in the history of Christianity. That is, it includes in it witnesses accounts of His birth, miracles and stories of His Infancy, the occult, or lost years, His mission, passion and death, and the rarely found mystery teachings of the Christ Jesus to His apostles after His Resurrection, these, although known to Theologians, have only been disclosed in some rare and hard to find Apocryphal Gospels. The Gospel of Mary Magdala is illuminating, human, intriguing and interesting because it gives us dimensions unknown to most of us of the humanity and divinity of Jesus the Christ, dimensions that only the woman who loved Him experienced and can help us to know Him better. At the same time, it also gives to us dimensions of our humanity and our unconscious quest to recuperate our forgotten divine status. Mary of Magdala is an integral part of us, the fallen humanity. Her fall and her redemption are both irrevocably tied to our fallen human nature and to our hopes for redemption, when we read her story we are able to understand our human selves, our relationship with Jesus the Christ and our divine potentials subjectively. It is as if her love affair with the Christ is our own love affair with His Spirit and her rise from sin into sainthood, the hope for our own future divinization. As we penetrate it, The Passion and The Glory The Greatest Story Ever Lived becomes our own story. We learn more about Jesus, His Love for us and are exposed to His Mystery teachings, a priceless treasure of wisdom which is not only liberating, but helps to fuel in us the innate desire to discover and recuperate our true, divine nature. The Gospel of Mary Magdalene is indeed a revolutionary Gospel of Love for the new minds and spirits of the Twenty-first Century. The Passion and The Glory - The Greatest Love Story Ever Lived is a Gospel that was rejected in the past, mainly because it came from a woman. Things have changed, what makes it most valuable in the new century is precisely that it comes from a woman. A woman who was not only one of Jesus closest disciples and His most intimate companion, but the one He chose to make an apostle to His apostles by making her the sole harbinger of His resurrection. In an age when women don t have to bend anymore under the dark cloud of male chauvinism, the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, the woman who loved Jesus is more than welcome. The fact that her vision of Jesus is that of a woman, makes her Gospel a great love story, passionate, deeper and more human, very different indeed from that of the male apostles. Mary of Magdala lived with Jesus Christ by and through His Grace, The Greatest Story of Love Ever Lived. Thus, it is her Gospel.
Since the end of the Second World War, there has been a subtle but undeniable tension between France and its two key allies: Great Britain and the United States. Resentful of the burgeoning status and influence of the English-speaking world, and fearing the loss of colonial resources and global standing, France has pursued a secret rivalry with her Anglo-Saxon competitors. This simmering tension has manifested in flashes and flurries of conflict spanning continents and decades. In a bid for power and glory, the French engaged in counter-espionage against British spies in Madagascar, assisted the Argentines during the Falklands War, fought a proxy war with Britain in Nigeria in the 1960s and kindled the tensions that eventually led to the Rwandan genocide. With material from original archive sources and interviews with diplomats and foreign policy experts, Power and Glory reveals these 'secret wars' that the French have fought with their rivals, and considers France's true motives in Libya and the ongoing civil war in Syria. This extraordinary book tells the story of the curious post-war enmity churning beneath a superficial veneer of unity, and explores how it has shaped relations between France, Britain and the United States in the present day.
“This daring pilot’s narrative is a straight-forward account of his exploits and experiences in the far-flung Pacific, spellbinding in its drama, pathos and breath-taking thrills. May it inspire many others to follow in his footsteps. “Gore and Glory is the story of Young America...out to do or die.”—CHARLES WAYNE KERWOOD, Lieut.-Colonel, Chief Special Liaison Section, United States Army Air Force First published in 1944, this is the true story of Captain William Crawford, Jr. and his graphic experiences as a United States Army Air Force pilot of a Flying Fortress during World War II in the Pacific, the battle of the Bismarck Sea, the assault on Rabaul, and the Papuan campaign in New Guinea, among others. Richly illustrated throughout with photographs. An unmissable World War II aviation read.
The wonder and glory of God's word can never be completely told in a man's life time. Every thing is new every day. And just as the manna we need to have this word every day to prove his doctrine and to hear it out of the word of God (John 17: 8) say's he gave his word to the men that the Father gave him and Jesus prayed for them that they will show God's glory to the world that they are one as he is one with the Father. Jesus said I have manifested thy name unto them and they have kept thy word and your Word is everlasting life and they are sanctified through thy truth I have kept them in thy name. The wonder and the glory inside the Ark of the Covenant will show the lawgiver, the manna and the tree of life. He gives us the witness of death and taxes and the resurrection of the just and the unjust. He tells us the wages of sin is death, and the gift of God is eternal life our debt is paid in full. The greatest mystery.( I Timothy 3:16 ) And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness; God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory (I John 1:2) For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, Comfort one another with these words this day could be the day in Jerusalem.
This book sets out to give a straightforward insider's account of the current realities of European integration. It succinctly reviews the reasons and methods of European integration, analyses what the European Union (EU) really does, and examines how funds are spent. The whole range of current EU policies is critically reviewed: the Single market; the Euro; and the common policies on agriculture, fisheries, the regions, industry, competition, transport, the environment, social affairs, consumer protection, research, taxation, justice, trade, development, foreign affairs and defence. This book argues for a much slimmed-down European executive. It needs to become fully accountable in a democratically legitimised bicameral federal system, and take charge only of policies essential for effective internal and external security and for a working economic and monetary union. To avoid policy paralysis and continued mismanagement by a redistributive and over-regulatory bureaucracy, most of the current “low politics” and EU funds should be returned to the member states and their regions. This book thus makes a long overdue informed contribution to the debate on Europe's future constitution. Contents: Is there a European Identity?Four Freedoms in a Single MarketThe Beauty of Sustainable Poverty: Europe's Regions and Regional FundingThe Rise and Fall of the Commission's Competition AyatollahsBlue Skies and Yellow Rivers: The Environmental PoliciesNo Free Lunches: The Budget, Fraud and TaxationThe EU and the Rest of the World: Trade FirstOut of Africa: EU AidA Paper Tiger with Teething Problem: The CSFPThe Pursuit of Happiness and Frustrations: Careers in EuropeBrussels, Europe's Unfinished Capitaland other papers Readership: Researchers, instructors, post-graduates, under-graduates and general public interested in the topic of European integration. Key Features:Author has 20 years of practical European Commission experience built into the bookThis book stands out from the usual EU books with its policy reform orientationKeywords:European Integration;History;Institutional Set-Up;Policy Areas;External Relations;Policy ReformReviews:“A refreshing analysis … it is still rare for a writer to consider Europe as a whole, in its many political contexts. Nor does Rothacher confine himself to description, and his prescriptions for the European Union are lucid. Whether you agree or disagree, whether you think Europe's journey tends to gloom or glory, the arguments in this book will make a good companion at the European crossroads.”Graham Watson Member of the European Parliament and Leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in the EP “With historical flashbacks and a lot of expertise the book offers profound insights into less than perfect European policies. But there is also always understanding and a sense of realism … a critical synopsis is offered across all major tasks of the Union. A profound analysis.”Wolfgang Böhm Die Presse