Shadow Lives

Shadow Lives : The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror

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Shadow Lives reveals the unseen side of the '9/11 wars': their impact on the wives and families of men incarcerated in Guantanamo, or in prison or under house arrest in Britain and the US. Victoria Brittain shows how these families have been made socially invisible and a convenient scapegoat for the state in order to exercise arbitrary powers under the cover of the 'War on Terror'. A disturbing expose of the perilous state of freedom and democracy in our society, the book reveals how a culture of intolerance and cruelty has left individuals at the mercy of the security services' unverifiable accusations and punitive punishments.Both a j'accuse and a testament to the strength and humanity of the families, Shadow Lives shows the methods of incarceration and social control being used by the British state and gives a voice to the families whose lives have been turned upside down. In doing so it raises urgent questions about civil liberties which no one can afford to more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 134 x 214 x 14mm | 240g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • ill
  • 0745333265
  • 9780745333267
  • 1,768,641

About Victoria Brittain

Victoria Brittain is a journalist and writer. She has spent much of her working life in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, writing principally for the Guardian. She has been a consultant to the UN on reports on the impact of conflict on children and on women. She is the author of Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror (Pluto Press, 2013). She is a trustee of Prisoners of Conscience and of the Amiel/Melburn Trust, was on the Council of the Institute of Race Relations for 20 years, and is a Patron of Palestine more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Foreword by John Berger Introduction 1. From Palestine to Guantanamo 2. From Medina to Guantanamo 3. From Palestine and Africa to house arrest in London 4. From Jordan to Belmarsh prison 5. From Egypt to Long Lartin prison 6. The South London families 7. Daughters and Sisters 8. Families surviving the war on terror Afterword by Marina Warner Endnotes Bibliography Indexshow more

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'A landmark work that takes over your heart and head. In drawing together lives scattered and devastated and made heroic by the 'war on terror', Victoria Brittain, one of the greatest reporters, tells us the truth about these dangerous times' -- John Pilger 'This is a book to make you gasp, weep, shout, but above all a book to admire: the lovely writing, the complexities made clear, the everyday heroism of survivors. It is a terrible story, beautifully told' -- Beatrix Campbell 'The author's extraordinary empathy gives a voice to women who have courageously endured unimaginable indignity from indefensible laws' -- Louise Christian, solicitor for several Guantanamo prisoners and their families 'A uniquely powerful and moving account of the tragic consequences of policies which flout fundamental rights and the rule of law. It adds a new and deeply disturbing dimension to the story of the response to 9/11' -- Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC 'A window into an invisible world ... a reminder that abandoning normal legal standards has serious consequences for the Rule of Law' -- Helena Kennedy QC 'A searching, sensitive, and wrenching account of the ordeal of the women left behind, their torment, their endurance and courage, their triumphs over the cruel 'extension of prison to home'' -- Noam Chomskyshow more

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