Captivity: 118 Days in Iraq and the Struggle for a World by James Loney

By James Loney

The strong account of the striking peace activist abducted whereas top a peace delegation and held for ransom via Iraqi insurgents until eventually his paradoxical free up via a crack unit of distinctive forces commandos.

In November 2005, James Loney and 3 different males — Canadian Harmeet Singh Sooden, British citizen Norman Kember and American Tom Fox — have been taken hostage at gunpoint. the lads have been with Christian Peacemaker groups (CPT), a firm that areas groups expert in non-violent intervention into deadly clash zones. The then unknown Swords of Righteousness Brigade published movies of the boys, leading to what's most probably the main publicized kidnapping of the Iraq warfare. Tom Fox used to be murdered and dumped on a Baghdad road. The surviving males have been held for 118 days sooner than being rescued via job strength Black, an elite counter-kidnap unit led via the British SAS. Captivity is the tale of what Jim defined upon his go back to Toronto and reunion along with his accomplice Dan Hunt as "a terrifying, profound, transformative and excruciatingly uninteresting experience." It offers an affecting portrait of ways Jim got here to be a pacifist and chronicles his paintings in Iraq ahead of the abduction. It brings the reader instantly into the fear and banality, the frictions, the ethical dilemmas in their captivity, their seek to discover their captors' humanity, and the critical have to cover Jim's sexual identification. It examines the paradoxes we are facing whilst our so much loved ideas are established in awesome situations and explores the common truths contained in each captivity adventure. At its middle, the e-book is a hope-filled plea for peace, human team spirit and forgiveness

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36 Could the Canadian Jewish community compensate for its declining birth rate through imported growth – the immigration to Canada of Jews in their child-rearing years who could pick up the demographic slack? In the past, immigration was the key to community growth. With the exception of the 1930s and the war years, since the 1880s immigration represented the single most important factor accounting for Jewish community population growth. Post-war Canada also brought a welcome renewal of Jewish immigration.

But how? Pretending it was not happening or that it would somehow solve itself was not going to work. Nor would wringing hands or declaring the problem was beyond solution. And for that matter, shouting from the rooftops that Jews should not intermarry was also pointless. Himmelfarb allowed that there was no shortage of American rabbis and others in the American Jewish community railing against the increased incidence of intermarriage, but their cries were falling on deaf ears. ’ They didn’t have time to listen.

So who were these Canadian Jews? What were they like? In 1961 Canada’s approximately 250,000 Jews made up less than one and a half per cent of a Canadian population then nudging the 18,000,000 mark. Encouragingly, the number of Jews was up by more than 100,000 from 1931. On the down side, the growth of the Canadian Jewish community was not keeping pace with the larger pattern of Canadian growth. While there had been a 60 per cent increase in Jewish population numbers in the preceding thirty years, the total Canadian population had grown by 85 per cent during that same period.

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