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The iPINIONS Journal: Commentaries on the Global Events of 2018 by Anthony Livingston Hall offers a critical, unconventional analysis of some of the major events of 2018, with humor and satire that force readers to look past what politicians want them to believe and at the frightening face of the truth. Reflections and opinions expressed in this book cover a wide spectrum of topics, including events like the replacement of the corrupt Zuma with the captured Ramaphosa (South Africa), insights into the Iran nuclear deal, Netanyahu’s bombshell presentation on Iranian bombs, Trump’s description of Caribbean and African countries as “shitholes,” the separation of migrant children from their parents, the jailing of South Korea’s female president and a lot, lot more.
Anthony Livingston Hall looks deeper than what the media — paid or not — wants people to believe and provokes in readers a mental revolution that pushes them to ask the right questions and to see events through the lens of logic. The thoughts expressed are unconventional and they allow readers to see the hypocrisy of contemporary leaders, who often twist facts and the truth to serve partisan interests. In the preface, the author proclaims in a voice that is both serious and mocking: “To be fair, though, no person had a greater influence on the global events of 2018 than President Donald Trump.” When those in power attack the truth — even the president of the most powerful country in the world — with cover-ups and propaganda-twisting events, what can the just do? In this book, the author invites readers to think, to analyze and criticize, to form their own perspective of the truth and to read between the lines to discover who really writes history.
While the voice is light and playful, it compels the reader, by dint of sheer irony, biting humor and sarcasm, to dig deeper into contemporary events to see how history can be twisted to suit the interests of those in power. The iPINIONS Journal is an intellectual adventure worth taking, an eye-opening compilation of essays and well-referenced news items that allows readers to relive recent events from a completely fresh perspective. When you finish reading this book, you’ll find yourself asking the rhetorical question: How can we have been so stupid?