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Swedish crime writer best known for his Kurt Wallander books, dedicated political activist

The Guardian – Henning Mankell obituary
“Henning Mankell, who has died aged 67, after being diagnosed with cancer last year, established almost single-handedly the global picture of Sweden as a crime writer’s ideal dystopia. He took the existing Swedish tradition of crime writing as a form of leftwing social criticism and gave it international recognition, capturing in his melancholy, drunken, bullish detective Kurt Wallander a sense of struggle in bewildered defeat that echoed round the world…He campaigned against Aids and landmines; where drugs against Aids could not be afforded, he encouraged an oral history project, so that the lives and struggles of those who died might be remembered – he dreamed this would be read in a new library of Alexandria in centuries to come. “Africa has taught me that there is so much needless suffering in the world. We could stop it tomorrow: to teach every child in the world to read and write would cost no more than we in the west spend on dog food,” he said. Most of his working life was split between novel writing and theatre work. He was extraordinarily prolific, publishing as many as three novels a year, and his sales figures eventually topped 40m. The quality might have been uneven but there was no mistaking the passion and generosity behind them. He wrote, always, about subjects he thought really mattered…”

UN Human Rights Office launches a major online database of treaty body case law

“The UN Human Rights Office has launched a major public online database,, that contains all case law issued by the UN human rights expert committees, the Treaty Bodies. “The database is designed to be a key reference tool for scholars, lawyers, civil society organisations, governments and civil servants, our UN partners and the generalContinue Reading

Book Review – The Limits of Social Engineering

Tapping into big data, researchers and planners are building mathematical models of personal and civic behavior. But the models may hide rather than reveal the deepest sources of social ills, by Nicholas Carr on April 16, 2014, MIT Technology Review. “…Even if we assume that the privacy issues can be resolved, the idea of what Pentland  [AlexContinue Reading

Book Reviews: The Economics of Unhappiness

The Chronicle of Higher Education: “The American tradition is to enshrine economic activity as a central element of “the pursuit of happiness.” In reality, however, economic activity is largely concerned with the relief of unhappiness. At the subsistence level of economic activity that has prevailed through most of human history, people must work to eatContinue Reading

LLRX Book Review – The Little Red Book of Wine Law: A Case of Legal Issues

LLRX Book Review by Heather A. Phillips: The Little Red Book of Wine Law: A Case of Legal Issues – Heather A. Phillips recommends this slim volume as it provides an engaging and accessible introduction to American wine law and history that will broaden the reader’s appreciation of the wine industry. Though short and non-technical,Continue Reading

New Book Review on Just and Unjust Warriors

LLRX Book Review by Heather A. Phillips – Just and Unjust Warriors: the moral and legal status of soldiers – Heather A. Phillips describes how though a series of eleven well-written and closely reasoned original essays this book question the treatments of many of the foundations of classical just war theory, such as a non-volunteerContinue Reading

ACLU Announces New Book – Ongoing Fight for Gender Equality

ACLU Blog of Rights: “Coinciding with the start of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the fully revised and updated fourth edition of The Rights of Women was released this week. The latest release in the ACLU Handbook Series, The Rights of Women is a comprehensive guide that explains in detail the rights that women and girlsContinue Reading

New on

Mis-Information at the Heart of the University: Why Administrators Should Take Libraries More Seriously, by Stuart Basefsky Carpe Diem: Establish an Institutional Repository for Your Organization, by Carol A. Watson What’s New in Cordless Mice? by Jeffrey J. Beard FOIA Facts: FOIA – The Year in Review, by Scott A. Hodes E-Discovery Update: A ContrarianContinue Reading

New on for October 2007

Cultural Challenges in Cross Border Mediation, by Vikrant Singh Negi Persuading Judges in Writing: Tips for Lawyers (And how technology can help), by Troy Simpson Competitive Intelligence on a Shoestring, by Susan Armstrong and Sabrina I. Pacifici E-Discovery Update: Discovery of Employee-Owned Computer Equipment, by Conrad J. Jacoby The Government Domain: Journalists and Government Information:Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court Coloring and Activity Book

“About the Book – “Have fun and learn about the Supreme Court! It’s a coloring book with a surprising educational twist. This 32-page coloring book features expertly rendered illustrations depicting significant Supreme Court Justices of the United States to color in–including all current sitting Justices. The U.S. Supreme Court Coloring and Activity Book is perfectContinue Reading

Encyclopedic Reference Work Cataloging all of the World’s 6,912 Known Living Languages

Ethnologue: “An encyclopedic reference work cataloging all of the world’s 6,912 known living languages.” [This web edition of the Ethnologue contains all the content of the print edition and may be cited as: Gordon, Raymond G., Jr. (ed.), 2005. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Fifteenth edition. Dallas, Tex.: SIL International. Online version:] Far fromContinue Reading

Recent Book Focuses on Language of the Media

As noted by Editor & Publisher, Richard Weiner’ recent book, The Skinny About Best Boys, Dollies, Green Rooms, Leads, and Other Media Lingo: The Language of the Media “is not only a media dictionary, but a history book as well, one that Weiner hopes will be as fascinating to lay readers as it is forContinue Reading