Over the last decade, the center of world power has been quietly shifting from Europe to Asia. With oil reserves of several billion barrels, an estimated 900 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and several centuries´ worth of competing territorial claims, the South China Sea in particular is a simmering pot of potential conflict. The underreported military buildup in the area where the Western Pacific meets the Indian Ocean means that it will likely be a hinge point for global war and peace for the foreseeable future. In Asia´s Cauldron, Robert D. Kaplan offers up a vivid snapshot of the nations surrounding the South China Sea, the conflicts brewing in the region at the dawn of the 21st century, and their implications for global peace and stability. To understand the future of conflict in East Asia, Kaplan argues, one must understand the goals and motivations of its leaders and its people. Part travelogue, part geopolitical primer, Asia´s Cauldron takes us on a journey through the region´s boom cities and ramshackle slums: From Vietnam, where the superfueled capitalism of the erstwhile colonial capital, Saigon, inspires the geostrategic pretensions of the official seat of government in Hanoi, to Malaysia, where a unique mix of authoritarian Islam and Western-style consumerism creates quite possibly the ultimate postmodern society; and from Singapore, whose ´´benevolent autocracy´´ helped foster an economic miracle, to the Philippines, where a different brand of authoritarianism under Ferdinand Marcos led not to economic growth but to decades of corruption and crime. At a time when every day´s news seems to contain some new story - large or small - that directly relates to conflicts over the South China Sea, Asia´s Cauldron is an indispensable guide to a corner of the globe that will affect all of our lives for years to come. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Prichard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/003671/bk_tant_003671_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Chessa´s husband, Darren Richards, is a behind-the-scenes narcissistic abusive alcoholic. None of that changes when he becomes the leading candidate for president of the United States. Chessa´s worries about her husband reach a fevered pitch as he closes in on winning the nation´s highest office. How can she support his candidacy, even if it will mean becoming first lady? Meanwhile Darren´s opponent, Leif Mitchell, is selected from his humble life as a stable hand and country rock singer to run for political office. His charm and leadership pave the way for him to become a national hero and a real threat as the leading Republican presidential candidate. A powerful Darren will stop at nothing to bring Leif down, causing Leif to reconsider his high road approach to politics. When Chessa finds out Leif is preparing to seek revenge on Darren in an attack that not only will destroy her husband´s candidacy but will probably cost innocent lives as well, she is suddenly faced with a decision: Should she preserve peace at all costs, protecting those who would become collateral damage as a result of the ensuing battle and in turn sacrificing her freedom and risking her own life? Should she try to stop Leif, which may ruin his chances but save his soul? The Peace Maker is based on the story of David and Abigail in the Bible´s first book of Samuel, a story of hardship, struggle, courage, and faith that God will lead his people if they but let him. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elli Raven. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/039868/bk_acx0_039868_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Retirement planning - the phrase itself has so many implications. It hints at the fact that you will one day not be in your prime and hence not able to work. Whether we chose to acknowledge it or not, this fact is a harsh reality of life. So many people delay retirement planning because they do not want to acknowledge this fact. There is always the small voice at the back of the head that says, ´´Oh, but I´m still so young.´´ Yes! You are young and full of vigor now and that is the very reason why you should start retirement planning right now. When saving up money for your golden days, this time and strength can make a huge margin of a difference. Throughout my life, I have met so many young people who are reluctant to start retirement planning because the notion seems depressing and pessimistic. Well, you don´t have to make it that way! With the right mind set, retirement planning can actually be so much fun! Yes, it can be fun! Isn´t it fun to have some peace of mind in knowing that you are financially secure? Isn´t it fun to know that you won´t have to labor away in the corporate sector forever? Isn´t it fun to accept that you will have a great, well-rounded life? All of these are fun and they all will happen if you start retirement planning now. A lot of people want to dip their toes into the vast ocean of savings but don´t have enough guidance. That´s why I chose to write this book. This book is your comprehensive guide about decoding, understanding, and practicing retirement planning. By the time you are done listening to this, you will have enough knowledge to jump right into your savings so that you can have a better, safer future. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Heath Douglass. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/060954/bk_acx0_060954_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The impact of inculcating values of peace and unity among students in Nigeria:Peaceful living, unity and stable society Jibrin Ubale Yahaya
How Enemies Become Friends:The Sources of Stable Peace Charles A. Kupchan
"My good friends;" the mustached, bony man with thick eyebrows and large, strong teeth somewhat reminiscent of those of a horse, shouted to the crowds from the second-floor window of his house at 10 Downing Street, "[T]his is the second time in our history, that there has come back to Downing Street from Germany peace with honor. I believe it is peace for our time." The man addressing the crowd, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, had just returned from the heart of Nazi Germany following negotiations with Adolf Hitler, and the crowd gathered outside the English leader´s house on September 30, 1938 greeted these ringing words with grateful cheers. The piece of paper Chamberlain flourished exultantly seemed to offer permanent amity and goodwill between democratic Britain and totalitarian Germany. In it, Britain agreed to allow Hitler´s Third Reich to absorb the Sudeten regions of Czechoslovakia without interference from either England or France, and since high percentages of ethnic Germans - often more than 50% locally - inhabited these regions, Hitler´s demand for this territory seemed somewhat reasonable to Chamberlain and his supporters. With Germany resurgent and rearmed after the disasters inflicted on it by the Treaty of Versailles following World War I, the pact - known as the Munich Agreement - held out hope of a quick end to German ambitions and the return of stable, normal international relations across Europe. Of course, the Munich agreement is now notorious because its promise proved barren within a very short period of time. Chamberlain´s actions either failed to avert, or actually hastened, the very cataclysm he wished to avoid at all costs. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Skinner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/035484/bk_acx0_035484_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´If you´re depressed, you´re living in the past. If you´re anxious, you´re living in the future. If you´re at peace, you´re living in the present.´´ (Lao Tzu) Have you ever noticed how all of us go through life in a mechanical and robotic manner? Do you feel you have lost control over your thoughts and actions? All our daily duties are just performed on auto mode, and most of the time we aren´t really even consciously aware of what we are doing. If you, too, wish to live a peaceful and content life, it is essential that you live in the present moment. If you are willing to change your life and ready to take action toward living a life you deserve, Mindfulness for Beginners is the book for you. Mindfulness is the state of being conscious or aware of something. It is about being present in the current moment and not dreaming about the future or reminiscing about the past. It is about being aware of exactly what you´re doing spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally. Jason Andreas walks you through the basics of mindfulness practice and gives you a simple, seven-step approach to incorporate these practices into your daily life that can help you become an overall happier and more content human being. What you´ll learn in Mindfulness for Beginners: What mindfulness really is and why it is important Benefits of mindfulness How to become emotionally stable Ways to double your concentration Losing weight with mindfulness How to double the quality of your sleep Seven-step meditation guide to be mindful And much, much more If you truly wish to enjoy life, you need to live in the now, understand yourself, keep yourself grounded, and eliminate negative energy from your life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Skyler Morgan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/063528/bk_acx0_063528_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Imagine how different your life would be if you knew how to develop the resilience to deal with tough times, whilst effortlessly getting on the path to peace of mind. Stoicism is a timeless ancient philosophy which can teach you just that. Unlike many religious and new age thinking methods, Stoic teachings provide a clear road map on exactly ´´How” to think, not simply ´´What” to think. Thus giving its practitioners a way to better deal with the misfortunes and hardships they face. James Daugherty is an intelligence expert & former CIA Spy who specializes in all forms of human behavior. But there’s one trait which is critical to a productive life, obtaining and retaining a pragmatic and stable mindset. A spy would be worthless without it. Daugherty is a huge proponent of the Stoic philosophies, as a result of being exposed to highly stressful and testing situations over the years. A Stoic mindset is not a luxury for a field agent, but a necessity. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Spencer Jacobsen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/097438/bk_acx0_097438_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Twice in the first half of the last century, the great powers engaged in wars that killed nearly 70 million people, with the aftermath of each shaking the international political system, changing the maps of the world, and setting the scene for the next great conflict. And for most of the past 50 years, the Cold War dominated international politics. Is this the history we are condemned to repeat? This series of eight lectures about international politics will hone your ability to approach that question with knowledge and insight. It reveals how concepts such as the balance of power and the international system interweave with and help shape history, showing you what actually happened in the great conflicts and why. The lectures will help you answer many of the key questions those concerned with creating a stable peace must answer every day; did the end of the Cold War bring peace and harmony or war and chaos? Does the United States play a dominant role in international affairs or is its role declining? Is military power still the key to world leadership, or has economic power become more important? Should the United States attempt to play the role of global police force, or should it withdraw from its overseas military commitments? PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joseph S. Nye Jr.. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000209/bk_tcco_000209_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.