Britain on the edge of Europe - British-European relationships between 1945-58. The attempts to create a European community and Britain´s attitude towards it: Sina Bröcker
´´Openly and unabashedly they are organizing training camps; openly and unabashedly they are building air bases and air strips. Everyone knows who is building the strips and buying planes, that mercenaries are recruiting troops. They even have the cynicism to publish photographs.´´ (Fidel Castro, March 1961) Within just a month of becoming president, the issue of Communist Cuba became central to John F. Kennedy and his administration. On February 3, 1961, President Kennedy called for a plan to support Cuban refugees in the US. A month later he created the Peace Corps, a program that trained young American volunteers to help with economic and community development in poor countries. Both programs were integral pieces of the Cold War and were attempts to align disadvantaged groups abroad with the United State and the West against the Soviet Union and its Communist satellites. Meanwhile covert operations were laying the groundwork for overthrowing Cuban leader Fidel Castro, and he knew it. Castro railed against CIA involvement among Cubans trying to overthrow him and his still young revolution. Matters came to a head that April, when the Kennedy administration moved beyond soft measures to direct action. From April 17 to 20, 1,400 CIA-trained Cuban exiles landed on the beaches of Western Cuba in an attempt to overthrow Castro. This plan, known as the Bay of Pigs, had been originally drafted by the Eisenhower administration. The exiles landed in Cuba and were expected to be greeted by anti-Castro forces within the country, after which the US would provide air reinforcement to the rebels, and the Castro regime would slowly be overthrown. From the onset almost every phase of the operation went wrong. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cynthia O´Brien. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/037096/bk_acx0_037096_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the years preceding the height of the European Holocaust’s worst atrocities, Adolf Hitler, the new Chancellor of Germany, confronted the world with a moral test. His early experiment of allowing Jews to seek homelands elsewhere came to define his future course of action toward the Jewish population of the continent. The acidic hatred he bore for the Jewish presence in European society was clear enough, but the leader of the Nazi Party could not precisely gauge the international community’s likely response to a campaign of extreme abuse directed against his own citizens. Thus, in the months that preceded the Nazi invasion of Western Europe, he tested global resolve by allowing a ship to depart from the port of Hamburg, bound for Havana Harbor in Cuba. The MS St. Louis carried 973 Jewish refugees from various locations within and outside of Germany, most holding landing permits and visas enabling them to live in the United States. Following their arrival in Havana, they would wait their turn on the immigration list for a final destination. In the case of the United States, that period averaged at least three years, sometimes more.Once the St. Louis was out of port, however, the propaganda arm of the Nazi government arranged for the Cuban president to invalidate landing passes and prohibit the passengers from disembarking. This was done by creating a toxic, xenophobic atmosphere in which Jews were perceived as job-stealing intruders. After the Cuban rejection, Hitler watched as a solitary band of seagoing refugees wandered the world in search of a haven. Based on the international community’s response, he would soon know if the Jews had a champion anywhere in the world’s sovereign states. He watched with considerable satisfaction as nation after nation crumbled in one of the ´´worst diplomatic fa 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Hare. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/101055/bk_acx0_101055_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Have you joined a church or small group in hopes of experiencing real life change, only to be disappointed? Have you sat through inspiring sermons about what is possible when Christians gather together in mutually edifying relationships, only to recognize how cynical you have become after many failed attempts? Community may be one of the most over-promised, under-delivered aspects of the Christian life today. Individuals remain selfish and stuck in their ways. Communities become spiritually lifeless or even fall apart because we don´t know how to experience transformation together. Transforming community does not come primarily from listening to inspiring preaching or adding another church program. It emerges as we embrace a shared commitment to the attitudes, practices and behaviors that open us to Christ in our midst. And that´s where Life Together in Christ comes in. Reflecting on the story of the two disciples who meet Christ on the Emmaus Road, Ruth Haley Barton offers this interactive guide for small groups of spiritual companions who are ready to encounter Christ in transforming ways - right where they are on the road of real life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carol Hendrickson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/020973/bk_adbl_020973_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Andrew Marin´s life changed forever when his three best friends came out to him in three consecutive months. Suddenly he was confronted with the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community (GLBT) firsthand. And he was compelled to understand how he could reconcile his friends to his faith. In an attempt to answer that question, he and his wife relocated to Boystown, a predominantly GLBT community in Chicago. And from his experience and wrestling has come his book, Love Is an Orientation, a work which elevates the conversation between Christianity and the GLBT community, moving the focus from genetics to gospel, where it really belongs. Why are so many people who are gay wary of people who are Christians? Do GLBT people need to change who they are? Do Christians need to change what they believe? Love Is an Orientation is changing the conversation about sexuality and spirituality, and building bridges from the GLBT community to the Christian community and, more importantly, to the good news of Jesus Christ. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Daniel May. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/020660/bk_adbl_020660_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Within this essential volume, leading social media expert Michael Malone explains the key approaches and philosophy that form the backbone of virtually every effective social media implementation regardless of platforms used, whether Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or other combined options. Citing real-world strategies adopted by such diverse brands as WoodenBoat magazine and the Grateful Dead, Malone lays out fundamental guidelines without which no attempt at social media outreach will succeed. Whether you are building a social media presence catering to a large international constituency or local fans of a popular neighborhood coffeehouse, Malone´s insights are sure to prove invaluable. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ward Paxton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/018966/bk_acx0_018966_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As a veteran of six successful Kickstarter campaigns (and counting) and the proprietor of the Kickstarter Lessons blog, Jamey Stegmaier knows something about crowdfunding. In this audiobook he goes beyond the nuts and bolts of how it works to a deeper level - crowdfunding not just as a cool way to raise money but as a better way to build and run a business. This book features over 40 illustrative examples of crowdfunding campaigns. Some succeeded wildly - like the high-tech cooler designer whose first attempt faltered but whose second raised $13 million. Some were sobering disasters, like the board-game maker (not the author!) whose mistakes caused his project to collapse in two months, forcing him to return over $100,000. Stegmaier uses these stories to make points about topics such as preparation, timing, what kind of offers to make and what kind to avoid, what to spend money on and when, and more. But he insists it´s not just about the money - if you follow Stegmaier´s advice, crowdfunding can enable you to build a loyal following before you even have a product. He shows that if you treat your backers as people, not pocketbooks - communicate regularly with them, ask their opinions, attend to their needs - they´ll become advocates as well as funders, exponentially increasing your and your projects´ chances of succeeding. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mitchell Lucas. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/042536/bk_acx0_042536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The complete 10th series of the Sony Award-winning comedy series - plus a Christmas special. ´´The best comedy on radio.´´ (Moira Petty, The Stage) Clare Barker, the social worker with all the politically correct jargon but none of the practical solutions, continues to struggle with her professional and private lives in these seven hilarious episodes, which include a special Christmas edition of the show. In ´Christmas with Clare Barker´, Clare is working through the holidays and has had enough of the whole seasonal shebang. But will a chance encounter bring back a bit of festive magic? Series 10 sees Brian going on a fitness kick and joining a men´s group. Clare, meanwhile, gets involved with a TV producer making a documentary about the Sparrowhawk estate; faces some home truths at a family funeral; attempts to cooperate with her estranged sister; and intervenes with Nali´s ex-husband. Plus the Sparrowhawk team work together to overcome a little problem in the office and hold a leaving do, taking the opportunity to reminisce. Sally Phillips stars as Clare, with a supporting cast including Alex Lowe as Brian and Nina Conti as Nali/Megan. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alex Lowe, Full cast, Sally Phillips. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002181/bk_rhuk_002181_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.