The Taking of K-129: How the CIA Used Howard Hughes to Steal a Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History

The Taking of K-129: How the CIA Used Howard Hughes to Steal a Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History
An incredible true tale of espionage and engineering set at the height of the Cold War–a mix between The Hunt for Red October and Argo–about how the CIA, the U.S. Navy, and America’s most eccentric mogul spent six years and nearly a billion dollars to steal the nuclear-armed Soviet submarine K-129 after it had sunk to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean; all while the Russians were watching.

In the early hours of February 25, 1968, a Russian submarine armed with three nuclear ballistic missiles set sail from its base in Siberia on a routine combat patrol to Hawaii. Then it vanished.

As the Soviet Navy searched in vain for the lost vessel, a small, highly classified American operation using sophisticated deep-sea spy equipment found it–wrecked on the sea floor at a depth of 16,800 feet, far beyond the capabilities of any salvage that existed. But the potential intelligence assets onboard the ship–the nuclear warheads, battle orders, and cryptological machines–justified going to extreme lengths to find a way to raise the submarine.

So began Project Azorian, a top secret mission that took six years, cost an estimated $800 million, and would become the largest and most daring covert operation in CIA history.

After the U.S. Navy declared retrieving the sub “impossible,” the mission fell to the CIA’s burgeoning Directorate of Science and Technology, the little-known division responsible for the legendary U-2 and SR-71 Blackbird spy planes. Working with Global Marine Systems, the country’s foremost maker of exotic, deep-sea drilling vessels, the CIA commissioned the most expensive ship ever built and told the world that it belonged to the reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, who would use the mammoth ship to mine rare minerals from the ocean floor. In reality, a complex network of spies, scientists, and politicians attempted a project even crazier than Hughes’s reputation: raising the sub directly under the watchful eyes of the Russians.
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Rise of Saffron Power: Reflections on Indian Politics

Rise of Saffron Power: Reflections on Indian Politics

This volume looks at the impact of the landmark 2014 elections and the consequent Assembly elections which have transformed the ideological discourse of India. It discusses a variety of topical issues in contemporary Indian politics, including the Modi wave, Aam Aadmi Party and the challenges it is confronting today, Hindutva and minorities, the decline of the Congress party, changes in foreign policy, as well as phenomenona like ‘love jihad’ and ghar wapsi. It also draws together political trends from across the country, especially key states like Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Seemandhra, West Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir, and Meghalaya.

The volume will be of great importance to scholars and researchers of Indian politics, public policy, sociology, and social policy.


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Humans on the Run: Of Exiles and Asylum

Humans on the Run: Of Exiles and Asylum
In fleeing sometimes there is freedom, sometimes safety, sometimes sheer survival.
Twenty-five individuals in flight, long disconnected from the certitudes of a settled, anchored existence. They map their journeys when moving to the next village, town, city, country or continent, in the hope of beating certain death, denigration and abuse. These stories rather lives from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Tibet, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Ukraine, Eritrea and South Sudan speak of the many effects of international intrigues and the raging fires of ethnic, communal and religion-based violence on ordinary lives.
Humans on the Run is a collection of memories of several microscopic journeys embarked upon by humans, in time and space, compelled by political and sectarian strife. It is about homeless lives and textured human experiences in forced migration, when war and violence consign individuals and families to a lifetime of uncertainty. But it is also about how, in fleeing bombs and battered neighborhoods, life, hope and resilience triumph against all odds.
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Of Women

Of Women
This book starts from the position that gender injustice is the greatest human rights abuse on the planet. It blights First and developing worlds; rich and poor women. Gender injustice impacts health, wealth, education, representation, opportunity and security everywhere. It is no exaggeration to describe the position of women as an apartheid, but it is not limited to one country or historical period. For this ancient and continuing wrong is millennial in duration and global in reach. Only radical solutions can even scratch its surface. However, the prize is a great one: the collateral benefits to peace, prosperity, sustainability and general human happiness are potentially enormous. All this because we are all interconnected and all men are of women too.
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Humans on the Run: Of Exiles and Asylum

Humans on the Run: Of Exiles and Asylum
In fleeing sometimes there is freedom, sometimes safety, sometimes sheer survival.
Twenty-five individuals in flight, long disconnected from the certitudes of a settled, anchored existence. They map their journeys when moving to the next village, town, city, country or continent, in the hope of beating certain death, denigration and abuse. These stories rather lives from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Tibet, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Ukraine, Eritrea and South Sudan speak of the many effects of international intrigues and the raging fires of ethnic, communal and religion-based violence on ordinary lives.
Humans on the Run is a collection of memories of several microscopic journeys embarked upon by humans, in time and space, compelled by political and sectarian strife. It is about homeless lives and textured human experiences in forced migration, when war and violence consign individuals and families to a lifetime of uncertainty. But it is also about how, in fleeing bombs and battered neighborhoods, life, hope and resilience triumph against all odds.
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The Plot to Destroy Democracy

The Plot to Destroy Democracy
A provocative, comprehensive analysis of Vladimir Putin and Russia’s master plan to destroy democracy in the age of Donald Trump.

In the greatest intelligence operation in the history of the world, Donald Trump was made President of the United States with the assistance of a foreign power. For the first time, The Plot to Destroy Democracy reveals the dramatic story of how blackmail, espionage, assassination, and psychological warfare were used by Vladimir Putin and his spy agencies to steal the 2016 U.S. election-and attempted to bring about the fall of NATO, the European Union and western democracy. It will show how Russia and its fifth column allies tried to flip the cornerstones of democracy in order to reengineer the world political order that kept most of the world free since since 1945.

Career U.S. Intelligence officer Malcolm Nance will examine how Russia has used cyberwarfare, political propaganda and manipulating our perception of reality-and will use it again-to weaponize American news, traditional media, social media, and the workings of the internet to attack and break apart democratic institutions from within and what we can expect to come should we fail to stop their next attack.

In his 35-year career in intelligence, Nance specialized in cryptology, national security policy, counter-terrorism intelligence. He has utilized top secret Russian-sourced political and hybrid warfare strategy documents to demonstrate the master plan to undermine American institutions that has been in effect from the Cold War to the present day. Based on original research and countless interviews with espionage experts, Nance examines how Putin’s recent hacking accomplished a crucial first step for destabilizing the West for Russia, why Putin is just the man to do it.

Nance has been called to testify before Congress and advise House and Senate Intelligence Committee members on the details of the election meddling. In this book, he exposes how Russia has supported the campaigns of right-wing extremists throughout both the U.S. and Europe to leverage an axis of autocracy, and how Putin’s agencies have worked since 2010 to bring fringe candidate Donald Trump into elections.

Revelatory, insightful, and shocking, The Plot To Destroy Democracy puts a professional spy lens on Putin’s plot and unravels it play-by-play. In the end, he provides a better understanding of why Putin’s efforts are a serious threat to our national security and global alliances-in much more than one election–and a blistering indictment of Putin’s puppet, President Donald J. Trump.

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Offend, Shock, or Disturb (OIP): Free Speech Under the Indian Constitution

Offend, Shock, or Disturb (OIP): Free Speech Under the Indian Constitution
Offend, Shock or Disturb is a comprehensive examination of free speech under the Indian Constitution. It explores Indian free speech jurisprudence from a doctrinal, comparative and philosophical perspective.
Taking as its point of departure the constitutional guarantee of the freedom of speech and expression Articles 19(1) (a) and 19 (2) of the Constitution of India the book discusses, clause by clause, the development of law from colonial times to present-day controversies.
Issues relating to public order, sedition, obscenity and pornography, hate speech, film and online censorship, privacy and defamation, the contempt of court, the nature of speech and the relationship between free speech and economic structure and the inter-relationships between them have been comprehensively examined.
As free speech campaigns gain intensity by the day, the book presents the myriad understandings and limitations of the free speech law and suggests possible pathways for the future.
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It’s Only Blood: Shattering the Taboo of Menstruation


For women and girls around the world, menstruation has become a mark of shame. They are told that it is not to be discussed in public, that their tampons and sanitary pads should be hidden away, the blood rendered invisible. In parts of the developing world, the taboo around menstruation has had grave consequences, with girls deterred from going to school, women from work, and with infections often left untreated. In such societies, poverty, culture and religion all collide to create a stifling atmosphere of stigma and silence. In It’s Only Blood, journalist Anna Dahlqvist offers a global perspective on our attitudes to menstruation, as told through the experiences of women in countries ranging from Sweden and the United States to Uganda, India and Bangladesh. Dahlqvist reveals how women around the world are being denied their basic human rights, through the denial of access to menstrual hygiene products, adequate toilets, and education about their bodies. Through conversations with activists and experts, Dahlqvist also shows how women are starting to fight back against the climate of shame, and how what was once unspeakable has become a key struggle in the global movement for women’s rights.
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Censored – Distraction and Diversion Inside China`s Great Firewall

Censored – Distraction and Diversion Inside China`s Great Firewall
A groundbreaking and surprising look at contemporary censorship in China As authoritarian governments around the world develop sophisticated technologies for controlling information, many observers have predicted that these controls would be ineffective because they are easily thwarted and evaded by savvy Internet users. In Censored, Margaret Roberts demonstrates that even censorship that is easy to circumvent can still be enormously effective. Taking advantage of digital data harvested from the Chinese Internet and leaks from China’s Propaganda Department, this important book sheds light on how and when censorship influences the Chinese public. Roberts finds that much of censorship in China works not by making information impossible to access but by requiring those seeking information to spend extra time and money for access. By inconveniencing users, censorship diverts the attention of citizens and powerfully shapes the spread of information. When Internet users notice blatant censorship, they are willing to compensate for better access. But subtler censorship, such as burying search results or introducing distracting information on the web, is more effective because users are less aware of it. Roberts challenges the conventional wisdom that online censorship is undermined when it is incomplete and shows instead how censorship’s porous nature is used strategically to divide the public. Drawing parallels between censorship in China and the way information is manipulated in the United States and other democracies, Roberts reveals how Internet users are susceptible to control even in the most open societies. Demonstrating how censorship travels across countries and technologies, Censored gives an unprecedented view of how governments encroach on the media consumption of citizens.
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Human Rights Approaches to Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities (Routledge Research in International Environmental Law)

Human Rights Approaches to Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities (Routledge Research in International Environmental Law)

Despite the clear link between climate change and human rights with the potential for virtually all protected rights to be undermined as a result of climate change, its catastrophic impact on human beings was not really understood as a human rights issue until recently.

This book examines the link between climate change and human rights in a comprehensive manner. It looks at human rights approaches to climate change, including the jurisprudential bases for human rights and the environment, the theoretical framework governing human rights and the environment, and the different approaches to this including benchmarks. In addition to a discussion of human rights implications of international environmental law principles in the climate change regime, the book explores how the human rights framework can be used in relation to mitigation, adaption, and adjudication. Other chapters examine how vulnerable groups –women, indigenous peoples and climate “refugees” – would be disproportionately affected by climate change. The book then goes on to discuss a new category of people created by climate change, those who will be rendered stateless as a result of states disappearing and displaced by climate change, and whether human rights law can adequately address these emerging issues.


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