In this documentary (53 mins), John Pilger looks at a new informal kind of Empire – that which acts through and on behalf of transnational corporations – and how it can be just as violent and exploitative as the formal empires of the past.
Archive for September, 2007
Posted by Dave (The Void) on September 28, 2007
Posted by Dave (The Void) on September 21, 2007
A dramatic portrait (87 mins) of radical broadcaster and human rights activist Jean Dominique, and of the political struggle in Haïti. (h/t Fanonite)
Speaking of Haiti, here‘s a shocking piece of news conveniently buried by the disappearance of Madeleine McCann a few months ago.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on September 17, 2007
Reconstructing Iraq, apparently, is a job for Bechtel, Halliburton and other firms grown rich from burning the Third World’s money. Private data extraction specialists were behind some of the worst atrocities of Abu Ghraib and elsewhere, and the mercenaries of Blackwater are literally making a killing. The number of contractors like these in Iraq has been growing since the outset of hostilities, and has now overtaken that of regular troops.
Iraq For Sale
This Robert Greenwald film (76 mins) views the problem very much through a “Support The Troops” lens, but is nevertheless a shocking and highly informative exposé.
Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Private Army
Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill talks about everyone’s favourite mercenaries in this interview (41 mins) for Democracy Now.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on September 15, 2007
I have taken this documentary down, as it became apparent that it was bringing traffic in from the fascist British National Party and their supporters.
If you’re not with these scum, I apologise for the inconvenience.
If you are, then all I have to say to you is FUCK OFF AND DIE YOU NAZI BASTARDS!
Posted by Dave (The Void) on September 12, 2007
Sick and tired of listening to the mainstream media pore over General Petraeus’ scripted briefing? I know how you feel, and have the antidote: Dahr Jamail’s address (43 mins) at the Chicago Socialism 2007 conference.
Disgusted with the coverage of the war in American journalism, Dahr Jamail saved up and took his camera and his laptop to occupied Iraq. His unembedded dispatches are now recognised as crucial sources of information from the warzone – and are almost unique in their independence from occupying forces.
Dahr’s book Beyond The Green Zone is released next month.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on September 10, 2007
Nine eleven changed everything. Didn’t it?
Some perspective here, from two remarkable women.
Shock Doctrine – Naomi Klein
In Alfonso Cuaron’s interpretation (7 mins) of her new book, Klein shows how shock and disorientation have been used to steal our world and sell it off, from the 11th September 1973 to the 11th September 2001 and beyond.
Come September – Arundhati Roy
This renowned 2002 lecture (74 mins) to the Lannan Foundation disusses nationalism, capitalism, and a century of bloody Septembers. Witty, moving and informative, it was later reinterpreted as the documentary film ‘We‘; see also the subsequent interview with Howard Zinn.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on September 5, 2007
I don’t intend to promote the Semitic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) or anything, but in these days of Clash of Civilisations rhetoric it’s worth reminding ourselves of their compatibility and their long histories of peaceful coexistence. Here’s two documentaries, both from Reclaiming Space, that do just that.
The Muslim Jesus (45 mins)
For all my suspicion of the Great Alpha Male In The Sky, I have no real problem with Jesus – or Issa – who, with his compassion, humility, and intolerance for money-lenders in the temple, was very much a man after my own heart. A version of him, along with his mother St. Mary, are among the Quran’s central characters.
The Jews of Iran (17 mins)
We’ve had to put up with a relentless propaganda campaign this year, suggesting that the Islamic Republic of Iran is in fact the Fourth Reich, on a mission to kill all the Jews. This is nothing but baseless scaremongering; just ask Tehran’s thriving Jewish community.
In spite of many family ties to Israel and the West, and Israel’s desperate attempts to bribe them into defection, most Iranian Jews identify with their country as proudly as with their faith.
Part Two follows
Posted by michaelgreenwell on September 3, 2007
For me it was disappointing how long it took David Attenborough to come out publicly and speak about global warming. He was procrastinating for a long time.
However, when he eventually did begin to talk about it, he did it with the skill, intellgence and heart which we have come to expect of him.
This is fabulous…