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Archive for January, 2008

Sicko

Posted by Dave (The Void) on January 29, 2008

Oh yeah, it’s online. Don’t think it’s not online. A shocking and occasionally hilarious expos√© of the history, politics, and consequences of privatised healthcare, for my money this is Moore’s best film yet.

(Go to Google Video)

If there’s anything wrong with Sicko, it’s the rose-tinted lens used in the British segments. Our beloved NHS, as many will already know, is already under fierce attack from the private sector (see John Pilger, or my blog, for an introduction, and there’s a wealth of info at Keep Our NHS Public) – including from some of the worst villians in the film’s American segments.

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Posted in capitalism, class war, documentary, film, france, health, hospitals, privatisation, USA, video, welfare | Tagged: , , | 1 Comment »

Sir, No Sir! The GI Revolt

Posted by Dave (The Void) on January 25, 2008

In the sixties too, the U.S. was engaged in an unpopular, unjustifiable and ultimately unwinnable war. Then, a whole generation of young men were drafted to fight, to die, and to kill in Vietnam. This is the story (50 mins) of how those young men said “no”.

(Go to Google Video)

Posted in activism, antiwar, army, documentary, empire, imperialism, indochina, militarism, protest, resistance, USA, video, vietnam, war | Tagged: , , , | 3 Comments »

The BNP Wives

Posted by charliemarks on January 23, 2008

BNP Wives is a documentary that demonstrates the fascists have learnt nothing from previous embarrassing encounters with the media.

(go to Google Video)

A more apt title for the programme would have been BNP Women as only one of them is married to a BNP member, and though a lot of it is old material in comedy terms (you think they’d be prepared for some of the questions and be a little more polite with members of the public!) it’s worth watching to compare what the women say with the glowing review on the BNP website, where the three are described as “fine ambassadors” for the party…

Posted in anti-semitism, BNP, documentary, ethnic cleansing, fascism, genocide, identity, islam, islamophobia, judaism, nationalism, racism, religion, TV, uk, uk politics | 1 Comment »

Hawaii’s Last Queen

Posted by Dave (The Void) on January 23, 2008

A series of coup d’etats cemented the grip of American businessmen on the nation of Hawaii around the turn of the last century, swiftly leading to its formal annexation by the U.S.

(go to Google Video)

While its narrative is less that of the Hawaiian people than that of their monarchs, this 50 minute documentary is a valuable insight into early American imperialism.

Posted in america, capitalism, colonialism, democracy, documentary, hawaii, history, imperialism, pacific, USA, video | Leave a Comment »

The Namibian Holocaust and the Second Reich

Posted by Dave (The Void) on January 14, 2008

Decades before the rise of Hitler, the German elites’ quest for Lebensraum led them to a more aggressive colonisation of their newly-acquired African territories, in what we now call Namibia. This culminated in the systematic annihilation of two native peoples, through slave labour and concentration camps. (h/t Popper’s List)

(go to Google Video)

The African survivors’ descendants are still lobbying the German government for recognition and reparations for the genocide today, while many of the racial theories and demobbed soldiers went on to play important roles within the Freikorps and the Nazi movement. The genocide of the Armenians is now slowly gaining recognition, but the precursors to fascism in European imperialism remain a taboo subject.

Posted in africa, colonialism, documentary, empire, ethnic cleansing, genocide, germany, history, imperialism, namibia, racism, video | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »

The Century of the Self

Posted by charliemarks on January 12, 2008

Adam Curtis’ acclaimed series examines the rise of the all-consuming self against the backdrop of the Freud dynasty.

Episode 1 – Happiness Machines

Episode 2 – The Engineering Of Consent

Episode 3 – There Is A Policeman Inside All Our Heads, He Must Be Destroyed

Episode 4 – Eight People Sipping Wine In Kettering

To many in both politics and business, the triumph of the self is the ultimate expression of democracy, where power has finally moved to the people. Certainly the people may feel they are in charge, but are they really? The Century of the Self tells the untold and sometimes controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society in Britain and the United States. How was the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in whose interests?

The Freud dynasty is at the heart of this compelling social history.

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Posted in 1980s, advertising, america, capitalism, colonialism, consumerism, democracy, documentary, economics, fascism, freud, guatemala, imperialism, latin america, marketing, media, PR, propaganda, psychoanalysis, psychology, science, thatcher, tony blair, uk politics, us politics, USA, war | 4 Comments »

Levellers, True Levellers, and The Diggers of 1649

Posted by charliemarks on January 11, 2008

The Levellers were a relatively loose alliance of radicals and freethinkers who came to prominence during the period of instability that characterized the English Civil War of 1642 – 1649.

What bound these people together was the general belief that all men were equal; since this was the case, then a government could only have legitimacy if it was elected by the people. The Leveller demands were for a secular republic, abolition of the House of Lords, equality before the law, the right to vote for all, free trade, the abolition of censorship, freedom of speech, the abolition of tithes and tolls, and the absolute right for people to worship whatever religion they chose, or none at all. This program was published as “The Agreement of the People”.

Part two|Part three

(click here to watch the whole programme)

The Levellers argued that since God had created all men as equals, the land belonged to all the people as a right. Their program was, then, essentially an attempt to restore the situation that they believed had existed previous to the Norman Conquest in 1099; they wanted to establish a ‘commonwealth’ in which the common people would be in control of their own destiny without the intervention of a King, a House of Lords and other potential oppressors.

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Posted in drama, england, history, nature, parliament, politics, poverty, revolution, socialism, uk politics | 4 Comments »

Guns, Germs and Steel

Posted by Idrees Ahmad on January 10, 2008

Jared Diamond on how the West was won. (Thanks Dave)

1. Out of Eden

2. Conquest

3. Into the Tropics

Posted in anthropology, capitalism, documentary, ethnic cleansing, europe, genocide, globalisation, history, imperialism, militarism, poverty, profiteering, racism, science, settlement, slavery, us, war, war crimes | Leave a Comment »

The Cu Chi Tunnels

Posted by Dave (The Void) on January 9, 2008

Hollywood eventually made a few excellent anti-war films about Vietnam, but even the best of these focussed on the suffering of American troops. Even today, the Vietnamese people are excluded from the mainstream narrative of the war.  This 1 hour film by Mickey Grant is intended to rectify that imbalance (h/t RadicalFilms.co.uk).

Compiled from Vietnamese eyewitness testimony and archival footage shot by Viet Cong cameramen (to whose memory the film is dedicated), it tells of the network of tunnels that linked the villages of Cu Chi and in which the resistance movement created an underground society, complete with music, theatre and rudimentary military hospitals allowing them to fight and win a guerrilla war against the world’s most powerful army.

(Go To Google Video)

 

Posted in film, guerrilla, imperialism, indochina, resistance, underground, video, vietnam, war | 4 Comments »

The Trial Of Tony Blair

Posted by Dave (The Void) on January 6, 2008

A Channel 4 drama (72 mins) starring Robert Lindsay as the ex-PM, in characteristic denial about his impending war crimes tribunal. I finally got around to watching this and found it surprisingly poignant. It really stands out not for its quality, but for its willingness, exceptional among the broadly sycophantic media, to refer to Blair as what he undeniably is: a war criminal.

Posted in comedy, drama, guilt, iraq, justice, satire, tony blair, uk politics, war crimes | 1 Comment »