Declassified CIA and military documents tell the story of America’s botched invasion of Castro’s Cuba.
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Posted by Dave (The Void) on April 21, 2008
Posted by Dave (The Void) on October 15, 2007
The oil boom of the 20th century allowed millions of Westerners to flee the cities and spread out over miles of countryside. That boom is now over and, with oil becoming ever more scarce, that sprawl is looking less and less sustainable.
The End Of Suburbia
This documentary (79 mins) focuses almost entirely on North America, where the oil boom and the attendant rise in car culture and consumerist suburbia took of more than anywhere else. However, we face similar problems in Britain, Europe and elsewhere, and could do much worse for an watchable and informative introduction to the socioeconomic implications of what’s become known as “Peak Oil”.
(This is just a trailer; click here to watch the full film on Yahoo! video)
The Power Of Community
The island republic of Cuba has already weathered a severe energy famine, when trade with the USSR was cut off by the latter’s collapse in 1991. In this sequel (53 mins) to The End Of Suburbia looks at the community networks and structures which allow the Cubans to survive on a fraction of their previous fossil fuel consumption.
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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 August 18, 2007
The abolition of the slave trade should have put an end to the slave economies of Britain’s colonies. Instead, as this BBC documentary (58 mins) shows, indentured Indian coolies were transported by slave-ship across the far-flung corners of the Empire. (h/t SmashingTelly.com)
Posted by Dave (The Void) on July 16, 2007
An informative and very human look at what neoliberal neocolonialism is doing to this island paradise. Narration based on Jamaica Arcaid’s A Small Place.