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The Miami Model

Posted by michaelgreenwell on October 6, 2007

A film about the errrmmm… ‘enthusiastic’ policing at the FTAA protests in Miami 2003

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Posted in activism, america, anti-war, capitalism, democracy, documentary, economics, empire, film, free speech, ftaa, human rights, military-industrial complex, politics, protest, us, us politics, USA | Leave a Comment »

The Agronomist

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 in america, caribbean, cinema, colonialism, democracy, documentary, film, free speech, haiti, human rights, media, politics, protest, radio, resistance, video | Leave a Comment »

Iraq For Sale, War For Profit

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 in capitalism, corporatocracy, corruption, film, human rights, interview, iraq, military-industrial complex, neocons, profiteering, torture, USA, video, war, war on terror | 2 Comments »

War On Democracy

Posted by Dave (The Void) on August 23, 2007

In one of his best and most important films so far (94 mins), John Pilger looks at how the people of Latin America are subjugated to the imperial designs (or, “national interests”) of the United States – and how the people are fighting back.

Posted in bolivia, capitalism, chile, democracy, documentary, empire, film, guatemala, human rights, imperialism, john pilger, latin america, socialism, USA, venezuela, video | 1 Comment »

Stealing A Nation

Posted by Dave (The Void) on August 2, 2007

In this award-winning special report (56 mins), John Pilger tells the story of one of the British Empire’s most inhuman and cynical postwar crimes: the dispossession and deportation of two thousand of its citizens from their tropical island paradise, to make room for the largest American airbase outside the U.S., and the sustained conspiracy to whitewash them out of existence.

See also the UK Chagos Support Association and Wikipedia.

Posted in british empire, conspiracy, documentary, empire, ethnic cleansing, human rights, hypocrisy, imperialism, john pilger, uk, USA, video | 3 Comments »

The Road To Guantanamo

Posted by Dave (The Void) on July 30, 2007

In this harrowing 2006 docudrama (91 mins) by Michael Winterbottom, the ‘Tipton Three’ recount their experience of captivity and torture by American forces in Afghanistan and later in Guantanamo Bay.

Posted in afghanistan, documentary, film, guantanamo, human rights, prison, torture, uk, USA, video, war on terror | 2 Comments »

War On Drugs – The Prison Industrial Complex

Posted by Dave (The Void) on July 23, 2007

In a previous post, we looked at how America’s “War on Drugs” is used to wage war on Colombia. This 1999 documentary (92 mins, in English after a brief introduction in Dutch) shows the other side of the coin: an increasingly powerful “growth industry” built around locking up Americans – mainly poor, black Americans – and slowly moving towards a privatised police state.

Given recent developments in England, this is a very relevant warning on both sides of the Atlantic.

Posted in documentary, drugs, human rights, nederlands, prison, privatisation, racism, USA, video, war on drugs | 1 Comment »

Comedy Product at the Arms Fair

Posted by Dave (The Void) on July 19, 2007

How do you get inside an arms dealers’ convention to stare at the torturers and murderers of the world’s nastiest regimes? If you’re comedian Mark Thomas, you set up a small, specialist PR company and offer them free media training workshops – getting some groundbreaking confessions along the way. Comedy with an edge (about 40 mins; h/t Heathlander, the latest target of Bill O’Reilly’s unfocused rage)

Parts 2 to 6 follow.

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Posted in arms trade, comedy, human rights, humour, indonesia, PR, torture, uk, video | 1 Comment »