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Robert Newman – From Caliban To The Taliban

Posted by charliemarks on March 26, 2008

In 2003 Robert Newman toured his one-man political/musical comedy show From Caliban To The Taliban – 500 Years Of Humanitarian Intervention, the precursor to his acclaimed A History of Oil which was filmed for More4, and his BBC TV series The History of the World Backwards.

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In a breathtaking ninety minute performance filmed in front of a live audience at the Brighton Corn Exchange Theatre during the 2003 Paramount Comedy Festival, From Caliban To The Taliban details an unlikely but true history of modern imperialism, from the Virginia Company to the occupation of Iraq, and demonstrates the towering intelligence and sparkling wit of comedy superstar and former teen heart-throb, Robert Newman.

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Art, Truth and Politics – Harold Pinter’s Nobel Prize Lecture

Posted by Dave (The Void) on July 8, 2007

Almost uniquely among his contemporaries, the social conscience of poet and playright Harold Pinter prevents him from keeping silent on the atrocities of our age. Winning the 2005 Nobel Prize for literature gave him the platform for this powerful lecture (46 mins), though I do not believe it has ever been aired on a major channel.

Better-quality video is available from the Nobel Prize website. Transcript follows.

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