John Pilger’s first collaboration with fellow Australian director Alan Lowery, looks at the worldwide struggle for soft drink supremacy by the Coca Cola company, and illuminates the power of multinational corporations.
Archive for the ‘politics’ Category
Posted by charliemarks on March 31, 2008
Posted in 1980s, advertising, africa, america, capitalism, chile, civil liberties, consumerism, corporatism, documentary, economics, empire, food, globalisation, hegemony, history, human rights, john pilger, politics, trade, us politics | 2 Comments »
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.
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.
Posted in humour, imf, imperialism, latin america, middle east, militarism, neocons, nicaragua, occupation, oil, oil politics, politics, poverty, privatisation, profiteering, propaganda, resistance, satire, slavery, terrorism, tony blair, us politics, USA, video, war, war on terror | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Dave (The Void) on December 16, 2007
This 1992 BBC documentary (Three episodes of one hour each) uncovers at Operation Gladio, the American-led operation to establish a network of right-wing (often fascist and neo-fascist) paramilitaries in postwar Europe.
Initially conceived as a safeguard against Soviet invasion, Operation Gladio was used to manipulate domestic politics and keep the left from power – and may be behind some of the century’s most notorious terrorist attacks and political murders.
Part One: The Ringleaders
Looks at the establishment of the stay-behind networks during the liberation of Europe.
Part Two: The Puppeteers
In the decades that followed, terrorist attacks and high profile assassinations set the pace of politics – what became known as the “strategy of tension”.
Part Three: The Foot Soldiers
Investigates the role of the stay-behinds in a series of grisly murders in Belgium and the killing of a former Italian Prime Minister, as well as their infiltration of the extrem left.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on November 19, 2007
Released just as Tony Blair was leaving office, this film documents his ten-year war against civil liberties, begun as a way of protecting businesses from ‘harrassment’ but dramatically escalated as part of The War Against Terror.
(that was a trailer; click here to watch the whole film)
I had a few things lined up to go with this film, but decided they detracted from the seriousness of the issue. However, the soundtrack is ace, and that last song deserves reposting in its entirety without being talked over. So here, for your listening pleasure, is Jarvis with Running The World.
Posted in censorship, civil liberties, democracy, documentary, film, guantanamo, human rights, law, music, neocons, police, politics, torture, uk, video, war on terror | Tagged: careful now, down with this sort of thing, tony blair | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Dave (The Void) on November 6, 2007
Today, Congressman and Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich is attempting to kick off impeachment proceedings against Vice President Dick “Darth Vader” Cheney, through the use of what’s called a priveleged resolution. The charges one could bring against Cheney are legion, and polls show that 54% of Americans want to see him impeached (the idea of impeaching President Bush, is slightly less popular, at 45%, but that’s still more than ever wanted to impeach Nixon).
This PBS documentary (56 mins) charts some of Cheney’s struggles for greater power, pitting the White House against Congress and the Department of Justice in particular.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on November 2, 2007
A fascinating documentary (~30mins) that looks behind the scenes of British quasi-democracy. After discovering that MPs have no legal obligation not to lie, director Richard Symons embarks on a quest to introduce one, through a ‘Misrepresentation of the People Act’.
You can view the bill – now called the ‘Elected Representatives (Prohibition of Deception) Bill’ – here. So far a total of 35 MPs have expressed support for idea; you can email your representative about it here and keep up to date with the latest news regarding its progress here.
Posted by michaelgreenwell on October 6, 2007
A film about the errrmmm… ‘enthusiastic’ policing at the FTAA protests in Miami 2003
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 »
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 July 26, 2007
Do you believe in al Qaeda?
In this seminal 2004 documentary series (3 episodes, 60 mins each), Adam Curtis traces the intertwined histories of two ideological movements – the neoconservatives and the radical Islamists – and the political reality they helped create. For rather than following the most inspiring dreams, we now select the leaders with the most terrifying nightmares.
1. Baby, It’s Cold Outside