People say that there are two issues in this year’s elections: the war and the economy. But in many ways, that’s just one issue – Joseph Stiglitz talking at the London School of Economics last month(paraphrased from memory).
Posted by Dave (The Void) on March 19, 2008
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Posted by Dave (The Void) on March 13, 2008
A timely look back on 50 years of spin and deception, from the Gulf of Tonkin to the Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Posted by Dave on March 5, 2008
Want a true account of what happens in war? Look no further than “Winter Soldier” a documentary of interviews with Vietnam veterans.
“I would kill anyone I could whether they were innocent or not just to make sure I wouldn’t get killed and that was my philosophy. If I’d go into a village and I’d have to kill a hundred people just to make sure there was no one there to shoot me when I walked out thats what I did.” Trailer
One of the most powerful documentaries I’ve seen.
“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands now, deserves the thanks of man and woman.” Thomas Pain
Wintersoldier.com: Winter Soldier documents the “Winter Soldier Investigation” conducted by Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) in Detroit, Michigan in the winter of 1971. A call went out from VVAW to veterans all over the country saying, in effect, ‘everyone is talking about the war that you know from the inside. If you want to have anything to say about it, come to Detroit and tell it like you saw it.’ At the investigation, over 125 veterans representing every major combat unit to see action in Vietnam, gave eye-witness testimony to war crimes and atrocities they either participated in or witnessed. The purpose of the investigation was to bring to light the nature of American military policy in Vietnam.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on March 1, 2008
A channel 4 documentary (52 mins) looking at some of the problems with the carbon offsetting industry.
See also CheatNeutral.com:
When you cheat on your partner you add to the heartbreak, pain and jealousy in the atmosphere.
Cheatneutral offsets your cheating by funding someone else to be faithful and NOT cheat. This neutralises the pain and unhappy emotion and leaves you with a clear conscience.
Posted in climate change, documentary, economics, emissions, environment, global warming, greenwash, pollution, propaganda, science, video | Tagged: carbon offsetting, CSR, indulgences | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Dave on February 22, 2008
A BBC documentary looking at the British Mandate over Palestine and the betrayal of the Arab cause.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on February 17, 2008
To mark the occasion of the latest step in the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia, I bring you a 2006 interview (36 mins) with Noam Chomsky on Serbian TV.
As it becomes less and less possible to hold up the invasion of Afghanistan as the good war that justifies our imperialism, tame media pundits can still look back fondly upon the 1999 bombing of Serbia as a truly humanitarian intervention. In fact that war fits the pattern set by its successors: a propaganda fairy story of saving savages from each other to disguise the violent projection of Western power.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on February 14, 2008
Filmed in the 1990s, this series takes journalist Robert Fisk through Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt and Bosnia. He warns that the crimes of the West and Israel are breeding a culture of resistance, resentment and religious radicalism in the Middle East – a warning that the last decade has surely vindicated.
(3 episodes, 52 mins each. h/t Israel’s 60th Birthday)
Posted in 1980s, 1990s, arab, bosnia, colonialism, documentary, egypt, empire, ethnic cleansing, islam, islamism, israel, lebanon, middle east, palestine, resistance, terrorism, USA, video, war, war on terror | Tagged: hamas, hizbullah, robert fisk | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Dave (The Void) on February 10, 2008
Give Coca-Cola’s empire a good shake, and it’s not just the odd Nazi that comes tumbling out.
Mark Thomas investigates the practises and history of the Coca Cola company, uncovering among other things its support for the Nazis, involvement in the murder of Colombian trade unionists, and environmental damage in Kerala and El Salvador – as well as the all-pervasive advertising by which it gets away with it all.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on February 9, 2008
In the context of renewed attacks on a woman’s right to choose here in the UK, here is a short (27 min) film about the struggle for access to safe, legal abortions in the US.