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The True Cost Of War

Posted by Dave (The Void) on March 19, 2008

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).
Wars are always expensive affairs, but the occupation of Iraq has taken that to new levels.  Private armies of “civilian contractors” and cost-plus “reconstruction firms” have notoriously pushed up the price, but caring for wounded veterans also takes its toll on the economy, as does the increase in the price of oil.
However, few of these costs made themselves felt in the first four and a half years of war.  The Federal Reserve has created a bubble of debt, allowing half a trillion to be spent on the military (never mind all the hidden costs) without any associated tax increase.  That bubble is now bursting – or so argues the Nobel Prize-winning economist and notorious World Bank whistleblower Joseph Stiglitz in this address to Colombia University.
Click here to watch the video of the addres, as well as an introduction, Q&A and response.  Click here for a paper (pdf) in which Stiglitz and his collaborator Linda Bilmes explain their thesis.

Posted in capitalism, corporatism, debt, deficit, economics, iraq, militarism, military-industrial complex, money, USA, video, war, war on terror | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »

War Made Easy

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 in america, democracy, documentary, film, imperialism, media, military-industrial complex, propaganda, USA, video, war | 2 Comments »

Winter Soldier: Confessions of Vietnam Vets

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

Part 2 | Part 3| Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9

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 in america, anti-war, antiwar, army, documentary, film, history, USA, video, vietnam, war, war crimes | Tagged: , , , | 2 Comments »

The Great Green Smoke Screen

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: , , | Leave a Comment »

This Is What A Police State Looks Like

Posted by Dave (The Void) on February 26, 2008

It’s not fascism, so ignore the hysterical Hitler references.  However, this short film (14 mins), compiled from the police’s own footage, is definitely one to watch.

Anyone who’s been on a demo in the last few years will have clocked the police intelligence teams, snapping up faces with their oversized cameras.  This footage shows how the operate – and reveals the lengths to which the police will go to enforce their authoritah.

Posted in activism, authoritarianism, civil liberties, class war, crime, human rights, identity, law, police, police state, protest, surveillance, totalitarianism, USA, video, war on terror | 10 Comments »

Clash of the Worlds: Palestine

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 in british empire, imperialism, israel, palestine, uk, video | Leave a Comment »

Noam Chomsky on Serbia, Kosovo and the West

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 in balkans, imperialism, interview, kosovo, media, propaganda, serbia, USA, war, yugoslavia | Tagged: , | 1 Comment »

Robert Fisk – Beirut To Bosnia

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)

1. The Martyr’s Smile

2. The Road To Palestine

3. To The Ends Of The Earth

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: , , | Leave a Comment »

Killer Coke

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.

(click here to watch all the whole programme)

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 in advertising, capitalism, colombia, el salvador, environment, health, india, kerala, marketing, trade unions, video, water | Tagged: , , , | 3 Comments »

Motherhood By Choice

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.

(Go to Google Video)

Posted in abortion, activism, health, pro-choice, USA, video, women's rights | Leave a Comment »