Sunday, February 27, 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

A Game for Life

Grassroot Soccer uses the "beautiful game" to educate South African youth about HIV/AIDS prevention. The organization's project coordinator, Nolusindiso "Titie" Plaatjie, describes her childhood in the poverty-stricken city of Port Elizabeth and how soccer gave her the drive to be who she is today. ;http://www.viewchange.org/videos/a-game-for-life

Favela Rising

Life in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro has long been dominated by powerful drug gangs and corrupt cops. But Banda AfroReggaepart rock band, part community movementwants to tell a different story, and give favela youth a different option. Co-founder Anderson Sa tells the group's uplifting story. ;http://www.viewchange.org/videos/favela-rising

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Critical Resistance: Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex, Part 1: Visions of Freedom & Part 2: USA INCarcerated

Part 1 Visions of Freedom by Neal Morrison and Luana Plunkett and the Critical Resistance Production Collective.This program is an emotional and inspiring look at a growing movement of activists, artists and intellectuals who are mobilizing against the against the prison industrial complex. This tape highlights scenes from the historical Critical Resistance Conference held in Berkeley, California in September, 1998. With Angela Davis, Fred Ho, and others. Filled with music, art, poetry and words from today's leading critical minds, this tape reveals the passion and conviction of those who wish to end the lockdown.


Producer: Neal Morrison, Luana Plunkett



Part 2: by Carla Leshne and Sasha Magee and the Critical Resistance Production Collective Outlines the growth of the prison industrial complex and the social and the social tradeoff being made to support it. It also looks at the repression industry in the context of the global economy. Interviews, music and commentary taped at the Critical Resistance Conference in Berkeley. With Angela Davis, Ramona Africa, Bruce Franklin, Christian Parent, Mike Davis, Joyce Miller, and music by Michael Franti, Ani de Franco, John Trudell.

Producer: by Carla Leshne, Sasha MaGee

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Manufacturing Consent

Manufacturing Consent Noam Chomsky and the Media explores the political life and ideas of Noam Chomsky, the infamous American linguist and political activist. Drawing on specific examples such as the corporate media coverage of the Indonesian occupation of East Timor and the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge regime of Cambodia, Manufacturing Consent shows how the collusion of government and media running the powerful propaganda machines that manipulate the opinions of the masses, is manufacturing consent ...

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Millions for Mumia - with Crazy Old Man's Intro

The People's Video Network's Latest work on the case of the imprisoned writer and radio producer, Mumia Abu-Jamal. ;This movie is part of the collection: Deep Dish TVRight Click here to download the movie

John Pilger -- The War You Don't See

The War You Dont See traces the history of embedded and independent reporting from the carnage of World War One to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan and disaster in Iraq. As weapons and propaganda become even more sophisticated, the nature of war is developing into an electronic battlefield in which journalists play a key role, and civilians are the victims. But who is the real enemy? ;Right click to Download Video

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

John Pilger -- Year Zero: The Silent Death Of Cambodia

As the first complete report of the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge and the devastating affects of US bombing in Cambodia during the Vietnam War, YEAR ZERO: THE SILENT DEATH OF CAMBODIA is an important and historic document of the grim reign of Pol Pot and the world's response of indifference and inaction.
On December 7, 1975 Indonesia secretly - but with the complicity of the Western powers including the US, the UK, and Australia - invaded the small nation of East Timor. Two Australian television crews attempting to document the invasion were murdered. In 1993, with the Indonesian army still occupying the country, John Pilger and his crew including director David Munro, slipped into East Timor and made this film. In the intervening 18 years, an estimated 200,000 East Timorese - 1/3 of the population - had been slaughtered by the Indonesian military. The C.I.A. has described it as one of the worst mass-murders of the 20th century. Pilger tells the story using clandestine footage of the countryside, internment camps and even Fretlin guerillas, as well as interviews with Timorese exiles, including Jose Ramos Horta and Jose Gusmao, and Australian, British, and Indonesian diplomats.



Nixon had called Indonesia the "greatest prize in southeast Asia" because of its oil reserves and other natural resources. Even though Indonesia had no historic or legal claim to East Timor, it was convenient for diplomats to declare that East Timor, just gaining its independence from Portugal, would not be a viable state. However the lie was given to this argument when Australia and Indonesia signed the Timor Gap Oil Treaty and carved up the huge oil and gas reserves in the seabed off East Timor. None of the politicians from that period - President Ford, Henry Kissinger, Daniel Moynihan, Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Gough Whitlam - has clean hands. The Indonesian military used US and British planes to bombard the island, while the defense ministers proclaimed ignorance. As Pilger gets an Austrlaian diplomat to admit, East Timor was considered "expendable." But no one watching the massacre in the Dili cemetery can excuse the geopolitical machinations that led to this genocide.




The full list of films by John Pilger is available here. http://thoughtmaybe.com

Palestine is Still the Issue

John Pilger returns to the Occupied Territories of the West Bank and Gaza where, in 1974, he filmed a documentary with the same title about the same issues, a nation of people - the Palestinians - forced off their land and later subjected to a military occupation by Israel. This was an occupation condemned by the United Nations and almost every country in the world, including Britain. But Israel is backed by a very powerful friend, the United States. Pilger finds that 25 years later the basic problems remain unchanged: a desperate, destitute people whose homeland is illegally occupied by the world's fourth biggest military power. What has changed is that the Palestinians have fought back. Stateless and humiliated for so long, they've risen up against Israel's huge military machine, although they themselves have no arms, no tanks, no American planes and gun ships or missiles.



The full list of films by John Pilger is available here. http://thoughtmaybe.com

John Pilger - Introduction by the Crazy Old Man

John Pilger makes must see and act videos

John Pilger - The New Rulers of the World

In 2001, John Pilger made 'The New Rulers of the World', a film exploring the impact of globalisation. It took Indonesia as the prime example, a country that the World Bank described as a 'model pupil' until its 'globalised' economy collapsed in 1998.

The full list of films by John Pilger is available here. http://thoughtmaybe.com

John Pilger - Stealing a Nation

ohn Pilger - Stealing a Nation Stealing A Nation wins Britain's most prestigious documentary honour, also top American award Stealing A Nation reveals the extraordinary story of the secret expulsion of the entire population of the Chagos islands in the Indian Ocean by successive British governments, so that the principal island, Diego Garcia, could be handed to the United States as a major military base. It is from this base that American aircraft have attacked Iraq and Afghanistan.

Stealing a Nation

This is a shocking, almost incredible story. A government calling itself civilised tricked and expelled its most vulnerable citizens so that it could give their homeland to a foreign powerministers and their officials then mounted a campaign of deception all the way up to the prime minister. John Pilger

10/06/04: "ITV" -- John Pilgers new documentary is an extraordinary film about the plight of people of the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean - secretly and brutally expelled from their homeland by British governments in the late 1960s and early 1970s, to make way for an American military base. The base, on the main island of Diego Garcia, was a launch pad for the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

A remarkable dossier of evidence has been put together by Pilger and producer Chris Martin, all from official files, charting one of the most shocking conspiracies of modern times, which continues today.

Diego Garcia is Americas biggest military base in the world, outside the US. There are more than 4,000 troops, two bomber runways, thirty warships and a satellite spy station. The Pentagon calls it an indispensable platform for policing the world.

Before the Americans came, more than 2,000 people lived on the islands, many with roots back to the late 18th century. There were thriving villages, a school, a hospital, a church, a railway and an undisturbed way of life. The islands were, and still are, a British crown colony.

In the 1960s, the government of Harold Wilson struck a secret deal with the United States to hand over Diego Garcia. The Americans demanded that the islands be swept and sanitised. Unknown to Parliament and to the US Congress, the British government plotted with Washington to expel the entire population in secrecy and in breach of the United Nations Charter.

At first, they starved them of essential supplies; then rumours spread that the islands would be bombed; then the people watched their pets gassed to death before they were herded on to boats and dumped in the slums of Mauritius. Rita, now in her 70s, lost her husband and three of her children following their deportation: I am a British citizen and they threw us out of our homeland in the name of the Queen.

Lizette, in her 70s, says: My children died from sadness. When we were forced out, she died, the youngest fell ill and the doctor said to me, I cant treat sadness. What they did to us was no different from the treatment of the slaves.

Charlesia says: What hurts most is that we were never told what they were doing with our islands. If it had been built for poor people to work, fine. But its a base for bombers and the bombs that fell on Iraq came from our paradise.

John Pilger and producer Christopher Martin have acquired hundreds of astonishing official documents which, in the words of officials and ministers, reveal how the conspiracy was hatched, then covered up.

The documents show clearly that the conspiracy to expel the population rested on a big lie, says John Pilger. This claimed that the population were itinerant workers, when the government knew this was a population that went back generations. Most had never left the islands.

One Foreign Office document is headed, Maintaining the fiction. Another says, We propose to certify these people, more or less fraudulently, as belonging somewhere else. We have secret memos that propose how the government should lie to the world. I have never read anything like them.

Pilger also reveals how the scandal continues today.

The director, writer and presenter John Pilger, has made more than 50 documentaries for ITV, including his famous exposes of Pol Pots killing fields in Cambodia and the genocide in East Timor. He has twice won Britains highest award for journalism, Journalist of the Year. He has been International Reporter of the year and holds the United Nations Media Peace Prize, the Richard Dimbleby Award given by Bafta and an American television academy award, an Emmy. john pilger stealing a nation documentary diego garcia chagos islands usa imperialist empire indian ocea

John Pilger - Stealing a Nation

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John Pilger - Death of a Nation - The Timor Conspiracy

John Pilger -- Deayh of a Nation - The Timor Conspiracy On December 7, 1975 Indonesia secretly - but with the complicity of the Western powers including the US, the UK, and Australia - invaded the small nation of East Timor. Two Australian television crews attempting to document the invasion were murdered. In 1993, with the Indonesian army still occupying the country, John Pilger and his crew including director David Munro, slipped into East Timor and made this film. In the intervening 18 years, an estimated 200,000 East Timorese - 1/3 of the population - had been slaughtered by the Indonesian military. The C.I.A. has described it as one of the worst mass-murders of the 20th century. Pilger tells the story using clandestine footage of the countryside, internment camps and even Fretlin guerillas, as well as interviews with Timorese exiles, including Jose Ramos Horta and Jose Gusmao, and Australian, British, and Indonesian diplomats. Nixon had called Indonesia the "greatest prize in southeast Asia" because of its oil reserves and other natural resources. Even though Indonesia had no historic or legal claim to East Timor, it was convenient for diplomats to declare that East Timor, just gaining its independence from Portugal, would not be a viable state. However the lie was given to this argument when Australia and Indonesia signed the Timor Gap Oil Treaty and carved up the huge oil and gas reserves in the seabed off East Timor. None of the politicians from that period - President Ford, Henry Kissinger, Daniel Moynihan, Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Gough Whitlam - has clean hands. The Indonesian military used US and British planes to bombard the island, while the defense ministers proclaimed ignorance. As Pilger gets an Austrlian diplomat to admit, East Timor was considered "expendable." But no one watching the massacre in the Dili cemetery can excuse the geopolitical machinations that led to this genocide. The full list of films by John Pilger is available here. http://thoughtmaybe.com

What I've Learned About US Foreign Policy: The War Against the Third World


;2-hour video compilation featuring 10 segments about CIA covert operations and military interventions since WWII

SEGMENT 1
1. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
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He was not only a civil rights advocate, he also spoke out against the U.S. war in Vietnam. Some people feel he was assassinated after he criticized our involvement there and other regions of the world. "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."



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SEGMENT 2
2. John Stockwell, former C.I.A. Station Chief
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Former CIA Station Chief in Angola 1975, working for then Director of the CIA, George Bush. A 13 year veteran of the agency, Stockwell provides a short history of the CIA, estimating 6 million people have died as a direct consequence of the agency's covert operations since its inception in 1947. This talk was given in the late 1980's.

Recommended reading: John Stockwell's
The Praetorian Guard : The US Role In The New World Order



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SEGMENT 3
3. Coverup: Behind the Iran-Contra Affair
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This investigative documentary has been seen in theaters worldwide. Directed by Barbara Trent of the Empowerment Project. The Iran-Contra scandal is not an aberration of U.S. foreign policy. It has been estimated that between 20 to 30,000 Nicaraguan men, women and children were killed in U.S. sponsored terror conducted by the CIA backed right-wing Contra forces.

Elizabeth Montgomery narrates. Includes a short history of CIA covert operations by Peter Dale Scott

This segment comes from the full-length documentary 'CoverUp: Behind the Iran-Contra Affair' available from The Empowerment Project




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SEGMENT 4
4. School of Assassins
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The School of the Americas, located at Fort Benning, Georgia - our own terrorist training school right here in the United States. This documentary is narrated by Susan Sarandon and features Father Roy Bourgeois talking about this U.S. Army school where soldiers from Central and South America are trained in the art of torture, terrorism, and assassination. This school has since officially been renamed "Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation."

This film was directed and produced by Robert Richter of Maryknoll World Productions.

This segment comes from the documentary "School of Assassins" available from the School of the Americas Watch web site.



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SEGMENT 5
5. Genocide by Sanctions
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Produced and directed by Gloria La Riva in 1998 (long before the current war in Iraq), this film features former Attorney General of the United States, Ramsey Clark, as he shows the terrible conditions the Iraqi's were suffering from due to the first U.S. war on Iraq. UNICEF, the International Red Cross and other world organizations estimate around 5,000 children were dying every month in Iraq after that war and the imposition of sanctions placed on that country.

Over 1.5 million Iraqi's died as a result of the sanctions alone. Ramsey Clark goes into the hospitals and talks with Iraqi doctors, who say many of these deaths could have been prevented if they had medicine to give to the children. The United States bombed out their way of life; their water treatment facilities, food delivery systems, sewage treatment facilities, electrical systems, their mass communication facilities and more. And American's were lead to believe that this was a good thing.

This segment comes from the documentary 'Genocide By Sanctions.' Check out the Left Books web site for more info.


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SEGMENT 6
6. Philip Agee, former C.I.A. Case Officer
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Philip Agee spent 13 years in the C.I.A. before resigning in 1969. His book "Inside the Company: C.I.A. Diary" was first published in 1975 and has been translated in to 27 languages. It was a best seller world-wide. His autobiography, "On The Run" was published in 1987.

In this speech given in 1991 after the first Gulf War, Agee analyzes why the U.S. invaded Iraq. He also describes "the war against the third world" as being fought for the natural resources, the labor and the markets of these third world countries the United States invaded either overtly or covertly since the end of World War II.



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SEGMENT 7
7. Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!
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Journalist and host of Democracy Now!, a daily radio and TV news program on over 400 stations. Amy is the best at what she does! On this segment, Amy talks about two genocides Indonesia committed, first against its own people in 1965 and then against the people of East Timor in 1975. Both of these mass slaughters were sanctioned by the United States government and aided by the C.I.A. Includes scenes from "Bitter Paradise," a video by Elaine Briere. Amy Goodman was filmed by Ralph Cole of Justice Vision.



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SEGMENT 8
8. The Panama Deception
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Won the 1993 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Directed by Barbara Trent of the Empowerment Project. This film documents the untold story of the December 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama. The United States military deliberately attacked and destroyed primarily residential neighborhoods, killing an estimated 3 to 4 thousand people in the process. This segment exposes the role the U.S. government and the mainstream media play in suppressing information about U.S. foreign policy. Includes never before seen footage of this invasion. Narrated by (actress) Elizabeth Montgomery

This segment comes from the feature-length documentary 'The Panama Deception' available from The Empowerment Project



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SEGMENT 9
9. Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General
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Former Attorney General of the United States speaking in 1998 in Los Angeles. I was there that night and it was a very memorable evening called "Save the Iraqi Children." Ramsey's talk is very powerful as he conveys the sorry truth about U.S. foreign policy. He quotes Martin Luther King Jr. saying, "The greatest purveyor of violence on the earth is my own government." The entire evening's event was filmed by Ralph Cole of Justice Vision.

Recommended Reading:
"The Fire This Time: U.S. War Crimes in the Gulf War"
by Ramsey Clark



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SEGMENT 10
10. S. Brian Willson, Vietnam Veteran and Peace Activist
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Brian is the Vietnam veteran who, in 1987, lost both his legs when run over by a munitions train at the Concord Naval Weapons Station, located in California. The bombs and munitions aboard this train were bound for Central America. Brian is one of the most spiritual, courageous and honest activists who Wages Peace against our violent foreign policies. He is a hero in Central America where the people understand that he has stood up for their rights as equal human beings. Brian says that he doesn√Ęt want mothers and fathers and children to be killed and maimed in our name with our tax money!



Producer: Frank Dorrel

http://www.archive.org/details/WhatIveLearnedAboutUsForeignPolicyTheWarAgainstTheThirdWorld

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Angela Davis - The Prison Abolishment Movement - DN-2010

Angela Davis on the Prison Abolishment Movement, Frederick Douglass, the 40th Anniversary of Her Arrest and President Obama's First Two Years *

interviewed and produced by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now (democracynow.org) Oct.19, 2010 *

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Michelle Alexander: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration _DN-2010

Michelle Alexander, author of the new book
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.
A former director of the Racial Justice Project at the ACLU of Northern California, she now holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University. *

interviewed by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez,
produced by Democracy Now (democracynow.org)
March 11, 2010. *

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

War and Peace Trilogy part 1

In 2003, the reality of war set in, and the roar of the mainstream media seemed to deafen our ears and stifle our voices. Hudson Mohawk Independent Media Center responded by coming together to make these three documentaries: 1) Independent Media In A Time Of War- Part scathing critique, part call to action, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman argues that dialogue is vital to a healthy democracy. (29:00), 2) Voices Against War : F15 MYC - Chronicles the experiences of "ordinary" people on the streets of Manhattan as they joined millions around the globe in "The World Says No To War" protests. (21:43), 3) Women's Fast For Peace - With the invasion of Iraq looming more than 125 women in upstate New York fasted to create a culture of peace rather than of war. (29:00)Producer: Hudson Mohawk IndymediaClick for the full thing

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sands of Sorrow (1950)

Israeli War Criminals Genocide against Palestinians Nothing changed since then. this video is almost sixty years old, but what you are about to see is not history, it is still daily life of millions in occupied Palestine and refugee camps around the world. More: http://sabbah.biz/mt/archives/2007/02/19/sands-of-sorrow-1950/