Thursday, May 17, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
at a conference in the United States, one year after 9-11, she gives an informative, deeply resounding speech on the current state of global affairs, particularly in relation to U.S. belligerent foreign policies:
It is dangerous to cede to the Indian government, or the American government, or anyone for that matter the right to define what India, or America are, or ought to be.
To call someone anti-American, indeed, to be anti-American, or for that matter, anti-Indian or anti-Timbuktu, is not just racist, it is a failure of the imagination, an inability to see the world in terms other than those the establishment has set out for you. If you’re not a Bushy, you’re a Taliban. If you don’t love us, you hate us. If you’re not good, you’re evil. If you’re not with us, you’re with the terrorists.
Now that the initial aim of the war, capturing Osama Bin Laden dead or alive, seems to have run into bad weather, the goalposts have been moved. Its being made out the whole point of the war [in Afghanistan] was to topple the Taliban regime and liberate Afghan women from their burqas. We are being asked to believe that the U.S. marines are actually on a feminist mission. [Laughter and much clapping]
If so, will their next stop be America’s military ally, Saudi Arabia? Think of it this way, in India there are some pretty reprehensible social practices against untouchables, against Christians and Muslims, against women. Pakistan and Bangladesh have even worst ways of dealing with minority communities and women. Should they be bombed? Should Delhi and Islamabad and Dhaka be destroyed? Is it possible to bomb bigotry out of India? Can we bomb our way to a feminist paradise? Is that how women won the vote in the U.S? Or how slavery was abolished? Can we win redress for the genocide of the millions of Native Americans upon whose corpses the United States was founded by bombing Santa Fe?
None of us need anniversaries to remind us of what we cannot forget.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
So, without further ado, I post my current list of favorite documentaries.
1. The Corporation (2003), www.thecorporation.com
2. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2003) www.chavezthefilm.com
3. Black Gold (2006) www.blackgoldmovie.com
4. Hijacking Catastrophe (2004) www.mediaed.org
5. The End of Suburbia (2004) endofsuburbia.com
6. The Future of Food (2004) thefutureoffood.com
7. Power & Terror: Noam Chomsky - In Our Times (2002) powerandterror.com
8. We - Arundhati Roy (2006) weroy.org
9. Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause (2005) docurama.com
10. 1 Giant Leap (2001) 1giantleap.tv
This is an abridged list, one that is in the continuous process of being rearranged to include more and more non-partisan, libertarian, free-voiced, and activist-friendly flicks. More and more such documentaries will be included in the ensuing months so that one can get an idea of what I think modern/contemporary documentaries ought to resemble, and to bear in mind that one of their principal aims is to provide information that is deemed 'impartial'; information that under no circumstances circulates freely and unregulated on the airwaves of mainstream, capitalist media systems.
Additional Resourceful Docs:
Who Killed the Electric Car?
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
An Inconvenient Truth
Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train
Monday, May 7, 2007
This is my primero post, so bear with me. I have so much to add here over the course of the ensuing months, so I hope many of you will make this a habitual site to visit.
I believe that there exists a thread (seemingly thin but quite persistent) which weaves through and about the various strands of meaning, power, and discourse form a mosaic of contemporary life.
In this blog, I will include a potpourri of issues which will form a collective ensemble of some of the greatest perils and problems we are currently facing as a world civil community.