Debtocracy seeks the causes of the debt crisis and proposes solutions, hidden by the government and the dominant media. Appearances by economists, journalists, intellectuals, politicians and other specialists from around the world such as David Harvey, Samir Amin, Costas Lapavitsas, Gerard Dumenil, Alain Badiou; president of CADTM,Eric Toussaint; Argentine director, Fernando Solanas; Avi Lewis, writer/director of the documentary The Take; Jean Katrmer (Liberation); Second World War Greek resistance veteran, politician and writer Manolis Glezos; and Vice-President of the German left party Die Linke, Sahra Wagenknecht. Note: The documentary is preceded by a 45 second rather violent European Union promotional video on torture which can be fast-forwarded to reach the beginning of the main feature-which is about 75 minutes in length.
In one of his first public events since being held under house arrest, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in London's Troxy Theatre for a conversation with Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek, moderated by Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman. They discuss the impact of WikiLeaks on world politics, the release of the Iraq and Afghanistan war logs, and Cablegate - the largest trove of classified U.S. government records in history.
034 Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: How Corporations Threaten Our Environment and Democracy [Part 1 of 3] (commentary, Jun 2011)
Mountaintop removal doesn't just destroy our environment, it completely subverts the democratic process. In their efforts to mine mountains for coal, large corporations deceive local communities, flagrantly break the law, silence journalists and buy out local governments.
In this conversation with The Nation and On the Earth Productions recorded at Chicago's Orrington Hotel, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. explains how corporations have illegally destroyed more than five hundred mountains and impoverished countless rural communities - and gotten away with it. Kennedy has long been active in the environmental justice movement, and his latest efforts to stop mountaintop removal mining are featured in the new documentary, The Last Mountain.
This is the first part in a three part series.
035 Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: Creating a New Deal for Today [Part 2 of 3] (commentary, Jul 2011)
The American political process is threatened by corporate power on a scale we haven't seen since the Gilded Age, when big money became so powerful that we nearly lost our democracy. Yet a century ago progressives fought back and passed laws that empowered the middle class and restricted the influence of money in government.
Environmental activist Tim DeChristopher is going to jail, but Don Blankenship isn't - despite the fact that he illegally destroyed an entire mountain range. Why? Because he's the CEO of Massey Energy Company - and has completely bought off the judicial system in West Virginia and eastern Kentucky.
In this conversation with The Nation and On the Earth Productions recorded at Chicago's Orrington Hotel, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. says that we are once again on the verge of losing our democracy to corporate power. Yet instead of surrendering the achievements of the New Deal and Progressive Era, activists need to fight for the middle class and prepare the way for social change. Kennedy has long been active in the environmental justice movement, and his latest efforts to stop mountaintop removal mining are featured in the new documentary, The Last Mountain.
This is the third and final video in a series of three.
037 Tiuna el Fuerte: Revolutionizing the Revolution (documentary short, Mar 2011)
Revolutionizing the Revolution is a documentary short following the hip-hop collective Tiuna el Fuerte, a local community collective that uses art, music and culture to transform the barrio of El Valle in Caracas, Venezuela. Situated on an old parking lot they developed into a cultural park using reclaimed materials, Tiuna el Fuerte now hosts a hip-hop school, a youth orchestra, a mobile community radio, and serves as an example for an alternative space for the community. The space is a "nucleus of endogenous cultural development," exemplifying the concept of local development of the people, for the people, by the people that finds its roots in modern day Venezuela.
038 Just Do It: A Tale of Modern-day Outlaws (theatrical trailer, Jun 2011)
In cinemas across the UK starting July 15th, look here to find a screening near you.
Emily James spent over a year embedded in activist groups such as Climate Camp and Plane Stupid to document their clandestine activities. With unprecedented access, Just Do It takes you on an astonishing journey behind the scenes of a community of people who refuse to sit back and allow the destruction of their world.
Torpedoing the tired cliches of the environmental movement, Just Do It introduces you to a powerful cast of mischievous and inspiring characters who put their bodies in the way. They super-glue themselves to bank trading floors, blockade factories and attack coal power stations en-masse, despite the very real threat of arrest. Their adventures entertain, illuminate and inspire.
The well-known safety flaws of Mark 1 Boiling Water Reactors have gained significant attention in the wake of the four reactor accidents at Fukushima, but a more insidious danger lurks. In this video nuclear engineers Arnie Gundersen and David Lochbaum discuss how the U.S. regulators and regulatory process have left Americans unprotected. They walk, step-by-step, through the events of the Japanese meltdowns and consider how the knowledge gained from Fukushima applies to the nuclear industry worldwide. They discuss "points of vulnerability" in American plants, some of which have been unaddressed by the NRC for three decades. Finally, they concluded that an accident with the consequences of Fukushima could happen in the U.S.
With more radioactive Cesium in the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant's spent fuel pool than was released by Fukushima, Chernobyl, and all nuclear bomb testing combined. Gundersen and Lockbaum ask why there is not a single procedure in place to deal with a crisis in the fuel pool? These and more safety questions are discussed in this forum presented by the C-10 Foundation at the Boston Public Library. Special thanks to Herb Moyer for the excellent video and Geoff Sutton for the frame-by-frame graphics of the Unit 3 explosion.
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