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081 Syria and the U.S.: The Complicity of Silence (interview, 24 Jan 2013)

Empire/Al Jazeera via YouTube
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Throughout the Cold War, U.S. meddling in Syria poisoned the well of U.S.-Syria relations. Then, after 1990, there was co-operation on matters of mutual benefit, such as a response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait and - a fact often conveniently overlooked - the so-called war on terror.

As the U.S. has sought new ways to shift regional alliances at arm's length, a locally-instigated movement has achieved what no outside power could - it has presented the first significant challenge to the Baathist regime. Over the course of almost two years, non-violent popular protest has mutated into bloody conflict. But With little appetite in Washington for direct intervention, the U.S. is sending mixed messages.

So what comes next in this confused and bitter calculus of confrontation? As President Obama begins his second term, will the U.S. continue to give mixed messages?

Empire looks at the history of the U.S. relationship with Syria and the current state of the armed uprising with interviewees: Richard W. Murphy, the former U.S. ambassador to Syria; Douglas Little, a history professor at Clark University; Hasan Abu Hanya, an expert on Islamic movements; Michael Scheuer, the former chief of the CIA bin Laden Unit; and Abu Hasan, a Jabhat al-Nusra commander in Syria.

It explores what is - or should be - the Obama policy towards Syria, with guests: Bassam Haddad, the director of the Middle East Studies program at George Mason University, who is also editor of the online magazine Jadaliyya; David Pollock, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Juan Cole, a professor of Middle East history at the University of Michigan; and Stephen Starr, a journalist and author of Revolt in Syria: Eyewitness to the Uprising.


082 CIA Global Torture Network Revealed (informational video, 6 Feb 2013)

opensocietyinstitute via YouTube

Snatching people off the streets. Hanging people from the ceiling. A man freezing to death alone on a concrete floor. This is the story of how the United States used its position to cajole, persuade, and strong-arm 54 other countries to take part in the CIA's post-9/11 campaign of secret detention and torture.

A report from the Open Society Justice Initiative, Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition, brings together the intricate details of 136 named victims of the program. It documents how 54 different governments around the world took part in their kidnapping, detention, and often torture. It documents, in case after case, who was targeted, where they were taken, and what happened to them. Download the 216-page report.

Also see Democracy Now's interview with Amrit Singh, senior legal officer at the National Security and Counterterrorism program at the Open Society Justice Initiative, author of the report.


083 The Corporate Tax Fairness Act: The Facts (slideshow, Feb 2013)

Sen. Bernie Sanders via Prezi

On 7 Feb 2013, Senator Bernie Sanders introduced legislation to crack down on Wall Street and corporate tax avoiders that are avoiding tens of billions in taxes every year by shifting profits to the Cayman Islands and other tax havens.

The Business Roundtable recently released a report calling for Congress to slash Social Security and Medicare benefits something that Sanders called "shameless." In response, Sanders released a report of his own on how 31 corporations represented by the Business Roundtable have avoided $128 billion in federal income taxes by setting up more than 500 subsidiaries in tax haven countries.

This slideshow presents just a few examples of how corporations and Wall Street banks are significantly harming our economy and the federal budget.


084 Edward W. Said London Lecture 2013 (lecture, 18 Mar 2013)

via The Mosaic Rooms

Professor Noam Chomsky, delivering the 2013 Edward W. Said Lecture: Violence and Dignity - Reflections on the Middle East at Friends House in London on 18th March 2013. This video shows the full lecture, with introductions by Omar Al-Qattan and Mariam C. Said.

The annual Edward W. Said London Lecture is part of a series of cultural events and exhibitions programmed in association with The Mosaic Rooms and the A. M. Qattan Foundation to improve cultural and intellectual understanding of the Arabic world, and provide a platform for discourse and debate. The lecture is sponsored by The London Review of Books.


085 Edward W. Said London Lecture 2013: Q&A (questions from audience, 18 Mar 2013)

via The Mosaic Rooms

Professor Noam Chomsky, delivering the 2013 Edward W. Said Lecture: Violence and Dignity - Reflections on the Middle East at Friends House in London on 18th March 2013. This edit features some of the question and answer session Professor Chomsky held at the end of the lecture.


086 The Film before The Film: Short Film on the History of Opening Titles (documentary, Mar 2013)

Laughing Squid via Vimeo

The Film before The Film is an informative short documentary that traces the evolution of opening titles through the history of film. The documentary was created by Nora Thoes and Damian Perez, both students at the BTK University of Applied Sciences in Berlin.


087 The Outsiders: Martha Gellhorn (interview, 1983)

via Vimeo

John Pilger interviews Martha Gellhorn, the American novelist, travel writer and journalist considered to be one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century.


088 Conan O'Brien's Appearance at the 2013 White House Correspondents' Dinner (speech, 27 Apr 2013)

via Politico


089 Tar Sands Eco-Terrorists Can't Hide from the Resistance. Climate Justice Will Be Served. (protest, 07 May 2013)

via Vimeo

Peaceful Uprising, Utah Tar Sands Resistance and Deep Green Resistance Great Basin May 7 stormed the Unconventional Fuels Conference in Salt Lake City, piercing fossil fuel lies by speaking truth to power. The conference was put on by the University of Utah's Institute for Dirty and Dangerous Energy, otherwise known by its double-speak Orwellian name, the Institute for Clean and Secure Energy. The conference this year placed special focus on tar sands development.

Six people were detained, but some of those fearless people were physically lunged at by conference organizers while, for a time, the elevators were locked preventing them from leaving the conference even though they were asked to do so, severely complicating any charges police might otherwise have sought.

The resistors handed out Wanted posters for the CEOs of three corporations threatening the precious Book Cliffs and the entire Colorado River water system, which provides water to 30 million people.

Most wanted Eco-Terrorist: Cameron Todd, CEO of US Oil Sands. Todd intends this summer to begin destroying Main Canyon in Utah's Book Cliffs, poisoning the Colorado River, polluting the Uinta Basin and Salt Lake City airsheds and contributing to climate-change catastrophe. Already forest is being clear cut and soon the land itself will be scraped, deformed, and destroyed just to unearth the dirtiest fossil fuel humans have ever burned.

Use your power, get fearless! Utah Tar Sands Resistance and Peaceful Uprising are part of the Fearless Summer.


090 Naked Citizens (short documentary, 07 May 2013)

Journeyman Pictures via YouTube

In London, every bit of public ground is monitored all the time - every single street. Besides the government, all the different companies and landowners have their own CCTV cameras, so every spot is watched by everybody. In the most monitored city in the world there is one camera for every 14 people. Increasing numbers of 'terror suspects' are being arrested on the basis of online and CCTV surveillance data. Authorities claim they act in the public interest, but does this intense surveillance keep us safer?

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