(SOAPBOX #77) – Cindy has two wonderful guests: Starting with Debra Sweet, the woman behind World Can’t Wait. Debra came into town for the recent Berkeley Says “NO” to Torture event, October 10 – 16, and managed to drop by our studios. Cindyalso welcomes famous Independent Journalist Andy Worthington, author of The Guantánamo Files. Continue reading
by Jamie Walton
American Monetary Institution (AMI) researcher
Oct. 18, 2010
Review of Richard C. Cook‘s book, We Hold These Truths: The Hope of Monetary Reform
First edition (Tendril Press) [This book is available from the American Monetary Institute, at $30, postpaid.]
This book is for anyone and everyone who wants to solve the world’s deepening crisis and to avoid a looming catastrophe.
Richard C. Cook hits all the economic nails on the head in his latest book, We Hold these Truths: The Hope of Monetary Reform. Very rarely does a book appear that lays out what’s really wrong with ‘the economy’ and what’s required to really fix it. This is one of those very rare books. It’s a must-have handbook to build your own clear and deep understanding of what’s really going on, why, how, and what can be done about it.
Yesterday and today was the 10th annual Texas Book Festival. A creation of former Texas First Lady Laura Bush, this event, for all the corporate (read: Barnes and Noble/Penguin) flavor of this event it is one I like. Particularly ever since I got barred from the local independent/quasi-hippie bookstore BookPeople (In 2007 I baited that yankee two-legged turd John Kerry into saying that Austin Texas was responsible for the war in Iraq, which didn’t go over too well with his audience of affluent white suburban elderly saphead Democrat loyalists)* and the staff filed a restraining order on me, I don’t get the chance to see or hear authors much any on the tour circuit, and the Book Festival makes up for it.
by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Oct. 18, 2010
The strong case that Eric Alterman’s book What Liberal Media? made in 2003 against the propaganda-style claim by rightwingers, that the mass media has a liberal bias, is an expanding understatement. Just read recent issues of The Washington Post and The New York Times to see the most extreme reactionaries getting the kind of coverage their publicists love.
Just last Sunday in the October 10, 2010 New York Times, two very lengthy features appeared on the rancid Ann Coulter and the blogger Pamela Geller—a grotesque anti-Semite against Arabs who flaunts her sweeping bigotry as a badge of pride. Geller even called herself a ‘racist-Islamophobic-anti-Muslim-bigot’. One veteran reporter called the sprawling two page feature, with all of twenty color photos “an advertisement.”
Note: revised version Oct. 20, 2010
Playwright and poet Harold Pinter, in his Nobel prize acceptance speech on 7 December 2005, at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm, made an unforgettable speech, fiercely condemning the Bush/Blair attack on Iraq and, in general, U.S. arrogance and lawlessness, saying “The invasion of Iraq was a bandit act, an act of blatant state terrorism, demonstrating absolute contempt for the concept of international law”.
In his speech, Pinter quotes a poem by Pablo Neruda, the Chilean leftist poet who was the Chilean consul in Madrid during the Spanish Civil War. Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez once called him “the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language.”
“…from every socket of Spain
and from every dead child a rifle with eyes,
and from every crime bullets are born
which will one day find
the bull’s eye of your hearts.”
‘I’m Explaining a Few Things’
– by Pablo Neruda (1936)
Staughton Lynd could have built an enviable career as an academic but for his conscience. His conscience led him as a young undergraduate disgusted by the elitism around him to drop out of Harvard, and tortured him when he returned to finish his degree. It plagued him after he received his doctorate from Columbia and saw him head to the segregated South to join his friend Howard Zinn in teaching history at the historically black Spelman College. It propelled him to become the director of Freedom Schools in the Mississippi Summer Project of 1964. It prodded him a year later to chair the first march against the Vietnam War in Washington, D.C., and join Tom Hayden and Herbert Aptheker on a trip to Hanoi.
mediasanctuary | October 18, 2010
Chris Hedges, whose book, Death of the Liberal Class (Perseus) came out the day of this presentation, is also the best-selling author of “War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” (2003), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. A quote from the book was used as the opening title quotation in the critically-acclaimed and Academy Award-winning 2009 film, The Hurt Locker.