Author and former economic consultant John Perkins takes aim at himself, confessing his shameful role in helping organizations such as World Bank and the IMF drive poor nations into crippling debt while enriching U.S. corporations. His social conscience awakened, Perkins finally got fed up and quit his job. Now, he runs a successful nonprofit group that works to help indigenous peoples protect and strengthen their environments and cultures.
Join award-winning scholar Susan George for an enlightening hour as she reveals the forces at work behind the problems that plague our global community today, such as poverty and unfair international trade practices. Far from a dry lecture, her talk traces the intriguing history behind the politics of empire building with a freedom, depth and élan you won't find on the 6 o'clock news. Beware: This presentation is dangerous to complacency!
Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern discusses the inner workings of the U.S. spy factory and explains how the agency's mission has evolved from uncovering facts about global security to delivering conclusions that support White House policy. In this installment of the Speaking Freely film series, McGovern examines the CIA's role in promoting the invasion of Iraq and speaks candidly about the rapidly changing geopolitics of the Middle East.
Writer and professor Chalmers Johnson warns of the dangers of American imperialism, a trend evidenced in the presence of U.S. military bases abroad, the passage of the Patriot Act and the executive branch's use of military force. The outspoken author of Blowback, The Sorrows of Empire and Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic predicts that the fall of the so-called American Empire is imminent.
In this volume of the thought-provoking series, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez addresses the international press corps on what he sees as the advantages of socialism and the flaws of capitalism and America's version of democracy. Suggesting that a healthy government is one in which all citizens play a role, Chavez questions U.S. practices of privatization, foreign policy and military intervention.
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