BBC Panorama: Daylight Robbery

19 04 2010
BBC Panorama: Daylight Robbery
58:22 – 1 year ago

Daylight Robbery: BBC One 9pm Tuesday 10 June 2008. Panorama investigates claims that as much as $23bn (£11.75bn) may have been lost, stolen or not properly accounted for in Iraq. When the US goes to war, corporate America goes too. There are contracts for caterers, tanker drivers, security guards and even interrogators, many of them through companies with links to the White House. Now more than 70 whistleblower cases threaten to reveal the scandals behind billions of dollars worth of waste, theft and corruption during the Iraq war.

The US justice department has imposed gagging orders which prevent the real scale of the problem emerging. Jerks? You decide for yourself.


The History Of Hacking (Discovery Channel 1994)

16 04 2010

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Covering the pre-PC phone phreaking era through invention of the home computer by hackers and the eventual and inevitable industrialisation of the home computer. Good times.

Haiti’s Piggy Bank (1999)

10 03 2010


Haiti’s Piggy Bank 1999

Directed by Robin Lloyd

30 min

In Haiti’s rugged countryside, the Creole pig was a poor family’s most important economic asset, a staple for both food and culture. When swine flu broke out in 1980, USAID pressured Haiti to eradicate this indiginous pig population. This video shows the self-interest of US aid, the interconnected nature of resources, and the trauma caused by harsh agricultural policies imposed from above. But it also teaches that resistance can bring renewal and hope: through grassroots and human rights assistance, the Creole pig has returned. This is an example of how local actions can solve local problems.

Green Valley Media

Haiti Film Database Archives

Why We Fight (2005 film)

2 02 2010

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Why We Fight (2005), directed by Eugene Jarecki, is a documentary film about the military-industrial complex. The title refers to the World War II-era eponymous propaganda movies commissioned by the U.S. Government to justify their decision to enter the war against the Axis Powers

Anarchism in America (1983)

1 02 2010


Anarchism in America is a 1983 documentary, directed by Steven Fischler and Joel Sucher, and produced by Pacific Street Films. It has been re-released by AK Press to DVD. The film begins by explaining the filmmakers’ interest in anarchism based on their involvement in the group Transcendental Students while in film school at NYU.

Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010)

28 01 2010

Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010)was an American historian and professor emeritus in the Political Science Department at Boston University. He was the author of more than 20 books, including A People’s History of the United States (1980). Zinn died on January 27, 2010, of a heart attack at the age of 87 while traveling in Santa Monica, California. He is survived by his daughter Myla Kabat-Zinn.

Zinn was active in the civil rights, civil liberties and anti-war movements in the United States, and wrote extensively on all three subjects.


Empire or Humanity? What the Classroom Didn’t Teach Me about the American Empire

by Howard Zinn

Narrated by Viggo Mortensen

Art by Mike Konopacki

Video editing by Eric Wold.



UC Berkeley’s Harry Kreisler interviews Howard Zinn.

Series: Conversations with History


read A People’s History of the United States here

buy A People’s History of the United States here

A Brief History of Haiti & the US (Chomsky).

26 01 2010

History of Haiti MP3


Extract from Noam Chomsky’s talk ‘The Uses of Haiti.
Student Pugwash Northeast Regional Conference. February 22, 2002.

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