Sunday, September 18, 2005

TV & Radio

Despite general praise for Jerry Mander's "Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television", I'd like to recommend a few things on the large and small screen:

- "The Lords of War": Excellent movie about global arms trade, highly recommended.
- "The Constant Gardener": Excellent movie about Anglo-American manipulation and its cost in Africa. Also just an excellent movie with amazing scenery and cinematography.
- "The Yes Men": Available on DVD/VHS, hillarious and important film on the "Yes Men" and their efforts to expose the truth about the WTO via satire and impersonation.

On television. Well, actually only on Link TV (Direct TV channel 375, Dish Network channel 9410):
- Saturday, October 1st at 8pm EST: "The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror"
- Sunday, October 2nd at 10pm EST: "The End of Suburbia" (Peak Oil film)

And now on to radio... for what it's worth (I have no information to contradict at this time), from Wayne Madsen:

"The Bush administration continues to back the Khuzestan separatist movement in the oil-rich southwestern province the majority Arab population calls Ahwaz. As reported by WMR last month, the backing for the Sh'ia Arab separatist movement involves direct support by U.S. intelligence operatives. However, this support primarily involves support from the parallel intelligence operation established in the Pentagon under intelligence undersecretary Stephen Cambone and Undersecretary for Policy and Plans Eric Edelman (the successor to Douglas Feith who was, most recently, the U.S. ambassador to Turkey). the CIA largely remains outside of the anti-Iran operations.In fact, an Ar abic speaking Iranian-American from Khuzestan who works for the Department of Defense has been assigned to the Pentagon's Office of Northern Gulf Affairs office within the Policy and Plans Directorate's Near East and South Asia (NESA) division to help coordinate activities with the Ahwaz separatist groups -- some of whom have committed terrorist acts in the province. The Gulf Affairs office replaced the infamous Office of Special Plans that crafted the phony intelligence in the lead up to the war in Iraq.

In addition, U.S. intelligence sources report that the State Department, through the active support of new International Public Diplomacy Undersecretary of State Karen Hughes, is actively supporting clandestine radio broadcasts to Iranian Arabs in Khuzestan. These broadcasts are conducted by the Voice of the Ahwaz Revolution and are transmitted from Basra, Iraq. The clandestine radio broadcasts complement the very public Radio Farda (broadcasts to Iran in Farsi) and Radio Sawa (broadcasts in Arabic throughout the Arab world). Both stations are operated by the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors, a State Department entity headed by Norman Pattiz, the owner of radio syndicator Westwood One who has strong ties to the right wing government of Israel.

The Pentagon and State Department are also jointly supporting other propaganda activities aimed at stirring up rebellion among Iranian minorities, including Iranian Kurds, Baluchis, and southern Azeris. In addition to the Ahwaz Arabs, the U.S. actions are having their greatest impact among the Kurds. The U.S. is also supporting clandestine radio broadcasts to incite Iran's Baluchi minority in eastern Iran. These broadcasts are also transmitted from Iraq (Sulaymaniyah, in northern Iraq). Other clandestine broadcasts are aimed at Iranian Azeris and Kurds. U.S. efforts to stir up Iran's Turkmen population along the Caspian Sea have been totally unsuccessful, according to U.S. intelligence sources. 'The Iranian Turkmen are only interested in caviar and tobacco," said one U.S. intelligence source. "


Jason Godesky said...

I was kind of disappointed with The Constant Gardener. I had really been looking forward to it, but I found the pace to be terribly slow.

Also, something to add to the TV list, a new series from the Discovery Channel called "Going Tribal," wherein former British Royal Marine Bruce Parry goes to live with a different tribal group each week. I haven't seen it yet, but the accounts I've heard from those who have make me very intrigued.

Anonymous said...

Add "The Corporation" to that list of DVDs...

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