Cost of the War in Iraq
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The film traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia.
National and International News on the Web:
The Globe and Mail
The Moderate Independent
Information Clearing House, "News you won't find on CNN."
The Huffington Post, Web-only news and opinion.
AlterNet is an award-winning news magazine and online community that creates original journalism and amplifies the best of hundreds of other independent media sources. AlterNet's aim is to inspire action and advocacy on the environment, human rights and civil liberties, social justice, media, health care issues, and more.
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News, videos, activism, and satire with a progressive slant.
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Natural News.com, Healthy living news with over 25,000 archived articles about natural health and natural living.
Truthdig, a progressive journal of news and opinion
Daily Kos, Daily Kos is an American political blog, publishing news and opinion from a liberal point of view. Additionally, the site features a participatory political encyclopedia, glossaries, and other permanent content.
ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Their work focuses exclusively on truly important stories, stories with moral force, "journalism in the public interest."
The Daily Beast is a mainstream news reporting and opinion website with concise stories, fast reads somewhat more in-depth than USA Today. About one-third of its content is original, while the rest is aggregated links to articles written by other news outlets.
New America Media, "The First & Largest Collaboration of Ethnic News Organizations," including news by ethnicities, education and environmental beats, health and immigration, international stories, and more.
Firedoglake is a progressive online news site featuring original reporting and commentary.
Sydney based Rebel Media Group is committed to providing independent information, uncompromised by government and corporate interests. Volunteers from around the world compile a daily digest of news and articles from a wide range of mainstream and alternative media sources.
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is an innovative non-profit leader in supporting the independent international journalism that U.S. media organizations are increasingly less able to undertake. Find underreported stories by region, including Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and elsewhere around the globe.
Small Government Times
Libertarian and populist news and commentary as likely to criticize big spending Republicans as Democrats. Editorial supports limited government and individual freedom in the United States.
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Free Press, a national nonpartisan organization working to increase informed public participation in media policy debates.
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Crooks and Liars
PolitiFact is a project of the St. Petersburg Times to help you find the truth in American politics. Reporters and editors from the Times fact-check statements by members of Congress, the White House, lobbyists and interest groups and rate them on their Truth-O-Meter.
Mother Jones, monthly political analysis whose namesake was the mother of all activists.
The Nation, United States' oldest progressive weekly.
Grist Magazine, Environmental News & Commentary:
"Doom and gloom with a sense of humor."
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America's leading independent nonprofit environmental journal
Environmental News Service, The Environment News Service is the original daily international wire service of the environment. Established in 1990 by Editor-in-Chief Sunny Lewis and Managing Editor Jim Crabtree, ENS is independently owned and operated and presents late-breaking environmental news "in a fair and balanced manner." ENS news reports are indexed by Reuters/Dow Jones Factiva, and KeepMedia.
The Climate Desk
A journalistic collaboration dedicated to exploring the political, economic, and human impact of climate change. Participants include Mother Jones, the Atlantic, the Center for Investigative Reporting, Slate, Grist, Wired, and Need to Know.
Link TV, 24 hour satellite channel with national and international documentaries and political analysis rarely available even on PBS.
Independent world television on your computer, online videos with intelligent blogs.
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THE WRECKING CREW: How Conservatives Rule
In his previous book, Thomas Frank explained why working America votes for politicians who reserve their favors for the rich. Now, in The Wrecking Crew, Frank examines the blundering and corrupt Washington those politicians have given us. Casting back to the early days of the conservative revolution, Frank describes the rise of a ruling coalition dedicated to dismantling government. But rather than cutting down the big government they claim to hate, conservatives have simply sold it off, deregulating some industries, defunding others, but always turning public policy into a private-sector bidding war. It is no coincidence, Frank argues, that the same politicians who guffaw at the idea of effective government have installed a regime in which incompetence is the rule. Nor will the country easily shake off the consequences of deliberate misgovernment through the usual election remedies. Obsessed with achieving a lasting victory, conservatives have taken pains to enshrine the free market as the permanent creed of state.
NEMESIS: The Last Days of the American Republic
The author of Blowback and The Sorrows of Empire explores the U.S. addiction to war and its corrosive impact on democratic institutions. Our vast network of global military bases fall in the same category as war: they're addictive. Once they're built everyone in the area becomes economically dependent on them, and they're impossible to close without a firestorm of outrage. Meanwhile we ignore healthcare, education, and the environment, bankrupting our budget, and mortgaging our children's future. So long as our leadership thinks we're the world's policeman the downward spiral continues. Yet what's at stake is far greater than our budget or even the lives squandered. We must change course or face the end of the American experience itself. As Johnson admonishes, "Failing such reform, Nemesis, the goddess of retribution and vengeance, the punisher of pride and hubris, waits impatiently for her meeting with us."
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
Got a hurricane, a tsunami, chaos in the streets, an economic upheaval, planes crashing into buildings? While the public sees horrific disasters, industrial and political elites see big opportunities to coerce policies that never would have been possible in calmer times. In fact, without them, their idea of "progress" would never be possible. 9/11 led to huge corporations making a killing on the "War on Terror." The Iraqi chaos: a new law allowing Shell and BP to claim the country's oil reserves. The Asian tsunami: beaches auctioned off to tourist resorts. Hurricane Katrina: public housing, hospitals and schools never reopened as upscale condos and for-profit charter schools take their place. Privatization, and the new profit centers created from it, are always the result. Naomi Klein calls this disaster capitalism. This is a real standout book and essential reading to understand the disaster our insane economic orthodoxy has wrought.
The End of America:
Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot
Wolf shows that there are ten classic steps dictators or would-be dictators always take when they wish to close down an open society. Each of those steps is now underway in the United States today. Among the first lessons the author drives home is that democracy is NOT a spectator sport. As Wolf says, "... the founders did not mean for powerful men and women faraway from the citizens... to protect freedom. They meant for us to do it." The End of America will shock, enrage, and motivate---spurring us to act, as the Founders would have counted on us to do in a time like this. (Paperback: 192 pages)
How Republican Rule Destroyed the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches
In his eighth book, Dean takes the broadest and deepest view yet of the dysfunctional chaos and institutional damage that the Republican Party and its core conservatives have inflicted on the federal government. The last Republican Congress, Dean contends, rubber-stamped Bush's policies, shut Democrats out of the legislative process, neglected pressing issues and made a shambles of government finances. Meanwhile, the Bush administration---the worst presidency ever---has sought to replace constitutional checks and balances with a unitary executive that brooks no congressional interference and undermines civil rights. All of this is enabled by the swelling ranks of fundamentalists on the federal bench and Supreme Court.
It Can Happen Here:
Authoritarian Peril in the Age of Bush
"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag, carrying a cross."
---Sinclair Lewis, author of It Can't Happen Here, 1935
We live in a society where government conspires with big business and big evangelism; where ideologues and religious zealots attack logic and the scientific method; and where the ruling party seeks a perpetual state of war to hold on to power, and they are willing to lie, torture, and steal to achieve their ends. Conason has traced a direct intellectual line from the neoconservatives running the country today straight back to Nazi Germany through Leo Strauss.
State of War:
The Secret History of the C.I.A. and the Bush Administration
Insider accounts of malfeasance in the Iraq War, the massive ongoing N.S.A. eavesdropping operation -- done with almost no judicial or congressional oversight -- on the phone calls and emails of Americans, the rapid transformation of Afganistan into a narco-state supplying 80% of the world's opium under American authority, and the outsourcing of torture. The hidden history of domestic spying, abuses of power, and outrageous operations -- hidden events that make a mockery of the current debate.
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
In this riveting personal story, John Perkins tells of his own inner journey from willing servant of empire to impassioned advocate for the rights of oppressed people. According to Perkins, "Economic hit men are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. They funnel money from the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other foreign aid organizations into the coffers of huge corporations and the pockets of a few wealthy families who control the planet's natural resources."
What's the Matter with Kansas?:
How Conservatives Won the Heart of America
Thomas Frank turns his eye on what he calls "the Great Backlash" - the popular revolt against a supposedly liberal establishment. Marshaling public outrage over everything from improper flag display to un-Christian art, the backlash has achieved the most unnatural of alliances, bringing together blue-collar midwesterners and Wall Street business interests, workers and bosses, populists and right-wingers.
If you assumed that election-tilting fraud in the 2004 Bush victory was a little too conspiritorial or just wishful thinking on the part of zealots, you owe it to yourself to revisit this issue in light of Mark Crispin Miller's original reporting in Fooled Again. He uncovers a pattern -- not one overwhelming fraud but thousands of little ones -- which is, in Miller's view, the new Republican electoral strategy. This incendiary new book presents massive documentation that the election was stolen and describes the mind-set, among both the major parties and the media, that could permit it to happen again.
The World of Magda Portal, with a Selection of Her Poems
Magda Portal (19001989) played a historic role in the American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA), which began as a Marxist-inspired but non-Communist radical movement with cells based in both Europe and Latin America in the 1920s before it became a full-fledged political party in Peru in 1931.
"Kathleen Weaver's biography of Magda Portal brings to life ... one of the key figures in the twentieth-century struggles of oppressed people in Latin America." Howard Zinn
The New Media Monopoly
The most respected critique of modern mass media ever issued, this is the story of the chilling effects of corporate ownership and mass advertising on the nation's news. Bagdikian exposes how the concentration of U.S. media into fewer and fewer hands, now just a handful of powerful corporations, has narrowed the political discourse of the country and served as a crucial instrument in shifting the political culture towards what just a few decades ago would have been considered the extreme right.
The Republican Noise Machine:
Right-Wing Media and How It Corrupts Democracy
Your guide to how the mainstream media became a mouthpiece for the right-wing echo machine. The result, Brock says, is a public discourse in which the line between fact and opinion is blurred, poorly funded liberal voices get shouted down, and "no issue can be honestly debated and no election can be fairly decided." David Brock is the president and founder of Media Matters for America, a progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media. Click here for a full review of this title.
The Political Economy of the Mass Media
Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky show that, contrary to the usual image of the news media as cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitous in their search for truth and defense of justice, in their actual practice they defend the economic, social, and political agendas of the privileged groups that dominate domestic society, the state, and the global order. What emerges from this work is a powerful assessment of how propagandistic the U.S. mass media are, how they systematically fail to live up to their self-image as providers of the kind of information that people need to make sense of the world, and how we can understand their function in a radically new way.
Tragedy and Farce:
How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy
The authors assert, as A.J. Liebling once observed, freedom of the press belongs to the person who owns the press, and the megacorporations that control the media have used their freedom to convert the news into a source not of information but of entertainment, thereby abdicating the responsibilities of a "democracy-sustaining journalism" -- namely, to keep an eye out on those in power, expose them when they're committing crimes and serve the truth. With a wealth of fads and celebrities to cover, who has time to explore voter fraud or the war in Iraq in any depth?
Capitalism: A Love Story
Michael Moore is doing a yeoman's job exposing capitalism's excesses, shouting horror stories that the corporate media rarely even whispers. Excellent muckraking but a bit too much polemic, Moore is on firmest footing when making the case for banking reform, ending the privatization of social institutions, and taking a fresh look at FDR's "Second bill of Rights" which would have guaranteed healthcare, job security, and a decent pension for all. (Click here for full review.)
For most Americans, the ideal meal is fast, cheap, and tasty. Food, Inc. examines the costs of putting value and convenience over nutrition and environmental impact. Director Robert Kenner explores the subject from all angles, talking to authors, advocates, farmers, and CEOs, like co-producer Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma), Gary Hirschberg (Stonyfield Farms), and Barbara Kowalcyk, who's been lobbying for more rigorous standards since E. coli claimed the life of her two-year-old son.
Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media
Filmmakers Mark Achbar and Peter Witonick focus on Chomsky's activities as a political dissident and media critic. Particular attention is paid to his contention that the American mass media serves as a form of "thought control in a democratic society," with major news organizations systematically bending the truth to support the status quo. The synergy of government and big media businesses cooperating to produce an effective propaganda machine in order to manipulate public opinion is effectively illustrated.
Special features: Extended excerpts from the 1969 "Firing Line" debate with William F. Buckley Jr.; Never-before-seen 1971 discussion with Michel Foucault
Orwell Rolls in His Grave
Orwell Rolls in His Grave questions whether the bleak, feverishly regulated world of author George Orwell's 1984 is no longer a dire fictional account of government power gone wrong but a creeping reality of recent American media trends. The film focuses on the media's least covered topic -- itself -- in an effort to trace the process by which newsworthy stories are either dismissed entirely or distorted into something more politically suitable for the heads of various media conglomerates.
In Sicko director Michael Moore skewers greedy corporate execs and politicians who oversee the American healthcare system, cataloging its myriad faults and contrasting it with popular, successful universal healthcare systems in Canada, England, France, and even communist Cuba. Moore also interviews people who have immigrated from the U.S. in search of better care. Besides his trademark wacky humor, Moore's sensitivity to the plight of 9/11 rescue workers strangling in red tape demonstrates his maturity as a director. This documentary will make you laugh and cry, and ultimately believe that we Americans are better than the HMOs that are failing to serve us.
Why We Fight
Why We Fight is an unflinching look at the anatomy of American war making. Granted unparalleled Pentagon access, the director launches a nonpartisan inquiry into the forces--political, economic, and ideological--than drive Americans to fight and why America seemingly is always at war. Unforgettable, powerful and at times disturbing, Why We Fight will challenge viewers long after the last fade-out.
Who Killed the Electric Car?
Who Killed the Electric Car? is a 2006 documentary film that explores the birth, limited commercialization, and subsequent death of the battery electric vehicle in the United States, specifically the General Motors EV1 of the 1990s. The film explores the roles of automobile manufacturers, the oil industry, the US government, batteries, hydrogen vehicles, and consumers in limiting the development and adoption of this technology. Good news! Public demand and rising oil prices are now giving the electric car a new life. During an interview with CBS News, director Chris Paine announced that he would be making a sequel called Who Saved the Electric Car?
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
A multidimensional study of one of the biggest business scandals in American history in which top executives from the 7th largest company in this country walked away with over one billion dollars, leaving investors and employees with nothing. The film features insider accounts and rare corporate audio and video tapes that reveal colossal personal excesses of the Enron hierarchy and the utter moral vacuum that posed as corporate philosophy. The human drama that unfolds within Enron's walls resembles a Greek tragedy and produces a domino effect that could shape the face of our economy and ethical code for years to come. A perfect double-feature with the eye-opening 2004 documentary The Corporation.
An epic in length and breadth, this documentary aims at nothing less than a full-scale portrait of the most dominant institution on the planet Earth in our lifetime -- the corporation. It begins with the revelation that, according to a Supreme Court ruling, a corporation must be considered a person rather than an entity. The Corporation defines this endlessly mutating life-form in exhaustive detail, measuring the many ways it has not only come to dominate but to deform our reality. The movie performs a running psychoanalysis of this entity with the characteristics of a prototypical psychopath: a callous unconcern for the feelings and safety of others, an incapacity to experience guilt, an ingrained habit of lying for profit, etc.
Wal*Mart: The High Cost of Low Price
"Wal*Mart: The High Cost of Low Price" tells the story of five people --- current and former employees as well as family business owners --- affected by the policies of the retail behemoth and the way the company cracks down on union organizing activities.
Roger Ebert: "Two Thumbs Up. I don't go to Wal*Mart because the cheaper prices are not as important to me as the thought that I'm getting those cheaper prices at the cost of the lives and labor of Wal*Mart employees ... Basically, if you look at this movie, balance it off some of the answers and listen to the whole story, Wal*Mart on balance has not been good for America."
Religious fanaticism. Dumping democracy for a "Christian nation" in America. Training young soldiers in "God's Army" for a world-wide war between Christians and Muslims. Speaking in tongues. Manipulating children. What more could you ask for? It's all on display in this documentary about the right-wing Christian movement in America. Infiltrating the government and creating a Christian state based on right-wing political values is their stated goal; they're right and everyone else is wrong. Smarmy power broker Ted Haggard is seen smooth talking campgoers before his fall. Required viewing for an understanding of the forces that have taken control of large swaths of America.