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Joshua Oppenheimer’s Masterpieces in St. Louis

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Asia, Doc, Genocide, History, Human Rights, Ideas, Media, Politics, Review, Spectacle, STL, Time, US, Violence |

“Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it.” — Oscar Wilde. Instead of writing a regular review of “The Look of Silence” – I will only mention that it won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival – it is better NOT to say too much about the things we care about. There is nothing worse than to introduce a film by saying it is great…” […]

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Darwin’s Dangerous Idea

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 in Action, Care, Death, Doc, Eco, Food, Future Tech, Genocide, Human Rights, Ideas, Idées, Native, Sci/Nat, Time, Violence, Wars, World |

“It is estimated that every hour three species are lost forever; that’s 70 a day, 500 a week, 27,000 species ever year… which would make it the fastest mass extinction in our planet’s history. There is no doubt about the cause, it’s us. ” — Andrew Marr – “The sixth global mass extinction…” “We are into the opening stages of a human-caused biotic holocaust – a wholesale elimination of species – that could leave the planet impoverished for at least five million years. — Norman Myers —> the BBC 2 series […]

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-empyre- This Month on “ISIS, Absolute Terror, Performance”

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Action, Art, Death, Ego, Genocide, History, Human Rights, Ideas, Media, Middle-East, Now, Peace, Politics, Security, Shoah, Spectacle, Theater, Time, Wars, World |

For the month of November 2014, I have been invited to be one of a number of guests on this listserv of more than 1900 participants. Here is an excerpt from one of the organizers, Alan Sondheim: “The world seems to be descending into chaos of a qualitatively different dis/order, one characterized by terror, massacre, absolutism. Things are increasingly out of control, and this chaos is a kind of ground-work itself – nothing beyond a scorched earth policy, but more of the same. What might be a cultural or artistic response to this? How does one deal with this psychologically, when every day brings new horrors? Even traditional analyses seem to dissolve in the absolute terror that seems to be daily increasing. … we want less political analysis or politics for that matter, and more, a form of personal/cultural testimony that is rarely written. What of anguish? What of inconceivable torture? What of a planet tending wildly towards overpopulation, extinctions, local wars, starvations, all producing despair, breakdown, anomie? In other words – how does one sleep at night?… the very absence of discussion in general, about the interiority of absolute violence, opens the subject up here.” PLEASE JOIN IN […]

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Middle-East-Israel-Palestine: A Sad Complexity Of Extremists

Posted by on Aug 3, 2014 in Antisemitism, French, History, Human Rights, Jewish, Middle-East, Peace, Politics, Security, Time, Wars |

The long view: being taken hostage by extremism (beyond “solutions” & slogans) – La vue longue: pris en otage par l’extrémisme (au delà des “solutions” & des slogans). AMOS OZ: The present hostilities will only stop, unfortunately, when one of the parties or both of them are exhausted. This morning I read very carefully the charter of Hamas. It says that the Prophet commands every Muslim to kill every Jew everywhere in the world. It quotes the Protocols of the Elders of Zion [anti-Semitic diatribe – the ed.] and says that the Jews controlled the world through the League of Nations and through the United Nations, that the Jews caused the two world wars and that the entire world is controlled by Jewish money. So I hardly see a prospect for a compromise between Israel and Hamas. I have been a man of compromise all my life. But even a man of compromise cannot approach Hamas and say: ‘Maybe we meet halfway and Israel only exists on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.’ – Spiegel: Do you sometimes feel isolated with your view on the situation? YUVAL DISKIN: There are plenty of people within Shin Bet, Mossad and the army who think like I do. But in another five years, we will be very lonely people. Because the number of religious Zionists in positions of political power and in the military is continually growing […]

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Dalam Jagal/The Act of Killing (Online Full Versions)

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Action, Asia, Death, Doc, Eco, Film, Genocide, Highlights, Human Rights, Now, Peace, Politics, Racism, Spectacle, Time, Wars |

2014 Oscar Nominated and BAFTA Best Documentary Winner – What must be seen will be seen (for free now – film as change!) – This video is posted here with the full approval of the copyright holders of The Act of Killing. Previous postings with many reviews and interviews: A MONUMENT OF A FILM – my review and more & INDONESIA’S DARK PAST & PRESENT – my first post with much information. Bahasa Indonesia: Dalam Jagal, kami mengundang Anwar dan rekan pelaku pembunuhan lainnya untuk menceritakan kenangan mereka mengenai pembunuhan, tetapi gagasan mereka tidak untuk dituangkan dalam sebuah film dokumenter: mereka ingin membintangi jenis film yang mereka gandrungi dari era percaloan tiket di bioskop. Film Jagal menangkap kesempatan ini untuk mengungkap bagaimana sebuah rejim yang dibangun dengan genosida–dan tak pernah dimintai pertanggunggugatannya–mencitrakan dirinya dalam sejarah. […]

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