Video Interview with Chris Hedges at Occupy Wall Street

Author and former war correspondent for the New York Times, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist interviewed at Liberty Plaza/Occupy Wall Street (Sept 26)

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Video: Chris Hedges Public Lecture on his experiences in war zones

Video: “Death of the Liberal Class” at The Sanctuary for Independent Media

Review: Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle

Penguin: State Department Implodes Over Book

Who, Me?

Sounds like somebody I know. Maybe he got to Hillary in the end?

How the State Department Came After Me

For telling the truth about what I saw in Iraq.

Peter Van Buren

Foreign Policy, 29 September 2011

I never intended to create this much trouble.

Two years ago I served 12 months in Iraq as a Foreign Service Officer, leading a Provincial Reconstruction Team. I had been with the State Department for some 21 years at that point, serving mostly in Asia, but after what I saw in the desert — the waste, the lack of guidance, the failure to really do anything positive for the country we had invaded in 2003 — I started writing a book. One year ago I followed the required procedures with State for preclearance (no classified documents, that sort of thing), received clearance, and found a publisher. Six months ago the publisher asked me to start a blog to support the book.

And then, toward the end of the summer, the wrath of Mesopotamia fell on me.

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Event: Sept 29 NYC, Open Society, Who Controls the Message? Producing and Distributing Media Content in the Digital Age

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Drawing on the Open Society Foundations’ research into the worldwide impact of new and digital media, this forum will discuss the role that these evolving forms of media can play in the development and strengthening of democratic societies.

The discussion will consider questions such as:

  • Who owns today’s media? Is ownership concentration harmful to diversity—or essential for creativity in a globalized marketplace?
  • How can digital media help or harm public interest journalism?
  • Is editorial independence being strengthened or undermined?
  • Is the freedom of online media undermined by new gatekeepers?
  • How are citizens responding? Is digital media increasing activism and participation? Or is it overwhelming and numbing people with a cascade of ever-more information?
  • What is the overall impact of these changes and issues on democracy?

With panelists from Morocco, Spain, and the United States, this event promises international insights into a global issue.