sexta-feira, 30 de abril de 2010


David Korten: Agenda for a New Economy

David Korten speaking in Portland Oregon from his most recent book, "Agenda for a New Economy- Why Wall Street Can't Be Fixed and How to Replace It."

Gar Alperovitz: America Beyond Capitalism

Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy_on Economic Collapse Teachin

Gar Alperovitz on his book America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy, which you can find in the No Lies Radio Web-Store.

“America Beyond Capitalism comes at a critical time in our history-when we all know our system isn’t working but we are not sure what can be done about it. This book takes us outside the confines of orthodox thinking, imagines a new way of living together, and then brings that vision back into reality with a set of eminently practical ideas that promise a truly democratic society.”
-Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States

Plus Mike Davis on the historic walkouts of faculty and students from the University of California.
An Uprising Radio Production

quinta-feira, 29 de abril de 2010

Author Gar Alperovitz is a Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the Univ. of Maryland, a Founding Principal of The Democracy Collaborative, and former Fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard and King's College of Cambridge University. He has served as a Legislative Director in the U.S. House of Rep. and the U.S. Senate, and as a Special Assist. in the Dept. of State. Dr. Alperovitz's numerous articles have appeared in publications ranging from The New York Times and The Washington Post to The Journal of Economic Issues, Foreign Policy, Diplomatic History, and other academic and popular journals. He is also author of The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb, published in 1995, and the 2002 book, Making a Place for Community: Local Democracy in a Global Era (with Thad Williamson and David Imbroscio). This talk was given at Glendale College (Glendale, California) on September 19, 2009.

Gar Alperovitz speaks on Change in America

On March 6th, 2010, Gar Alperovitz spoke in Great Barrington, MA on the possibility of Change in America. The talk was held on the occasion of the annual meeting of the Community Land Trust of the Southern Berkshires (, and was co-sponsored by the E. F. Schumacher Society

Radical Abundance: A Theology of Sustainability

Korten launches Agenda for a New Economy at historic church in the heart of Wall Street

The historic Trinity Church, founded in 1697 in the heart of what is now Wall Street, hosted a national conference of faith leaders January 21-23, 2009, the day after the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama. The topic of the conference was “Radical Abundance: A Theology of Sustainability,” which addressed the need and opportunity to advance an economic transformation for justice and sustainability. More than 80 congregations across the United States participated via webcast and organized discussion groups based on professionally designed study guides.

Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth. was launched at this conference. See David's report.

You can view Korten's conference presentation "Spiritual Awakening, a New Economy, and the End of Empire" on the Trinity website. An edited print version of the presentation will appear in the March-April 2009 issue of Tikkun magazine.

Trinity Institute will produce a book and DVD on the conference proceedings to further spread the conversation beyond the original participants. Contact: Angelica Roman-Jimenez, or Wall Street Trinity Institute for more information.

The featured speakers were:
Majora Carter, famed South Bronx community organizer and co-chair of Green for All,
Sister Miriam MacGillis, founder of Genesis Farm and recipient of the 2005 Thomas Berry Award for her ministry on the new cosmology.
Timothy J. Gorringe, a leader in environmental theology from the UK.
Rev. Nestor Miguez, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, a leader in articulating a Latin American perspective on the life and teachings of Jesus.
David Korten, author of The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community and board chair of YES! magazine.

David offered this observation prior to the conference:

“Given the timing, reach, and location of this conference,I can scarcely imagine a more favorable opportunity to make a historic contribution to framing a new national conversation on the redesign of an economy that has failed environmentally, socially, and now financially. The conference organizers intend to highlight the relationship between spiritual awakening and economic transformation in the service of justice and sustainability. My presentation will frame the moral choice between money and life and the ways in which Wall Street has reproduced the historic practice of debt bondage on a national and global scale to maintain the structures of domination and expropriation that the world’s great religions have condemned for thousands of years.

"The publication schedule for Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth. Why Wall Street Can't Be Fixed and How to Replace it was timed to have the book available in time to launch at this conference.

“Working with the staff of the Trinity Church Institute has been a thrilling experience. They bring an exceptional commitment, spiritual sensibility, and professionalism to the work of making this a significant national event.”

El Sistema: Social Support and Advocacy Through Musical Education

About the Lecture
Gustavo Dudamel radiates so much passion and ebullience that it requires little imagination to see him at the podium with a baton in hand. MIT’s 2010 McDermott Award in the Arts winner is, at the tender age of 29, one of the world’s top conductors and music disseminators. In conversation with two MIT music luminaries, and moderator Maria Hinojosa, Dudamel describes the remarkable music education system in Venezuela that set him on his path, and that continues to inspire his work in the U.S. and around the world.

“When El Sistema gave me an instrument, it was the best moment in my life,” says Dudamel, who attributes his success and world view in large part to Venezuela’s 35-year-old innovative music education system -- or as Dudamel characterizes it, a transformative social movement. The brainchild of economist and politician Jose Antonio Abreu, El Sistema invites children from all of Venezuela’s communities to play music and join orchestras through their school years. The result is an extraordinary national experiment that “changes the life of families and towns,” says Dudamel. “The problem with society is exclusion, and when you give an instrument to a child” you are changing the life of the family and the entire community, he says. Today, 300,000 Venezuelan children are growing up playing classical music, and learning along the way how to instruct even younger students in performance and conducting. This collaborative learning and teaching organization, says Dudamel, led him to his vocation.

MIT Media Lab professor Tod Machover watched Dudamel conduct the MIT Orchestra the night before. Machover comments that Dudamel, unlike more autocratic conductors, “found a way to combine leadership, and being part of a group.” Machover, whose own interests in technology and music encourage ways of building connections among people, views Dudamel and El Sistema as an inspiration for creating community through music-making. Dudamel responds that he doesn’t “feel like a boss as a conductor,” but more like a chef in a kitchen with his team. He comes up with an idea, and someone says “maybe this can be more salty, and you have to be open to that.”

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison notes that his only experience with state-sponsored musical “nurturing” was in Canada at a young composer program, which felt like “some form of heaven.” He doesn’t hold out much hope for a “parallel experience in concert music in the U.S.,” regretting that “we have a more affluent society which has established certain kinds of cultural values…Now we have generations of kids who haven’t heard a note of concert music or jazz, or high quality exploratory music. We have a real lacuna, a hole we need to address.” Harbison sees Dudamel as “a tremendous asset,” perhaps a crucial element in a campaign to touch a new generation in America and beyond.

Dudamel is more than willing to be a global ambassador for music-making and for breaking down barriers of all kinds. He is starting youth programs at his new home base in Los Angeles, in Korea, Germany and Italy, and also in Boston at the New England Conservatory. “We have a phrase in Venezuela -- tocar y luchar -- to play and to fight, which is also the symbol for El Systema.” The borders that exist in the world between peoples are “all in our head,” says Dudamel, “and our message through music is everyone has a chance to have a future, together.”

quarta-feira, 28 de abril de 2010

“Plunder: The Crime Of Our Time"

Danny Schechter Takes on Wall St. in New Film

We speak with investigative journalist, filmmaker, and author Danny Schechter, ‘the News Dissector.’ His latest film features interviews with industry insiders to reveal how the financial crisis was built on a foundation of criminal activity. It’s called “Plunder: The Crime Of Our Time.”

Plunder: The Crime of Our Time is a hard-hitting investigative film by Danny Schechter. The "News Dissector" explores how the financial crisis was built on a foundation of criminal activity uncovering the connection between the collapse of the housing market and the economic catastrophe that followed.

The film opens with the conviction of Ponzi King Bernie Madoff, whose acknowledged criminality drove a $65 billion dollar pyramid scheme. It argues that the wrong doing committed by a few individuals distracts from the real story, implicating the best-known institutions that financed and profited from fraudulent sub prime lending. This connection is now being investigated by the FBI as part of a probe into what it calls a "fraud epidemic."

PLUNDER shows how these firms created special securities to repackage and resell these dubious loans after they were re-rated as Triple A. These firms then bet against many of these toxic assets with credit default swaps and other insurance scams. By leveraging these investments, they recklessly put trillions of dollars and the world economy at risk.

To tell this story Schechter speaks with bankers involved in these activities, respected economists, insider experts, top journalists, including Paul Krugman, and even a convicted white-collar criminal, Sam Antar, who blows the whistle on intentionally dishonest practices.

The film displays how this pyramid of fraud led to the massive foreclosures affecting 10 million homeowners, rising unemployment, economic collapse and increasing hardships worldwide. It connects the dots identifying who the victims and beneficiaries are in what "may well turn out to be the greatest nonviolent crime against humanity in history," according to an ex investment banker. Graydon Carter, the Editor of Vanity Fair is quoted as saying, "in other words never before have so few done so much to so many." The film details the frustration of homeowners, who have become the hardest hit victims, as they express their anger in protest against the CEOs of these institutions.

Plunder: the Crime of Our Time looks into how the crisis developed, from the mysterious collapse of Bear Stearns, an 85-year-old investment firm that disappeared in a week to the shadowy world of trillion dollar hedge funds. Insiders who work in the industry, and know it well, tell both of these stories. Plunder also shows how hastily arranged government bailouts did not revive the economy and may have lost billions.

The film also delves into the complicity of the major media outlets, which failed to sound the alarm or investigate wrong doers. A top financial journalist and media analyst as well as a financier explain how the business media became embedded in the culture it was covering, similar to embedded reporters in Iraq.

In its conclusion, Plunder offers facts and details about events that have affected billions of people and lost trillions of dollars. The film travels to Paris to examine how this crisis has gone global. Ultimately, it calls for a full investigation and structural reforms of financial institutions to insure accountability by the white-collar perpetrators who profited from the misery of their victims. It's a call to action: if action is not taken real lessons will not be learned or applied and another crisis may be looming as the underlying problems are still there.

The "News Dissector" spent a year and half on this investigation, following up on his book, "Plunder," that predicted the crisis and an earlier film, "In Debt We Trust," that explored America's rising credit burden at the time. This former CNN and Emmy award winning ABC News producer was labeled an "alarmist" and his initial finding was greeted with denial. This early work is now seen as prophetic despite understating the full impact of an ongoing crisis that has not yet ended.

"This is a story that must be told if economic justice is to have any meaning," says Schechter, "Plunder demands a full investigation into who is responsible for the crisis and an appropriate punishment - a "jail out" - for the wrongdoers at a time when the debate about the crisis and what to do about it is treated so superficially on every media outlet. This crisis is not about the unintentional mistakes of a greedy few but a crime that effects us all.'

Plunder is directed by Danny Schechter for Globalvision, Inc., with Ray Nowosielski, as the producer.

PERI and The Real News Network Partnership

This collaboration between PERI and The Real News Network presents regular interviews and debates which bring current economic issues into focus. These interviews shed light on the full range of potential solutions to the current economic crisis, the economics of climate change, and PERI's long-term mission of bringing economic tools to bear to improve the daily lives of workers and families around the world.

Epstein: None of the measures being considered will end "too big to fail".
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Who's Counting? Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies and Global Economics

In this feature-length documentary, Marilyn Waring demystifies the language of economics by defining it as a value system in which all goods and activities are related only to their monetary value. As a result, unpaid work (usually performed by women) is unrecognized while activities that may be environmentally and socially detrimental are deemed productive. To remedy this, Waring maps out an alternative economic vision based on the idea of time as the new currency.

terça-feira, 27 de abril de 2010

Crapshoot : The Gamble with Our Wastes

A hazardous mix of waste is flushed into the sewer every day. The billions of litres of water - combined with unknown quantities of chemicals, solvents, heavy metals, human waste and food - where does it all go? And what does it do to us? Filmed in Italy, India, Sweden, the United States and Canada, this bold documentary questions our fundamental attitudes to waste. Does our need to dispose of waste take precedence over public safety? What are the alternatives?

Solutions Locales pour un Désordre Global

Solutions locales pour un désordre global - Bande-annonce
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Solutions locales pour un désordre global - sortie en salle le 7 avril 2010.
de Coline Serreau - Avec : Pierre Rabhi, Claude et Lydia Bourguignon, Vandana Shiva, Philippe Desbrosses, Dominique Guillet, Serge Latouche
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"Les films d’alertes et catastrophistes ont été tournés, ils ont eu leur utilité, mais maintenant il faut montrer qu’il existe des solutions, faire entendre les réflexions des philosophes et économistes qui, tout en expliquant pourquoi notre modèle de société s’est embourbé dans la crise écologique, financière et politique que nous connaissons, inventent et expérimentent des alternatives." Coline Serreau

Décroissance avec Pierre Lehmann

Décroissance 1/2 Pierre Lehmann Enviado por nature-boy-79

Décroisance 2/2 Pierre Lehmann Enviado por nature-boy-79

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Cooperatives: A Counterpoint to Corporatism.  Pt. 2 - Pier Carlo Padoan from ICTV Victoria on Vimeo.

Note: If the video playback is choppy, try setting the 'HD is On' button to OFF on the video screen.

Dr. Pier Carlo Padoan Deputy Secretary-General, OECD talks with Dr. Joan Russow about the state of global economic affairs just after the financial crisis of Sept. 2008.

Mr. Padoan has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Rome and has held various academic positions in Italian and foreign universities.

Cooperatives: A Counterpoint to Corporatism - Pt.1

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segunda-feira, 26 de abril de 2010





Trata de cómo nos manipulan y juegan con nuestra salud gracias a la invención de falsas enfermedades

JUAN GERVAS, médico (entrevista entera en )
JAVIER URIARTE, médico (entrevista entera en )
SANTOS MARTIN, médico (entrevista entera en )
TERESA FORCADES, médica (entrevista entera en )
MIGUEL JARA, periodista (entrevista entera en )
JESUS REINA, abogado (entrevista entera en )

El Marketing del Miedo

¿cómo nos manipulan y juegan con nuestra salud gracias a la invención de falsas enfermedades?, averigualo en este documental.

Introducción (Judith y Alish de ) :

Después de prácticamente tres meses de trabajo, el documental sobre la Gripe A que iniciamos Judith y yo, ve la luz. Al final se ha llamado LA GRIPE A o EL MARKETING DEL MIEDO, nombre inspirado en el libro recién publicado de Miguel Jara, "La SALUD que VIENE, nuevas enfermades y el marketing del miedo", donde desmenuza con claridad cuales son los entresijos de la creación artificial de enfermedades para el lucro, principalmente, de los laboratorios farmacéuticos...

“The United Nations Is Beyond Reform…It Has to Be Reinvented”–Fmr. UN General Assembly President Miguel d’Escoto

One of the higher-profile participants at the Cochabamba climate conference was the former president of the United Nations General Assembly, Father Miguel d’Escoto. A Roman Catholic priest from Nicaragua, d’Escoto served as foreign minister in Daniel Ortega’s government from 1979 to 1990. He joins us to talk about the failures of the UN, the importance of the Bolivia climate summit, why Latin America doesn’t need the United States, and much more.

Hambre de soja from miquel gual on Vimeo.

En los últimos años la agricultura argentina aumentó su producción a niveles antes nunca imaginados gracias al cultivo de soja transgénica. Sin embargo, esta soja es el principal enemigo que tiene la Argentina como país agropecuario y productor de alimentos. La soja permite aumentar la producción, pero produce la desertificación del suelo, una masiva contaminación ambiental, pérdidas irreparables en la biodiversidad de ambientes naturales, la desaparición de alimentos básicos, y un aumento de la desocupación, el hambre y la indigencia.
HAMBRE DE SOJA permitirá descubrir la otra cara del cultivo de soja transgénica en la Argentina. 

La Traición de los intelectuales

Enviado por g_andreau. - Mais videos universitários

Los esclavistas dueños de las Universidades de Yale y de Harvard eliminaron de la curricula académica los principios económicos de los fisiócratas.

Mediante este perverso mecanismo se perpetro el sistema esclavista moderno perpetrado mediante el impuesto al trabajo difundido gracias a la educación publica obligatoria y apoyada en nuestros dias por los técnicos del Fondo Monetario Internacional –y Banco Mundial- en nuestros días construyendo el perverso -y mal llamado- neo-liberalismo.

Antiguamente se halló en la política la máxima siguiente: ´Es bueno, mantener la gran masa del pueblo en la ignorancia, idea que aunque no fuera indigna del hombre, se opone directamente al verdadero interés del Soberano. (...) Ése es uno de los objetivos más importantes del gobierno. Vasallos dichosos y Soberano poderoso, son los resultados del estado actual de las escuelas públicas, y de la educación lugareña, que después de mil ensayos, se han establecido en varias provincias de Alemania, Suecia, Inglaterra, etc. (...) Por este medio se logran en la gran masa de una nación costumbres sanas. Manuel Belgrano

En la argentina la dupla Vélez Sarfield- Joaquín V. González se encargarían de torcer los principios de la Revolución de Mayo en el Código Civil. J.V. González guiaría en las nuevas universidades el antiguo, jerárquico y perverso orden Romano. Alberdi señala que en la universidades se estaba creando una nueva casta al servicio de la destrucción de la civilización que denomino “la Barbarie Letrada” y decía que era “mas bárbara que todos los Indios de America”.

“La nueva cultura tributaria” del gobierno de Kirchner y la “Educación para la ciudadanía” son las nuevas y modernas herramientas para lograr la esclavitud voluntaria mediante el proceso educativo. La educación pública no libera, adocena. No forma ciudadanos, garantiza súbditos.

La Argentina Latente

Un ensayo testimonial sobre las capacidades con que cuenta la Argentina para enfrentar su reconstrucción. Emotivos testimonios de técnicos, trabajadores y científicos, hacen memoria sobre lo que fueron capaces de hacer y señalan las contradicciones: un país muy rico con un avanzado desarrollo científico y una tercera parte de su población en la pobreza. La forma es la de un road-movie a través del país, revelando la dimensión de sus potencialidades, riquezas y contradicciones

"Memoria del saqueo" (Social Genocide)

La tragedia que nos tocó vivir con el derrumbe del gobierno liberal de De la Rúa, me impulsaron a volver a mis inicios en el cine, hace más de 40 años, cuando la búsqueda de una identidad política y cinematográfica y la resistencia ala dictadura, me llevaron a filmar “La Hora de los Hornos”. Las circunstancias han cambiado y para mal: ¿Cómo fue posible que en el “granero del mundo” se padeciera hambre? El país había sido devastado por un nuevo tipo de agresión, silenciosa y sistemática, que dejaba más muertos que los del terrorismo de Estado y la guerra de Malvinas. En nombre de la globalización y el libre comercio, las recetas económicas de los organismos internacionales terminaron en el genocidio social y el vaciamiento financiero del país. La responsabilidad de los gobiernos de Menem y De la Rúa no exime al FMI, al Banco Mundial ni a sus países mandantes. Buscando beneficios extraordinarios nos impusieron planes neoracistas que suprimían derechos sociales adquiridos y condenaron a muerte por desnutrición, vejez prematura o enfermedades curables, a millones de personas. Eran crímenes de lesa humanidad en tiempos de paz.
Una vez más, la realidad me impuso recontextualizar las imágenes y componer un fresco vivo de lo que habíamos soportado durante las tres décadas que van de la dictadura de Videla a la rebelión popular del 19 y 20 de diciembre de 2001, que terminó con el gobierno de la Alianza. “Memoria del Saqueo” es mi manera de contribuir al debate que en Argentina y el mundo se está desarrollando con la certeza que frente a la globalización deshumanizada, “otro mundo es posible”.
Fernando E. Solanas

Cientos de veces me he preguntado cómo es posible que en un país tan rico la pobreza y el hambre alcanzara tal magnitud? ¿Qué sucedió con las promesas de modernidad, trabajo y bienestar que pregonaran políticos, empresarios, economistas iluminados y sus comunicadores mediáticos, si jamás el país conoció estos aberrantes niveles de desocupación e indigencia? ¿Cómo puede entenderse la enajenación del patrimonio público para pagar la deuda, si el endeudamiento se multiplicó varias veces comprometiendo el futuro por varias generaciones? ¿Cómo fue posible en democracia tanta burla al mandato del voto , tanta degradación de las instituciones republicanas, tanta sumisión a los poderes externos, tanta impunidad, corrupción y pérdida de derechos sociales?
Responder a los interrogantes que dejó la catástrofe social o repasar los capítulos bochornosos de la historia reciente, sería imposible en los limitados márgenes de una película: hacen falta muchas más, junto a investigaciones, debates y estudios para dar cuenta de la magnitud de esa catástrofe.
Esta película nació para aportar a la memoria contra el olvido, reconstruir la historia de una de las etapas más graves de la Argentina para incitar a denunciar las causas que provocaron el vaciamiento económico y el genocidio social. "Memoria del saqueo" es también un cine libre y creativo realizado en los inciertos meses de 2002 , cuando no existían certezas sobre el futuro político del país. A treinta y cinco años de "La Hora de los Hornos", he querido retomar la historia desde las palabras y gestos de sus protagonistas y recuperar las imágenes en su contexto. Procesos e imágenes que con sus rasgos propios también han golpeado a otros países hermanos. Es una manera de contribuir a la tarea plural de una refundación democrática de la Argentina y al debate que en el mundo se desarrolla frente a la globalización deshumanizada con la certeza de que "otro mundo es posible".
Fernando Solanas / Marzo 2004

domingo, 25 de abril de 2010

Jayati Ghosh on the Greece crisis

Prof. Jayati Ghosh comments on the economic crisis in Greece and its implications for Europe

Jayati Ghosh: The future of the eurozone itself is now at stake

Dr. Jayati Ghosh is Professor of Economics and currently also Chairperson at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Educated at Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and the University of Cambridge, England, her research interests include globalization, international trade and finance, employment patterns in developing countries, macroeconomic policy, and issues related to gender and development.

Among other books, she has co-authored (with Prof. C.P. Chandrasekhar) Crisis as a Conquest: Learning from East Asia, The Market that Failed: A Decade of Neoliberal Economic Reforms in India and Work and Well-being in the Age of Finance. In addition to numerous academic articles, she is a regular columnist for Frontline magazine and Businessline financial daily, as well as a weekly columnist for several newspapers.

She is one of the founders of the Economic Research Foundation in New Delhi and is on the board of various other social research organizations. Since 2002 she has been the Executive Secretary of International Development Economics Associates (IDEAS), an international network of heterodox development economists She was the Chairperson of the Commission on Farmers’ Welfare in 2004 constituted by Andhra Pradesh Government. She continues to be closely involved in working with progressive organizations and social movements.

Danny Schechter on Harold Channer 04-09-10 Air date

haroldchanner 3 de abril de 2010 — Danny Schechter: Investigative Journalist/producer/director Danny Schechter is a television producer and independent filmmaker who also writes and speaks about media issues. He is the author of "Embedded: Weapons of Mass Deception" (Prometheus), "Media Wars: News after 9-11" (Roman & Littlefield), "Falun Gong's Challenge to China" (Akashic Books), "The More You Watch, The Less You Know" (Seven Stories Press) and "News Dissector: Passions, Pieces and Polemics" (Electron Press/ Akashic Books). He is the executive editor of the, the world's largest online media issues network. He has produced and directed many TV specials and films, including "We are Family" (2002), "Counting On Democracy" (2002) "Falun Gong's Challenge to China" (2000); A Hero for All: Nelson Mandela's Farewell (l999); Sowing Seeds/Reeping Peace: The World of Seeds of Peace (1996); Prisoners of Hope:Robben Island Reunion (1995, co-directed by Barbara Kopple); Countdown to Freedom: Ten Days that Changed South Africa (1994), narrated by James Earl Jones and Alfre Woodard; Sarajevo Ground Zero (1993); The Living Canvas (1992), narrated by Billy Dee Williams; Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy (1992), co-directed with Barbara Kopple; Give Peace a Chance (1991); Mandela in America (1990), The Making of Sun City (1987); and Student Power (1968). Schechter is co-founder and executive producer of Globalvision, a New York-based television and film production company now in its 13th year, where he produced 156 editions of the award-winning series South Africa Now, co-produced Rights & Wrongs: Human Rights Television with Charlayne Hunter-Gault. His most recent human rights special, "Globalization and Human Rights was co produced with Rory O'Connor and shown nationally on PBS. A Cornell University graduate, he received his Master's degree from the London School of Economics, and an honorary doctorate from Fitchburg College. He was a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard, where he also taught in 1969. After college, he was a full time civil rights worker and then communications director of the Northern Student Movement, worked as a community organizer in a Saul Alinsky-style War on Poverty program, and, moving from the streets to the suites, served as an assistant to the Mayor of Detroit in 1966 on a Ford Foundation grant. Schechter's professional journalism career began in 1970, when he was named news director, principal newscaster, and "News Dissector" at WBCN-FM in Boston, where he was hailed as a radio innovator and won many industry honors, including two Major Armstrong Awards. His television producing career was launched with the syndicated Joe Oteri Show, which won the New England Emmy and a NAPTE IRIS award in 1979. In l980, he created and produced the nation's first live late-night entertainment-oriented TV show, Five All Night, Live All Night at WCVB in Boston. Schechter left Boston to join the staff at CNN as a producer based in Atlanta. He then moved to ABC as a producer for 20/20, where during his eight years he won two National News Emmys. Schechter has reported from 47 countries and lectured at many schools and universities. He was an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. Schechter's writing has appeared in leading newspapers and magazines including the The Nation, Newsday, Boston Globe, Columbia Journalism Review, Media Studies Journal, Detroit Free Press, Village Voice, Tikkun, Z, and many others.

sábado, 24 de abril de 2010

William K. Black: To rob a country, own a bank

William Black, author of "Best way to rob a bank is to own one" talks about deliberate fraud on Wall St.

To rob a country, own a bank Pt2

William Black: The finance sector is a huge parasite, it transfers wealth from the poor to the rich

To rob a country, own a bank Pt3

Black: So many shoes to fall from this crisis it will be like Imelda Marcos closet after an earthquake

To rob a country, own a bank Pt4

William Black: Ten steps to reform the finance sector - that the Administration and Congress won't do

To rob a country, own a bank Pt5

What will it take for real finance reform - next "big one" will be much worse

Bill Black's eye-popping opening statement at House FinServ hearing on Lehman Bros. failure


Deputada Cidinha Campos - Reportagem feita pela Tv Portuguesa RTP

O vídeo em que a Deputada Cidinha Campos fala sobre "os que mamam" fez tanto sucesso na internet, que a Tv Portuguesa RTP fez uma reportagem sobre ele.

Bill Moyers Journal: William K. Black on Fraud and Criminogenic Culture

On Thursday, April 22, President Barack Obama made the case for increased regulation of the financial industry in a televised speech at Cooper Union in New York City. It was widely billed as President Obama's chance to harness the momentum behind reforming Wall Street and move forward the bills being considered in the House and Senate. Those measures face stiff opposition from most of the Republican Party and an army of lobbyists from Wall Street who have the ear of members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.
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William K. Black thinks President Obama didn't acknowledge a key component in the financial crisis that the bills before Congress won't address — fraud. A former regulator who helped crack down on massive fraud during the savings and loan crisis in the 1980s, Black tells Bill Moyers on THE JOURNAL that, despite evidence of fraud at the top banks, prosecutions seem far away. "If you go back to the savings and loan debacle, we got more than a thousand felony convictions of the elite. These are not, you know, tellers or something. We today have zero convictions, zero indictments, zero arrests of any of the elite, non-prime lenders that, through their fraud, drove this crisis."

sexta-feira, 23 de abril de 2010

Capitalism: A Love Story - Michael Moore

On the 20-year anniversary of his groundbreaking masterpiece "Roger & Me," Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" comes home to the issue he's been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans. But this time the culprit is much bigger than General Motors, and the crime scene is far wider than Flint, Michigan.


Capitalism: A Love Story - Michael Moore


Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story comes home to the issue he’s been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default, the rest of the world).

But this time the culprit is much bigger than General Motors, and the crime scene far wider than Flint, Michigan. From Middle America, to the halls of power in Washington, to the global financial epicenter in Manhattan, Michael Moore will once again take film goers into uncharted territory. With both humor and outrage, Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story explores a taboo question: What is the price that America pays for its love of capitalism? Years ago, that love seemed so innocent.

Today, however, the American dream is looking more like a nightmare as families pay the price with their jobs, their homes and their savings. Moore takes us into the homes of ordinary people whose lives have been turned upside down; and he goes looking for explanations in Washington, DC and elsewhere.

What he finds are the all-too-familiar symptoms of a love affair gone astray: lies, abuse, betrayal… and 14,000 jobs being lost every day. Capitalism: A Love Story is both a culmination of Moore’s previous works and a look into what a more hopeful future could look like. It is Michael Moore’s ultimate quest to answer the question he’s posed throughout his illustrious filmmaking career: Who are we and why do we behave the way that we do?

Biblioburro -The donkey library

Luis Soriano, a teacher in the small town of La Gloria, Colombia, has spent the past ten years bringing books to children of the rural communities on the back of his donkeys.
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Produced, directed and edited by Valentina Canavesio, D.o.P: Silas Hagerty
for Ayoka Productions

Antarctica research suspended

Scientists have been ordered to suspend their controversial Antarctica 'ocean fertilization' experiment. Science correspondent  Julian Rush reports.

Scientists on board a German polar research ship off Antarctica have been ordered by the German government to suspend their controversial "ocean fertilisation" experiment - because it may be in breach of an international treaty.

A British team is part of the joint Indian-German expedition in the Southern ocean. The researchers want to drop iron into the sea to create a bloom of plankton some 300 square km in size to see if it might one day be a way to reduce global warming.

But they have denied their research is intended to pave the way for the commercialisation of the technology.

A must-see: The Center Cannot Hold - Rekindling the Radical Imagination

Rekindling the Radical Imagination - Piven, Jones, Roy & Chomsky, March 21, 2010
from pdxjustice Media Productions on Vimeo.

The final plenary at the 2010 LEFT FORUM conference in New York features Frances Fox Piven, Brian Jones, Arundhati Roy and Noam Chomsky. The presentation begins with a memorial for the beloved historian, Howard Zinn, and proceeds to the theme of the 2010 conference: "The Center Cannot Hold - Rekindling the Radical Imagination."

A Disaster in Search of Success - Bt Cotton in Global South


Pat Mooney on the Dangers of Geoengineering and Manipulating the Planet to Combat Climate Change

Supporters of geoengineering have proposed radical ways to alter the planet to decrease the level of greenhouse gas emissions. Proposals include creating artificial volcanoes to pollute the atmosphere with sulfur particles, fertilizing the oceans and placing sun-deflecting aluminum foil in the sky. But opposition is growing to geoengineering. Here at the World Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change in Bolivia, the ETC Group is launching an international campaign against geoengineering experiments. We speak with the group’s founder, Pat Mooney, a Right Livelihood Award winner.

Pat Mooney: on Climate Change and Food Crisis

At the Breeding Diversity Conference in Santa Fe NM, Pat Mooney spoke out about the gravity of the food situation, especially for the poor peasants who are going hungry.



Il Movimento per la decrescita felice è un movimento italiano nato e cresciuto informalmente dall'inizio degli anni 2000 sui temi della demitizzazione dello sviluppo fine a se stesso, e successivamente sfociato in un'associazione fondata da Maurizio Pallante, esperto di risparmio energetico. Il movimento, chiaramente ispirato alla decrescita teorizzata da Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen, fondatore della bioeconomia, ed in linea con il pensiero di Serge Latouche, parte dal presupposto che la correlazione tra crescita economica e benessere non sia necessariamente positiva, ma che esistano situazioni frequenti in cui ad un aumento del Prodotto interno lordo (PIL) si riscontra una diminuzione della qualità della vita.

quinta-feira, 22 de abril de 2010

Conferencia Mundial de los Pueblos sobre Cambio Climático y Derechos de la Madre Tierra

Cumbre del clima en Cochabamba Enviado por anticapitalistas.

Declaraciones de Esther Vivas de Izquierda Anticapitalista en ocasión de la Cumbre Mundial de los Pueblos sobre Cambio Climático y los Derechos de la Madre Tierra, Cochabamba, 19-22 abril 2010.

Pic de pétrole et décroissance

Pic de pétrole et décroissance (1/6) Enviado por Immodere.

Conférence d’Yves Cochet pour le Collectif Parisien pour la Décroissance, Paris, le 22 mai 2008.

Les prix du pétrole flambent. Pourquoi ?
Les explications courantes ne suffisent plus.
Ne vivons-nous pas la fin du pétrole bon marché ?

1ère partie : explication géologique, économique et géopolitique
2ème partie : impacts de la crise énergétique sur nos modes de vie, pistes de transformation possibles

Yves Cochet : député, ancien Ministre de l'aménagement du territoire et de l'environnement du gouvernement.

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Livre recommandé : "Pétrole Apocalypse", Yves Cochet, Fayard, 2005.

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Hommage à Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen

Jacques Grinevald, philosophe et historien des sciences français, de l'université de Genève et actuellement professeur à l'Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement (IHEID) de Genève, ami et ancien collaborateur de Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen, était de passage à Paris. Une belle opportunité pour faire un petit film avec lui, afin qu'il nous parle du père de la Décroissance !

En effet, Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen, roumain d'origine, est à mon sens l'un des plus grands intellectuels du siècle dernier. Mathématicien, spécialiste en statistique, économiste ayant travailler entre autres avec Shumpeter, mais aussi biologiste darwiniste convaincu, bon physicien voire philosophe, il a eu une carrière académique classique remarquable...

A partir des années soixante, il commence à remettre en question les fondements mécanistes de l'économie néo-classiques en y introduisant la seconde loi de la thermodynamique : la loi de l'entropie.

A travers ses travaux, il démontra mathématiquement, physiquement, biologiquement, économiquement et aussi philosophiquement (avec son approche sur la joie de vivre et son pacifisme) que la science économique s'est trompée et continue à se tromper... et se borgne dans son paradigme mécaniste et dans ses idéologies productivistes, travaillistes et croissancistes !

Malheureusement, son travail reste ignoré dans les facultés d'économie bien que l'actualité lui donne raison (nous atteignons les limites énergétiques et régénératrices de notre planète) !

Je vous propose donc ce film avec Jacques Grinevald, philosophe et spécialiste en épistémologie de l'université de Genève, qui nous parle pendant 55 minutes de son ami Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen.

Un grand merci à Debora pour toute son aide et son talent, sans qui ce film n'aurait jamais vu le jour !

Et aussi un grand merci à Jacques Grinevald pour sa disponibilité !

J'attends avec impatience vos remarques et critiques !

Vincent Liegey

Slave Labor and the Modern Economy

Slave Labor and the Modern Economy from Rosie Walunas on Vimeo.

This video on slave labor and the modern economy was produced for a Geo-Sci class called Economic Geography at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. It is part of a larger project. Special thanks to for giving me permission to use some still images from their videos and Web site. Technical support was provided by UVC-TV 19.

Modern Money Mechanics - "Thin Air" money, increases inflations

Cooperation and Collective Behavior: From Bacteria to the Global Commons

Simon A. Levin, George M. Moffett Professor of Biology and director of the Center for BioComplexity at Princeton University, delivers the first of his two 2008 Pardee Distinguished Lectures, on the role group behaviors play in nature - and how such cooperation can benefit human societies on a global scale.

Hosted by Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer Range Future on October 27, 2008.

Green Gone Wrong

Heather Rogers discusses the myth of green capitalism at Socialism 2009 conference in Chicago

How does our economy undermine our "green" efforts?

Environmental writer Heather Rogers explains the pitfalls of the green revolution in her new book, Green Gone Wrong

In Green Gone Wrong environmental writer Heather Rogers blasts through the marketing buzz of big corporations and asks a simple question: Do today’s much-touted "green" products—carbon offsets, organic food, biofuels, and eco-friendly cars and homes—really work? Implicit in efforts to go green is the promise that global warming can be stopped by swapping out dirty goods for "clean" ones. But can earth-friendly products really save the planet?

This far-reaching, riveting narrative explores how the most readily available solutions to environmental crisis may be disastrously off the mark. Rogers travels the world tracking how the conversion from a "petro" to a "green" society affects the most fundamental aspects of life—food, shelter, and transportation. Reporting from some of the most remote places on earth, Rogers uncovers shocking results that include massive clear-cutting, destruction of native ecosystems, and grinding poverty. Relying simply on market forces, people with good intentions wanting to just "do something" to help the planet are left feeling confused and powerless.

Green Gone Wrong reveals a fuller story, taking the reader into forests, fields, factories, and boardrooms around the world to draw out the unintended consequences, inherent obstacles, and successes of eco-friendly consumption. What do the labels "USDA Certified Organic" and "Fair Trade" really mean on a vast South American export-driven organic farm? A superlow-energy "eco-village" in Germany’s Black Forest demonstrates that green homes dramatically shrink energy use, so why aren’t we using this technology in America? The decisions made in Detroit’s executive suites have kept Americans driving gas-guzzling automobiles for decades, even as U.S. automakers have European models that clock twice the mpg. Why won’t they sell these cars domestically? And what does carbon offsetting really mean when projects can so easily fail? In one case thousands of trees planted in drought-plagued Southern India withered and died, releasing any CO2 they were meant to neutralize.

Expertly reported, this gripping exposé pieces together a global picture of what’s happening in the name of today’s environmentalism. Green Gone Wrong speaks to anyone interested in climate change and the future of the natural world, as well as those who want to act but are caught not knowing who, or what, to believe to protect the planet. Rogers casts a sober eye on what’s working and what’s not, fearlessly pushing ahead the debate over how to protect the planet.

quarta-feira, 21 de abril de 2010

The Purpose of Nonviolent Communication and Expressing Observations and Feelings

Basics of Nonviolent Communication : Expressing Needs and Requests

Basics of Nonviolent Communication : Empathically Hearing Others with Marshall Rosenberg

Non Violent Communication with Marshall Rosenberg

Marshall Rosenberg created Nonviolent Communication and is Founder and Director of Educational Services for the Center for Nonviolent Communication, an international non-profit organization based in California.

Dr Rosenberg talks about Teilhard de Chardin's theories of human evolution which sought to return to a more natural way - one where no-one advances at the expense of another. He speaks of his own experiences working with Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and how enriching the lives of others is the most rewarding work mankind can engage in.

Ecologistas en Acción: La bombilla del cambio

Video que analiza los cambios necesarios en nuestro consumo ante el escenario del cambio climático. El video ha sido elaborado por TransformaFilms, CRIC y CPRAC.

Authors@Google: Jeremy Rifkin

 The Empathic Civilization is the first book to explore how empathetic consciousness restructures the ways we organize our personal lives, approach knowledge, pursue science and technology, conduct commerce and governance, and orchestrate civil society. The development of this empathetic consciousness is essential to creating a future where we think and behave like the whole world matter.

Jeremy Rifkin is president of the Foundation on Economic Trends and the author of seventeen bestselling books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. One of the most popular social thinkers of our time, Rifkin is the bestselling author of The European Dream, The Hydrogen Economy, The Age of Access, The Biotech Century, and The End of Work.

Propaganda Then and Now: What Orwell Did and Didn't Know

The New York Public Library

On the 60th anniversary of Orwell's Politics and the English Language, George Orwell described political speech as consisting "largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness." Some six decades later, many symptoms of manipulation and propaganda diagnosed by Orwell persist on the American political landscape, along with new disinformation techniques enabled by modern technology.

Historians, scientists, philosophers, linguists, cognitive experts, journalists, image-makers, and public figures will debate in three separate sessions the current state of political discourse - and journalism's response to it - on the dawn of a bitterly contested presidential campaign - NYPL

John Pilger - Pepsi vs Coke in The Ice Cold War

 Documentary produced in 1984, Pepsi vs Coke in The Ice Cold War - by John Pilger

Working Together - The Story of the Inter Cooperative Council

  The History of the Inter Cooperative Council at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. The ICC is a Cooperative Housing organization for students at UM. The first Co-op in Ann Arbor was called Michigan Socialist House (Now Michigan Cooperative House) which was founded in 1932, and was part of the first wave of Co-operative housing for Students to come out of the depression. Today, the ICC has about 600 members across 19 houses. © 1994 Inter Cooperative Council

Marku Anchekoren: Trabajando Unidos (Working Together)