BREAKING THE SILENCE

BREAKING THE SILENCE is a film with enormous emotional power, bringing us the human consequences of our military attacks on Middle East countries. It also provides us with important insights into the reasons for these cruelties, exposing the emptiness and hypocrisy of the claims made by the Bush administration that it is fighting terrorism and promoting freedom. I wish this film could be shown in every classroom in the United States, to guard young people against the lies they will hear from on high, and to prepare them to be active citizens in the struggle for a peaceful world.” – Howard Zinn, Author, A People’s History of the United States

‘Breaking The Silence: Truth And Lies In The War On Terror’ (2003) was screened six months after the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 and two years after the invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001. The film dissects the truth and lies behind the ‘War on Terror’, investigating the discrepancies between American and British justification for ‘war’ and the facts on the ground in Afghanistan and Washington DC.

Source:

http://johnpilger.com/videos/breaking-the-silence-truth-and-lies-in-the-war-on-terror

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The Corbett Report – Media Manipulation

Below are two videos from the Corbett Report discussing the concepts of manufactured consent and exploring how the internet is now and may in future affect the abilities of nations to manipulate public opinion into supporting wars.

How The Media Manipulates the World Into War

Media Lies While Syrians Die: Media Disinformation and the Syrian War

For more like this go to http://www.globalresearch.ca

The War You Don’t See – John Pilger

John Pilger’s ‘The War You Don’t See’ (2011) is a powerful and timely investigation into the media’s role in war, tracing the history of ’embedded’ and independent reporting from the carnage of World War One to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan and disaster in Iraq.

As weapons and propaganda become even more sophisticated, the nature of war is developing into an ‘electronic battlefield’ in which journalists play a key role, and civilians are the victims. But who is the real enemy?

John Pilger says in the film: “We journalists… have to be brave enough to defy those who seek our collusion in selling their latest bloody adventure in someone else’s country… That means always challenging the official story, however patriotic that story may appear, however seductive and insidious it is. For propaganda relies on us in the media to aim its deceptions not at a far away country but at you at home… In this age of endless imperial war, the lives of countless men, women and children depend on the truth or their blood is on us… Those whose job it is to keep the record straight ought to be the voice of people, not power.”

WARNING: Graphic images from the start

Buy The War You Don’t See on DVD – networkonair.com/shop/1271-john-pilger-the-war-you-don-t-see.html or as a download at distrify.com/products/264

Hearts and Minds (1974)

This Academy Award-winning documentary about the Vietnam War was directed by Peter Davis and released in 1974.

Hearts and Minds is a 1974 American documentary film about the Vietnam War directed by Peter Davis. The film’s title is based on a quote from President Lyndon B. Johnson: “the ultimate victory will depend on the hearts and minds of the people who actually live out there”.[1] The movie was chosen as Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 47th Academy Awards presented in 1975.[2]

The Cannibal Generals of Liberia

This shocking and disturbing film meets some of the main players from Liberia’s most recent civil war.

Liberia is a country with a turbulent past.  Established in 1847 as an American colony and settled by freed American slaves it remained largely undeveloped until the 1940s.  After a period of growth and relative stability tensions grew between the “Americo-Liberian” ruling minority and the indigenous African population, until in 1980 the government was overthrown in a coup led by Samuel Doe.  Doe was supported by the USA throughout the Cold War period, but later became an embarrassment and support for his regime was withdrawn.

Doe was deposed in 1990 by Charles Taylor, captured and mutilated in front of watching TV crews, before being executed and then eaten.  Taylor had been educated in the US and spent a brief sojourn in prison there for alleged embezzlement before “escaping”, eventually ending up in Libya where he received military training.  Taylor later claimed the CIA had abetted his escape, and whilst this was never confirmed it was confirmed that he had indeed been a CIA asset.

Taylor then became involved in the civil war in Liberia’s diamond rich neighbour, Sierra Leone.  Domestic opposition to his rule grew, culminating the the Second Liberian Civil War, following which he was eventually arrested and convicted of war crimes.  Up to half a million people were killed in that war and as this video shows, Liberia is far from recovery.

It’s easy to take a superficial view of these events, their horror and violence, and to draw negative and even racist conclusions about Africa.  I would remind you though to take a look back at European and American history before doing so, and the centuries of brutal warfare, slavery and colonialism, culminating in WWI and WWII, before finally the peace and stability we take for granted today was achieved.

Most African states were formed by agreements between colonialist powers without regard for the ethnic and tribal make-up of the people within their borders.  Throughout the colonialist period African societies were unable to develop the kinds of civil institutions on which democracies are based, suffering further setbacks when finally achieving liberation and independence as the colonial civil services were simply dismantled and removed.  Since then, they have been subject to constant interference, especially during the Cold War which was played out through proxy wars across the African continent and as a result of the rich resources Africa possesses which are coveted by acquisitive corporations and competing national interests.

With that introduction complete, as I think context is important, prepare to be shocked, horrified, amused and amazed…

Why we fight

The most dangerous thing about an assumption is that by its very nature it is never questioned.

“We are fighting for our freedom” is one such assumption.  Is this really borne out by the facts?  The USA and its western allies have been militarily active in over 50 countries around the world since the end of WWII.  Did all of them threaten our freedom or was there another motive or driver hidden behind the jingoism and nationalist rhetoric used to justify our killing?

These are the questions asked in this challenging and moving film by Eugene Jarecki…

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