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Breaking the silence [videorecording] : truth and lies in the war on terror /
a special report by John Pilger ; Carlton Television Ltd. ; written, reported & directed by John Pilger ; producer, Christopher Martin.
Oley, PA : Bullfrog Films, 2003.
1 videocassette (51 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1594580251, 9781594580253
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Oley, PA : Bullfrog Films, 2003.
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Photography, Bruno Stevens ; cinematographer, Preston Clothier ; editor, Andrew Denny.
In 2001, as the bombs began to drop, George W. Bush promised Afghanistan "the generosity of America and its allies". Now, the familiar old warlords are regaining power, religious fundamentalism is renewing its grip and military skirmishes continue routinely. In "liberated" Afghanistan, America has its military base and pipeline access, while the people have the warlords who are, says one woman, "in many ways worse than the Taliban."
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2004-10-01:
In the UK, John Pilger is a much-honored left-wing journalistic crusader with a history of uncovering the contradictions and depredations of Western powers. No such figure exists in the U.S. media-unless you count the marginalized Noam Chomsky. "This film is about the terrorism that does not speak its name because it is our terrorism," Pilger intones. He reminds us that in Afghanistan, more innocent people have been bombed than were killed on 9/11 and shows us a grieving woman searching for compensation. An Afghan official, grinning awkwardly, says there's no money for reconstruction. A sober former CIA official tells Pilger that right-wing ideologs, once known as "the crazies," now dominate U.S. foreign policy. Pilger gets one of them, undersecretary of defense for policy Douglas Feith, on camera, saying of weapons of mass destruction, "I don't think that was a lie." When Pilger presses him on the civilian deaths in Iraq, Feith's minder stops the interview. The film was shot in 2003, which makes the allegations of torture Pilger raises more haunting. The film is hardly "balanced," but Pilger's willingness to probe makes this a welcome counterpart to the often too-credulous mainstream media. For public and academic libraries.-Norman Oder, Library Journal Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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