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Posts Tagged ‘Amy Goodman’

Thoughts from outside the box

Saturday, May 20th, 2006
Eduardo Galeano

Eduardo Galeano

“Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking, so that humanity stops threatening its life-support system. We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own.”
Wangari Maathai – Winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace 2004

Another excellent interview by journalist Amy Goodman for Democracy Now featuring Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano.

Some excerpts:

On immigration: “t’s a sad story. A daily sad story. I wonder if our time will be remembered as a period, a terrible period in human history, in which money was free to go and come and come back and go again. But people, not.”

On recent developments in Latin America: “… I think that all these recent events, elections won by progressive forces and a lot of different movings, is like something that’s moving on and expressing a need, a will of change, but we are carrying a very heavy burden on our backs, which is what I call “the traditional culture of impotence,” which is something condemning you, dooming you to be eternally crippled, because there is a cultural saying and repeating, “You can’t.” You can’t walk with your own legs. You are not able to think with your own head. You cannot feel with your own heart, and so you’re obliged to buy legs, heart, mind, outside as import products. This is our worst enemy, I think.”

On the terrorist threat: “… I think it’s true when President Bush tells us each day that we are suffering the high risks of being attacked by terrorism. It’s true. And terrorism made the Iraq war, and they perhaps may — today or tomorrow, I don’t know — invade some Latin American country. It’s a tradition of the terrorist, imperialist power in the world. Who knows? We are not safe. You are not safe. Nobody is safe from a possible attack from this machine of war, this big structure we have built — they have built, in a global dimension. This $2,600 million spent each day to kill other people, this machine of killing peoples, devouring the world resources, eating the world resources each day. So this is a terrorist structure indeed, and we are in danger, so President Bush is right, I think. We are suffering a terrorist menace.”

Whisper words of wisdom …

Sunday, March 12th, 2006

“Man is bound to follow the adventurous promptings of his scientific and inventive mind and to admire himself for his splendid achievements. At the same time, his genius shows the uncanny tendency to invent things that become more and more dangerous, because they represent better and better means for wholesale suicide. The “conquest of nature” is our biggest illusion for we have not gained control of our own nature.”
Carl Gustav Jung

Here is a link to a Lannan Foundation podcast which anyone with concerns about the times we live in, the war in Iraq, and the global political situation would be well advised to listen to. It’s an hour and a half long, but infinitely more rewarding than your average daytime radio fare. The podcast is a recording of a reading ( from the book War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning) and subsequent conversation between journalists Christopher Hedges and Amy Goodman which took place before an audience in Santa Fe 11 days ago.

Chris Hedges, a veteran war correspondent, has survived ambushes in Central America, being shot at in the marshes of Southern Iraq, imprisonment in the Sudan, deportation from Libya and Iran, strafing by Russian MiG21s in Bosnia, a beating by Saudi military police, being captured and held for a week by the Iraqi Republican Guard, being fired upon by Serb snipers and shelled for a week in Sarajevo, and a lot more besides. He is the author of What Every Person Should Know About War, a stark look at the effects of war on combatants, and War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning. Hedges joined the staff of The New York Times in 1990 and previously worked for The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor, and National Public Radio.

Amy Goodman is the host of Pacifica Radio’s daily newsmagazine Democracy Now! She is a 1998 recipient of the George Polk Award for the radio documentary “Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria’s Military Dictatorship,” in which she and co-producer Jeremy Scahill exposed the oil company’s role in the killing of two Nigerian villagers on May 28, 1998. Goodman and Scahill co-wrote two articles in The Nation magazine on the Chevron-related killings.

The broadcast cuts right through the spin and political rhetoric that fills our media these days to the bare bones of real experience. How is it that journalists like these seem to be such a rare and dying breed? Hedges even has the answer to that.

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