Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Power of Nightmares

Hosted By: Socialist Party
When: Sunday Oct 28, 2007
at 7:00 PM
Where: Socialist Party Head Office
52 Clapham High Street
London, SW47UN
United Kingdom

The Socialist Party will be hosting a special screening of Adam Curtis’s film series, "The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear". Each film is to be followed by a discussion.


Dates : Sunday, 28 October 2007 from 19:00 to 21:00 (Part 1)

Sunday, 4 November 2007 from 19:00 to 21:00 (Part 2)

Sunday, 11 November 2007 from 19:00 to 21:00 (Part 3)



Location: Socialist Party Head Office, 52 Clapham High Street, London, SW4 7UN

Nearest tube: Clapham North

Nearest rail: Clapham High Street


This series of three documentary films was first shown on BBC 2 in 2004. They examine American Neo-Conservativism and radical Islamism, pointing out striking similarities in their origins and ideologies. More controversially, they argue that the threat of radical Islamism is a myth perpetrated by Western politicians in an attempt to cover the failings of their own socio-economic and political systems.



Admission Free All Welcome


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Draft the Rich Kids

From issue 108 of The Indypendent

Draft the Rich Kids By John Tarleton


“They took my only son! My only son! My only son!” cried Maria Alcántara before the coffin bearing her son Juan’s remains was lowered into the ground on Aug. 17. Earlier in the week, Mrs. Alcántara told The Daily News, “The war is never going to end and it can’t be won. They should enlist Bush’s family.”

Amen.

Nothing would end this war, and the funerals that accompany it, faster than a special draft for all the children and grandchildren of the political leaders who started the war and keep it going. And once in the military, they should be assigned to a special unit that carries out only the hardest and most dangerous assignments — call it the "Baghdad Brigade".

Start with the hard-partying Bush twins Barbara and Jenna - who can ship off with her new fiance Henry Hager, the son of a prominent Virginia Republican - and make sure Chelsea Clinton is at their side, along with Alexandra Pelosi. And don't forget Mitt Romney's five able-bodied sons or Rudy Giuliani's two college-age children and all the other adult-age spawn of presidential contenders who offer one reason or another why the war must go on. (With the U.S. Army having upped the enlistment age to a seasoned 42 to stem declining recruitment rates, we can also draft some of the politicians themselves.) Since we are told this is going to be a "long war," don't forget to scoop up the children of the Congress members who authorized the invasion of Iraq at the height of the 2002 election season and who continue to fund the war at the rate of more than $100 billion per year.

And if still more boots are needed on the ground, this special draft could be extended to the children of Republican Party political operatives, corporate war profiteers and the armchair generals in such right-wing think tanks as the American Enterprise Institute who continue to clamor for the war.

Let all these children of privilege fight the "terrorists" in places like Sadr City, Ramadi, Baquba, Tel Afar and Salman Pak while their relatives hang on to the words of every email or phone call knowing they might be the last. And when this special Baghdad Brigade is on the verge of leaving Iraq (as Juan Alcántara was), let their tour of duty be extended another three months.

Of course, the war would probably be over by then.

Additional Reporting by Gabriella Szpunt.