When Kim Il-Jong recently visited Moscow on a surreal train journey, he proudly informed Vladimir Putin he was travelling in the armoured train given to his father as a present by Stalin. As analysts of the regime agree, this merely illustrates the extraordinary, reverential detail with which Kim and his founding father Kim Il-Sung have maintained a complete Stalinist state into the 21st century: In both North Korea and Iraq, the absolute political control of a tiny oligarchy, the propaganda state, economic centralisation, the interlocking labyrinth of security forces, and the preposterous cult of personality are self-consciously Stalinist Stalin, like Saddam, survived in power because he so terrorised his people that however great his blunders, there was no opposition left alive.
He is the author of 22 novels. Transcript This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.
His writing career spans half a century, during which he established himself as a master spy writer. His latest novel, his 22nd, is called Our Kind of Traitor. Model philosophers measuring everything they do against the word of God or Karl Marx?
Do you think they sit like monks in a cell, balancing right against wrong? Yesterday I would have killed Mundt, because I thought him evil and an enemy.
In this clip, from the film adaptation of The Constant Gardener, an activist, who is later killed by the pharmaceutical corporation, played by Rachel Weisz, confronts a government official, played by Ralph Fiennes, about war.
I just wondered, whose map is Britain using when it completely ignores the United Nations and decides to invade Iraq? America has entered one of its periods of historical madness, but this is the worst I can remember: As in McCarthy times, the freedoms that have made America the envy of the world are being systematically eroded.
The combination of compliant US media and vested corporate interests is once more ensuring that a debate that should be ringing out in every town square is confined to the loftier columns of the East Coast press. The imminent war was planned years before bin Laden struck, but it was he who made it possible.
They might also have to be telling us why they support Israel in its continuing disregard for UN resolutions. But bin Laden conveniently swept all that under the carpet. The Bushies are riding high. Now 88 per cent of Americans want the war, we are told. A splendid new generation of nuclear weapons is in the pipeline, so we can all breathe easy.
Quite what war 88 per cent of Americans think they are supporting is a lot less clear. A war for how long, please? At what cost in American lives? At what cost — because most of those 88 per cent are thoroughly decent and humane people — in Iraqi lives?
But they swung it. A recent poll tells us that one in two Americans now believe Saddam was responsible for the attack on the World Trade Centre. But the American public is not merely being misled. It is being browbeaten and kept in a state of ignorance and fear.
The carefully orchestrated neurosis should carry Bush and his fellow conspirators nicely into the next election. Those who are not with Mr Bush are against him.
Worse, they are with the enemy. And not under the banner of such outrageous hypocrisy.atelier genocide warnings & updates suppressed news. An Essay Against Genocide or why the convention on genocide hasn't worked.
With wildfires, heat waves, and rising sea levels, large tracts of the earth are at risk of becoming uninhabitable. But the fossil-fuel industry continues its assault on the facts.
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