Film Review: ‘Act of Killing’ & What Happens to Society Unwilling to Confront History of War Crimes

By: Sunday August 4, 2013 8:45 am

This documentary is one of the most surreal yet unflinching attempts to understand how mass murderers are able to walk freely without facing justice or accountability for their actions, even decades after the atrocities they have committed. It also explores how this impunity can affect the history which children learn and pervert the future of a society.

 

Citing Security Concerns Over Fundamentalist Threats, Lady Gaga Cancels Indonesia Concerts

By: Sunday May 27, 2012 8:45 am

Lady Gaga has canceled her June 3 concert in Indonesia, the world’s most populace Muslim-majority nation, which calls itself secular, after the hardline fundamentalists Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) threatened violence and “chaos” if she entered the country, calling Gaga a “devil’s messenger.”

WTO Rules in Favor of Indonesian Tobacco Companies

By: Thursday April 5, 2012 12:40 pm

The United States has recently been trying to reduce youth smoking by banning the sale of most flavored cigarettes. This ban resulted in Indonesian tobacco companies that make clove cigarettes bringing a suit to the World Trade Organization and yesterday the WTO ruled against the United States appeal and in favor of the clove tobacco companies.

Lakeside Diner

By: Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches on current topics that may be of interest.

Late Night FDL: Punk Rock Rebels, Repressive Regimes Fight Back

By: Saturday March 17, 2012 8:00 pm

Rock and roll has been the music of rebellion and social change since the 1950s, and each successive wave of youths have discovered its power (chords) and embraced its do-it-yourself aesthetic. Punk rock and technology, from cassette tapes to MP3 and file sharing have made music the most easily understood and easy to identify mode of rebellious self-expression. The music, lyrics, and yes, fashion have been and are still threatening to the powers that be: Los Angeles Police chief Daryl Gates viewed punk rock, especially the band Black Flag, as a major threat, regularly sending in riot cops for their shows and says Black Flag drummer Greg Cameron:

Has Admiral Blair Double-Crossed a Second President?

By: Saturday May 2, 2009 6:00 pm

In January Amy Gooman’s guest Allan Nairn described to Democracy Now’s audience how in 1999 Admiral Dennis Blair, Obama’s Intel Czar pick, had repeatedly supported Indonesian generals commanding Indonesian death squads in Timor, rather than obey his Commander-In-Chief’s lawful orders to tell our client generals in the Indonesian military to shut down their death squads. Today the NY Times reports that last Thursday, as Obama released the torture memos and his Adminstration told us the torture failed to produce useful results, Admiral Blair told the intel community the exact opposite. Who does Dennis Blair serve – America’s elected leaders, or the torture and death squad operatives?

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