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Title: Arundhati Roy (videos)
Description/subject: Talks, interviews, conversations etc.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Youtube
Format/size: Adobe Flash or html5
Date of entry/update: 11 February 2018

Title: Democracy Now!
Description/subject: "Daily independent news program, hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, airing on over 800 stations."...Topics in the News...
Author/creator: Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez
Language: English
Source/publisher: Democracy Now!
Format/size: html, Adobe Flash
Alternate URLs: http://www.democracynow.org/topics
Date of entry/update: 17 January 2016

Title: George Monbiot's website
Description/subject: "...Here are some of the things I try to fight: environmental destruction, undemocratic power, corruption, deception of the public, injustice, inequality and the misallocation of resources, waste, denial, the libertarianism which grants freedom to the powerful at the expense of the powerless, undisclosed interests, complacency..."
Author/creator: George Monbiot
Language: English
Source/publisher: George Monbiot
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 27 September 2017

Title: I will be a hummingbird (video)
Description/subject: Advancing the politics of small deeds.... "In this beautifully animated clip from Dirt! The Movie, Wangari Maathai tells an inspiring tale of doing the best you can under seemingly interminable odds. Join us at www.DirtTheMovie.org"
Author/creator: Wangari Maathai
Language: English
Source/publisher: www.DirtTheMovie.org
Format/size: Adobe Flash (2 minutes)
Date of entry/update: 22 January 2016

Title: Noam Chomsky - Google search (text and videos)
Description/subject: "About 11,100,000 results, February 2018, of a Google search for Noam Chomsky
Language: English
Source/publisher: Google
Format/size: html, Adobe Flash or html5
Date of entry/update: 20 October 2015

Title: Noam Chomsky - Wikipedia
Description/subject: "Avram Noam Chomsky (/ˈnoÊŠm ˈtʃɒmski/; born December 7, 1928) is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator, social justice activist, and anarcho-syndicalist advocate. Sometimes described as the "father of modern linguistics", Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy. He has spent most of his career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is currently Professor Emeritus, and has authored over 100 books. He has been described as a prominent cultural figure, and was voted the "world's top public intellectual" in a 2005 poll..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Wikipedia
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 20 October 2015

Title: Noam Chomsky on Youtube (video)
Description/subject: Wide-ranging collection of videos
Author/creator: Noam Chomsky
Language: English
Source/publisher: Youtube
Format/size: Adobe Flash
Date of entry/update: 29 February 2016

Title: Noam Chomsky on Z
Description/subject: "Noam Chomsky was born on December 7, 1928, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has written and lectured widely on linguistics, philosophy, intellectual history, contemporary issues, and particularly international affairs and U.S. foreign policy. Chomsky has been a writer for Z projects since their earliest inception, and a tireless supporter of our operations."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Z Communications
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 20 October 2015

Title: Noam Chomsky's philosophy
Description/subject: 347 videos, November 2016; 111,000, February 2018 - of Noam Chomsky - interviews, debates, lectures etc. on politics, education, philosophy, activism.... from 2 minutes to more than 2 hours -
Language: English
Source/publisher: Youtube
Format/size: Adobe Flash
Date of entry/update: 13 November 2016

Title: Tom Dispatch
Description/subject: "Tom Engelhardt launched Tomdispatch in November 2001 as an e-mail publication offering commentary and collected articles from the world press. In December 2002, it gained its name, became a project of The Nation Institute, and went online as "a regular antidote to the mainstream media." The site now features Tom Engelhardt's regular commentaries and the original work of authors ranging from Rebecca Solnit, Bill McKibben, and Mike Davis to Chalmers Johnson, Michael Klare, Adam Hochschild, Robert Lipsyte, and Elizabeth de la Vega. Nick Turse, who also writes for the site, is associate editor and research director. Tomdispatch is intended to introduce readers to voices and perspectives from elsewhere (even when the elsewhere is here). Its mission is to connect some of the global dots regularly left unconnected by the mainstream media and to offer a clearer sense of how this imperial globe of ours actually works..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: tomdispatch.com
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 11 February 2018

Individual Documents

Title: All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception and the Spirit of I. F. Stone (video)
Date of publication: 09 September 2016
Description/subject: "...a Canadian documentary film directed by Fred Peabody. It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2016."..."Giant media conglomerates are increasingly reluctant to investigate or criticize government policies, particularly on defense, security and intelligence issues. They are ceding responsibility for holding governments and corporations accountable to the independent journalists and filmmakers who risk their careers, their freedom and their lives in war zones to expose the truth. With government deception rampant, independent voices are crucially important."
Author/creator: Fred Peabody (Director)
Language: English
Source/publisher: Whitepine Films via Yourube
Format/size: Adobe Flash or html5. 1 hour, 28 minutes
Date of entry/update: 07 February 2018

Title: Noam Chomsky: Knowledge and Power - An in-depth look at the work and views of the man described as 'one of the greatest minds in human history'. (video)
Date of publication: 15 October 2015
Description/subject: "Noam Chomsky is one of the world's most-celebrated intellectuals, known for his writing on language and his views on US foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East. Now in his late eighties, the linguistics philosopher and Emeritus Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology near Boston is still working, writing, and speaking publicly. He's a quite extraordinary human being in every respect - both intellectually and personally - and we're not in the same category. Norman Finkelstein He first emerged through his pioneering work in linguistics in the 1950s but later became a political activist and a critic of US foreign policy in Vietnam, its neo-liberal capitalism, and mainstream media. He has been almost as prolific a writer as he has been controversial..." Keywords: Arts & Culture, Israel, Palestine, Literature, Politics
Author/creator: Noam Chomsky
Language: English
Source/publisher: Al Jazeera
Format/size: Adobe Flash (47 minutes)
Date of entry/update: 20 October 2015

Title: Amy and David Goodman talk at Google (video)
Date of publication: 15 April 2008
Description/subject: "The award-winning sister-brother team of Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, and investigative journalist David Goodman traveled the country to detail the ways in which grassroots activists have taken politics out of the hands of politicians. "Standing up to the Madness" tells the stories of everyday citizens who have challenged the government and prevailed. Amy Goodman is an internationally acclaimed journalist and host of the daily grassroots global news hour Democracy Now!, which airs on more than 600 radio and TV stations around the world and on Democracynow.org. David Goodman is an award-winning independent journalist, the author of seven books, and a contributing writer to Mother Jones. Go to http://www.democracynow.org/ for more on the daily TV/radio news program Democracy Now!. This event took place on April 15, 2008, as a part of the Authors@Google series..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Youtube
Format/size: Adobe Flash or html5 - 1 hour, 9 minutes
Date of entry/update: 26 January 2018

Title: The Myth of the "Clash of Civilizations"
Date of publication: 1998
Description/subject: "This is a wonderful lecture by Edward Said on Samuel Huntington’s idea about “Clash of civilizations”. In this lecture Edward Said analyses in detail the arguments of Samuel Huntington in his paper on Clash of civilizations (with a question mark) that ultimately became his book (this time without a question mark!). Edward Said incisively analyzes Huntington’s notion that differences in culture between the ‘West’ and ‘Islam’ will lead to conflicts between the two civilizations. Arguing against monolithic understanding of cultures, Said makes a powerful case for multiculturalism. Edward Said is one of the most powerful speakers I have listened to off-late, and this dense lecture is worth every minute of it. The talk is approximately 40 minutes and is followed by questions."
Author/creator: Edward Said
Language: English
Source/publisher: Youtube
Format/size: Adobe Flash or html5
Alternate URLs: https://archive.org/stream/edward_201604/edward_djvu.txt (transcript)
Date of entry/update: 20 February 2018

Title: "Society Against the State" (extract)
Date of publication: 1987
Description/subject: "In this seminal, founding work of political anthropology, Pierre Clastres takes on some of the most abiding and essential questions of human civilization: What is power? What is society? How, among all the possible modes of political organization, did we come to choose the monolithic State model and its accompanying regimes of coercion? As Clastres shows, other and different regimes do indeed exist, and they existed long before ours — regimes in which power, though it manifests itself everywhere, is nonetheless noncoercive. In such societies, political culture, and cultural practices generally, are not only not submissive to the State model, but they actively avert it, rendering impossible the very conditions in which coercive power and the State could arise. How then could our own “societies of the State” ever have arisen from these rich and complex stateless societies, and why? Clastres brilliantly and imaginatively addresses these questions, meditating on the peculiar shape and dynamics of so-called “primitive societies,” and especially on the discourses with which “civilized” (i.e., political, economic, literate) peoples have not ceased to reduce and contain them. He refutes outright the idea that the State is the ultimate and logical density of all societies. On the contrary, Clastres develops a whole alternate and always affirmative political technology based on values such as leisure, prestige, and generosity. Through individual essays he explores and deftly situates the anarchistic political and social roles of storytelling, homosexuality, jokes, ruinous gift-giving, and the torturous ritual marking of the body, placing them within an economy of power and desire very different from our own, one whose most fundamental goal is to celebrate life while rendering the rise of despotic power impossible. Though power itself is shown to be inseparable from the richest and most complex forms of social life, the State is seen as a specific but grotesque aberration peculiar only to certain societies, not least of which is our own."
Author/creator: Pierre Clastres
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Society Against the State"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 31 January 2016

Date of publication: 1865
Description/subject: with fourty-two illustrations by John Tenniel...Contents: Poem. All in the golden afternoon... I Down the Rabbit-Hole... II The Pool of Tears... III A Caucus-Race and a Long Tale... IV The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill... V Advice from a Caterpillar... VI Pig and Pepper VII A Mad Tea-Party... VIII The Queen’s Croquet-Ground... IX The Mock Turtle’s Story... X The Lobster Quadrille... XI Who Stole the Tarts?... XII Alice’s Evidence.
Author/creator: Lewis Carroll
Language: English
Source/publisher: Lewis Carroll via pdfreebooks.org
Format/size: pdf (2.2MB)
Alternate URLs: http://pdfreebooks.org/alice-in-wonderland-book.htm
Date of entry/update: 13 November 2015

Title: The Prince
Date of publication: 1513
Description/subject: Introductory Note: NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI, one of the most brilliant and versatile intellects of the Italian Renaissance, was born at Florence, May 3, 1469. He entered the public service as a y oung man, and between 1500 and 1512 he was employed in a number of diplomatic missions to the other Italian cities, to France, and to Germany. When the Medici returned to pow er in Florence in 1512, Machiavelli lost his positions, and suffered imprisonment and torture. On his release in the following year, he retired to the country and devoted himself to study and the composition of his most famous work, “The Prince.” Other writings followed; and in the last year of his life we find him again in active life, this time as a soldier . He died June 21, 1527. 1 A more detailed account of Machiavelli, by Lord Macaulay, will be found in the vol ume of “English Essays” in the Harvard Classics. 2 Machiavelli’s aim in “The Prince” has been very variously interpreted. His motive was probably mainly patriotic; but the exclusion of moral considerations in his treatmen t of politics led, even in his own century, to his name’s becoming a synonym for all that is diabolical in public and private policy. Whatever may be the relation of the methods expounded in “The Prince” to his personal ideals, the book remains a most vivid and suggestive picture of political conditions in the Italy of the Renaissance. 3 Machiavelli’s “Discourses on Livy’s Decades” deals on a larger scale with many of the topics of “The Prince”; his “Art of War” elaborates his views on the military side; and his “History of Florence,” his “Life of Castruccio Castracani,” and his comedy, “Mandragola,” are characteristic products of an accomplished man of letters who one time was diplomat and soldier, at another historian, poet, and dramatist. Few men represe nt so thoroughly the extraordinary versatility of that wonderful age. 4 “Of all Machiavelli’s writings,” says Garnett, “‘The Prince’ is the most famous, a nd deservedly, for it is the most characteristic. Few subjects of literary discussion h ave occasioned more controversy than the purpose of this celebrated book. Some have behe ld in it a manual for tyrants, like the memoirs of Tiberius, so diligently perused by D omitian; others have regarded it as a refined irony upon tyranny, on the sarcastic plan of Swi ft’s Directions to Servants, if so humble an analogy be permissible. From various points of view it might alternately pass for either, but its purpose is accurately conveyed by neither interpretation. Machiavelli was a sincere though too supple a republican, and by no means desired the universal prevalence of tyranny throughout Italy.... His aim probably was to show how to build up a principality capable of expelling the foreigner and restoring the independence of Italy. But this intention could not be safely expressed, and hence h is work seems repulsive, because the reason of state which he propounds as an apology f or infringing the moral code appears not patriotic, but purely selfish.... With all his fa ults and oversights, nothing can deprive Machiavelli of the glory of having been the mode rn Aristotle in politics, the first, or at least the first considerable writer who derived a practical philosophy from history, and exalted statecraft into science.”
Author/creator: Niccolo Machiavelli (1469–1527).
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Harvard Classics. 1909–14.
Format/size: pdf (368K)
Date of entry/update: 08 February 2018

Title: The Art of War
Description/subject: "...The Art of War (Chinese: trad. 孫子兵法, simp. 孙子兵法, pinyin SÅ«nzǐ BÄ«ngfÇŽ, lit. "Master Sun's Rules for Army") was traditionally ascribed to Sun Tzu. It presents a philosophy of war for managing conflicts and winning battles. It is accepted as a masterpiece on strategy and is frequently cited and referred to by generals and theorists since it was first published, translated, and distributed internationally.[13] There are numerous theories concerning when the text was completed and concerning the identity of the author or authors, but archeological recoveries have proven that The Art of War had achieved roughly its current form by at least the early Han.[14] Because it is impossible to prove definitively when the Art of War was completed before this date, the differing theories concerning the work's author or authors and date of completion are unlikely to ever be completely resolved.[15] Some modern scholars believe that it contains not only the thoughts of its original author but also commentary and clarifications from later military theorists, such as Li Quan and Du Mu. Of the military texts written before the unification of China and Shi Huangdi's subsequent book burning in the second century BC, six major works have survived. During the much later Song dynasty, these six works were combined with a Tang text into a collection called the Seven Military Classics. As a central part of that compilation, The Art of War formed the foundations of orthodox military theory in early modern China. Illustrating this point, the book was required reading to pass the tests needed for imperial appointment to military positions.[16]..."
Author/creator: Sun Tsu
Language: English, Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: Internet (Akasha)
Format/size: pdf (99K-English; 1.7MB-Burmese)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/Sun_Tsu-the_art_of_war-bu.pdf
Date of entry/update: 28 March 2015