‘It’s ok to not fit in’ – Oliver Stone

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Oliver Stone, Hollywood director, producer, writer and documentary-maker used his opportunity while accepting a Writers Guild of America Award to take aim at the system which has produced institutional nation-building to further American interests, and encouraged young writers to be bold, brave and stand-out against the crowd.

Too much news

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It used to be that news was more or less the reporting of interactions that were geopolitical in scale. These days, news stories break at the speed of a president’s pudgy little bigot-fingers.  Newspapers are complicit in acquiescing to the chaos of Trump’s presidency by keeping us at tweet’s length from a deeper understanding of this new, terrifying White House. One could almost argue that it’s never been more important for newspapers to avoid reporting the news, and instead tell us what’s actually going on.

Documents reveal CIA tried to influence university journalism curriculums

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CIA documents reveal that intelligence agencies saw the press as “principal villains” and used its resources to infiltrate and fund journalism schools to produce content sympathetic to its interests.

Long wars

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Canadian analyst, Stephen Gowan’s new book, ‘Washington’s Long War on Syria’, reveals how the US colluded with The Muslim Brotherhood – the ideological precursor to Al Qaeda and ISIS – to destroy Ba’ath Arab Socialism in Syria, Iraq and Iran and install permanent free-trade zones that serve US interests across The Middle East.

Fake abundance

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The British economy is not ok. But you wouldn’t know it by looking around you. Luxury cars. Designer clothing. And banks chomping at the bit to lend people even more money. Ex-pat photographer and designer, Adrian Scoffham describes his return to the land of ‘fake abundance’.

Review: ‘Can we avoid another financial crisis?’

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At first glance Steve Keen’s new book ‘Can We Avoid Another Financial Crisis’ seems too small-sized at 147 pages. But like a well-made atom-bomb, it is compactly designed for maximum reverberation to blow up its intended target. Economist, Michael Hudson reviews Steve Keen’s ‘Can We Avoid Another Financial Crisis’.

My journey back to Venezuela

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Journalism professor, Dr Jairo Lugo-Ocando, returned to his Venezuelan homeland after many years to find chaos, violence, food shortages and a deeply divided public that can barely afford to support itself.

The Quiet Catastrophe: The Reinvention Of Book Publishing

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In spite of the mergers and lay-offs and the high-profile disputes with Amazon, the publishing industry is growing — just not in the way it used to. Author John Birmingham reflects on why he made the-switch to self-publishing.