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Supporting La'Onf
October 29, 2008

Free the Cuban 5
Sept 13, 2008

Cheney in Chains
Sept 8, 2008

No Bush, No War
June 11, 2008

May Day ILWU Solidarity Action
May 1, 2008

War Tax Day
April 15, 2008

World Social Forum Global Day of Action
Jan 26, 2008

Shut Down Guantánamo Now!
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No U.S. Military Base in Vicenza
Dec 15, 2007

Meeting Iranian Artists
Dec 05, 2007

End the War in Iraq, No War on Iran
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Sept 12, 2007

Impeach Them Both +
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July 23, 2007

I-M-P-E-A-C-H !
April 28, 2007

4th Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq
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No Dal Molin, Vicenza, Italy
Feb 17, 2007

Congress: Act Now to End the War
Jan 27, 2007

No Military Bases, Vicenza, Italy
Dec 2, 2006

No War, No Cluster Bombs
Sept 23, 2006

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Military Spending
Bean Poll

July 18, 2006

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in the Middle East

July 17, 2006

Refusing to Kill
July 06, 2006

Shailja Patel:
Poetry in Times
of War

July 05, 2006

Troops Home Fast
July 04, 2006

Italian Vote on
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Peace Parade
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Michael Uhl of
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April 29, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
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Hidden in Plain Sight

April 26, 2006

War Tax Day
April 15, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
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Hotel Palestine: Killing the Witness

April 12, 2006

National Anti-war Protest in Rome
March 18, 2006

Soldiers Against War
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Eyes Wide Open
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Aristide and the Endless Revolution

March 15, 2006

Women (and men!) Say No To War
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An Eyewitness Account of Post Katrina New Orleans
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Eyes Wide Open
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Life and Debt

February 09, 2006

Vote to Renew Italian Mission in Iraq
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NBC Today
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January 26, 2006

Cindy Sheehan
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Crimes & Lies:
with Dave Lindorff
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Eyes Wide Open
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Peace Propaganda and
the Promised Land

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Eyes Wide Open
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The Oil Factor

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Eyes Wide Open
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Plan Colombia

December 01, 2005

Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre
November 30, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
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November 17, 2005

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November 14, 2005

Control Arms Petition
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Eyes Wide Open
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Invisible Ballots

November 10, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
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The Corporation

October 27, 2005

Movie Night:
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October 25, 2005

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October 13, 2005

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Sept 24, 2005

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June 22, 2005

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Articolo 11
at Palazzo Chigi

June 21, 2005

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June 18, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
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June 16, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
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June 09, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
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May 19, 2005

Vigil at Palazzo Chigi with Articolo 11
May 05, 2005

Vigil at Palazzo Chigi with Articolo 11
April 28, 2005

Vigil at Palazzo Chigi with Articolo 11
April 21, 2005

International Day of Protest
March 19, 2005


Eyes Wide Open Film Series, Part III
Peace Propaganda and the Promised Land: U.S. Media & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

January 12, 2006

The third season of the Eyes Wide Open film series got underway on January 12, 2006 with the documentary Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land: U.S. Media & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by Bathsheba Ratzkoff & Sut Jhally screened to a full house. The film examines the spin of coverage of the conflict in the U.S. media, comparing it with the Israeli and British press. (See the handout distributed at the screening)

The films starts by presenting the Israeli occupation, showing what Palestinians go through on a daily basis, with violence, checkpoints and curfews. It then goes on to compare the media coverage, showing clips from U.S. news outlets contrasted by British and Israeli coverage of the same stories.

The importance of influencing public opinion in the U.S. is demonstrated in the film by illustrating the pressure exerted on U.S. journalists by pro-Israeli PR campaigns, watchdog groups and lobbyists as well as the sophisticated press offices churning out ready-made stories.

The film lists several PR strategies and shows how these are carried out in the U.S. media. For example, there are strategies to render invisible the occupation and colonization by simply never referring to them as such. Israeli colonies first became "settlements" and are now simply "Jewish neighborhoods." The reversal of the cause and effect is also discussed, with the U.S. media describing the Israeli occupation as a response to suicide bombings and terrorism. And the renaming of the occupation as part of the "global war on terror" is also underlined.

The voice of the Israeli peace movement, which views the occupation as the primary cause of the conflict, is silenced in the U.S. media, which reminded us all of the anti-war movement with regards to Iraq.

During the discussion that followed, the film, while receiving an overall positive reaction, was criticized. Several noted that is was one sided and that it would have been much more powerful had the other side been given at least some space. Others found it lacking in information on the history of the conflict, though we all understand that alone would make for another film, and then some.

We talked about the amount of aid the U.S. gives to Israel, noting the recent request for $2 billion to pay for the withdrawal from Gaza, which was suspended after Katrina, but has now resurfaced with a lesser amount, $1.2 billion.

As there were a number of people from several countries present, those of us from the U.S. tried to impress upon them how taboo this issue is, how difficult it is to talk about it. One person attributed it to how very personal it is for many, while another countered saying that even if you know no one of Jewish faith/culture is anywhere near, you still feel a slight twinge of guilt at even implying that Israel is in the wrong.

We discussed corporate control of the media, as we do at almost all our films, being a fundamental issue. One person criticized the film as not giving any solutions to this control. It was pointed out that the DVD included a PDF file with an enormous number of links to web sites, with everything from alternative media to advocacy groups, both U.S and Israeli based, as well as international. [Download, 300Kb]

When you consider that most U.S. coverage of international issues is, in fact, centered on the Middle East, you realize how important it is to have balanced, accurate information on the conflict in order to understand the role of U.S. foreign policy in the world. This film, though certainly one sided, exposes the spin and helps consumers of U.S. press view the coverage with a more critical eye.

Stephanie Westbrook

Special thanks to Linux Club for their hospitality.


Ongoing/Future Events

Our Eyes Wide Open Film Series is suspended; for further information click here.

Upshot of our Nov. 9th group discussion on current politics:

It wasn't the Russians that got us Trump. Or Comey. Or even the massive GOP election fraud. It was the DNC.*
*Dem National Committee

To learn how to stop the DNC from delivering us another Trump, read Autopsy: the Democratic Party in Crisis.

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Iraq Deaths Estimator
Did someone tell you that U.S. military intervention in Iraq was over? Not true: we're at it again. This time the pretext to drop bombs is "curbing ISIS" (which was created by the U.S. in the first place, to overturn al-Malaki in Iraq and then Assad in Syria, and is now out of hand. Like what happened to "our" creature al Qaeda in Afghanistan). And the death toll continues to rise...
Write your senators and tell them: "Enough! U.S. out!! Iraq has shown it can curb ISIS by itself!"

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