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XXI Century Series
pax americana
(part VII)

Spreading human rights and democracy...or empire?


A printer-friendly version of this page 55 minutes
Directed by Gabriele Zamparini
Produced by Gabriele Zamparini, Lorenzo Meccoli



In the last part of "XXI CENTURY" we examine the problem from a broader perspective. Is the US really motivated by concerns for human rights, and spreading democracy? If so, how do we explain our double standard in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

Roger Normand of the Center for Economic and Social Rights points out the disturbing similarity between the Sharon and Bush administrations in their linking of religious fundamentalism to state power. In fact many of the strongest advocates for the invasion of Iraq have a long history of close ties with Israel. From the early 90s on, they argued that Saddam should be removed from power.

These neoconservatives are the authors of the doctrine of "full spectrum dominance" and are behind the Project for the New American Century.

In our pursuit of greater and greater control, who is next in line to feel our military might? History tells us that we don't care about dictatorships or democracies. As Noam Chomsky says we're the kind of empire that wants to "determine the course of world affairs, punish those who don't go along, and tolerate those who do go along."

Helping us to give us a worldwide perspective on human rights are Curt Goering of Amnesty International, and Reed Brody and Hanny Megally of Human Rights Watch. Explaining the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and broader US policy goals are NYU's Timothy Mitchell, Israeli filmmaker Udi Aloni, historians Victoria de Grazia and Arno Mayer, along with Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky.

Other titles in the series are:

the dawn (part I) A look at what really happened in the presidential elections of 2000.

...and the pursuit of happiness (part II) The aftermath of 9/11: the war on terror, the Patriot Act, the looming Iraq war and massive peace demonstrations.

...and nothing but the truth (part III) Looks at the failure of the mainstream media to ask important questions and cover opposing points of view.

war, peace and patriotism (part IV) Patriotism, the 'chicken-hawks' and weapons of mass destruction.

civilization (part V) Iraq's history -- from the 'cradle of civilization' to the first Gulf War and UN sanctions.

blood and oil (part VI) The stated reasons, and the real reasons, for the Iraq war.



Grade Level: 10-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 2005     Copyright Date: 2003
VHS ISBN: 1-59458-263-7




Reviews
"An exceptionally well done panorama of significant political events surrounding September 11th, 2001 and the American Empire."
Willliam Blum

"Highly revealing! A documentary which celebrates the peace movement while fueling your rage to danger levels."
Red Pepper


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pax americana


"Powerful testimonies! This certainly deserves to be seen by a broad audience." Howard Zinn


DVD Features
Note: In this DVD version you must buy the entire series. Parts 1-4 are on Disc 1 and Parts 5-7 are on Disc 2.

Links
www.thecatsdream.com The Producers' Website
www.paradigmpublishers.com Paradigm Publishers website, publishers of "American Voices of Dissent", the book from the film series.


Awards and Festivals
Audience Award For Best TV Series at Documenta Madrid (Spain)
Jury Special Mention, Outstanding Film in the Long Documentary Film Competition at Ismailia International Festival for Documentaries and Short Films (Egypt)
International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam

Subjects
American Democracy
American Studies
Anthropology
Citizenship
Civil Liberties
Conflict Resolution
Ethics
Foreign Policy
US

History
Human Rights
Humanities
International Studies
Iraq
Media Studies
Middle East Studies
Social Justice
Sociology
War and Peace


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Palestine Is Still The Issue
John Pilger returns to the Middle East and questions why there has been no progress towards peace.

Paying the Price
John Pilger exposes the devastating effect that UN sanctions had on the children of Iraq during the 1990s.

Stealing a Nation
Award-winning reporter John Pilger exposes how the British Government expelled the population of a group of islands, including Diego Garcia, so the US could build a military base.


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