A revealing profile of Dick Cheney, one of the world’s most controversial and powerful political figures. Award-winning documentary filmmaker R.J. Cutler gives us a surprisingly personal look into the life of the former Vice President from his early days in Washington to his time in the White House with President George W. Bush.
It has been 10 years since the US-led invasion of Iraq, which marked a turning point in the West’s so-called war on terror. The pretext of the Iraq war was security and freedom, but the bombastic and openly pronounced objective was no less than remaking the greater Middle East region. For the US, Iraq became a quagmire and a humiliation – a strategic and moral failure that the country has spent the last four years trying to forget. As Africa now becomes the new front line in the ‘war on terror’, Empire asks: have the Europeans learned from America’s mistakes?
John Nagl: retired Lieutenant Colonel and co-author of US army and Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual
Jean Marie Guehenno: director of the Center of International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University and and former United Nations under secretary general for Peacekeeping Operations
Barbara Bodine: professor and former US Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen
Christopher Hedges: Former New York Times Middle East bureau chief and author of “Empire of Illusion”
“Never treat others as you would not like to be treated yourself.”
Karen Armstrong describes this as the golden rule of spirituality that should be guiding us through life. Religious organizations should be driving the implementation of this rule, but instead are often seen as part of the problem.
Armstrong has been instrumental in crafting and implementing a Charter for Compassion to bring compassion onto the agenda, including a network of compassionate cities. Unless we learn to implement the golden rule and become activists in compassion to counter the activists in hatred, Armstrong says, we are not going to have a viable world for the next generation.
Michael Porter sees huge opportunities for corporations to use capitalism as a driver to tackle social problems via the creation of shared value. Adopting environmentally sustainable policies has been shown to be good for busi- nesses, e.g. through the lower production costs associated with reduced raw material and energy usage.
Porter believes the same efficiencies and benefits can be achieved by corpo- rations looking at their products, supply chain and stakeholder eco-systems through the prism of social issues, and thereby harnessing the effectiveness of capitalism to create a win-win situation.
The US government is inconsistent in its policies and the job of a journalist is to point out that inconsistency, AP journalist Matthew Lee told RT. A crackdown on whistleblowers is also a worrying trend and it sends a signal the government has much to hide, he believes. Lee agrees journalistic influence has weakened recently, as many reporters are dependent on governmental sources for access to information. That’s why they may not be as hard-hitting as they should. RT’s Gayane Chichyakyan sat down with him in Washington – READ FULL SCRIPT http://on.rt.com/hngk9m
Welcome to Transition Studies. To prosper for very much longer on the changing Earth humankind will need to move beyond its current fossil-fueled civilization toward one that is sustained on recycled materials and renewable energy. This is not a trivial shift. It will require a major transition in all aspects of our lives.
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