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In the new book “Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power,” Steve Coll http://newamerica.net/user/3 investigates the notoriously secretive ExxonMobil Corporation. In many of the countries where it conducts business, ExxonMobil’s sway over politics and security is greater than that of the U.S. embassy. In Washington, ExxonMobil spends more money lobbying Congress and the White House than any other corporation. Yet despite its outsized influence, it is a black box.
Coll is the president of the New America Foundation, http://newamerica.net/ a nonpartisan public policy institute headquartered in Washington, and a staff writer for The New Yorker. He worked for 20 years at The Washington Post, where he received a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism in 1990. He is the author of six other books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Ghost Wars.”
Coll discussed the book in two recent interviews on Democracy Now! http://www.democracynow.org/2012/5/4/private_empire_author_steve_coll_on http://www.democracynow.org/2012/5/7/exxonmobils_dirty_secrets_from_indonesia_to
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program: Evening News program date: Tue, 09/13/2011 Short Description: Tacoma Teachers Begin Picketing Hundreds of teachers in Washington State’s third largest school district picketed in front of the city’s major high schools today, hours after they voted to walk out of classrooms in Tacoma. Teachers picketed at the city’s five major high schools all day today. Issues in dispute include pay, class size and the way the district’s teachers are transferred and reassigned. The Tacoma School District plans to seek an immediate injunction to terminate the strike today, contending that the strike is illegal. KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with Rich Wood of the Tacoma Teacher’s Union about the strike. 3:59 minutes (3.64 MB)
Al Jazeera - Empire looks at the dramatic changes taking place in the Arab world and their strategic implications. The fear factor has been broken, the genie is out of the bottle. Arabs have taken to the streets demanding freedom. As the winds of change blew across the Arab world, the US, the power that has long dominated the region, has been particularly absent. With all its allies crumbling one after another, what will the US do to maintain its influence in the region? And what can be expected of Israel, the country's closest ally in the region? Will the spread of democracy lead to a peaceful end to decades of autocratic rule in the Middle East or will the fear of Islamist extremism galvanize Washington's resolve to reinforce Pax Americana? Our guests today are: Rashid Khalidi, a professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University; Seymour Hersh, a Pulitzer-winning author; and Thomas Pickering, the former US under secretary of state. Our interviewees are: Clovis Maksoud, the director of the Center for the Global South; and Rob Malley, the Middle East director of International Crisis Group. This episode of Empire originally aired on February 7, 2011. more info: http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/empire/2011/02/20112875931593543...
Greenwich Village, October 5 ,2007--Members of ECO, Emergency Coalition to Save Washington Square, Disabled in Action [DIA] and senior citizens from Caring Community joined with other park users to protest the planned redesign of the Square by NYC's Parks Dept and NYU. Pending litigation has blocked the bulldozers and the buzz saws for the past two years. Featuring Eilzabeth Adam, Veronica Ivins, Margie Rubin, Carrie Maas; doo wop by the Groundstones; Elizabeth Adam and Sharon Woolums adapted the Woodie Guthrie classic. Filmed by Liza Bear for the film "Squaring Off". All rights reserved. For more background info on the lawsuits and updates go to preservewashingtonsquarepark.com; contact firstname.lastname@example.org concerning the film.