ISBN 978-0-7453-3053-2. “A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization and how to save it” was written by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed and published by Pluto Press in 2010. Also see our review of the “film of the book” here. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed is the Executive Director of the London-based think tank the Institute for Policy Research and Development. His previous books include “The War on Truth” (2005) and “The London Bombings” (2006). His previous work (as this suggests) was more closely related to studying the links between Western Security forces and Islamic Terrorist groups. However Nafeez also appear in the film “Oil, Smoke and Mirrors” which covered Peak Oil and the politics of the War on Terror (tag line “there is no war on terror;only a war for oil”). Digging into the murky realities of international terrorism remains his strongest point and the rest of “crisis” is built around his latest research on this one topic.
“The Crisis of Civilization” is the documentary feature film (77 minutes – a film by Dean Puckett, animations by Lucca Benney, cinematography by Suresh Kara) version of Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed’s 2010 book “The User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization and how to save it” (Pluto Press ISBN 978-0-7453-3053-2). Nafeez himself is the central character as it is based around interview with him only. No others are featured. So, does it work? Actually it does the business quite well. Anyone who couldn’t be bothered to read his book would be well off sitting down to watch this. Ahmed’s central thesis has grown significantly his book “The War On Truth” came out in 2005. Continue reading →
“Distorted Morality” is a three Hour film of Noam Chomsky delivering a couple of talks on themes similar to those found on “Imperial Grand Strategy”. Indeed the second feature on the DVD is “Washington’s Imperial Grand Strategy” as delivered on April 15th 2003 at MIT. Much of the comments made for “Imperial Grand Strategy” apply to this release although the quality of the filming is somewhat better. The first feature is from a talk given at Harvard University on February the 6th in 2002. Chomsky kicks off with his familiar, and authoritative, interpretation of recent events that goes a little like this: there is no war on terror. Continue reading →
ISBN 1 58322 590 0. Published by Seven Stories Press in 2003. Only 148 pages and a quick read. Termed “Post-9/11 Talks and Interviews” this book was published in association with the theatrical release of “Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times”, a film by John Junkerman. John is a Tokyo-based film-maker inspired to make an independent Japanese movie about Chomsky and his perspective on terrorism and American power. I borrowed this book twice from the library – once before this web site was assembled and then once again in May 2007 in order to complete this review. This is a nice little book but not in quite the same vain as “Imperial Ambitions” as it is less personal. Continue reading →