The military–industrial complex, or military–industrial–congressional complex, comprises the policy and monetary relationships which exist between legislators, national armed forces, and the arms industry that supports them. These relationships include political contributions, political approval for military spending, lobbying to support bureaucracies, and oversight of the industry.
THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD is a screwball true story about two gonzo political activists who, posing as top executives of giant corporations, lie their way into big business conferences and pull off the world’s most outrageous pranks.
In Montreal this October for a series of speaking engagements, Glenn Greenwald sat down with Ricochet Editor Ethan Cox for a feature interview touching on the role of Canada in the state surveillance exposed by Snowden, the best and worst case scenarios for the future of the internet and the trouble with the term terrorism.
An experimental documentary by Adam Curtis that explores Saudi Arabia’s relationship with the U.S. and the role this has played in the war in Afghanistan.
The film follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Aaron’s story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.
BBC Documentary. Twenty-five years after the World Wide Web was created, the issue of surveillance has become the greatest controversy of its existence. With many concerned that governments and corporations can monitor people’s every move, this program meets hackers and scientists who are using technology to fight back, as well as the law enforcement officers who believe it’s leading to opportunities for risk-free crimes. With contributors including World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee and WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange.
A weekly review of world politics by one of the world’s sharpest and most outspoken political analysts. Tariq Ali is the author of numerous books, both fiction and non-fiction, as well as a filmmaker. In the program, The ISIS Factor, Ali interviews veteran journalist Patrick Cockburn, author of The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising”. The discussion between the two Middle East specialists centers on an analysis of the birth of the Islamic State forces, their links to the Sunni population in Iraq, and the consequences for region. teleSUR