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Bertrand Russell Lectures and Interviews

MiscellaneousReith Lecture: Authority And The Individual
Length: 56:36 Size: 38.9 MBOn the Nuclear Arms Race (1959)
Length: 11:57 Size: 8.2 MBThe History of the World in Epitome
Length: 0:23 Size: 461 KBMy Own Philosophy (1950)
Length: 11:45 Size: 13 MBRussell on the Life of Albert Einstein
Length: 12:06 Size: 11.1 MBOn the Renaissance (excerpt)
Length: 0:28 Size: 450 KBSpeech At The European Congress On Nuclear Disarmament
Length: 7:55 Size: 5.4 MBWhat Desires Are Politically Important? (excerpt)
Length: 2:21 Size: 1.6 MB Woodrow Wyatt Interview (1959) Woodrow Wyatt Interview Part #1
Length: 12:24 Size: 2.8 MBWoodrow Wyatt Interview Part #2
Length: 13:00 Size: 3.0 MBWoodrow Wyatt Interview Part #3
Length: 15:25 Size: 3.5 MBWoodrow Wyatt Interview Part #4
Length: 12:42 Size: 2.9 MB Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech (1950) Nobel Prize Lecture
Length: 2:21 Size: 1.1 MB On Desire (excerpt)
Length: 0:52 Size: 1.1 MBOn Political Theory (excerpt)
Length: 0:48 Size: 1.0 MBLiving in an Atomic Age (1953) Pre…

Our debt to Jimmy Carter | Haaretz Editorial

The Israeli New York Times' lead editorial yesterday; my emphasis below:

The government of Israel is boycotting Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, during his visit here this week. Ehud Olmert, who has not managed to achieve any peace agreement during his public life, and who even tried to undermine negotiations in the past, "could not find the time" to meet the American president who is a signatory to the peace agreement with Egypt. President Shimon Peres agreed to meet Carter, but made sure that he let it be known that he reprimanded his guest for wishing to meet with Khaled Meshal, as if the achievements of the Carter Center fall short of those of the Peres Center for Peace. Carter, who himself said he set out to achieve peace between Israel and Egypt from the day he assumed office, worked incessantly toward that goal and two years after becoming president succeeded - was declared persona non grata by Israel.

The boycott will not be remembered as…

Administration Set to Use New Spy Program in U.S.

More from WaPo:

Congressional Critics Want More Assurances of Legality
By Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, April 12, 2008; A03
The Bush administration said yesterday that it plans to start using the nation's most advanced spy technology for domestic purposes soon, rebuffing challenges by House Democrats over the idea's legal authority.Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said his department will activate his department's new domestic satellite surveillance office in stages, starting as soon as possible with traditional scientific and homeland security activities -- such as tracking hurricane damage, monitoring climate change and creating terrain maps.Sophisticated overhead sensor data will be used for law enforcement once privacy and civil rights concerns are resolved, he said. The department has previously said the program will not intercept communications."There is no basis to suggest that this process is in any way insufficient to protect th…

US left-wing bloggers to visit Sderot | Ynet (Israeli)

Ah, hasbara. So glad I moved on from MoveOn:
Prominent writers, members of progressive American organizations known for their heavy criticism of Israel will tour the country, meet with top officials. 'We want to provide them with an eye-opening experience that will help them better understand the complexity of the Arab-Israeli conflict,' says trip organizer Ira Forman

Noam Chomsky On Serbia, Kosovo, Yugoslavia and the NATO War

From April, 2006 (on internal evidence).

For any of you pining for the "vastly different" foreign policy of the Clinton years....

Here's a useful exchange, too. Typical "liberal" criticism [sic] of Chomsky. Ah, the truth hurts.
"My Very,Very Allergic Reaction to Noam Chomsky: Khmer Rouge, Faurisson, Milosevic," Brad DeLongAnd Edward Herman's response: "Degraded and Dishonest: Refuting Brad Delong's Smear Job on Chomsky"

Berkeley Dean responds to call for Yoo dismissal

From the American Friends Service Committee; I'd have titled it, "With Love, From My (Lai) to Yoo" or "It Had To Be Yoo?"
Dear Doug,Just a few days ago, we sent you an alert, urging you to contact the University of California Berkeley Law School about Professor John Yoo. Because of his direct involvement in the Bush administration's sanctioning of torture by U.S. interrogators, we asked you to join us in calling for his dismissal. Nearly 7,000 individuals on our E-mail list responded to our call. And it appears as if the outcry had an impact.Pasted below is a response on the subject from Dean Christopher Edley, Jr., the man to whom E-mails from our site were directed. Although he is refusing at this point to dismiss Professor Yoo, he did provide a long and thoughtful statement. Since you have heard our side of the argument, we wanted to share his response with you, as well.We also wanted to take this opportunity to underscore that the American Freedom C…

Bush Admits Knowledge of White House Meetings on Interrogation Techniques

No kidding. But, no, please don't impeach. That'd be a waste of time.
Dear ACLU Supporter,On Friday night, in a national television interview, President Bush directly admitted what we have suspected all along: The White House was deeply and intimately involved in decisions about the CIA’s use of torture.For the first time, George W. Bush acknowledged that he knew his top national security advisers discussed and approved specific details of the CIA’s use of torture. “I’m aware that our national security team met on this issue and I approved,” he said. He also defended the use of waterboarding -- simulated drowning where the victim feels like they are about to die.Congress should long ago have gotten to the bottom of which top officials approved, condoned and authorized U.S. involvement in torture. But, now that the President has admitted to a policy of top-down torture, the ACLU is calling on Congress to demand an indep…

The Fountain of Youth, Orson Welles, 1956

Written, directed and narrated by Orson Welles, this rarely seen half hour pilot for an anthology series was made in 1956 for Desilu Studios but never sold. Broadcast two years later in the summer of 1958 during NBC's "Colgate Theater" it would win a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting. Welles used imaginative techniques combining still images with live action and rear projection to instantly move from scene to scene. "The Fountain of Youth" stars Dan Tobin, Joi Lansing, Rick Jason, Nancy Kulp, Billy House, Marjorie Bennet and Orson Welles.