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Civil War in Lebanon?

Another stage in the upcoming strike on Iran (and/or Syria); a mirror image of the puppet Iraqi government's attack on Sadr City. Anyway, here are some views you might not come across in American elite media, the former US Ambassador Edward Djerejian aside.

More here: A Wild Day in Beirut -- Street Notes from the Hamra District. And the incomparable Robert Fisk, who's apparently ditched ideas of retirement: Hizbollah rules west Beirut in Iran's proxy war with US.

Now, compare those with this typical piece of drivel from the New York Times.

Chimes At Midnight, Orson Welles, 1965

Blurb:Chimes at Midnight (aka Falstaff) is a 1965 film directed by Orson Welles based on the character of Sir John Falstaff in Shakespeare.

The script contains text from five Shakespeare plays, primarily Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2, but also Richard II, Henry V, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. The film's narration, spoken by Ralph Richardson, is taken from the chronicler Holinshed.

The film was nominated (in 1968) for a BAFTA film award for Welles as Best Foreign Actor. At the Cannes Film Festival Welles was nominated (in 1966) for the Golden Palm Award and won the 20th Anniversary Prize and the Technical Grand Prize. In Spain it won (in 1966) the Citizens Writers Circle Award for Best Film.

Welles held this film in high regard and considered it along with The Trial his best work, he said in 1982 "If I wanted to get into heaven on the basis of one movie, that's the one I'd offer up". Many critics, including Peter Bogdanovich and Jonathan Rosenbaum, also co…

Monsanto’s Harvest of Fear, Vanity Fair, May 2008

Follows up on this story. Blurb:
Monsanto already dominates America’s food chain with its genetically modified seeds. Now it has targeted milk production. Just as frightening as the corporation’s tactics -- ruthless legal battles against small farmers -- is its decades-long history of toxic contamination.More here from the authors of the story....

The Mercury Theatre on the Air

Click the title of the post for a ton of good radio...including Welles' radio version of Dracula and The Magnificent Ambersons. The finest radio drama of the 1930’s was The Mercury Theatre on the Air, a show featuring the acclaimed New York drama company founded by Orson Welles and John Houseman. In its brief run, it featured an impressive array of talents, including Agnes Moorehead, Bernard Herrmann, and George Coulouris. The show is famous for its notorious War of the Worlds broadcast, but the other shows in the series are relatively unknown. This site has many of the surviving shows, and will eventually have all of them. The show first broadcast on CBS and CBC in July 1938. It ran without a sponsor until December of that year, when it was picked up by Campbell’s Soup and renamed The Campbell Playhouse. All of the surviving Mercury Theatre shows are available from this page in RealAudio format (some are also in MP3 format). There are …

A Whole Bunch of Welles Interviews (Audio)

Noam Chomsky, An American Addiction: Drugs, Guerillas, and Counterinsurgency in US Intervention in Colombia, 2001