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In his second inaugural address, President Bush pledged to "bring democracy to the world". In a speech lasting 23 minutes, he mentioned the words "democracy" and "liberty" 21 times. Most of the world, it is fair to say, will have recoiled, many in fear... Bush's speech was significant because it finally emptied noble concepts like "democracy" of their true meaning - government, of, by and for the people. Never before have people in the west shown such disenchantment with the democracy they vote for and the version they get. Never before has most of humanity registered such alarm at the ambitions of a great power. The War on Democracy demonstrates the brutal reality of the America's notion of "spreading democracy"; that, in fact, America is actually conducting a war on democracy, and that true popular democracy is now more likely to be found among the poorest of Latin America whose grassroots movements are often ignored in the west. John Pilger conducts an exclusive interview with President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. Pilger also goes to the United States and in some remarkable interviews, speaks exclusively to US government officials who ran the CIA's war in Latin America in the 1980s. This reveals more about US policy than all the statements and postures of recent times; it also reveals how what's happened in Latin America is a metaphor for how the rest of the world is being "ordered".
Scene Selection, Subtitles: Spanish.
DVD-ROM Features: John Pilger's Bio and 23 pages of Production Notes; Essay on Hugo Chavez by John Pilger.
|Studio Name:||Music Video Distributors|
|DVD Release Date:||03/22/2011|
|Run Time (in minutes):||94 minutes|
|Audio Tracks:||AC, Digital Sound|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.23|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||0.5 x 5.5 x 7.44|
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