As odd as it sounds, 'Michael Clayton' is an anti-action movie. It's a movie about the power of words, information and language. It's riveting. Tony Gilroy’s directorial debut (he’s been a screenwriter) is a direct and frontal assault on capitalism.
Flipping through channels on television, I came across an HBO film called “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee,” directed by Yves Simoneau. The film is based on Dee Brown’s book, published in 1971, about the systematic subjugation, displacement and slaughter of the Native American population during the latter half of the 19th century.
TORONTO — Film festivals are fast becoming one of the few places to see world cinema, including documentaries and progressive movies, as giant theater complexes rapidly sell out to Hollywood-escapist blockbusters. And the Toronto International Film Festival has become home for the Western Hemisphere’s largest and most impressive display of great world feature films.
The War Resisters League has put out a 2008 peace calendar titled “Salaam, Shalom, Solh: Nonviolence and Resistance in the Middle East and Beyond.” The slender volume, edited by Jim Haber, features heart-warming and heart-rending stories from movements bringing people together for peaceful change across dozens of political, religious and cultural divides.
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s visit to Cuba Oct. 13-15 was distinguished by poetic homage to revolutionary Latin American heroes and by practical agreements aimed at strengthening both the Venezuelan-Cuban alliance and regional economic independence.
NEW YORK — New York cabbies held a successful 24-hour strike here Oct. 22 in protest of the new global positioning system devices being mandated by the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC). The strike, which comes just six weeks after a previous 48-hour strike on the same issue, was called by the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, a member of the New York City Central Labor Council.
As the anger of Chrysler employees about their recently negotiated tentative contract put into question the entire deal, last week the company moved at the last minute to try to buy votes from 600 “enhanced temporary workers” at its Belvidere, Ill., assembly plant. The plant employs 3,800 workers and is one of the company’s largest.
Egypt’s independent, nongovernmental press is trying to cope with government regulations that stifle freedom of speech and deny the public access to balanced news coverage. Last month some newspapers decided to write about Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his son, Gamal. Most of what was written was old news to the average Egyptian — Mubarak’s health is a serious question, and he is grooming his younger son, Gamal, to succeed him.