INDEPENDENT INTERVENTION features Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky, Dahr Jamail, Danny Schechter, Norman Solomon, David Barsamian, Kalle Lasn, James Zogby and Jim Hightower. It also includes the voices of Howard Zinn, Michael Moore, Bill Moyers, Arundhati Roy, Jeremy Scahill, US Senators and Iraqi people.
David Barsamian is founder and director of Alternative Radio, the independent award-winning weekly series based in Boulder, Colorado. He is a radio producer, journalist, author and lecturer. He was named one of The Institute for Alternative Journalism’s "Top Ten Media Heroes," and was awarded a Democracy Media award from the ACLU's Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism. His interviews and articles also appear regularly in The Progressive, The Nation, and Z Magazine. As a writer, Barsamian is best known for his series of interviews with Noam Chomsky, which have been published in book form and translated into many languages, selling hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide.
Noam Chomsky is Professor Emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Chomsky is credited with the creation of the theory of generative grammar, often considered the most significant contribution to the field of theoretical linguistics of the 20th century. He is a modern philosopher and a leading voice for peace and social justice. Chomsky is widely known for his critical thinking and political activism. The New York Times calls him “the most important intellectual of our times," while The New Statesman describes him as, "the conscience of the American people.” He is the author of scores of books, including Manufacturing Consent. His latest is the bestseller Hegemony or Survival. According to the Arts and Humanities Citation Index, between 1980 and 1992 Chomsky was cited as a source more often than any living scholar, and the eighth most cited source overall.
Robert Fisk is an internationally recognized journalist for the Independent of London. His in-depth reports on the Middle East have provided a much needed contrast to the official doctrine and have empowered activists all over the world. Described by the The New York Times as "probably the most famous foreign correspondent in Britain", he has over thirty years of experience in international reporting, dating from 1970s Belfast and the 1974 Carnation Revolution in Portugal, the 1975-1990 Lebanese Civil War, and encompassing the 1979 Iranian revolution, the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, 1991 Persian Gulf War, and 2003 Invasion of Iraq. He is the world's most-decorated foreign correspondent, having received numerous awards including the British Press Awards' International Journalist of the Year award seven times.
Amy Goodman is an independent award-winning journalist, host and executive producer of Democracy Now! A daily radio and television news program which is the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., airing on over 350 stations in North America. Democracy Now!'s “War and Peace Report” provides a voice for people and perspectives rarely heard in the U.S. corporate-sponsored media, including independent and international journalists, ordinary people from around the world who are directly affected by U.S. foreign policy, grassroots leaders and peace activists, artists, academics and independent analysts. Goodman is co-author of the national best-seller The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media that Love Them. The book was chosen by independent bookstores as the #1 political title of the 2004 election season. Amy Goodman traveled to East Timor to report on the US-backed Indonesian occupation of East Timor. Her radio documentary, "Massacre: The Story of East Timor" won numerous awards, including the Robert F. Kennedy Prize for International Reporting, the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award, the Armstrong Award, the Radio/Television News Directors Award, as well as awards from the Associated Press, United Press International, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Her report on Chevron's role in the killing of two Nigerian villagers in the Niger Delta won the George Polk Award, the Golden Reel for Best National Documentary from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, and a Project Censored award.
Chris Hedges is a war correspondent and the author of War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning and What Every Person Should Know about War. He has worked for various publications such as the Christian Science Monitor and the Dallas Morning News. He was part of the New York Times team that shared the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for global terrorism coverage. He published his most recent book, Losing Moses on the Freeway, in June 2005.
Jim Hightower is an independent journalist and author. He publishes The Hightower Lowdown, the fastest growing political publication in America. He was awarded The Alternative Press Award and The Independent Press Association Award for best national newsletter. He also writes for The Progressive Populist. Since 1993 he has produced "Hightower Radio," a daily two-minute commentary carried by over 130 affiliates. He is a popular speaker, touring the country for about 100 speeches a year to a variety of audiences with the goal of organizing grassroots political activism.
Weary of the overall failure of the US media to accurately report on the realities of the war in Iraq, Dahr Jamail went to Iraq to report on the war himself. Jamail was one of the few independent U.S. journalists in Iraq, and his dispatches as an unembedded journalist were quickly recognized as an important media resource. He is now writing for the Inter Press Service, The Asia Times and many other outlets. Jamail has been published in The Nation, The Sunday Herald, Islam Online, The Guardian and The Independent. On radio as well as television, Jamail reports for Democracy Now!, the BBC, and numerous other televisions stations around the globe. Through his website DahrJamailIraq.com Jamail posts his weblog and images from Iraq, and distributes his stories.
Kalle Lasn is the founder of Adbusters magazine and author of the book Culture Jam. A former filmmaker and documentarian for PBS and the Canadian Film Board, he is a well-known media activist. Lasn founded Adbusters Media Foundation, Culture Jammers, and Powershift Advertising Agency to fight for the right of access to the public airwaves.
A world renowned award-winning independent filmmaker, media activist, and author, Michael Moore is the director of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine. Hailed by the New York Times as a modern-day Mark Twain, he is widely known for his outspoken, critical social commentary. He also served as a commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and has been the executive editor of Mother Jones magazine. Moore established the Center for Alternative Media, a foundation devoted to supporting independent filmmakers and social action groups.
Founder of Public Affairs Television, an independent production company, Bill Moyers is best known for his PBS series NOW with Bill Moyers. Moyers recently retired from 30 years in the media, for which he received many awards for excellence, like the prestigious Gold Baton from the Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award, and over 30 Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Moyers received 9 George Peabody awards and 2 George Polk Awards, including recently the Career Achievement Award. He is now the Anchor of PBS’s Wide Angel, a weekly series of international documentaries. For twelve years Moyers was a Trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation and now serves as President of The Schumann Center for Media and Democracy.
An award-winning author and political activist, Arundhati Roy won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her novel The God of Small Things.
She has devoted herself to non-fiction and politics, as well as working for social causes. Roy was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize in 2004 for her work in social campaigns and advocacy of non-violence.
Jeremy Scahill is a correspondent and producer for Democracy Now! He spent most of 2002 reporting from throughout Iraq in the year leading up to the invasion, where he coordinated www.iraqjournal.org. In 1999, he covered the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia from the ground, reporting from throughout Serbia and Kosovo. In 1998, he travelled to Nigeria with Amy Goodman where they reported on Chevron's involvement in the killing of villagers in the oil-rich Niger Delta. Scahill has won numerous awards for his work, including the prestigious George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting. He is currently a Puffin Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute.
Danny Schechter is a television producer, independent filmmaker, and media critic who writes and lectures frequently about the media in the United States and worldwide. He directed the film Weapons of Mass Deception. He is the founder and executive director of MediaChannel, the worlds largest online independent media issues network, and Globalvision, an independent television and film production company. Schechter was a producer for ABC NEWS 20/20. He produced 50 segments for ABC and won two national Emmys and was nominated or two others. He worked with the start-up staff at CNN as a producer. He is a recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists' Award for Excellence in Documentary Journalism. In all, Schechter has reported from 49 countries. He has produced and directed many TV specials and films, including “A Hero for All: Nelson Mandela's Farewell” (l999); Beyond Life: Timothy Leary Lives (1997); “Prisoners of Hope” (1995, co-directed by Barbara Kopple); Countdown to Freedom: Ten Days that Changed South Africa (1994)
Norman Solomon is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, a national consortium of policy researchers and analysts. Solomon is a longtime associate of the media watch group Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR). He is a media critic and journalist who writes frequently about media and politics. His weekly column "Media Beat" has been in national syndication since 1992. A collection of Solomon’s columns won the George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language. Solomon is the author of scores of books including War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death, Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn’t Tell You, and The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media.
Howard Zinn is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Boston University. Author of more than fifteen books, he is honored by many as the most distinguished historian of our times. Zinn helped initiate a movement to reexamine what we call history, and has written many books, and is best known for A People's History of the United States. His most recent books include You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train and Terrorism and War. He flew bombing missions in Europe during World War II, an experience that shaped his opposition to war and his work as a peace activist. He has received the Thomas Merton Award, the Eugene V. Debs Award, the Lannan Literary Award and the Upton Sinclair Award, which honors social activism. Noam Chomsky has said that Zinn "changed the consciousness of a generation."
Zogby is the founder and president of Arab American Institute, which conducts policy research and engages in political advocacy for the Arab American community. Zogby has a long experience in US politics and policy-making, and is a prominent lecturer and scholar on Middle East issues. Zogby has a weekly column, “Washington Watch”, on American politics for major Arab newspapers, and is the author of many books including, What Ethnic Americans Really Think and What Arabs Think: Values, Beliefs and Concerns. Zogby was elected to the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Party in 2001. Zogby is a co-convener of the National Democratic Ethnic Coordinating Council, NDECC, and serves on the Human Rights Watch Middle East Advisory Committee, the national advisory boards of the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Immigration Forum and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Zogby is a founding member and leader of the Palestine Human Rights Campaign, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and Save Lebanon, Inc. Zogby is also a senior analyst with Zogby International, a polling firm founded and managed by his brother John Zogby.