In Memoriam: Alexander Litvinenko (Full Version)

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It started as a possible case of food poisoning but within weeks turned into a grim spectacle of enormous political proportions: Aleksander Litvinenko, former member of the Russian secret service, died in his place of residence London last November, after having been poisoned with a radioactive substance. The search for the possible perpetrators lead to a political difficult situation that reminded us of the dark days of the Cold War.

Three years ago Aleksander Litvinenko told his life story to documentary maker Jos De Putter. It is a wild tale full of conspiracies, assassination attempts and imputations. Litvinenko talks about his time with the secret service, about his experience in Chechnya, and in particular about the series of bomb attacks on Russian territory that led to the seizure of power by Vladimir Putin. According to Litvinenko those attacks were the work of the secret service.

After Litvinenko’s funeral in December 2006, Backlight spoke to Litvinenko’s widow. Marina Litvinenko is writing a book about her husband. The book will be published in May 2007 and the film rights have already been sold to Columbia Pictures. In this unique interview, she speaks about how they first met, how they fled to England and she speaks about Aleksander´s death agony. From www.vpro.nl

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Collapse – An Ex-CIA Agent Talks About Peak Oil and Collapse of Civilization

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Americans generally like to hear good news. They like to believe that a new president will right old wrongs, that clean energy will replace dirty oil and that fresh thinking will set the economy straight. American pundits tend to restrain their pessimism and hope for the best. But is anyone prepared for the worst?

Meet Michael Ruppert, a different kind of American. A former Los Angeles police officer turned independent reporter, he predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter, From the Wilderness, at a time when most Wall Street and Washington analysts were still in denial. Director Chris Smith has shown an affinity for outsiders in films like American Movie and The Yes Men. In Collapse, he departs stylistically from his past documentaries by interviewing Ruppert in a format that recalls the work of Errol Morris and Spalding Gray.

Sitting in a room that looks like a bunker, Ruppert recounts his career as a radical thinker and spells out the crises he sees ahead. He draws upon the same news reports and data available to any Internet user, but he applies a unique interpretation. He is especially passionate about the issue of peak oil, the concern raised by scientists since the seventies that the world will eventually run out of fossil fuel. While other experts debate this issue in measured tones, Ruppert doesn’t hold back at sounding an alarm, portraying an apocalyptic future. Listening to his rapid flow of opinions, the viewer is likely to question some of the rhetoric as paranoid or deluded, and to sway back and forth on what to make of the extremism. Smith lets viewers form their own judgments.

Collapse also serves as a portrait of a loner. Over the years, Ruppert has stood up for what he believes in despite fierce opposition. He candidly describes the sacrifices and motivators in his life. While other observers analyze details of the economic crisis, Ruppert views it as symptomatic of nothing less than the collapse of industrial civilization itself.
 

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5 comments to Collapse – An Ex-CIA Agent Talks About Peak Oil and Collapse of Civilization

  • patty

    AWSOME, I VERY MUCH AGREE with this presention.America wake up!
    SEARCH YOUR SOULS OR DIE. To ignore facts, is to perish. Start now to care for your life and that your children. ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE.
    gOD HELP YOU …….QWIKSLVER

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  • Strayhorse

    Disinfo. Why would anyone EVER trust a CIA operative to tell the truth? Especially when it is common knowledge that most law enforcement officers have been coached on how to lie on their reports and during trials. C’mon, who is this operative beholding to?

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    • The fact that he was thrown out from the CIA and attemps on nhis life alone is reason enough to listen. He was also thrown out of law enforcement is another reason to listen and the fact that what he predicted is happening right now is reason enough. Apparently you are still thinking like a caveman.

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  • H5mind

    The tagline is misleading, as Michael Ruppert was never a CIA agent. He was invited to join “the family business” while an LA cop, but refused. His book ‘Crossing the Rubicon’ should be required reading for anyone considering a career in law enforcement, finance, or politics.

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