[act-ma] [UJP Activist] Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield - Scahill, Goodman, Chomsky

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UJP Activist: Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield - Scahill, Goodman,  
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======== DIRTY WARS: THE WORLD IS A BATTLEFIELD - SCAHILL, GOODMAN, CHOMSKY ==


 

*When:* Saturday, April 27, 2013, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm *Where: *Harvard  
University, Science Center B, 1 Oxford St, Cambridge
 

Please join us for a discussion of Jeremy Scahill’s important new book  
Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield (Nation Books, April 23, 2013).
http://map.harvard.edu/mapserver/campusmap.htm [1]
Please join investigative journalist *Jeremy Scahill*, author *Noam Chomsky*,  
and Democracy Now! host *Amy Goodman* for the special discussion of Scahill's  
ground breaking new book Dirty Wars.
Jeremy Scahill is National Security Correspondent for the Nation magazine and  
author of the New York Times best-seller Blackwater: The Rise of the  
World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. He is a Puffin Foundation Writing  
Fellow at The Nation Institute. Scahill has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq,  
Somalia, Yemen, the former Yugoslavia and elsewhere across the globe. Scahill  
is a frequent guest on a wide array of programs, appearing regularly on The  
Rachel Maddow Show, Real Time with Bill Maher and Democracy Now! He has also  
appeared on Fresh Air, ABC World News, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News,  
CNN, PBS NewsHour and Bill Moyers Journal. Scahill’s work has sparked  
several congressional investigations and won some of journalism’s highest  
honors. He was twice awarded the prestigious George Polk Award, in 1998 for  
foreign reporting and in 2008 for his book Blackwater. He is also the subject  
of the film Dirty Wars (http://dirtywars.org/ [2]), an official selection of  
the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film opens in theaters June 7 through  
Sundance Selects.
Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!  
(http://www.democracynow.org/ [3]), a national, daily, independent,  
award-winning news program airing on over 1,100 public television and radio  
stations worldwide. Time Magazine named Democracy Now! its “Pick of the  
Podcasts,” along with NBC’s Meet the Press.
Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and  
Philosophy at MIT and author of numerous books, including Hegemony or  
Survival, Failed States, Imperial Ambitions, What We Say Goes, Interventions,  
and Hopes and Prospects.
In Dirty Wars, Jeremy Scahill, author of the New York Times best-seller  
Blackwater, takes us inside America’s new covert wars. The foot soldiers in  
these battles operate globally and inside the United States with orders from  
the White House to do whatever is necessary to hunt down, capture or kill  
individuals designated by the president as enemies.
Drawn from the ranks of the Navy SEALs, Delta Force, former Blackwater and  
other private security contractors, the CIA’s Special Activities Division  
and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), these elite soldiers operate  
worldwide, with thousands of secret commandos working in more than one  
hundred countries. Funded through “black budgets,” Special Operations  
Forces conduct missions in denied areas, engage in targeted killings, snatch  
and grab individuals and direct drone, AC-130 and cruise missile strikes.  
While the Bush administration deployed these ghost militias, President Barack  
Obama has expanded their operations and given them new scope and legitimacy.  
Dirty Wars follows the consequences of the declaration that “the world is a  
battlefield,” as Scahill uncovers the most important foreign policy story  
of our time. From Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia and beyond, Scahill reports  
from the frontlines in this high-stakes investigation and explores the depths  
of America’s global killing machine. He goes beneath the surface of these  
covert wars, conducted in the shadows, outside the range of the press,  
without effective congressional oversight or public debate. And, based on  
unprecedented access, Scahill tells the chilling story of an American citizen  
marked for assassination by his own government.
As US leaders draw the country deeper into conflicts across the globe,  
setting the world stage for enormous destabilization and blowback, Americans  
are not only at greater risk—we are changing as a nation. Scahill unmasks  
the shadow warriors who prosecute these secret wars and puts a human face on  
the casualties of unaccountable violence that is now official policy: victims  
of night raids, secret prisons, cruise missile attacks and drone strikes, and  
whole classes of people branded as “suspected militants.” Through his  
brave reporting, Scahill exposes the true nature of the dirty wars the United  
States government struggles to keep hidden.
Praise for Dirty Wars:
“There is no journalist in America who has exposed the truth about US  
government militarism more bravely, more relentlessly and more valuably than  
Jeremy Scahill. Dirty Wars is highly gripping and dramatic, and of  
unparalleled importance in understanding the destruction being sown in our  
name.”
—Glenn Greenwald, New York Times best-selling author and Guardian columnist
“Dirty Wars tells us, with convincing detail and much new information, what  
has been done in the name of America since 9/11.”
—Seymour Hersh
“Dirty Wars is the most thorough and authoritative history I’ve read yet  
of the causes and consequences of America’s post-9/11 conflation of war and  
national security. I know of no other journalist who could have written it:  
For over a decade, Scahill has visited the war zones, overt and covert;  
interviewed the soldiers, spooks, jihadists, and victims; and seen with his  
own eyes the fruits of America’s bipartisan war fever. He risked his life  
many times over to write this book, and the result is a masterpiece of  
insight, journalism, and true patriotism.”
—Barry Eisler, novelist and former operative in the CIA’s Directorate of  
Operations
Free. General admission. Attendance is first come, first served.
Sponsored by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School,  
the ACLU of Massachusetts, Nation Institute, American Friends Service  
Committee, the Cambridge Peace Commission, and the Community Church of  
Boston.
For more information about the book, film, and Scahill, visit:
http://dirtywars.org/ [4] 

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