Archive for May 2012

The first in our weekly program that will feature important documentaries and their director – beginning with the documentary Economics of Happiness by world renown environmental and social activist Helena Norberg-Hodges

Helena Norberg-Hodges is an author, activist and filmmaker who is regarded by many as a pioneer of the “new economy” global movement. Earth Journal included Helena among the 10 major environmentalists and she has appeared worldwide in the media.

Educated in Sweden, Germany, Austria, England and the United States, she specialized in linguistics, including studies at the University of London and at MIT. Since 1975, she has worked with the people of Ladakh, or “Little Tibet” in the western Indian Himalayas, to find ways of enabling their culture to meet the modern world without sacrificing social and ecological values. For these efforts she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, or ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’.

Helena is the founder and director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture based in the US and UK, an organization that examines the root causes of our current social and environmental crises, while promoting more sustainable and equitable patterns of living. She is also a founding member of the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture, and a co-founder of both the International Forum on Globalization and the Global Ecovillage Network.

Helena’s book, Ancient Futures, has been described as “an inspirational classic”. She is also the producer and co-director of the award-winning film, “The Economics of Happiness”, which sheds on the failures and destruction wrought upon societies from corporate globalization and outlines a new economics based upon localization to rebuild communities.

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An in depth analysis of the political changes threatening Europe’s status quo and its economic implications for Europe and the US

Marshall Auerback is a Fellow at the Economists for Peace and Security, a global strategist for the investment group Madison Street Partners in Denver and a Research Associate at the Levy Institute.  He has a wide range of expertise in the global investment arena, having covered the stock market for a decade along the Pacific rim and Southeat Asia and formerly ran the Asian-Pacific hedge fund for the Tiedemann Investment Group in New York.  Earlier Marshall has also covered investments in Russia, the former Soviet Republics and Africa.   He writes for Naked Capitalism, the Huffington Post, Truthout and many business and investment publications. Marshall has a magna cum laude degree from Queens University and a law degree from Oxford.

Dr. Jack Rasmus is a professor of political economics at St. Mary’s College and Santa Clara University in California.  Prior to teaching, he was an economic analyst for several global corporations and an organizer, negotiator and business representative for several labor unions. At one time he was elected at the National First Vice President of the National Writers Union. Besides his articles for progressive news and commentary sources, he is the author of several books, the most recent being “Obama Economy: Recovery for the Few” (Palgrave-McMillan) which analyzes the reasons behind the failure of the Obama Administration to initiate a economic recovery and its consequences.

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Ratlines – the secret networks giving sanctuary to Nazi and Ustashi war criminals and a look at the forces that have shaped some of America’s most terrible recent events

Peter Levenda is a philosopher and historian, who specializes in the interface between politics and religion and the occult. In the 1960s, for a very brief period he was involved with the American Orthodox Catholic Church, which had served as a front for American intelligence operations and was later implicated in the assassination of JFK.  He has a higher degree in religious studies and has written extensively about Eastern and Western spiritual and occult traditions and their interconnections with political and criminal events. Peter is a member of the American Academy of Religion, TAK (the religious studies honor society), and is a charter member of the Norman Mailer Society.

In addition to his scholarly pursuits, Peter is a veteran of private business, having worked with trade with China for 25 years, and is author of the Mao of Business. He has lived and traveled extensively throughout Asia and other continents.

He is best known for his research and study about Nazi occult beliefs – Unholy Alliance: A History of Nazi Involvement with the Occult – with a forward by Norman Mailer.  His tome, Sinister Forces: A Grimoire of American Political Witchcraft is a monumental three volume set that we will touch upon during our conversation . His most recent publication is Ratline: Soviet Spies, Nazi Priests and the Disappearance of Adolf Hitler, a book that continues the research he began in Chile in 1979 about the escape routes for Nazi war criminals and scientists to the US, South America, the Middle East and as far as Indonesia and the far East.

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