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The War on Democracy (2007)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 15 June 2007 (UK)
Award winning journalist John Pilger examines the role of Washington in America's manipulation of Latin American politics during the last 50 years leading up to the struggle by ordinary ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
John Pilger ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Agee ... Himself
Salvador Allende ... Himself (archive sound)
Jacobo Arbenz Jacobo Arbenz ... Himself, President of Guatemala (archive footage)
George Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Fidel Castro ... Himself (archive footage)
Hugo Chávez ... Himself
Duane Clarridge Duane Clarridge ... Himself
Allen Dulles ... Himself (archive footage)
John Foster Dulles John Foster Dulles ... Himself (archive footage)
Ari Fleischer ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Helms Richard Helms ... Himself (archive footage)
E. Howard Hunt ... Himself (archive footage)
Henry Kissinger ... Himself (archive footage)
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Award winning journalist John Pilger examines the role of Washington in America's manipulation of Latin American politics during the last 50 years leading up to the struggle by ordinary people to free themselves from poverty and racism. Since the mid 19th Century Latin America has been the 'backyard' of the US, a collection of mostly vassal states whose compliant and often brutal regimes have reinforced the 'invisibility' of their majority peoples. The film reveals similar CIA policies to be continuing in Iraq, Iran and Lebanon. The rise of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez despite ongoing Washington backed efforts to unseat him in spite of his overwhelming mass popularity, is democratic in a way that we have forgotten or abandoned in the west. True Democracy being a solid 80% voter turnout in support of Chavez in over 6 elections. Written by David Blake

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Never believe anything until it is officially denied See more »

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UK | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

John Pilger: The War on Democracy See more »

Filming Locations:

Bolivia See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$320,935
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (35 mm version)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Narrator: Now, all over Venezuela, ordinary people have free health care, many seeing a doctor for the first time in their lives... Under the constitution, the poorest housewives are now paid as workers.
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As in South America, so in Southeast Asia
14 January 2009 | by adrian-edwards-1See all my reviews

I do not wish to add more praise on my fellow-Australian than has been heaped on him so far, but it was great to see a well made documentary covering the way the US corporate empire tries as desperately to hang on to its satrapies as did the Roman and Ottoman empires.

We had the unpleasant experience of having our popularly elected government led by Gough Whitlam destabilised by the CIA while at the same time they were backing Indonesia's illegal invasion of East Timor in which six Australian journalists were murdered. It turns out that the coup by which that Indonesian leader, Suharto, came to power was also orchestrated by the CIA, and thousands of Indonesians, especially ethnic Chinese, were slaughtered in the name of anti-Communism.

It is by now well known that the casus belli for the war on the Vietnamese, the so-called Gulf of Tonkin incident, was a total fabrication, used to justify President Johnson's decision to reverse President Kennedy's plan to withdraw all troops from South Vietnam.

There is plenty material here for The War on Democracy II if John wants to do a sequel.


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