Thursday, December 08, 2005

Playwright Takes a Prize and a Jab at U.S.

New York Times
LONDON, Dec. 7 - The playwright Harold Pinter turned his Nobel Prize acceptance speech on Wednesday into a furious howl of outrage against American foreign policy, saying that the United States had not only lied to justify waging war against Iraq but had also "supported and in many cases engendered every right-wing military dictatorship" in the last 50 years.
    "The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them," Mr. Pinter said. "You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It's a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis."

The playwright Harold Pinter, who has cancer, addressed the Swedish Academy by video from London.

Brooks has a moment of Clarity

An online version isn't avilable (yet) but I actually agreed with everything NY Times columnist David Brooks said today - probably for the first time ever. In today's column he points out why the Conservatives have "Run out of Steam". I'll try to provide the text here later.



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