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Oliver Stone

71 Jahre

Das Leben von Erfolgsregisseur und Drehbuchautor Oliver Stone lief nicht immer nach Plan, doch am Ende hat er es nach ganz oben geschafft

  • Geboren , New York City, New York / USA
  • VornameWilliam Oliver
  • Name Stone
  • Grösse 1.83 m
  • Sternzeichen Jungfrau
  • Partner Najwa  Sarkis  1971-1977; Elizabeth  Stone  1981-1993; Sun-jung  Jung verheiratet seit 1996
  • Kinder Sean Ali  Stone  (*1984); Michael Jack  Stone  (*1991); Tara Chong  Stone  (*1995)

Biografie von Oliver Stone

Der US-amerikanische Regisseur, Drehbuchautor und Produzent ist sicherlich einer der begabtesten und erfolgreichsten Filmemacher unserer Zeit. Schon früh war dem jungen Oliver klar, dass er später einmal Filme drehen und Geschichten erzählen will. Mit sieben schrieb er seine ersten Texte, mit neun verfasste er ein 100 Seiten langes Buch über seine Familie und das Leben.

Die Geschichte hinter dem Film "Wall Street"

Dass er als Kind und Jugendlicher in einem wohlhabenden Elternhaus und auf angesehenen Internaten ein privilegiertes Leben geführt hatte, realisierte Oliver Stone, der Sohn eines Bankers und einer Französin, erst, als sich seine Eltern heimlich und überraschend scheiden ließen. Vater Louis hatte zahlreiche Affären, die eines Tages aufflogen und Grund für die Scheidung waren. Kurze Zeit später erlitt Oliver Stones Vater durch schlechte Investments finanzielle Einbußen, die Familie musste kürzer treten. Jahre später sollte Oliver Stone diese Erfahrung in seinem Film "Wall Street" verarbeiten.

Oliver Stone als Soldat im Vietnamkrieg

Nach einem erfolglosen Jahr an der Yale University zog Oliver Stone als Freiwilliger in den Vietnamkrieg. Nach einem halben Jahr im Krieg an der Front, zwei Verletzungen und mehreren Auszeichnungen kehrte er in die USA zurück – mit schrecklichen, aber auch wertvollen Erfahrungen im Gepäck. Seine Kriegserfahrungen verarbeitete Stone später in seiner Anti-Kriegsfilm-Trilogie "Platoon", "Geboren am 4. Juli" und "Zwischen Himmel und Hölle".

Der lang ersehnte Durchbruch in Hollywood

Nach seinem Filmstudium in New York, unter anderem bei Großmeister , versuchte sich Oliver Stone hauptsächlich als Drehbuchautor. Doch seine Bücher verkauften sich nicht gut und so musste er sich seine Brötchen als Taxifahrer und Kopierbote verdienen. Doch sein Drehbuch zu "12 Uhr nachts – Midnight Express" sollte das Blatt wenden. Columbia kaufte das Skript, Stone erhielt dafür 1978 seinen ersten Oscar und hatte seinen Durchbruch in Hollywood endlich geschafft.

Oliver Stone, das Stehaufmännchen

Doch Oliver Stones Erfolg wurde überschattet von seiner Drogenvergangenheit. Vielleicht stieg ihm die lang ersehnte Anerkennung von Hollywood zu Kopf, jedenfalls verbrachte er seine Nächte mit Kokain und wilden Partys. Der finanzielle Ruin nahte, er war am Ende, doch "Platoon", sein erster Film als Regisseur, rettete ihn. Nicht nur, dass der Streifen ein großer Erfolg wurde, er brachte Oliver Stone auch seinen zweiten Oscar ein. Heute muss er sich über finanzielle Angelegenheiten längst keine Sorgen mehr machen und auch seine Kokainsucht ist Vergangenheit, auch wenn gemunkelt wird, dass er sich hin und wieder mal einen Joint genehmigt. Davon mag man halten, was man will, aber der Erfolg gibt ihm Recht: Oliver Stone wurde insgesamt elfmal für den Oscar nominiert, dreimal gewann er und Filme unter seiner Mitwirkung – zumeist mit politischer Botschaft - verzeichnen 37 Oscar-Nominierungen.

Filme von Oliver Stone

1978: 12 Uhr nachts – Midnight Express (Drehbuch)

1982: Conan der Barbar (Drehbuch)

1983: Scarface (Drehbuch)

1986: Platoon (Regie und Drehbuch)

1987: Wall Street (Regie und Drehbuch)

1989: Geboren am 4. Juli (Regie und Drehbuch)

1991: The Doors (Regie und Drehbuch)

1991: JFK – Tatort Dallas (Regie und Drehbuch)

1993: Zwischen Himmel und Hölle (Regie und Drehbuch)

1994: Natural Born Killers (Regie und Drehbuch)

1995: Nixon – Der Untergang eines Präsidenten (Regie und Drehbuch)

1996: Evita (Drehbuch)

1999: An jedem verdammten Sonntag (Regie und Drehbuch) 

2004: Alexander (Regie und Drehbuch)

2006: World Trade Center (Regie)

2010: Wall Street: Geld schläft nicht (Regie)

2012: Savages (Regie und Drehbuch)

2016: Snowden (Regie und Drehbuch)  

Social Media von Oliver Stone

I’ve been travelling for the last couple of days and wasn’t aware of all the women who came out to support the original story in the New York Times. After looking at what has been reported in many publications over the last couple of days, I’m appalled and commend the courage of the women who’ve stepped forward to report sexual abuse or rape. I’ll therefore recuse myself from the “Guantanamo” series as long as the Weinstein Company is involved.

13.10.2017

RT @MarkRuffalo: Ask Repubs to choose the Constitution over Saudis: join @RepRoKhanna & @RepThomasMassie to end war&famine in Yemen https:/…

10.10.2017

Greed, power and the American Dream make its way back to the big screen in #WallStreet30Anniversary 9/24 & 27! https://t.co/5DUQKqvnHo

22.09.2017

John McCain got his unchecked 700 billion dollar budget for Pentagon through the Senate this week -- with 500 million earmarked for Ukraine.

21.09.2017

Read her searing essays on our 'frozen war' with Russia here: https://t.co/u8d2EicPr3 https://t.co/zl7FUBFQ8p.

21.09.2017

Diana Johnstone, 'eminence gris' of US-Russian affairs, rebukes US behavior towards Russia, including our lapdog media.

21.09.2017

Two crucial analyses from 2014 are presented below. They come from a ‘grande dame’ of American history who understands just how warped our political leadership has become. Included in her ‘realpolitik’ are Cargill, Chevron, Monsanto, and Hunter Biden. Welcome to the gangster state that is now Ukrania. Also noticed that McCain got his unchecked 700 billion dollar budget for Pentagon through the Senate this week -- with 500 million earmarked for Ukraine. “Washington’s Frozen War Against Russia” (December, 2014) -- http://bit.ly/2ym52xp “Washington’s Iron Curtain in Ukraine” (June, 2014) -- http://bit.ly/2xtsv1o

21.09.2017

RT @HighGadfly: HBD @TheOliverStone who decided to use film as medium to wake the people up instead of putting them into sleep.#Oliverstone…

21.09.2017

Sanctioning North Korea, Iran, and Russia will backfire. North Korea is now, like it or not, a member of the nuclear club.

14.09.2017

Including Russia and China in a broad summit with North Korea could be the opportunity that Trump now needs to overcome his gridlock.

14.09.2017

– How Can We Move Forward with Korea – Below is a highly informed analysis from William Polk, who served as a DOD civilian analyst during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It’s fortunate we still have some old people around who remember. We need to include Russia and China in a broad summit with North Korea. This could be the opportunity that Trump now needs to overcome his gridlock, and would be a gigantic achievement on the order of Nixon going to China. At that point, the opposition of our US Congress and media to any progress in recognizing the fact that Korea is now, like it or not, a member of the nuclear club, would diminish. Sanctions against North Korea, Iran, and Russia would appear to be what they are -- small-minded. “How History Explains the Korea Crisis” by William Polk – http://bit.ly/2xXGTvM

13.09.2017

– Summer Thoughts – I was in lovely Sarajevo last week at the Film Festival. Our 4-part documentary on Mr. Putin was singled out with a prize as the audience favorite. Which meant a great deal to me; certainly Bosnians, given their partnership with NATO, have no great love for Russians based on their experiences in the regional civil wars of the 1990s -- but the point is they were open to listening and thinking. Sarajevo has always been a tolerant world center for learning and for caravans of trade dating back to medieval times. Ruled by the Ottoman Empire since the 1400s, and then the Austro-Hungarian, it all came to an end on a street a block-and-a-half from my hotel when, on a late-June day in 1914, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Empire, and his wife were assassinated by a Serbian anarchist. Within weeks, the great Empires took sides in the dispute -- Russia, France, Italy, and England on one side; Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire on another. Out of that slaughterhouse came World Wars I and II and, I would argue, the Cold War itself, which ended in 1991 with the dissolution of the communist Russian Empire. Which ironically brings us back full-circle to Sarajevo, besieged by Serbian forces from 1993-95 during the civil war following that dissolution. This little street in Sarajevo remains a focus for throngs of tourists -- Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and other -- that I saw taking pictures in all manner of dress and economic background. Sarajevo’s not a rich city, but it works. People mingle, eat kebabs, shop for trinkets, rugs, jewelry. It emits a peaceful charm, and in summer especially for some reason, one recognizes that we as a human race value peace far more than war -- that life -- living -- means more than being right or wrong. Wandering through the crowd, I kept thinking of my own country, the news rife with dissent and anger from Charlottesville. Are we -- The USA -- on the brink of some kind of new civil war? So much hatred, partisanship has been stored up by the ascension of a President unwilling to compromise. A leader who talks still of ‘winning wars’ in a nuclear age strikes me as particularly dangerous. And if you talk to the citizens of what is now Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Slovenia, you would understand the hopeless viciousness of those wars -- people literally with 3-4 members of their family dead, benumbed, dried out. Amazing to remember that in my youth, Yugoslavia was the average European student’s destination, a $3 a day backpacking adventure through friendly regions -- ethnic tribes, great foods, mosques, synagogues, churches, races of attractive people open to fresh ideas. Their President Josip Tito (1892 – 1980) was the most successful resistance fighter in Europe against the Nazis, and after the war, led Yugoslavia as the first renegade communist to resist Stalin’s orders. He achieved great Third World respect for Yugoslavia as one of the few neutral leaders not to be removed or assassinated by the CIA or the KGB in the ‘50s-‘70s period. He fought practically everyone in his time. He particularly angered the Dulles brothers, but most importantly, proved that Communism was not monolithic as pictured in the West; Americans were rarely aware of this as were Europeans who could travel to Yugoslavia and see for themselves -- but in disregarding Tito’s neutral ways, the American media served the Cold War and the ends of our Empire. There is a current of thought that when Tito died in 1980, the US saw an opportunity to destabilize the region and ‘balkanize’ it into different countries. Economically, the US neglected the region, as it did Russia and Ukraine, playing off ‘strategies of tension’ that would enable American and NATO influence to grow. Today, most of this region is NATO-certified -- with the exception of Serbia. Camp Bondsteel, built in the Kosovo War of 1999, is one of the largest American bases in the world. When NATO bombed Serbia for 78 days, Americans, preoccupied with Clinton’s impeachment proceedings, paid little attention. I point this out because here we are again, embroiled in this senseless animosity toward non-communist Russia over issues such as the expansion of NATO eastward, the buildup of ABM and other missiles in Eastern Europe, US and NATO troop exercises going on along the borders of Eastern Europe, an unstable Ukraine, and numerous unsubstantiated accusations by NATO members of Russian aggression in Europe. A new war is possible, but why is it necessary? If you take the time to read the below essay from Edward S. Herman, which he calls “Fake News on Russia and Other Official Enemies: The New York Times 1917-2017,” you get a sense of this ongoing pattern of telling lies to the world as well as to ourselves. Whether it’s our own Civil War and our slaveholding and Indian-killing past, we might come to understand that as a country, America is still an idea that’s deeply fractured by different beliefs and false perceptions based on a good deal of miseducation. The convergence of materialism, television, sports, the shopping mall, the worship of the dollar, the self-love of military power and nuclear omnipotence are dangerous reasons for a unity that is preventing the emergence of a progressive and enlightened America. Our national security is threatened not by terrorists or Russians or Chinese trade, but by ourselves, by our own lies and dishonesty. When we as progressive historians try to come to terms with the lies, or myths as some prefer to call them, we keep running up against the basic problem of economics. Our history books are chosen for us; high school textbooks are rigorously controlled by California and Texas school boards; texts written by committees that fear the controversies that come with change. I’ve always felt that American history would be truly exciting to an elementary-aged student if it were told with the vigor of truth instead of the fantasy and boredom inherent in the lie. I read Nicholas Monsarrat’s “The Cruel Sea” (1952) when I was about 14 and found it a terrifying description of North Atlantic warfare -- British vs. Nazi U-boats. I picked it up again and read parts. A modest film was made of it, which I watched and which gave me an appetite for, of all things, “Run Silent, Run Deep,” which was always one of my favorite Robert Wise pictures from 1958. A tight submarine war film set in the Pacific, there were some interesting problems with production outlined in Burt Lancaster’s biography, and you will notice the miniature work; and it has an abrupt ending. But it’s masterful work from Clark Gable as a Naval Commander challenged at the most basic level by his Sub-commander (Lancaster) and his crew. As an Old World male, I guess I love the way Gable handles his shaky authority under extreme pressure. He never doubts his essential authority, even when he loses. He has great confidence. I also admire the terseness of the language, especially in view of how everyone these days tries to be so politically correct about everything, apologizing to the extreme. Trump, like many from my generation, hates the ‘pc’ aspects of our present society and is having great difficulty negotiating that wire walk. I’m not a supporter of his any more than I was of George W. Bush, but if he goes, what then? Mike Pence, who doesn’t appear thoughtful or alert, and reminds me most of Gerald Ford and Bush 43, seems more likely to be captured by the neocons and military people. The McMasters and the Mattises will rule him with their plodding, thick-skulled military approach that hasn’t worked since… you can count back to WWII. And please remember, without the Russians fighting the worst of that war, it would’ve had far more painful consequences for our country, and not only in terms of casualties. Steve Bannon was detested by many, but he certainly said some things about our foreign misadventures that needed to be said. Not that the New York Times wanted to hear that, by any means. As you can see from the Herman article below, for the last 100 years, they’ve been dreadfully wrong about major decisions facing our country. At this point, they should probably be severely punished at the very least for the misperceptions that they’ve inflicted on our society, and from which our society has survived with a shrunken soul. I wonder. The Times has always wanted control over how we perceive ‘reality,’ how people should think, and so forth. “All the news that’s fit to print” really means “all the news that’s fit to think.” Aren’t they really the ones who’ve "meddled” in this election with heavily biased coverage? Far more than Russia for sure, which we still wait to see the evidence for -- but as bad as Israel with its AIPAC stranglehold on both our political parties, or the Koch brothers with their billion-dollar network -- or Sheldon Adelson, Saudi Arabia, these the true “deplorables” of this last auction. If we lose Trump, which is obviously what the elite badly want even if they have to blame the Russians for turncoating Trump, we’re going to alienate a good portion of the 60 million Americans who voted his way. What happens then? Is civil war possible? Not physically. I don’t believe we’re the old Yugoslavia. I don’t think the military would go to this war physically. I think it’d be a case of such chaos in the US that military rule would be imposed because it’d be wanted by everyone. The ‘Deep State,’ which is basically in charge now, would be in charge openly. We’d continue as an Empire until we no longer could. The same problems would be there, but mentally, morally, socially, economically, culturally, it’d be a harsh time in which no prisoners, I believe, would be taken. It’d get worse. If Trump doesn’t complete his term, I think so-called “American democracy,” which was always a highly hypocritical concept, but nonetheless a working one, would now be an open failure in history books published in other countries. But, sadly, not here in this one. Also enclosed is “A Ukraine Link to North Korea’s Missiles?” by Robert Parry, in which you’ll find a fascinating, ironic payback for our support of the Ukrainian coup d’état; alongside that, see Parry’s “Neocons Leverage Trump-Hate for More Wars.” Edward S. Herman, Monthly Review, “Fake News on Russia and Other Official Enemies: The New York Times 1917-2017,” http://bit.ly/2imY8nm Robert Parry, Consortiumnews, “Neocons Leverage Trump-Hate for More Wars,” http://bit.ly/2g2O8Pj Robert Parry, Consortiumnews, “A Ukraine Link to North Korea’s Missiles,” http://bit.ly/2w274o1

25.08.2017

– Mid-Summer Anger – Congress passed its beloved Russia sanctions last week by a vote of 419-3! The Senate followed with a vote of 98-2!! I guess ‘American Exceptionalism’ includes the vast stupidity inherent in having two giant oceans to distance us from the rest of humanity. With all the Apples and Microsofts and computer geniuses we have in our country, can we not even accept the possibility that perhaps our intelligence agencies are not doing their job, and maybe, just maybe, are deliberately misleading us to continue their false-flag war against Russia? Or for that matter, that Russia itself may not be that invested in screwing up our vaunted democracy with such sloppy malware as claimed? Especially in view of the strong statement put out by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, a group of reform-minded veterans throwing a dose of acid on the infamous ‘Brennan-Clapper Report’ of January 6, 2017. With this report alone (see below), much less the overt lying and leaking that’s been going on, both James Clapper (‘We don’t do surveillance on our own citizens’) and John Brennan (‘Drones and torture? None of our business') should be investigated as thoroughly as Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, Trump’s son, etc. What’s happened to Elizabeth Warren, Barbara Lee, or any of the people who’ve displayed some independent thinking in the past? Have they actually read this report? Somebody out there in DC, please explain to me this omission of common sense. Are the Washington Post and the New York Times so powerful that no one bothers to read or think beyond them? It seems the TV stations in this country take their copy from them. I accept the US decline. That’s a given -- after all, compare our broken-down New York subway system with Moscow’s, as well as many other cities’ pristine and impeccable services. These sanctions, which I pray Europe can independently judge and discard, are as dumb as giving out medals to Generals who keep losing wars. I still have this image burned in my brain of Petraeus with his 11/12(?) rows of ribbons, many looking like Boy Scout badges, surrounded by adoring Congressmen as he lied his way through his foreign policy testimony. Never mind that any moment now a Dr. Strangelove-type incident can occur -- with less reaction time, say 15 minutes, compared to the 1960s 2/3 hours. We are truly at the edge as Mr. P pointed out in the documentary I made. Such Roman arrogance, such blindness, calls out for another Vietnam, another Iraq. We’re screaming for some Karmic Boot up the ass. Destroying our pride would be a favor that the gods could do us. I can go on -- but I’m angry as you can tell. So what’s the point of going to the windows and screaming, even if I were on television? Read the report below from Sanity Inc. and pray another August (1914) passes without the war Congress, Media, and the Military-Industrial Complex are literally dying for. I now fully realize how World War I started. People in power never really thought it would happen, and when it did, thought it’d be over in weeks. You should know the rest of that history. It doesn’t end well. “Intel Vets Challenge ‘Russia Hack’ Evidence,” Consortiumnews, http://bit.ly/2uRJuct

04.08.2017

It’s taken me longer than I’d planned to read all 700+ comments on the June 27 post on “The Putin Interviews.” So many comments were inspiring, well thought-out and articulate -- and, in many cases, complex. The responses were a mix of nationalities and locales, and the roles in society varied. It gives me a sense of community in this world of people who think along the same lines, namely one that has a love for peace and, to a realistic degree, of justice. I appreciate this dialogue. In a follow-up vein, I’m posting my ‘Nation’ Q&A of June 12 with Ed Rampell; it’s the most comprehensive I’ve given on the “Putin Interviews” -- the whys, hows, and several of my personal conclusions. I’ve never quite seen it discussed in such detail before. I’m also putting up my co-author on “Untold History” Peter Kuznick’s comments on the interviews. Kuznick is more of a skeptic than I am on Mr. P. Therefore, it’s interesting to read his thoughts questioning the man. I remember when Peter felt strongly that Putin was behind the Democratic hack. Now, no longer. Follow his reasoning and think about his reservations. Finally, Jeremy Kuzmarov (Huffington Post, June 26) gives us one Russian’s take on the series. Ed Rampell, The Nation, “Oliver Stone Talks to ‘The Nation’ About His New Documentary ‘The Putin Interviews,” http://bit.ly/2srIZEj Edu Montesanti/Peter Kuznick, Telesur, “Oliver Stone Praised as ‘Peacemaker’ for Talking to Putin,” http://bit.ly/2sfmEra Jeremy Kuzmarov, Huffington Post, “Spirit of McCarthyism Seen In Attacks on Oliver Stone’s ‘Putin Interviews,’” http://bit.ly/2tLgj8y

17.07.2017

“Ukraine on Fire,” the documentary I co-produced with Igor Lopatonok on the untold story of the 2014 Ukrainian coup d’etat -- the story that Western media has largely ignored -- is available online from June 27 at our website, www.ukraineonfire.com. On July 17 the film can be seen on additional outlets, such as iTunes, Hulu, and Amazon. The film demonstrates that there was an illegal coup d’etat in February 2014 by Ukrainian nationalists and American supporters that did not reflect the will of the large ethnic Russian minority in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea. “Ukraine on Fire” makes a fine companion piece to “The Putin Interviews” and shouldn’t be missed.

05.07.2017

I’m enclosing for your comments some thoughtful reactions to the film. Too many notices, I thought, were politically motivated and/or hateful of Putin to an extreme degree, picturing him solely as a villain without a soul. It’s truly, in our time, something out of Orwell’s “Hate Week.” How does this help the world’s situation? Is it Russia that is disbalancing it or is it truly the United States? Why is it that these types of people in media power are against any kind of improvement in relations between our countries? In any case, Showtime was very pleased with the results, and the series continues on Showtime Anytime. I’m now in France where there’s been a ton of coverage, and we’re on France 3 beginning last night. We were on Sky in England and Germany, and in September will be on RAI in Italy. More to come. Also enclosed are a few words spoken by me at Bob Parry’s event in Washington two weeks ago honoring the memory of Gary Webb. Variety: “TV Review: Oliver Stone’s ‘The Putin Interviews’” -- http://bit.ly/2t9YO3S The Guardian: “The Putin Interviews review – first Oliver Stone loses. Then the gloves come off” -- http://bit.ly/2swHiq6 The Guardian: “Oliver Stone on Vladimir Putin: The Russian people have never been better off” -- http://bit.ly/2taCoQl Forbes: “In Latest Interview with Oliver Stone, Putin Airs It Out on Neocons, Hillary” -- http://bit.ly/2sGBoSz Forbes: “In Final Oliver Stone Interview, Putin Predicts When Russia-US Crisis Ends” -- http://bit.ly/2tcjTu8 The New Republic: “Natural Born Buddies: The Shared Ideology of Oliver Stone and Vladimir Putin” -- http://bit.ly/2t9XPAy The Duran: “25 things revealed about Vladimir Putin by Oliver Stone in the Putin Interviews” -- http://bit.ly/2taLZXd Salon: “Oliver Stone’s Putin Puzzle: An evil genius who made history, or a shrewd, small-minded nonentity” -- http://bit.ly/2u9vlDS Consortium News: “Oliver Stone Receives Gary Webb Award” -- http://bit.ly/2t6XEFG

27.06.2017

Part 4 of #ThePutinInterviews tonight. What do you think? Analyses, observations, and perceptions of our acting all welcome. 😀

15.06.2017

Part 3 of #ThePutinInterviews airs tonight at 9pm ET/PT. You can stream Parts 1 and 2, now on Showtime Networks: http://www.sho.com/the-putin-interviews#/closed

14.06.2017

Tell me which poster you like more and why. UPDATE: Poster A (on the left) is the winner!

09.06.2017

Who's the enemy?

09.06.2017

“The Putin Interviews” “The Putin Interviews” is a 4-hour audacious climax to my strange life as an American filmmaker. Released in the heart of the Second Cold War, advocating for peace, it comes out on June 12th on Showtime in the US -- and in several other countries including UK, Germany, France, and Italy, in roughly the same June time period. This film comes against a frightening background wherein the US is sleepwalking into a situation where it becomes more and more likely that Russia will react. Which is precisely what so many angry American neocons and Hillary-wing Democrats seem to want! Why? Is it really worth it to push the world closer to the nuclear precipice for this anger? Is it Trump they hate or is it truly the Russians? And why have they conflated these 2 issues? According to the first enclosed article by Conn Hallinan, Washington and the Pentagon have been very methodical about reaching this stage of thinking. What he’s describing is terrifying. The outgrowth of what Obama, our Nobel Peace Prize winner, started in 2009 was the beginning of a process of modernizing our entire nuclear arsenal; it was without doubt the most dangerous and mistaken policy of his ill-fated tenure. Hallinan is describing a new ‘First Strike Option,’ which consists of a limited strike on Russia with our new modified ‘superfuze’ missiles to knock out Russia’s land-based silos. Read this scenario to believe it. Only Strangelove would. In our documentary, Putin makes it quite clear for the viewer what we have wrought with the ABMs (anti-ballistic missiles) in Eastern Europe. It has wrecked the sense of parity that had existed for so long. See the map in the film and study the stranglehold the US has put on Russia with our nuclear arsenal, and you’ll begin to understand how you might feel if you were Russian. Pierre Sprey and Chuck Spinney round out the nuclear picture in their article. In another 2 articles, Mike Whitney, an American Cincinnatus, examines the geopolitics and fate of the Russian/US encounter -- and the American determination to block ‘A Greater Europe.’ He outlines brilliantly the growing desperation and unreasonableness of US sovereignty. Stephen Cohen, in his conversation with John Batchelor, soberly reminds us of the basic US allegations against Russia and Putin in particular. And he also reminds us how we came back to this weird place in time again (circa 1945-54), wherein 6 of these allegations pass as evidence. Shades of Joe McCarthy. Daniel Lazare, in “The Scandal Hidden Behind Russia-gate,” examines the lies of CrowdStrike and the Atlantic Council. In all the outing of people around this issue, why haven’t we investigated John Brennan, ex of the CIA, for leaking the original Flynn story? Why haven’t the MSM linked Vault 7 to this man and his little lapdog James Clapper? I always disliked their visages alongside Obama as he was launching his drone campaigns, torture denials, etc. But Brennan’s is truly a face that belongs up there in Orwell’s literature, a face of extraordinary hostility and ugliness -- in other words, the face of war. Conn Hallinan, “America’s New Nuclear Missile Endangers the World,” Counterpunch, http://bit.ly/2qCiNGk Pierre Sprey and Chuck Spinney, “Sleepwalking Into a Nuclear Arms Race with Russia,” Counterpunch, http://bit.ly/2lD1osH Mike Whitney, “Will Washington Risk World War 3 to Block Emerging EU-Russia Superstate,” Counterpunch, http://bit.ly/2oJ9Tpn Mike Whitney, “Putin’s New World Order,” Counterpunch, http://bit.ly/2qfEpGd Stephen Cohen, “Kremlin-Baiting President Trump (Without Facts) Must Stop,” The Nation, http://bit.ly/2lsnDnR Stephen Cohen, “Might Neo-McCarthyism Mean War vs. Russia?” The Nation, http://bit.ly/2q4x4J3 Daniel Lazare, “The Scandal Hidden Behind Russia-gate,” Consortiumnews, http://bit.ly/2pDWn3P

22.05.2017

“So It Goes” I confess I really had hopes for some conscience from Trump about America’s wars, but I was wrong -- fooled again! -- as I had been by the early Reagan, and less so by Bush 43. Reagan found his mantra with the “evil empire” rhetoric against Russia, which almost kicked off a nuclear war in 1983 -- and Bush found his ‘us against the world’ crusade at 9/11, in which of course we’re still mired. It seems that Trump really has no ‘there’ there, far less a conscience, as he’s taken off the handcuffs on our war machine and turned it over to his glorified Generals -- and he’s being praised for it by our ‘liberal’ media who continue to play at war so recklessly. What a tortured bind we’re in. There are intelligent people in Washington/New York, but they’ve lost their minds as they’ve been stampeded into a Syrian-Russian groupthink, a consensus without asking -- ‘Who benefits from this latest gas attack?’ Certainly neither Assad nor Putin. The only benefits go to the terrorists who initiated the action to stave off their military defeat. It was a desperate gamble, but it worked because the Western media immediately got behind it with crude propagandizing about murdered babies, etc. No real investigation or time for a UN chemical unit to establish what happened, much less find a motive. Why would Assad do something so stupid when he’s clearly winning the civil war? No, I believe America has decided somewhere, in the crises of the Trump administration, that we will get into this war at any cost, under any circumstances -- to, once again, change the secular regime in Syria, which has been, from the Bush era on, one of the top goals -- next to Iran -- of the neoconservatives. At the very least, we will cut out a chunk of northeastern Syria and call it a State. Abetted by the Clintonites, they’ve done a wonderful job throwing America into chaos with probes into Russia’s alleged hacking of our election and Trump being their proxy candidate (now clearly disproved by his bombing attack) -- and sadly, worst of all in some ways, admitting no memory of the same false flag incident in 2013, for which again Assad was blamed (see Seymour Hersh’s fascinating deconstruction of this US propaganda, ‘London Review of Books’ December 19, 2013, “Whose sarin?”). No memory, no history, no rules -- or rather ‘American rules.’ No, this isn’t an accident or a one-off affair. This is the State deliberately misinforming the public through its corporate media and leads us to believe, as Mike Whitney points out in his brilliant analyses, “Will Washington Risk WW3” and “Syria: Where the Rubber Meets the Road,” that something far more sinister waits in the background. Mike Whitney, Robert Parry, and former intelligence officer Phil Giraldi all comment below. It’s well worth 30 minutes of your time to read. Lastly, I enclose Bruce Cumings’s “Nation” analysis of North Korea, as he again reminds us of the purposes of studying history. Can we wake up before it’s too late? I for one feel like the John Wayne veteran (of war) character in “Fort Apache,” riding with the arrogant Custer-like General (Henry Fonda) to his doom. My country, my country, my heart aches for thee. Mike Whitney, “Will Washington Risk WW3 to Block and Emerging EU-Russia Superstate,” Counterpunch, http://bit.ly/2oJ9Tpn Mike Whitney, “Where the Rubber Meets the Road,” Counterpunch, http://bit.ly/2p574zT Phil Giraldi, “A World in Turmoil, Thank You Mr. Trump!” Information Clearing House, http://bit.ly/2oSCGrW Robert Parry, “Did Al Qaeda Fool the White House Again?” Consortiumnews, http://bit.ly/2nN88c0 Robert Parry, “Neocons Have Trump on His Knees,” Consortiumnews, http://bit.ly/2oZ5GyN Robert Parry, “Trump’s Wag the Dog Moment,” Consortiumnews, http://bit.ly/2okwZTE Robert Parry, “Mainstream Media as Arbiters of Truth,” Consortiumnews, http://bit.ly/2oSDo8A Mike Whitney, “Blood in the Water: the Trump Revolution Ends in a Whimper,” Counterpunch, http://bit.ly/2oSDEo4 Bruce Cumings, “This is What’s Really Behind North Korea’s Nuclear Provocations,” The Nation, http://bit.ly/2nUEroH

19.04.2017

Here are more reasons to disbelieve our media. Major Wikileaks release on CIA last week (see the ZeroHedge article below) is again misunderstood. Without a population that’s aware of Wikileaks and what it achieves, we’re far more lost in this modern world. When are we going to recognize that the CIA is not what it seems? Harry Truman, who founded it in 1947, wanted to peel it back in 1963 after Kennedy’s death. He realized the malignancy he brought into the world. And it’s truly a cold world, and the CIA has made HUGE mistakes since World War II. (See “Untold History”). Also last week we had Fareed Zakaria’s and Rachel Maddow’s latest screeds (she does go on!) on Russia’s pal Donald Trump. What mental whores these people have become, going to the lowest level of stupidity to get their larger ratings. Apparently the New York Times is very excited about Maddow’s ratings. You can sense we’re reaching deeper into our civilization’s decline into a swamp of fear, based on paranoid misperceptions such as these. Robert Parry, “Fresh Doubts about Russian ‘Hacking’” Consortiumnews. http://bit.ly/2ngjGjl Andrew Levine, “Trump and Russia: Would It Matter if There Actually is a There There?” Counterpunch. http://bit.ly/2npV4VX Jason Ditz, “Wikileaks Releases Docs Detailing Mass CIA Hacking,” Antiwar.com. http://bit.ly/2mp1aUQ Tyler Durden, “Wikileaks Unveils ‘Vault 7’: “The Largest Ever Publication of Confidential CIA Documents”; another Snowden emerges,” ZeroHedge. http://bit.ly/2meDjZL

15.03.2017

I’d like to share with you my speech of a few days ago accepting the Laurel Award for Screenwriting at the Writers Guild Awards dinner. It’s a great honor to be added to a 70-year-old group that includes Ben Hecht, Billy Wilder, John Huston, Paddy Chayefsky, Joseph Mankiewicz, the Epsteins, among many others. My friend Jimmy Woods (“Salvador,” “Nixon,” “Any Given Sunday) introduces me at 6:22. At a time when the political conversation seems to be only about Trump, I believe we’re missing the bigger picture -- our indifference, ignorance or whatever it is, to a System that creates wars around the globe. On that note, the truly bad news for us -- and a lot of other countries -- is who’s taking over as National Security Advisor to Trump. Condi Rice and Susan Rice pale beside General H.R. McMaster (a Kubrickian name), and Pentagon war dog to the bone. Read about his strategy for Eurasia in the article below by Mike Whitney in Counterpunch. http://bit.ly/2m0ha3b. Trump clearly seems now defeated by the power of the intel agencies and the media. Even psychotic John McCain wholeheartedly approves of this man. Also am enclosing an article regarding “Ukraine on Fire,” the documentary I co-produced about the coup there in 2014. Given the state of our media’s honesty, I don’t know if you’ll ever get to see this in the US, but we’re trying. See James DiEugenio, “A Documentary You’ll Likely Never See,” Consortiumnews. http://bit.ly/2kA8gdc I wonder still -- did anyone from the US media or the TV networks ever follow this story in any way from the Russian-speaking Ukrainian point of view? What I saw at the time were shallow dismissals of what they called ‘conspiracy theory.’ It doesn’t seem like a basic effort was ever made to investigate. This has become a key point in the ongoing clash between our civilizations. For dessert, look at “German Intel Clears Russia on Interference,” by Ray McGovern, Consortiumnews http://bit.ly/2l7S9lQ, and “The Horrors of John McCain,” by Jeffrey St. Clair & Alexander Cockburn of Counterpunch. http://bit.ly/1HMrpZN

28.02.2017

HOW AMERICA PLAYS WITH HISTORY Robert Parry gets it right once again in his anger at 50 years of Establishment lies from the New York Times, Washington Post, Time, CNN, Wall Street Journal, New Yorker, ad nauseum. When will we get it right with ourselves? We’ve reached this insane cul de sac with ‘liberals,’ so called, wanting to push to war with Russia to prove that Donald Trump is some kind of ‘Manchurian Candidate’ in Vladimir Putin’s pocket. What next! We’re talking WAR here, American troops moving on the borders of Russia on Obama’s last day in office. Did I not see another supposed liberal, Rachel Maddow, on her MSNBC show say that with US troops on Russia’s borders we will now find out if Trump is in Putin’s pocket? Is there no end to her amusement? It’s all just a game to these TV people -- a game for higher ratings, sales, advertising. I believe the problem stems from our intelligence agencies not telling the American people the truth. How can they now? They’ve lied so much. It seems there’s simply no awareness in these circles of ANOTHER point of view -- some compelling counter-narrative to the Ukraine/Crimea story, such as a strong CIA/State Department interference in a violent coup, abetted by Right-Sector snipers at work; or Syria -- with US support for terrorists fighting for regime change. There just seems to be a lack of understanding of the games of strategy played by armchair warriors in Washington, who always seem to be given the benefit of the doubt somehow as innocent servants of our country. I also have this strange and chilling feeling that too many people in this millennial generation simply don’t know what war means. Too many slick action films with us kicking ass? Vietnam was horrible enough. It taught me that war destroys most everything, including the truth; it levels, it brings everyone to their basest level. We’re already on our way there with these childish allegations of Russians hacking our election. Think about it. I see it repeated and repeated, although a report of some 25 pages was released that showed no evidence at all. I repeat -- Americans have never suffered war. The Russians remember too well; it’s in their DNA, not in ours. We like to pretend we’re tough, but we don’t take casualties very well. We love proxy armies, but our wounded veterans are screaming for help out of all proportion to what a major war will do to our population. Jack Ma, CEO of Alibaba, hit it right when he was talking about globalization recently -- “In the past 30 years, America had 13 wars spending $14.2 trillion… no matter how good your strategy is you’re supposed to spend money on your own people.” He also said this is why America hasn’t profited from its globalization of the world. I think Trump must see this and is vilified for his Russian rapprochement by our liberals who long ago were the peace wing of our Government. I mourn for leaders such as George McGovern and his 1972 landslide loss or Michael Dukakis in ’88. Think of how honorable these men might’ve been in the post-Gorbachev era when Clinton, Bush 43, and Obama expanded NATO to 13 Eastern European countries, destroying the meaning of the détente that was achieved in ’89. I’m a liberal like many of you. And though I visit the New York/DC world and know some media, I’ve never seen people so crazy, drunk on the same Kool-Aid, grieving for a warmonger like Hillary Clinton. Wake up, America -- before it’s too late. Trim your huge waistline, buckle your big, arrogant mouth, stop kidding yourselves that you can control the world and tell people how to behave. You can’t back it up. In all the newsprint/TV blabber about how righteous we are, it won’t make an iota of difference when the winds of war blow. Wake up please in time. Think differently, open your eyes and minds to other possibilities. There’s nothing worse than war. Robert Parry, “How the NYT Plays With History,” Consortiumnews, http://bit.ly/2kdoJj1 “A Demand for Russian Hacking Proof,” Consortiumnews, http://bit.ly/2jv64S6

27.01.2017

As of 12/27/16 @SnowdentheMovie is available On Demand & Blu-Ray!

31.12.2016

Worked with @DebbieReynolds1 RIP on #Heaven&Earth ’93. She was Vietnam veteran Tommy Lee Jones's American Mom to the bone.

31.12.2016

THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING As 2016 draws to a close, we find ourselves a deeply unsettled nation. We’re unable to draw the lines of our national interest. Is it jobs and economy, is it national security, or is it now in our interest to ensure global security -- in other words, act as the world’s policemen? As the “failing” (to quote Trump) New York Times degenerates into a Washington Post organization with its stagnant Cold War vision of a 1950s world where the Russians are to blame for most everything -- Hillary’s loss, most of the aggression and disorder in the world, the desire to destabilize Europe, etc. -- the Times has added the issue of ‘fake news’ to reassert its problematic role as the dominant voice for the Washington establishment. Certainly this is true in the case of Russia’s ‘hacking’ the 2016 election and putting into office its Manchurian Candidate in Donald Trump. Apparently the CIA (via various unnamed intelligence officials), and the FBI, NSA, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (who notoriously lied to Congress in the Snowden affair), President Obama, the DNC, Hillary Clinton, and Congress agree that Russia, and Mr. Putin predominantly, is responsible. Certainly the psychotic, war-loving Senator John McCain is right up there alongside these patriots, calling President Putin a “thug, bully and a murderer and anybody else who describes him as anything else is lying.” He actually said this -- the man whose sound judgment chose Sarah Palin as his VP nominee in ’08. And the Times followed by printing the story in its full glory on page one, clearly agreeing with McCain’s point of view. I don’t remember Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon, or Reagan, in the darkest days of the 1950s/80s, ever singling out a Russian President like this. The invective was aimed at the Soviet regime, but never were Khrushchev or Brezhnev the target of this bile. I guess this is a new form of American diplomacy. If a black youth in our inner cities were killed or a Pakistani wedding party were murdered by our drones, would President Obama be singled out as a murderer, bully, thug? Such personalization is a sign of sickness in our thinking and way beneath what should be our standards. Note the enclosed link ("US Intel Vets Dispute Russia Hacking Claims") from the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (which includes the ex-NSA reformer Bill Binney, a mathematical genius who inspired the Nic Cage character in “Snowden”). He talks here about what hacking really means, as opposed to a ‘leak’. The Times and other mainstream media have surprisingly evaded any contrary evidence, such as that presented by Craig Murray, ex-ambassador and Wikileaks spokesman who says he was given the information in a Washington park by a Democratic ‘insider’ who was disgusted by the behavior of the DNC; Murray then gave it to Wikileaks. This was a ‘leak,’ not a ‘hack,’ and always seemed to me the likely source for this scandal (as I think the Sony leak was as well, falsely blamed on North Korea, but that’s another matter). And if this were to be properly investigated, it might very well lead to the discovery that this was Hillary Clinton’s ‘Nixon moment.’ Clearly the DNC offices were up to no good. Ironically, Clinton first made her name as one of the investigators into Watergate. See Mark Ames’s article, “Site Behind McCarthyite Blacklist,” tracking this foul play to Washington Post journalist Craig Timberg. I remember well in the 1950s when the Russians were supposed to be in our schools, Congress, State Department -- and according to many Eisenhower/Nixon supporters -- about to take over our country without serious opposition (and they call me paranoid!). It was this same media who insisted on our need to go to Vietnam to defend our freedoms against the communists 6,000 miles away. And after the Red Scare finally went away for good in 1991, let us remind ourselves that It never ended. It became Hussein of Iraq with his weapons of mass destruction, and talk of the ‘mushroom cloud.’ It became the Demon, as real as any Salem Witch Trial. It was Gaddafi of Libya, and then it was Assad of Syria. In other words, as in an Orwellian prophesy, it never ended, and I can guarantee you it never will -- unless we the people who still think for ourselves in this existential matter, can say “Enough” to this demon act. “Enough,’ “go away” -- laugh in their faces. Of course, the NYT/WaPo nexus rarely publishes any of our serious dissents and therefore we take refuge in alternate media, such as 'The Nation,' ‘Consortiumnews,’ ‘The Intercept,’ ‘Naked Capitalism,’ ‘Counterpunch,’ ‘Zero Hedge,’ ‘Antiwar.com,’ ‘Truthdig,’ ‘Common Dreams,’ etc. I think then we were all quite shocked (but not surprised) when recently we saw 200 WEBSITES listed as tools of the Kremlin (WaPo’s November 24, “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election”). My God, the ghost of Izzy Stone is back from the 1950s! For that matter, so is Tom Clancy from the ’80s. False thrillers will now be written about the Russians hacking the American elections. Money and TV serials will be made. I’ve never read such hysterical junk in the New York Times (call it what it is -- “fake news”), in which the editorials have become outrageous diatribes of alleged crimes by Russia, many of them presumably written by Serge Schmemann, one of those ideologues who still looks for Russians under his bed at night; they were called ‘White Russians’ in the old days and, like right-wing Cubans in Miami, are unable to live down past grievances. Schmemann is obviously riding high at the NYT edit board. This type of thinking has clearly influenced the Pentagon and many of our Generals' statements, and has pervaded MSM reporting. When one group-think controls our national conversation, it becomes truly dangerous. In this spirit, I’m linking several crucial essays of new vintage, pointing out the disgrace the MSM has become. As much as I may disagree with Donald Trump (and I do) he’s right now target number one of the MSM propaganda -- until, that is, he jumps to the anti-Kremlin track because of some kind of false intelligence or misunderstanding cooked up by CIA. Then I fear, in his hot-headed way, he starts fighting with the Russians, and it wouldn’t be long then until a state of war against Russia is declared. I have no doubt then that our over-financed military ($10 to every 1 Russian dollar) will mean NOTHING against a country that right now believes the US, with the largest buildup of NATO on its borders since Hitler’s World War II, is crazed enough to prepare for a preemptive strike. In his analysis, “The Need to Hold Saudi Arabia Accountable,” Robert Parry points out that this conflict ironically started in the 1980s with the Neoconservatives defining Iran as the number one terrorist sponsor in the world. How this leads to our present mess is a brilliant analysis that is unknown to the American public. I urge you to read the following articles and stay calm in your thinking. But bring it to bear in some way. As a believer in what the Dalai Lama says, every single one of us, even through our prayers, can add to the betterment of this world. I never thought I’d find myself praying for the level-headedness of a Donald Trump. Remember “The Iliad”? As Homer would have it, the gods would hover over each day’s battles and decide on the outcome. Who would die and who would live. Are the gods still listening? Robert Parry, “Making Russia ‘The Enemy’,” Consortiumnews http://bit.ly/2hz4jTI Joe Lauria, “Russia-Hack Story Another Media Failure,” Consortiumnews http://bit.ly/2hmndK4 Justin Raimondo, “Stop the CIA Coup,” Antiwar.com http://bit.ly/2hgka9c Robert Parry, “The Need to Hold Saudi Arabia Accountable,” Consortiumnews http://bit.ly/2ifNRZ3 Ray McGovern, “US Intel Vets Dispute Russia Hacking Claims,” Consortiumnews http://bit.ly/2gB2yWo Mark Ames, “Site behind Washington Post’s McCarthyite Blacklist,” Naked Capitalism http://bit.ly/2goUVT5 Robert Parry, “A Sour Holiday Season for Neocons,” Consortiumnews http://bit.ly/2imXXVb

29.12.2016

RIP Larry Colburn of Canton, GA, 67. Last surviving hero of My Lai massacre. Actually saved lives that day.

18.12.2016

A foolhardy attack 75 years ago, #PearlHarbor reminds us of the importance of keeping peace in the Pacific today. The US has been testing Asia. http://cnn.it/2hry5pO

09.12.2016

- Thoughts for a Sunday - Fidel Castro died on Friday at 90. It was for those who believe in independence a great loss. To those who celebrated his death, it was a victory of vengeance. I made 3 documentaries with Castro, each in a different key -- “Comandante” was a wide-open, 5-day effort, showing his spontaneous curiosity and a warm persona, which after a successful showing at the Sundance Film Festival, was aborted by HBO under pressure from Cuban right-wingers in our country. The second, “Looking for Fidel,” was a tough adversarial Q&A released for that reason by HBO in the US. The 3rd was a mellow Q&A in 2010, in which he looks back on his life and the future; it too was never released in the US. It’s nearly impossible for an American who’s rarely traveled outside of his native country to understand the economic, military, and covert-warfare power of the US to undermine most social revolutions, such as the one Cuba badly needed in 1959. To be 90 miles from our shores and undergo the pressure, illegal and other, that Cuba felt from the US blockade, embargo, assassination attempts, terrorist attacks, and the outright military invasion at the Bay of Pigs might be the basis to understand how the Cuban people had to make a choice. To stand for their own independence without giving up to the United States. They became allies of the Soviet Union because they had to to survive. But certainly the Eisenhower/Nixon administration made this come to be. And without a strong, cohesive central control, the Cuban Revolution would’ve certainly perished in these many attacks, as have similar experiments in social reform throughout the world, most often with the nudge of US administrations. Fidel stood always strongly against imperialism and colonialism (obituaries seldom mention Cuba’s heroic contribution in Angola against South African and US power), as well as racism, and the kind of corporate capitalism that interferes in other nations’ right to self-govern. Mr. Trump has unfortunately and unnecessarily insulted him in death, and sends his message to the world, which seems so sour right now. Clinton and her Democratic neoliberal order only promised us more tension and ideological conflict with China, Russia, and Iran. It’s my modest hope that among a raft of hardcore appointments to Justice, CIA, and sadly soon-to-be Secretary of State, that Trump will be more of a pragmatist than an ideologue and seek treaties with Russia, China, Iran, on all fronts -- nuclear, economic, and so importantly, cyberspace. But I must wonder about that inevitable moment when the next terror attack sets off once again our hysteria and desire for revenge. How do these Giulianis, Sessions, and reactionary members of his circle respond, but with the predictable outrage and clampdown on our remaining spaces? As Snowden said, all the buttons are in place, beginning and ending with the global surveillance state, which has made all of us into hostages and suspects -- beyond “1984.” Try to find some inner peace this Holiday season -- in your church, your spirit, your family -- and in your fellow men and women. Those who remember and are still here have been spared -- but we can never quite speak for those who’ve faced the disasters and haven’t survived. I take refuge, perhaps falsely, in the words of Rumi, the Persian poet: “The whole world lives within a safeguarding, fish inside waves, birds held in the sky, all subsist, exist, are held in the divine. Nothing is ever alone for a single moment. All giving comes from There, no matter who you think you put your open hand out toward, it’s That which gives.”

28.11.2016

Please read this article, which shows you how dangerous it is to point a finger at any one country for cyber-hacking. Crucial at this time to pay attention. Author James Bamford has been on the money many times. He’s written the best 3 books on the National Security Agency. He cares.

23.11.2016

Sit down with me for lunch in LA while supporting @ACLU_SoCal! Bid on @IfOnly to benefit a great cause. http://bit.ly/2fdWFcX

18.11.2016