Friday, May 13, 2005

"The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror" - screens on Sunday, May 15th

As part of the "Fasci$t Watch" film series at 1919 Hemphill, the 90-minute documentary "The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror" will screen at 7pm. Open and free to all.

The following descriptive blurb is from the "Oil Factor"website:

According to O.E.C.D. data, the Middle-East holds 70% of the world oil reserves while North America and Europe will run out of oil in 2010 at their current rate of production. Emerging technologies might provide alternatives to oil used for energy but these innovations will do nothing to remedy the need for oil used in plastics which accounts for about half of oil's uses.

In the wake of Vice-President Dick Cheney's 2001 Energy Task Force, is it a coincidence if George Bush targeted Iraq in its so called "war-on-terror", a country known to possess the second largest oil reserves in the world?

Is it another coincidence if U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Central Asia are based near Central Asian oil and natural gas?

Was invading Iraq and Afghanistan really meant to reduce terrorist threats against the United States or was it a ploy to guarantee that the average American can continue consuming 4 times more energy than the average European or 32 times more energy than the average African?

After a year and a half of investigation and a three month trip covering Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, THE OIL FACTOR looks at both the human cost and the greater geo-strategic picture of George Bush's "war-on-terror". Along with solid facts & figures, clear, illustrative maps and graphics and original footage shot on location, THE OIL FACTOR features such personalities as Zbigniew Brzezinski, Noam Chomsky, The Project for the New American Century Director Gary Schmitt, best-seller "Taliban" author Ahmed Rashid and the Pentagon's Karen Kwiatkowski.


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