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Globalization and Terrorism

Program #ROYA003. Recorded in Santa Fe, NM on September 18, 2002.

Audio sample:
Since 9/11 most of the media have studiously avoided talking about the origins of terrorism. It just happens like the well-known four-letter word. The corporate networks and their overpaid talking heads mimic the Bush line: "They, the evildoers hate us." Why? "Because of our values and freedom." This simple formula is repeated ad nauseam even while most of the world's media point to ample evidence that terrorism has deep roots. Since U.S.-led corporate Globalization accelerated in the 1990s the poor have gotten poorer and the rich richer. Disparities among and inside of countries have grown sharply. The train of the New World Order has left many passengers behind at the station. From Argentina and Brazil to Nigeria and India, the servant's are stirring. They are unhappy with the master's rules. Perhaps the definition of terrorism should include the economic variety.

Speaker(s):

Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy is a world-renowned writer and global justice activist. The New York Times calls her, "India's most impassioned critic of globalization and American influence." Among her many honors are the Lannan Foundation's Cultural Freedom Award and the Sydney Peace Prize. She is the author of many books including The God of Small Things, The Checkbook & the Cruise Missile, Field Notes on Democracy, Walking with the Comrades and Capitalism A Ghost Story. Her introductory essay to B.R. Ambedkar's Annihilation of Caste is "The Doctor and the Saint."

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