Rain Forest Politics
The Amazon Rain Forest, a wonder of the world, is under attack. The lungs of the Earth are being destroyed by greedy capitalists. Cockburn connects racist attitudes toward the indigenous in Brazil to the white ruling class. He says, when you look at the Amazon, “the word you really have to use is justice. Justice toward nature, justice toward people. That’s the way the forest has to be seen and saved.” He talks about the radical organizing work in the Amazon of Chico Mendes, who was murdered. Interview by David Barsamian.
Alexander Cockburn was a keen observer of the U.S. scene and was in the front rank of media critics. He was a columnist for The Nation for many years. He wrote Corruptions of Empire, The Fate of the Forest, co-authored with Suzanna Hecht, The Golden Age Is In Us, and Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs & the Press. He was the editor of CounterPunch. His erudite and crisp writing was exemplary. Alexander Cockburn passed away in 2012.