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Oliver Stone’s New Memoir

Posted: June 24, 2020 in -
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We love Oliver.

Chasing the Light: Writing, Directing, and Surviving Platoon, Midnight Express, Scarface, Salvador, and the Movie Game

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is gearing up to release my memoir, “Chasing the Light,” on July 21. The look of the book is up on Amazon at amzn.to/3etnXuD and Barnes & Noble at bit.ly/2BwTbT1. Don’t know about the bookstores, hope some will open; only promotion will be a few interviews in print, on radio, and some television.

Besides being about my turbulent family life, the Vietnam War, New York in the 1970s, and my battles as a screenwriter on “Midnight Express,” “Conan,” “The Hand,” “Scarface,” and “Year of the Dragon,” it’s about moviemaking at its most savage — that is, the lower-budget ranges of “Salvador” & “Platoon” in 1985-1986, and how I got those films made against all odds. Hard obstacles gave me strength for what was to follow later. But it makes for a hell of a read, if you’re interested.

 

 

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This is one of the most important films you can see, with the crucial missing history that has been censored from western corporate media. Ignorance is not okay.

My consistent view going back to the early 1980s has been that the public’s willful ignorance is not okay, and it is indeed the problem. Ignorant people are easily marshaled into groups, their identities stripped away, their thoughts supplanted by propaganda, and talking points inserted into their mouths by others. It is a severe and widespread problem, perhaps intractable. I meet a dozen per day on social media, and I can say with some authority that they don’t care for sources or facts.

Ukraine on Fire is not a perfect documentary. Better footnotes and citations might have helped to deflect the inevitable criticisms. Slick graphics help the flow visually, and they do keep the pace quick. Oliver Stone was deeply involved and on camera talking directly to participants relating to the 2014 Maidan coup.

I have also written about these events since they occurred documenting each stage for historical accuracy.

 

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One of the main points for western audiences to come to terms with is that Viktor Yanukovych was not the usual “brutal dictator” from the standard script of US regime change color revolutions. He wasn’t nearly brutal enough in going after violent, organized coup leaders right in the center of Kiev. There were no raids on their headquarters, no arrests, and certainly no assassinations of those foreign-backed neo-fascist insurgent leaders. Few “revolutions” elsewhere could have succeeded along those lines without risking severe reprisals by armed authorities.

The film shows how sophisticated the coup plotters were, what challenges they faced, and how they used violence to create martyrs and exploit the media channels, including no fewer than three new television stations that instantly popped up as the protests began in November of 2013.

 

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The filmmakers present the history of Ukraine, its western provinces collaborating openly with Hitler and turning war criminals like Stepan Bandera into national heroes. It shows the history of color revolutions, their ties to US NGOS, that aren’t all that “N” and are pretty much undeserving of the name. The National Endowment for Democracy (sic) opposes democracy around the world wherever the democratic leader denies some US corporate interests. USAID is another alleged “NGO” undeserving of the “N,” which has taken on foreign missions that the CIA used to handle. This color revolution blueprint is consistent, repeats itself, and it relies on a deception that foreign populations are rising up, when it only requires a tiny minority of a given population to make that appearance. The peaceful protests begin, and then the trained violent rioters move in, after some smiling images of solidarity have been produced for American news consumers. It’s happened in Bolivia and Venezuela recently as well. Color revolutions are the American empire’s game plan around the world–to take over with proxies, stooges, lapdogs, puppets.

 

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Nationalism is exploited by extremists on the right, domestically and around the world in targeted nations. The US likes to partner with, train, fund and empower these violent extremists in order to get footholds for US corporations. It’s the main job of far too large a portion of the US government today.

 

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These destabilizations and US belligerence have escalated a new Cold War. Russia is on notice and has modernized its nuclear arsenal. China is on notice, with US support for Hong Kong rioters as well as the “breakaway province” of Taiwan, and its incursions into the South China Sea. These provocations are a source of eternal hostility, an arms race, and hair-trigger alerts.

The US and its allies, particularly NATO, continue to stir up as much trouble as they can, while their own populations know next to nothing about what is going on with their tax dollars. That’s a problem.

Americans suddenly have a lot to say about Ukraine with the new Impeachment inquiry. Try asking a few of them if they know about any of this, or if they can even locate Ukraine on a map?

 

 

 



Demigods are here.

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They already did it. It’s in the Snowden film.

 

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Here is further evidence that our country has gone off its rocker — into the hell of militarism. No one since Reagan, Bush, and the Neocons has so embraced war and ‘regime change’ as the departed Senator John McCain. The MSM praise for him has churned up my mind and heart into ignoring the principle of ‘de mortuis nil nisi bonum.’ The tragic results of his recent warmongering in Libya, Syria, and Ukraine, as detailed by Max Blumenthal below, has brought chaos to both the Middle East and all of Europe in the form of mass refugees and the empowerment of the far-right.

In Vietnam as an infantryman, I saw the horror at ground level. Apparently McCain, dropping his bombs, learned nothing of the suffering he imposed on others, and when he finally tasted his own medicine, the damage only resulted in the crackpot that rose to such power in our benighted political circles. I regret the economic downfall of 2008 coming when it did, as it entirely took over the national debate. It would have been a resounding defeat for the Bush program had Obama trounced McCain on the merits of our ‘national security’ phobia.

See below for what an honest journalist can accomplish with truth and perspective.

“The Other Side of John McCain” by Max Blumenthal — https://bit.ly/2MzqOs2

The Other Side of John McCain

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Oliver Stone makes a plea for sanity.

– America Is Not Listening –

Judging by the US MSM response to Putin’s speech on Thursday (attached below at 12 minutes), it seems we have a massive breakdown in understanding nuclear issues in this country. For us it’s a matter of boasting, I guess — Trump’s “fire and fury” and the end of Earth. But those paying attention should know that last Thursday, in a low-key but monumental response to American threats, and without much fanfare, Mr. Putin stated what Russia has been doing to protect itself from what they view as a dangerous bully. It surprised many of us, I believe most likely, our over-budgeted Pentagon and over-rated CIA with a pretty stark statement, if not proof, that the Russians can defend themselves quite well for about 12% of the defense budget we waste.

I may be wrong, but it seems that it blows to smithereens all the billions of dollars we’ve spent on ABMs. Big cutbacks are due, but already it seems the Pentagon is asking for more money to keep up with the Russians’ “threat.” The madness will grow.

But what the US doesn’t understand is what Putin is saying. And in that sense, it was a very hopeful speech to me. What he’s saying in the plainest English is: ‘Stop — before it’s too late. We don’t want to fight you! Just leave us alone! Call us names, kick us out of the Olympics, have your sanctions, but don’t keep pushing for “regime change,” aka the overthrow of the Russian State. Don’t keep pressing with your NATO threats on our borders. Don’t keep thinking that you have the upper hand. You don’t. We’re quite capable of meeting all your threats — and frankly more. We don’t have to boast.’

The whole thing smacks to me of a veteran gunfighter in a predictable Western, telling the hot-headed kid bent on proving he’s better, ‘Don’t, kid. Don’t go for that gun. Go home… to your Mama, to your wife, a glass of milk, or maybe a peaceful life… whatever. Just go.’

Maybe it’s not such a bad idea.

Gilbert Doctorow, “Missile-gate: US Intel Misses Russia’s Big Advances in Nuclear Parity,” Consortiumnews, http://bit.ly/2FgUy9H.

“Putin’s Message Couldn’t Be Clearer,” Off Guardian, http://bit.ly/2tklwaE.

Tyler Durden, “Putin: ‘Russia’s New Hypersonic Missile Can Rip US Defenses Apart,” Zero Hedge, http://bit.ly/2F4jZuJ.

Paul Craig Roberts, “Putin’s State of the Union Reveals Russian Superiority in Nuclear Weapons Technology,” http://bit.ly/2D1R8Bv.

Americans are equally misguided by the MSM on Syria. Here Jeffrey Sachs, who’ve I come to admire, presents a wise analysis of American policy in Syria and the lies floated by Hillary Clinton. This of course ties into Russia and Iran on another front. It’s all part of one big mess and we keep moving towards the dogpile. Please let us turn in another direction before it’s too late.

Jeffrey Sachs, “Ending America’s Disastrous Role in Syria,” Common Dreams, http://bit.ly/2Fgf9KW.

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James Corbett brings us up to speed on the JFK cover up and imminent release of more documents.

3063 documents withheld.

VIDEO:

The CIA Preps Their Next JFK Psyop

 

We all know that the last of the JFK assassination records are due to be declassified in October. And we even know what the government says it’s hiding from us. But do you know the story that the CIA is trying to plant in the public consciousness about what is going to be “revealed” in these documents?

SHOW NOTES:
JFK

JFK Assassination Files: Oliver Stone Testifies Before Congress on Government Records (1992)

JFK Records Act

Assassination Records Review Board

Bamford’s 2001 report on Operation Northwoods

25 year disclosure mandate

National Archives reveals JFK declassification plans

Countdown to 2017

What the government is still hiding about the JFK assassination

How the CIA Came to Doubt the Official Story of JFK’s Murder

The assassination of President John F Kennedy: the finger points to the KGB

Formation of the Warren Commission

Episode 287 – Meet Lee Harvey Oswald, Sheep-Dipped Patsy

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“Any talk about our influencing the outcome of the US election is all lies. They are doing it due to a number of reasons. First, they are trying to undermine the legitimacy of President Trump, create conditions that must preclude us from normalizing our relations, and they want to create additional instruments to wage an internal political war. And Russia-US relations in this context are just a mere instrument in the internal political fight in the US.”

 

All episodes.

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On Syria:

‘The Putin Interviews’: Excerpt

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Putin Interviews Part 2 English Subtitles

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PS

Stone literally watches Dr. Stranglove with Putin, which is surreal.
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