One of America’s most tireless and wide-ranging investigative journalists, David Barsamian, was in Winnipeg recently where he spoke at the University of Winnipeg as part of the National Campus & Community Radio Conference in Winnipeg, June 14, 2013. Among other things, the award-winning US journalist traced the evolution of United States foreign policy in the Middle East.
Barsamian has altered the independent media landscape, with his weekly radio show, Alternative Radio, now in its 27th year, and his books with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said.
His latest book of interviews with Noam Chomsky is Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire. His best-selling books with Chomsky have been translated into many languages.
Barsamian was deported from India in 2011 due to his work on Kashmir and other revolts. He lectures on world affairs, imperialism, the state of journalism, censorship, the economic crisis and global rebellions.
He is winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU’s Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes.
Regular CNC contributor, Paul S. Graham, videotaped Barsamian’s presentation which is posted below.
“It was an excellent speech,” Graham reports, “informative, articulate, animated. History buffs and politics junkies will like it. He spends some time decoding the ways in which pro and anti US countries are defined by and described in the corporate media.”
Along with the speech, Paul S. Graham interviews David Barsamian on the state of media in Canada and the United States both mainstream and alternative, and implications for democracy.