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Naomi Klein at LBJ Library
Sunday afternoon, I spent a couple of hours down on the UTexas campus at the LBJ auditorium listening to a couple of fascinating talks. The Third Coast Activist Resource Center had invited the journalist Naomi Klein to Austin to talk about the economic situation in Iraq. She had written an excellent article in Harper's back in September about the way the neoconservative movement had used the chaos of Iraq to setup a laboratory to test their free-market economic theories. Naomi spoke very elegantly about the way the occupation has dismantled the Iraqi economy and tried to rebuild it as the "world's best place to do business", but the changes have been so detrimental to the Iraqi people that it has intensified the resistance movement and made the risk of doing anything in Iraq so huge that it has failed completely.

Naomi's site has more information on her writings, including her frequent dispatches about economic injustice: http://www.nologo.org/

Also worth noting was the writer who introduced Naomi, a UT graduate named Rahul Mahajan who writes a blog called Empire Notes. He gave a very passionate description of the siege of Fallujah from April 2004 and a plea for the audience to protest the impending attack on the city that's scheduled for mid-November. His remarks are online at http://www.empirenotes.org/kleinintro.html.

I recorded both Rahul and Naomi's talks. I'm posting these as two MP3 files so you can download and hear the talks yourself. There is a reoccurring high-pitch whine in the audio; I'm not sure exactly what caused it, but I hope it won't be too distracting.

Rahul Mahajan's introduction of Naomi Klein, 2004-10-31, 8:48, 8.06 MB
Naomi Klein on Iraqi economic injustice, 2004-10-31, 1:20:22, 73.4 MB

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Do you think when you know about these kind of events ahead of time that you can post them? I would have liked to go to the chili cook off if only I had known about it.

I'll try to be better about that :) You might also want to join the austinpolitics group; that's where I heard about the Klein talk originally.

Im not so much interested in political events, more things related to vegitarianism...

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