acTVism Munich Online TV Program October 2016

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acTVism Munich Online TV Program October 2016


Welcome to our online TV program for October 2016. Here you will find everything you need to know about our upcoming videos and projects. This month’s video releases include: Joseph Gerson, Yanis Varoufakis, Noam Chomsky, Edward Snowden and Ernst Wolff.

As an independent and non-profit organization with a very limited budget, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to release the announced content in multiple languages or on the dates stated below. Please consider helping us achieve these targets by supporting us with a donation: Click here.

5th October:  Interview with Joseph Gerson on US Foreign Policy, Japan and Ramstein

We will start into the month of October with the release of our interview with Joseph Gerson. Gerson serves as the American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC) disarmament coordinator, as director of programs in New England, and as director of the Peace and Economic Security Program. He has worked with AFSC since 1976. In 1947, AFSC was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

The following questions will be addressed by Gerson in this video:

What role have US military bases traditionally played for US foreign policy architects? Was President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima in May of 2016 a step forward given that it was the first official visit by the US since it dropped two atomic bombs on Japan in World War II? What function does the US Air Base in Ramstein, Germany serve and what should grassroots activists take into account when demonstrating against such bases peacefully?

Language: German and English


11th October: Yanis Varoufakis and Noam Chomsky discuss Modern Economic Theory & Education

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Noam Chomsky and Yanis Varoufakis

In our second video release, we will translate and voice-synchronize into German part II of an event that featured Yanis Varoufakis and Noam Chomsky and was organized by the New York Public Library. In this part, renowned linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky, and former finance minister and founder of the Democracy in Europe Movement Yanis Varoufakis discuss the rise of economics in academia and education as well as its shortcomings.

The following questions will be addressed in this part:

  • Why did the field of economics take centerstage in academia?
  • What are the shortcomings of modern economic theory?
  • Did the global financial crash of 2008 change and improve economic theory?

Languages: German and English


18th October: Ernst Wolff on the IMF

Ernst Wolf
Ernst Wolff

Our third release of the month will feature Ernst Wolff. Wolff is the author of “Pillaging the World. The History and Politics of the IMF” and will address the following questions:

  • Did the IMF break from its traditional policies, given that it did not endorse the Troika’s policies in Greece and even advocated “debt-relief”?
  • Is there any precedence in history where grassroots movements were able to reverse the policies of the IMF?
  • What role does the media play in analysing and evaluating the policies of the IMF?
For Part I, click here.

Languages: German and English


25th October:  Reexamining History with Noam Chomsky: New World Order and Grand Area Planning

Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky

On the 25th of October, we will continue with our “Reexamining History” series and feature an interview that we held with Prof. Noam Chomsky. Prof. Chomsky will focus on historical developments that seldom, if at all, appear or are discussed in Western mainstream historical literature.

The following questions will be addressed in this video:

  • What geopolitical plans did the United States draw for the globe after World War II?
  • What is the “Grand Area” and how did it effect the security and economy of the globe?

Languages: German and English


31st October: Discussion on Privacy Part 4 – Edward Snowden, Noam Chomsky & Glenn Greenwald

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Edward Snowden, Noam Chomsky and Glenn Greenwald

For our last video of the month, we will translate and synchronize into German the fourth part of an event that was organized by the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences called “A Conversation on Privacy”, which hosted Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald and Noam Chomsky.

In this part the following questions are addressed:

  • How can we combat terrorism, given its significant rise, whilst protecting our privacy and civil liberties?
  • Does the NSA apparatus serve to deter terrorism?
  • Does the mainstream media provide context as to why terrorism is rising?

For the previous parts, click here.

Languages: German and English


Why donate to acTVism Munich?

Greenwald Chomsky
Edward Snowden, Noam Chomsky and Glenn Greenwald

acTVism Munich plans to continue translating the event organized by the University of Arizona, “A Conversation to Privacy” that hosted Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald and Noam Chomsky. We Munich believe that privacy is a central ingredient to democracy and creating awareness on it on a global scale is of utmost important for the future of human freedom and liberty. We will also continue to translate an event organized by the New York Public Library (NYPL) that hosted Yanis Varoufakis and Noam Chomsky. This event took place on the 26th of April, 2016, and focused, amongst other issues, on the state of European democracy; the underlying problems confronting it and the solutions required for meaningful change.

Saal der Bundespressekonferen Berlin
Federal Press Conference, Berlin

Secondly, acTVism Munich will gain full access to the German government’s national press conference in Berlin in the fall of 2016. This will provide us an opportunity to pose critical questions directly to the German government which will foster awareness on a host of issues seldom discussed in the mainstream media. The attempt is to translate and synchronize the question and answers in English as well.

We lack technical and financial resources to translate the events and press conference mentioned. Furthermore, we will only be able to attend the press conference once in 3 months due to the high costs of travelling and lodging.

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NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden

Lastly, acTVism Munich received Edward Snowden’s confirmation about participating in a future event known as “Freedom & Democracy: Global Issues – Connecting the Dots”. This Event is planned for 15. January 2017 and plans to bring leading experts together to discuss the connections between various issues and reveal the system at work. We believe that we can only arrive at viable solutions by increasing public awareness of the principal and structural faults of our system.

We lack the necessary financial and technical resources to execute the projects, trips and events mentioned above. Since we are a non-profit and independent media outlet that has a strict policy against accepting advertisements, government or corporate support – we depend only on you, the public.

These projects depend only on you – please support us today by donating via PayPal or Bank transfer by clicking here!


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