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In the pockets of the billionaires

The "war on terror" keeps journalists employed and the population quiet, while the upheaval of the war brings huge gains – to a few.

The Shadow World
Directed by Johan Grimonprez

Shadow World is an eerie film, and a wonderful and beautiful film, with the poems of Eduardo Galeano and with General Smedley Butler's words about the 21 000 new dollar millionaires that emerged as a result of the First World War. Billions upon billions disappeared into the pockets of a few.

When President Ronald Reagan wanted to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia for billions of dollars in the 1980 century, Israel put an end to the affair, handing it over to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia had close ties to both British and Americans. The British sold weapons to the Saudi Arabians for £ 2 billion, including £ 6 billion in commission – in other words over £ 43 billion for sheer corruption, and of course to prosecution.

I Shadow World, based on the book of the same name, the arms dealer Riccardo Privitera is interviewed. He says that when it comes to big business, there are only two things that matter: money and sex.

Politicians and prostitutes. A Norwegian acquaintance has also told me the same thing: During the negotiations on the purchase of weapons systems, the American company sent in prostitutes – perhaps to give the customer something to enjoy, perhaps to be able to use later. . .

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Ola Tunander
Tunander is Professor Emeritus of PRIO. See also wikipedia, hos PRIO: , as well as a bibliography on Waterstone

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