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Articles by Richard Swift

MIXED MEDIA: Mandela and the myth

Richard Swift’s picks from the 2014 Toronto HotDocs festival include: Nelson Mandela: the myth and me, Mission Blue and The Malagasy Way.

  • June 4, 2014
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Save our species from capitalism: a politics that speaks to people

Richard Swift interrogates capitalism, exploring the alternatives offered by left-wing politics.

  • May 15, 2014
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Introducing... Beppe Grillo

A portrait of Italy’s satirist politician by Richard Swift.

  • May 1, 2013
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Meles Zenawi - where did it all go wrong?

A profile of the former guerilla leader turned tyrant, Ethiopian Prime Minister Zenawi, who died today after 21 years in power.

  • August 21, 2012
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The highlights of Hot Docs 2012

Richard Swift gives us a round-up of the best offerings at Toronto’s annual film-fest.

  • July 9, 2012
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Québec’s Maple Spring

Richard Swift says Canada’s wave of pots-and-pans protests signal the first major rupture with the austerity agenda.

  • July 1, 2012
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Tom Kocherry: fisher for justice

The 71-year-old legend of social movement politics in India shows no signs of slowing down, as Richard Swift discovers.

  • May 1, 2012
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Armenia

Facts, figures and ratings in our latest country profile.

  • September 1, 2011
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Sex and power

There’s a clear link between the sexual assault charges faced by Dominique Strauss-Kahn and what he does every day at the IMF, says Richard Swift. Look closely, it’s all in a day’s work.

  • May 25, 2011
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Whose miracle?

An epic migration to the cities has been responsible for China’s turbocharged economic performance. But, as Richard Swift explains, the cost for many workers has been too great and they refuse to be quiet any longer.

  • April 1, 2011
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The No-Nonsense Guide to Democracy

What is glimpsed at such times is a sense of what democracy could be: a notion of radical self-rule.’

  • February 14, 2011
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Georgia

  • November 1, 2010
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Seconds Out

By Martin Kohan; translated from the Spanish by Nick Caistor

  • November 1, 2010
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Pirate State: Inside Somalia's Terrorism at Sea

By Peter Eichstaedt

  • November 1, 2010
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The Obama Syndrome

By Tariq Ali

  • November 1, 2010
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Don Blankenship

Big coal equals big profits, so Don Blankenship doesn’t worry too much about pollution.

  • September 1, 2010
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Predators and scavengers

Richard Swift on the nature of the human beast.

  • July 1, 2010
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Budrus

By Julia Bacha

  • July 1, 2010
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The Devil Operation

By Stephanie Boyd

  • July 1, 2010
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Gaza: invisible no longer

Israel’s recent outrage may prove a step too far, argues Richard Swift.

  • June 9, 2010
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Crackdown in Cairo

Egyptian politics heats up over Mubarak succession

  • June 1, 2010
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The Wayfinders

Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World. By Wade Davis.

  • April 1, 2010
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Normalizing a coup

Resistance continues despite US recognition of post-coup regime

  • April 1, 2010
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Going Rouge - Sarah Palin - An American Nightmare

This book provides some amusing and insightful analysis of the way in which knee-jerk fundamentalism mixes with the celebrity sell to provide a personal narrative on which the hopes of the Republican Right have come to reside.

  • March 1, 2010
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Getting a grip on democracy

Richard Swift finds some traces in Egypt and Latin America.

  • March 1, 2010
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Haiti: disaster relief or disaster capitalism?

Richard Swift reports from the Caribbean.

  • January 26, 2010
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Eritrea

The country, once one of Italy’s few colonial possessions, covers an 800-kilometre strip along Africa’s Red Sea coast, stretching from Sudan in the north to Djibouti in the south.

  • December 1, 2009
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No we can’t!

Obamamania starts to ebb

  • November 20, 2009
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Murder without Borders

Vancouver-based journalist Terry Gould tells the stories of six journalists who paid with their lives for refusing to surrender their conviction that journalism is meant to be about ‘telling the truth’.

  • November 1, 2009
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Human rights abuses in Honduras

The Maquila Solidarity Network has sent out this call to action against the human rights abuses in Honduras.

  • September 28, 2009
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Out of the barracks

A military coup in Honduras puts Latin America’s fragile democracy in peril, reports Richard Swift.

  • July 23, 2009
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Burma VJ – reporting from a closed country

This is the story of ‘Joshua’, an underground video journalist. By Anders Ostergaard

  • July 1, 2009
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Black Wave – the legacy of the Exxon Valdez

This film documents the corporate chicanery and disinformation that has followed since the Exxon tanker dumped millions of gallons of crude oil into Alaska’s pristine Prince William Sound.

  • July 1, 2009
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Orgasm Inc

US documentary-maker Liz Canner takes on Big Pharma over the creation and marketing of a disease called ‘female sexual dysfunction’.

  • July 1, 2009
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Episode 3 - 'Enjoy Poverty'

A gritty, uncomfortable offering from Renzo Martens that brought outraged responses from some of the NGO and media people in the audience.

  • July 1, 2009
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Defamation

Israeli filmmaker Yoav Shamir challenges the idea that there is a ‘new anti-Semitism’.

  • July 1, 2009
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Upping the ante

Protesters raise the stakes as strikes sweep the French Caribbean

  • May 1, 2009
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Our Seeds: Seeds Blong Yumi

This is a rallying cry that shows the way in which people in many parts of the world are resisting seed privatization through actions big and small.

  • May 1, 2009
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Ghana

Facts, figures and the history of Ghana.

  • April 1, 2009
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Fat: A Cultural History of Obesity

Sander L Gilman delves into culture to demonstrate that our belief that fat can be identified with a number of character flaws

  • April 1, 2009
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'Not in our name!'

Jewish voices raised against Israel’s Gaza onslaught

  • March 1, 2009
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Payback

Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth by Margaret Atwood

  • March 1, 2009
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The Other

The Other by Ryzard Kapuscinski

  • January 1, 2009
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Year of living dangerously

Richard Swift on the hard edge of hunger in a year of perpetual crisis.
Action – a new diet for the world food system.

  • December 1, 2008
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Critical Resources on the Financial Crisis

As we all struggle to get to grips with all the implications of the financial crisis as it unfolds, there are a couple of websites that provide good points of reference.

  • October 13, 2008
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In Defense of Lost Causes

Superstar philosopher Slavoj Zizek writes in defence of lost causes

  • September 1, 2008
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My life inside

A masterful piece of film-making that leaves the audience gasping at the injustice of a 99 year sentence for a Mexican ‘illegal’ migrant following the death of the child she was minding

  • August 1, 2008
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An island calling

An explosive mix of politics, religion and sexuality explored through the life of a gay couple in Fiji

  • August 1, 2008
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Kids and money

The horrors of the attitudes towards money of Los Angeles 12-16-year-olds

  • August 1, 2008
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Letter to Anna: the Story of Journalist Politkovskaya’s Death

The story of one journalist who tirelessly exposed its horrors and manipulation by the Moscow political class.

  • August 1, 2008
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Anarchy Alive!

Gordon is well-grounded in both anarchist theory and as an activist in Britain and his own country, Israel. He provides a useful examination of the movement in many ways at the heart of the resistance to contemporary war and globalization.

  • July 1, 2008
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The Trouble with Diversity

Has the left been duped or duped itself into pursuing the holy grail of identity politics?

  • April 1, 2008
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Laos

As the forces of corporate globalization press on its borders, change is inevitable.

  • December 1, 2007
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Pushing your buttons – welcome to your second childhood

A visual guide to political manipulation.

  • October 1, 2007
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Signs of infantilization

The tell-tale symptoms of a democratic ethos in distress.

  • October 1, 2007
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Dumbing down democracy

Puzzled by democracy’s failed promise, Richard Swift explores the way our political culture infantilizes both the elected and the electorate.

  • October 1, 2007
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HOTDOCS Special

A special report from Toronto’s HOTDOCS film festival, featuring movies on Darfur, Abu Ghraib and climate change.

  • July 1, 2007
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HotDocs

A documentary festival leaves you with some startling images. Indigenous women in La Paz, Bolivia dressed in long skirts and blouses throwing each other around the ring in Lucha wrestling as enthusiastic fans cheer and jeer. A Palestinian activist in an Israeli prison for women completely without remorse for the deaths of eight children in the bombing she helped plan.

  • May 21, 2007
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Organic and beyond

Can a shift to organic create a sustainable yield? Richard Swift weighs the evidence.

  • April 1, 2007
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Death by cotton

India’s farmers have been killing themselves by the thousands. Richard Swift finds out why.

  • April 1, 2007
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Cotton: peril and promise

Richard Swift wonders if there are better ways to get along with this difficult shrub.

  • April 1, 2007
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Cotton

From this month’s editor

  • April 1, 2007
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Dictatorship of no alternatives

Richard Swift dissects the corporate takeover of the European Union.

  • October 1, 2006
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The next move?

Richard Swift plays a little euro-chess.

  • October 1, 2006
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Snapshots from shantytown

A photo essay of squatter life.

  • January 1, 2006
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Empire Left & Right

The idea of empire has certainly made a comeback at both ends of the political spectrum. Richard Swift guides us through the troubled water from Hardt & Negri right through to Niall Ferguson – with a bit of graphic help from Polyp.

  • January 1, 2006
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The lease on life

Richard Swift meets the determined squatters of Bangkok who don’t know the meaning of the word eviction.

  • January 1, 2006
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Welcome to Squatter Town

By 2030 there will be over two billion squatters worldwide. Richard Swift reports on their attempt to carve out their own piece of urban space.

  • January 1, 2006
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Afflicted Powers

Afflicted Powers by Retort

  • December 1, 2005
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Disney rewrites Carib history

Disney rewrites Carib history.

  • June 1, 2005
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State of Fear

The war on terror has provoked a global state of siege. Richard Swift sees a spreading ‘occupation mentality’ that may be visiting your neighbourhood soon.

  • March 1, 2005
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Interview with Leanne Allison and Karsten Heuer

Leanne Allison and Karsten Heuer have been living with the caribou on one of the longest migrations undertaken by land mammals, across the Yukon and Alaska.

  • December 1, 2004
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The Corporation

The Corporation directed by Achbar, Abbott and Bakan

  • July 1, 2004
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Revolution of roses

Voices – both optimistic and sceptical – from the frontlines of Georgia’s democracy movement.

  • April 1, 2004
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Democracy - beyond the market

Profiles in activism from the former Soviet Union.

  • April 1, 2004
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Corporate crime wave

The corporate baddies are running amok again. Richard Swift, Private Investigator, skulks around corners to get a fix on what they are up to and how to stop it.

  • July 1, 2003
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Are they sorry?

Judge the corporate criminals for yourself.

  • July 1, 2003
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The occupation is killing us all

Richard Swift weighs up the claims and counterclaims and lays bare the core of contention in this seemingly endless conflict.

  • August 1, 2002
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Towards a democratic Palestine

An interview with Palestinian intellectual Mustafa Barghouthi.

  • August 1, 2002
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Room for manoeuvre

Possible paths to peace.

  • August 1, 2002
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Blunt talk

A conversation with Uri Avnery.

  • August 1, 2002
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The U$ will pay!

George Bush gives a blank cheque.

  • August 1, 2002
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Squeezing the South: 50 Years Is Enough

Activists from all around the world are challenging the economic gospel according institutions like the World Bank. Richard Swift tests the winds of change.

  • July 5, 1994
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