Steven Hiatt leads a discussion on A Game as Old as Empire: The Secret World of Economic Hit Men and the Web of Global Corruption.
John Perkins' expose, "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man," became an international word-of-mouth sensation, but it revealed just the tip of the iceberg of the secret world of economic hit men. Now Perkins is joined by a dozen contributors - journalists, investigators, activists, and even other economic hit men in "A Game as Old As Empire."
The authors tell how multinational corporations, governments, powerful individuals, banks, other financial institutions, and quasi-governmental agencies operate to enrich small elites and corporate coffers while often impoverishing masses of people and creating debt and dependency that economically enslave countries for generations. Editor Steve Hiatt, who has worked as an editor and writer for several Bay Area companies, including Apple Computer, Netscape, Progressive Asset Management, and Stanford Research Institute, talks this evening with two of the book's contributors, Antonia Juhasz, who writes of "Global Uprising: The Web of Resistance" and Ellen Augustine, who writes on "The Philippines, the World Bank, and the Race to the Bottom"- Cody's Books
Ellen Augustine's passion to create a just, peaceful, and sustainable world has led her to run for U.S. Congress and found/cofound four nonprofits focusing on media violence, mentoring at-risk youth, citizen diplomacy, and environmental restoration.
She co-authored (as Ellen Schwartz) Taking Back Our Lives in the Age of Corporate Dominance from an optimism that simultaneously recognizes the urgency of our times and the power of intention and conscious action.
She currently speaks on Stories of Hope: profiles of people who are creating businesses that increase profits by being eco-friendly, communities and schools that nurture and sustain us, and initiatives that revitalize our environment (www.storiesofhope.us). She has been a voice for the common good-balancing the present and future needs of people and the planet in all decisions-on numerous radio and television shows, and in magazines such as Utne Reader. She has served on several nonprofit boards, including the National Women's Political Caucus and the Sierra Club.
Steven Hiatt is a professional editor and writerâ€”but also has a long history as an activist.
He went on his first demonstration, for a city equal housing ordinance, in Des Moines in 1965. He went on to edit an underground newspaper, was active in the movement against the Vietnam War, and then became a community college teacher and teachers union organizer.
After moving to California he worked for a number of years at Stanford Research Institute, a think tank and consultancy organization serving multinational corporations and government agencies and closely linked to Bechtel, Chevron, Bank of America, and other players in the EHM world. There he edited a series of research reports circulated to Global Fortune 1000 companies advocating standard neoliberal nostrums such as public-private partnerships and offshoring.
He left SRI in 1987 and has since produced and edited books for Verso, The New Press, and other publishers, working with authors such as Alexander Cockburn, Mike Davis, Lewis H. Lapham, Christian Parenti, and Rebecca Solnit. He is co-editor, with Mike Davis, of Fire in the Hearth: The Radical Politics of Place in America. Hiatt lives in San Francisco and is president of Editcetera, a nonprofit cooperative of publishing professionals.
Antonia Juhasz is the recipient of a 2012-2013 Investigative Journalism Fellowship at the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where she is investigating oil and natural gas and the Afghanistan war. Juhasz traveled across the northern and western provinces of Afghanistan for three weeks in late 2012 following an oil and natural gas map laid out first by the Soviets and updated by the Americans. She then spent a week in Tajikistan. The Atlantic ran “The New War for Afghanistan’s Untapped Oil,” her first article based on this investigation, in January 2012. Two additional pieces will soon run in Harper’s Magazine and Foreign Policy. Juhasz will next write a book based on this research, her fourth. Her previous books are: Black Tide: the Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill (Wiley, 2011); The Tyranny of Oil (HarperCollins, 2008); and The Bush Agenda (HarperCollins, 2006). Juhasz has been a reporter for the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute and wrote the cover article for the May 2012 issue of The Nation, “BP’s Toxic Legacy.” I leading oil industry and energy policy writer, she has been published in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Atlantic, Petroleum Review Magazine, The Nation, Tikkun, and The Progressive, among other outlets. Juhasz has worked as a Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC for Congressmen John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD). Juhasz holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy from Brown University.