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Neoliberal Destructions

A talk by

P. Sainath and Alexander Cockburn

Monday, October 2nd, 6pm
370 Dwinelle Hall
University of California, Berkeley

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P. SainathMumbai-based P. Sainath is Asia's leading development journalist, writing frequently about issues such as poverty and the effects of neo-liberalism on India. Through his work on the livelihoods of India's rural poor, Sainath has changed the nature of the development debate in his own country and across the world. His landmark book, "Everybody Loves a Good Drought", is a devastating portrait of Indian government economic policies gone awry. Sainath has won numerous awards for his reportage, including the European Commission's Natali Prize in 1994 for articles related to development and poverty as well as working and living conditions of vulnerable social groups. In November 2001, he won the Boerma Journalism Prize from the United Nations Food and Agricutural Organization -- the most important award in development journalism. Sainath is India's full-time chronicler of the most complex rural world. No other reporter has covered the impact at the smallest village level of neo-liberal globalism as he has.

Alexander CockburnAlexander Cockburn is the co-editor of CounterPunch and is a nationally syndicated author. Born and raised in Ireland, Alexander Cockburn has lived and worked in America since 1973. He has established a reputation as one of the foremost reporters and commentators of the left.Cockburn is coeditor with Jeffrey St. Clair of the twice-monthly muckraking newsletter CounterPunch, whose Web site,, now has a world audience in the millions.The author of a bi-weekly column for The Nation called Beat the Devil, Cockburn also writes a syndicated newspaper column that is distributed nationally by Creators Syndicate. In 1987, Cockburn authored a highly successful collection of essays, some autobiographical, entitled Corruptions of Empire, for which he was called "the most gifted polemicist now writing in English" by the Times Literary Supplement. His diary of the late 1980s and early 1990s, The Golden Age Is In Us , drew enthusiastic reviews from many sources, such as The New York Times, which wrote "A warrior freethinker, armed with courage and gifted prose to cut down the hypocrisies of tyrants."


Globalization, Inequality and Democracy  - P. Sainath speaks at the University of Illinois (Sep 20, 2006) (video)

A collection of P. Sainath's recent writings (from India Together )

A 'final' note on credit. P. Sainath, The Hindu, Aug 11, 2006.

Bio and links to articles by Alexander Cockburn in The Nation Magazine.

Counter Punch - the muckracking newsletter, co-edited by Alexander Cockburn.


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