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Every Man in this Village is a Liar
Transcript of Every Man in this Village is a Liar
Las Angeles, USA
Home Base for LA Times
Housten, Texas, USA
Where Megan 'lives' as an adult and returns after the 9/11 attack. She
The Bronx, NY, USA
Megan's childhood home and first experience of war - Johnnie is sent to Beirut, Lebanon and returns a changed person, eventuating in his suicide.
3: 'AS LONG AS YOU CAN PAY FOR IT'
United States of America (USA)
4: TERRORISM AND OTHER STORIES
5: FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES
6: THE LIVING MARTYR
14: ALL THINGS LIGHT AND DARK
15: THERE WOULD BE CONSEQUENCES
7: THE LEADER
1: EVERY MAN IN THIS VILLAGE IS A LIAR
2: CHASING GHOSTS
9: WE EXPECTED SOMETHING BETTER
11: LODDI DODDI, WE LIKES TO PARTY
12: A CITY BUILT ON GARBAGE
16: KILLING THE DEAD
13: THE EARTHQUAKE NOBODY FELT
17: I THOUGHT I WAS A SALAMANDER
Holidaying in France
American War on Terror, 2001 - present
American War 2003-2011
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi
Abu Ghraib exposed 2004
(USA torture practices)
"We don't cause trouble,
we don't bother nobody"...
"I said "Cheer up!" and I
gave her a hit"
Houthi Rebellion, 2004
Former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was assassinated, 2005
Cedar Revolution (withrawal of Syrian troops)
2006 Israel/Lebanon War
Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt’s Parliamentary Election, 2005
Both Israel and Palestine claim Jerusalem as their capital (Bethlehem is about 8km south of Jerusalem)
10: A QUESTION OF COST
Saudi Aramco compound insurgent attacks 2004
Megan Stack's article on women in Saudi Arabia for the LA Times
Megan Stack's article on ARAMCO compound attacks for the LA Times
"This is the first thing I learned about war. Remember?
You can survive and not survive, both at the same time."
'Every Man in this Village is a Liar'
"The Americans should know that the storm of plane attacks will not abate, with God's permission. There are thousands of the Islamic nation's youths who are eager to die just as the Americans are eager to live"
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, spokesman for Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda group
There is nothing farther away from Washington than the entire world.
- Arthur Miller
Megan further encounters conflict on a personal level when dealing with the advances of Mohammad Zaman, a warlord.
For an explanation of what happened on September 1, 2001 go to the link below
... the editors move her to Palestine.
Central Concern #6
War transforms human experience.
Stack does not claim that the U.S. mishandled the war on terror, but rather that the war was an illusion from the start, "a way for Americans," she writes, "to convince ourselves that we were still strong and correct."
Central Concern #3:
The war on terror "never really existed.
Stack proposes that it creates a liminal space between "surviving and not surviving."
Stack forces us to think about the Middle East as a whole, rather than as separate countries with separate conflicts.
Central Concern #5
Circles of suffering and brokenness radiate
out from one another. It's all connected.
The price for innocent civilians of war and endemic violence.
Lives destroyed by constant fear.
Suffering is not just physical.
Common 'Conflict' Ideas Throughout:
Yemeni photographer Boushra Al-Mutawakel talks about the fears and conflicts she faced when becoming a photographer, then exhibiting her work which looks at controversies surrounding the hijab.
What sorts of questions and concerns do these artworks reveal about
Surviving and not surviving
Being a Journalist and being human
The endless cycle of revenge
The lies we tell ourselves
Who does Stack consider to be 'every man'? Essentially everyone who believes that war/conflict can be justified.
Which village? The world. The interconnection of countries leaves us to conclude this (as does the Arthur Miller epigraph).
Key Focus: Count the lies that unfold. Who is being lied to? What about? Why? How does exposing these lies 'educate' us about war/conflict?
Research PTSD and write a report on the issues returned soldiers face. You could use this article as a starting point: 'Sometimes the Hardest Part of Going to War Is Coming Home'
Look at this artwork by Ben Quilty which explores PTSD in soldiers who returned from Afghanistan, and use it as inspiration to write Johnny's story:
Look at the idea that war could bring peace by reading the report on the deployment Johnny was sent on, titled: 'Tactical Lessons for Peacekeeping: U.S.'
Write about the conflict faced by the NY Firemen who's job it was to rescue those trapped in the Twin Towers
Central Concern #2 Compromising principles in order to achieve our own agendas
Stack shows us time and time again that the primary internal conflict is one of compromise, and the consequences it brings.
Write a personal letter to Megan Stack responding to one of her articles from Saudi Arabia; write as one of the women she interviews giving their side of the story.
Central Concern #4
War is elemental - it is kill or die
When in the middle of combat, there is no humanity. There is no room for compassion, only survival.
Pages 97, 241 and 251
Write Atwah Bahjat's epigraph or a tribute to her for the LA Times.
Central Concern #1:
Lies, Truth and Trust:
"Every man in this village is a liar." It was a punch line to a parable, the tale of an ancient Greek traveler who plods into a foreign village and is greeted with those words... It's one of the world's oldest logic problems, folding in on itself like an Escher sketch. If he's telling the truth, he's lying. If he's lying, he's telling the truth.
Big Ideas: Israel/Palestine Forum
Published 23 July 2014 | The Wheeler Centre
Write two audience responses to the events reported on by Stack - one from a Palestinian point of view and one from an Israeli point of view.
Imagine Stack has been interviewed to discuss recent erruptions of conflict in Jerusalem. How would she respond?
Watch 'The Ghost of Abu Ghraib' Documentary
Warning: This video contains images and content that will shock and offend
Charlie Brooker vs. Colonel Gaddafi
hilarious bit about Colonel Gaddafi
(extreme language warning)
Read this article about star who have performed for the Gaddafi clan: 'Caught singing for tyrants? Don't be embarrassed. Do what 50 Cent does: embrace it'
Learn more about 'The Leader' Colonel Gaddafi's life:
"How bad was too bad?"
When considering that the US justified Sadam Hussein death because he was a tyrant, Stack poses the question:
Write an expository essay that responds to her question.
Peter Greste: Australian Journalist imprisoned in Egypt for spreading false news and supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
Foreign Correspondent video: Ordeal in Egypt
Look into the dangers and conflicts war correspondents face on the job.
Challenging preconceptions of the Middle East, in Lebanon and Gaza
Your Questions About Hezbollah and the Middle East
The Fabric of Uncertainty: Poet Mishka Mojabber-Mourani's Memories of Conflict in Lebanon
We are all lying - to ourselves, to others and to the world
Write the pages in the notebook that Stack kept during her time in Libya.
Al Arabiya launches Atwar Bahjat Award recognising outstanding female journalists
'Israel and Palestine Explained'
'The Arab-Israeli Conflict Explained: World History Review'
'Crime & Punishment in the Gaza Strip'
For a better understanng of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict watch these two
For an interesting insight into life behind the Gaza Strip watch this one
Head on over to FORA.tv and watch Stack's full interview from the Byron Bay Writer's Festival
UN Made Clear It Was Sheltering Kids But School in Gaza Still Got Hit:
The conflict John was part of was most likely the U.S. Multinational Force (USMNF) operated in Beirut, Lebanon from 25 August 1982 to 26 February 1984
Israel-Palestine: Is This A Debate? Russell Brand The Trews