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Chris Hedges Lecture March 17

How War Has ‘Changed’

AmericaFormer New York Times  Middle East foreign correspondent Chris Hedges will talk about his new book, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and The Triumph of Spectacle, at The Shelter Rock Forum on March 17 at 7:30 p.m. The program will take place at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, 48 Shelter Rock Road in Manhasset.

On the seventh anniversary of the war in Iraq, Mr. Hedges will discuss how the Obama administration “has spent, lent, or guaranteed $12.8 trillion in taxpayer dollars to Wall Street and insolvent banks … has allocated nearly $1 trillion in defense-related spending … has expanded the war in Afghanistan, increasing the use of drones sent on cross-border bombing runs in Pakistan …”

Chris Hedges, whose column is published on Truthdig every Monday, spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He served for eight years as the Middle East bureau chief of The New York Times, where he shared the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism, for coverage of terrorism.

Hedges is a senior fellow at the Nation Institute and the Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton University. He has written nine books, including the best-selling American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America (2008) and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2003), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.

The March 17 Shelter Rock Forum with Chris Hedges is co-sponsored by The LI Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives and Great Neck Peace Action.