Saul Landau was an internationally known scholar, author, commentator, and filmmaker on foreign and domestic policy issues. He was a fellow at IPS since 1972 and at the Transnational Institute since 1974 until his death in 2013. He wrote 13 books, thousands of newspaper and magazine articles and reviews, and made more than 40 films and TV programs on social, political, economic and historical issues.

Among his numerous accolades, Saul received the George Polk Award for Investigative Reporting and an Emmy for his 1980 film, “Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang” (with Jack Willis), as well as the Letelier-Moffitt Award for his human rights work. He won a Golden Apple award for “The Sixth Sun: Mayan Uprising in Chiapas” as well as first prizes in many festivals with films about Fidel Castro, Salvador Allende and Subcomandante Marcos. He was Professor Emeritus at Cal Poly Pomona University.

Saul’s columns can be read on and at Saul’s newest film is “Will the Real Terrorist Please Standup” (2011). It is available on DVD.


Cuban Five: 14 Years of Injustice

For a Miami jury, the fact that Cuban agents were in Miami was sufficient for them to hand down a guilty verdict.

U.S. on a Pedestal of Nuclear Immorality

What did Iran do to us to merit heavy U.S. sanctions? The media doesn’t ask this question.

Baseball Escapism

It’s a big business, like all professional sports, that uses good old American values to lure customers.

USA and Mexico: Best Democracies Money Can Buy

Wealthy elites in the United States and Mexico follow the same democratic strategy: modernized election theft.

A Move to Free the Cuban Five

We visited Gerardo Hernandez at a maximum-security prison in Victorville, CA – as new court filings show the U.S. government paid Miami-based journalists to file negative stories about the Cuban Five.

The Ecstasy of the Baseball Business

Baseball is a form of escape and a sport kids play, but professional baseball is solid business.

Encounters With Gore Vidal (1925-2012)

America’s historical novelist, play and screen writer Gore Vidal was a memorable figure full of wisdom and quips.

Violence Defines American Culture

When James Holmes mowed down twelve people and wounded almost sixty at a movie theater in Colorado, aggression penetrated my pores, inundated my brain and covered the cells of my heart.

Smoldering Planet

Colorado’s wildfires and the record heat waves should sober up some climate change doubters.

Wild Fires are Exactly What Global Warming Looks Like

Consevatives claim this is the biggest scientific fraud ever, but reality says this is our greatest collective challenge.

A Coup in Paraguay? Who Cares!

I had trouble finding San Franciscans who knew where Paraguay was or cared what happened there.

Washington and Damascus: What Will Stop Ongoing Violence to Civilians?

The White House responds to Syria’s efforts with phrases resonating with war tones, but diplomacy is the only way to preserve what is left of Syria for its hard-pressed citizens.

The Right Path for Washington in Syria

The question in Washington should be: will adding fuel to the violence make matters worse?

Saul Landau on U.S.-Aided Anti-Castro Militants and the Cuban Five

Journalist, filmmaker, author, professor, and IPSer Saul Landau joined Democracy Now to discuss his new film “Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up,” about U.S. support for violent anti-Castro militants.

Visiting Gerardo Hernandez in Federal Prison

We visited Gerardo Hernandez for the fifth time and, as usual, his spirits seemed higher than ours despite the fact that he resides in a maximum-security federal prison.

Romney Vs. Obama: The Prizefight Election

Imagine a heavyweight fight announcer introducing the contenders at the 2012 presidential elections debate.

Was This The Last Time the U.S. Is Invited to a Hemispheric Summit?

Only the U.S. and Canada continue supporting the policy that keeps Cuba out of the Organization of American States summits. At the last meeting, Latin American leaders agreed: they do not need Washington to hold a meeting.

Get Serious About Syria

Syrians will pay a higher human toll if the rush for U.S. entanglement does not subside.

Brian Latell’s Well-Known “Fidel” Secrets

The exiles and government officials who upbraid him have yet to thank Fidel for providing them with long-term employment.

Massacres and PTSD

To stop future massacres, send Bales back to Afghanistan for trial. Let’s see how “diminished capacity” plays in Kandahar – the scene of the crime.

    Central Intelligence Agency and other Intelligence, chile, Cuba, Democratization, Drug Control, Mexico

    Will You Answer the Call for Moral Revival?

    Black Press USA | August 25, 2019

    Why Nonprofits Need to Center Human Rights in Our Work

    Nonprofit Quarterly | December 13, 2018

    Take Syria Seriously–And Stay Out

    Common Dreams | May 24, 2013

    Baseball Escapism

    The (Meriden CT) Record-Journal | September 23, 2012

    Baseball Escapism

    The (Logan County KY) News-Democrat & Leader | September 21, 2012

    A Move to Free the Cuban Five

    Truthout | August 28, 2012

    Smoldering Planet

    The Register Citizen (Torrington CT) | July 31, 2012

    Smoldering Planet

    The Liberty (TX) Vindicator | July 31, 2012

    Murdoch Gets Caught Red-Handed

    The Lake Isabella (CA) Kern Valley Sun | August 3, 2011

    Murdoch Gets Caught Red-Handed

    The East Texas Review | August 2, 2011