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.


Senators Moving On To The Next War

Bi-partisan group in the Senate remains fully committed to ignoring all evidence in their quest to bomb Iran.

As Republicans Implode, I’m Uneasy

The GOP keeps offering comedic gaffes and outrageous statements, but don’t count on a Democratic landslide in November.

Malice Versus Nobility: Scooter Libby and Bradley Manning

The top conspirator in the Bush administration and the soldier who leaked thousands of cables to wikileaks get different treatment from the justice system.

The Right’s Great Hope: Rick Santorum

The former Pennsylvania senator garners the support of a political base built by charismatic – but imperfect – preachers.

The Persecution of Judge Garzon

His reputation as human rights defender did not protect him from – and indeed may have contributed to – the wrath of right wing judges.

What If Somebody Told You That al-Assad Didn’t Kill Enough People in Syria?

How to evaluate events in Syria and what to do? Syria borders on Turkey (north), Iraq (east), the Mediterranean (west), Lebanon (south and west), Israel (Golan Heights) and Jordan (south). Unlike the “humanitarian” intervention in Libya – now edging toward chaos – outside fiddling with Syrian destiny will have great costs.

Environmental Internationalism: Cuba’s New Mission?

Necessity forced Cuban leaders to adopt an environmentally friendly, self-reliant strategy that can aid the Earth’s well being and humanity’s survival.

Cuba: Looking Back and Ahead

In the first entry on a two-part series, we look at how Cuban leaders could forge a new environmental mission in 2012.

Republican Presidential Race: Comedy or Farce?

Did a perverse talent agent find actors in an insane asylum by asking the inmates: “Anyone want to play a Republican presidential aspirant on TV?”

Trampling Out the Vintage: Cesar Chavez’s Legendary Strengths, and Weaknesses

Frank Bardacke has written the definitive biography of Cesar Chavez and a magnificent guide to the politics and sociology of the 1960s-80s.

When Number Two Acts like Number One

Washington can’t seem to grasp a decline, that the rest of the world sees, in its once undisputed world power. It cannot keep its home in good repair, but it still acts as if it can make other nations bend to its will.

When J. Edgar Hoover Tapped My Phone

The psychic dynamics of a government creep that spied on IPS are the latest Hollywood exploit.

My Memories of Libya

1982 Libya had a different feeling than the current world, but its memories shape a view of the current situation.

Drugs ‘R’ Us: the American Way

Pharmaceutical companies exert their influence over Americans of all walks of life, creating a culture of drug profiteering.

“The Ides of March” Warns Us of Our Broken Political System

George Clooney’s new film takes us beyond school-taught political science and into the reality of murky deal-cutting arenas.

Multitudes in the Streets

The failure of neoliberalism stares us in the face as tens of millions of jobless despair, millions of homeless seek shelter, and thousands take to the streets to protest.

Poem: Before Grey Filtered Light

Originally published in Counterpunch.

Cuban 5: A Judge Grants Dubious Probation

After ten years in prison, Rene Gonzalez is about to be free. But a stubborn judge wants him to remain in Miami with no protection from the Cuban exile terrorist groups there.

Witness – Orlando Letelier

What IPS did after the assassination of Orlando Letelier and Ronni Moffitt came from the shock of fear and recognition.

Thief in the Living Room: The Defense Department

Thanks to clever PR teams, the murderous and thieving excesses of the Pentagon continue to be spun as sacrifices worth of our national security.

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    Smoldering Planet

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