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.


The Politics of Simulopting

Does Washington possess a consistent set of foreign policy principles? Barack Obama has adopted the Kennedy practice to guard himself from political defeat by trying to look tough in the pursuit of war.

Picture President Newt

Newt Gingrich has repented from his sins of the past, but recanted none of his political views. Does this 1990s Republican revolutionary have a shot at the presidency?

The Honduran Accords

Can an agreement in the Central American nation satisfy both left and right?

Cuba Changes, U.S. Remains Stuck in the Past

Cuba opens its doors to religion freedom, while the U.S. ignores all progress in Cuba and Americans continue to live vicarious lives through their TVs.

Free Private Manning

For Washington, WikiLeaks’ real crime is public humiliation.

CIA Cultivated Human Hurricanes

Luis Posada Carriles, now in his 80s, has returned to Miami as a triumphant hero after an El Paso jury acquitted him of 11 counts of lying on an immigration form.

Same Old from the Nuclear Gang after Fukushima

Wishful thinking about energy generation has apparently induced both temporary blindness and long-term amnesia.

Daydreaming of Cuba for Dollars

Academics making money, terrorists roaming free, and the reinvention of “Cuban Civil Society.”

To Libya With God on Our Side

Opulent religious rhetoric is once again employed to justify absurd military actions.

A Lousy New Year for Workers

General Motors executives could claim today that what’s good for their company is good for the country if they were talking about China.

Tribute to Letelier Case Prosecutor

Larry Barcella was a good and courageous man.

The Majority’s Choice: No One

In this year’s primaries, 41 percent voted Republican or Democrat. Fifty-nine percent didn’t vote; the equivalent of voting for no one.

Where’s the Sanity Clause?

Some democrats turn republican for lack of sanity, and humanity.

Does an heir of Goebbels measure Cuban failure?

Despite lacking necessities like food and health care for millions of Americans, some still tout the U.S. as a shining example of success.

What We’ve Done to Others

Few Americans have a clear memory of our nuclear history — part of our heritage, just like the cruel deeds of 9/11/01.

The Forever Fidel Obsession

Cuba isn’t trending capitalist, but Castro and his successors need to figure out how to fix the country’s economic woes to create a healthy, productive society.

The Rhetoric-Reality Gulf

Network media mavens evoke disaster about the Gulf’s fate, while the gulf between reality and rhetoric grows accordingly.

Remember Vietistan?

With the latest Pentagon resignation, the Vietnam analogy continues to haunt the United States in Afghanistan.

Fifty Years Later, the Struggle Continues

The civil rights movement unified millions of Americans behind one basic issue: getting the vote. They succeeded. What issue today could unify such a movement?

Housing is a Human Right

Self-righteous human rights attacks on other countries don’t help mask glaring needs at home, particularly food and shelter for millions.

    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