Political Publications
Various Voices: Prose, Poetry, Politics 1948-1998, (London: Faber and Faber,1998)

The fourth section of this book (pp195 and following) comprises of a selection of political writings, some of which have not been included in full on this site.

"Various Voices, the first collection of Pinter's prose and poems to span his whole career, is a wonderful book that not only emphasises the versatility of his genius but also gives a portrait of the compassionate individual behind the myth of the difficult author"

Times Educational Supplement.

Degraded Capability: The Media and The Kosovo Crisis, edited by Philip Hammond and Edward S. Herman, with a foreword by Harold Pinter, (London: Pluto Press, 1999)

The media served a highly partisan and propagandistic role in Nato's Kosovo war, uncritically reproducing official spin in a way that was incompatible with their proclaimed democratic role as objective purveyors of information This is the first book to integrate a critical interpretation of Western policy toward the former Yugoslavia with an analysis of media coverage of the Kosovo crisis and war.

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Masters of the Universe? Nato's Balkan Crusade, edited by Tariq Ali,(London, Verso 2000)

NATO's war in Yugoslavie in the spring of 1999 was unleashed in the name of democracy and human rights. This view was challenged by the world's three largest countries, India, China and Russia, who saw the bombing of Serbia and Kosovo as a naked attempt to assert US dominance in an unstable world.

In the West, the media networks were joined by substantial sectors of left/liberal opinion in supporting the war. Nonetheless, a wide variety of figures emerged to challenge the prevailing concensus. Their work, gathered here for the first time, forms a collection of key staetments and anti-war writings from some of democracy's most eloquent dissidents-Noam Chomsky, Harold Pinter, Edward Said and many others-who provide carefully researched examinations of the real motives for the US actions, dissections and critiques of the ideology of "humanitarian warfare", and chartings of the unneccessary tragedy of a region laid to waste in the pursuance of Great Power politics.

This reader presents some of the most important texts on NATO's Balkan crusade and forms a major intervention in the debate on global geo-political strategy after the Cold War.
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