Magazine article New Internationalist

The Fire This Time

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Fire This Time

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Three years ago camera operator Grant Wakefield came across a book called The Fire This Time. Written by the former US Attorney-General Ramsey Clark, the book was a warning to the US Government that its position on Iraq was untenable and unconscionable. Wakefield travelled to Iraq with filmmaker Miriam Ryle and began gathering the material that we hear on The Fire this Time.

It's in two parts. The second disc features 13 (mostly unreleased) tracks from the cream of electronic music: Aphex Twin, Orbital, Higher Intelligence Agency. It's all good, atmospheric stuff. But it becomes extraordinary when used as the underlay for the history of Iraq that's presented on the first disc. If this sounds dry: it isn't. The Fire this Time is rather like an audio play and the stories it tells are horrifying. We all know the recent history of Iraq - and Wakefield is no apologist for Saddam Hussein - but the CD's dramatic build-up to the Gulf War and its aftermath is remorseless. …

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