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An Interview with Jeffrey St. Clair, Part One

CounterViews

by TAO RUSPOLI

This interview with CounterPunch co-editor Jeffrey St. Clair was filmed last week in Venice, California. The film inaugurates a new weekly feature on CounterPunch called CounterViews. Each Wednesday, filmmaker TAO RUSPOLI will present a new 10-minute interview featuring CounterPunch writers, political organizers, musicians, community activists and artists. The films can be viewed in either Quicktime or Flash formats. Enjoy and check back here each week. Same time, same channel. AC / JSC


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For those of you with quicktime player (i.e. anyone with a macintosh and many pc users), you can see a much better looking version of this by clicking on the following link:

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