Room 1001: Cusack, Roy, Ellsberg and Snowden

Room 1001, Ritz Carlton, Moscow by OLE VON UEXKÜLL
Room 1001, Ritz Carlton, Moscow by OLE VON UEXKÜLL

“Every nation-state tends towards the imperial–that is the point. Through banks, armies, secret police, propaganda, courts and jails, treaties, taxes, laws and orders, myths of civil obedience, assumptions of civic virtue at the top. Still it should be said of the political left, we expect something better. And correctly. We put more trust in those who show a measure of compassion, who denounce the hideous social arrangements that make war inevitable and human desire omnipresent; which fosters corporate selfishness, panders to appetites and disorder, waste the earth.”–Daniel Berrigan, Jesuit priest and poet

In November Outlook India released an amazing set of essays by novelist-activist Arundhati Roy and actor-screenwriter John Cusac kabout their recent meeting in Moscow with Daniel Ellsberg (famous for releasing the Pentagon Papers and Edward Snowden (famous for blowing the whistle on the U.S. global surveillance system). John Cusack opened one of this essays with the above quote from Jesuit priest Daniel Berrigan.

This photo reminds me that the truth is “nothing but a burning light” and, at some miraculous points in history, those sparks gather in one place — like Room 1001 in a Moscow Ritz-Carleton.

Things That Can and Cannot Be Said Part One by John Cusack
Things That Can and Cannot Be Said Part Two by John Cusack
“We Brought You The Promise Of The Future, But Our Tongue Stammered And Barked…” by Arundhati Roy
What Shall We Love? by Arundhati Roy

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