The US invaded Iraq two years ago this Saturday (Mar. 19); to observe the anniversary, we’ll talk about two films on the war:

“Gunner Palace” is a wild Iraq war documentary in video-diary format, alternately gripping and surrealistic. ELLA TAYLOR of the LA Weekly calls it “sensational” — she’ll explain why.
READ Ella Taylor on “Gunner Palace”
More on “Gunner Palace” from Stuart Klawans in The Nation
watch the trailer for “Gunner Palace”:
“Gunner Palace” is playing in LA at the Sunset 5, Laemmle’s Monica, and Laemmle’s Pasadela Playhouse — also in Encino, Long Beach and Irvine.

“WMD The Film” is “a comprehensive and devastating critique of the TV news networks’ complacency and complicity in the war on Iraq. . . brilliantly argued and scrupulously documented.” — Chicago Reader. We’ll speak with the filmmaker DANNY SCHECHTER.
“WMD The Film” is playing Friday 3/18, 6:00-10:00pm at Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd in Santa Monica. Q&A after the screening featuring Danny Schechter. more info: 310-434-4000

Also: The Ward Churchill case: the professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado who has been threatened with firing after publishing an essay describing some of the victims of the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center as “little Eichmans.” We’ll have comment from Robert Post of the Yale Law School and the AAUP.
Read Ward Churchill’s interview with Amy Goodman

Plus: JOHN SINCLAIR is a champion of justice, art, and fun. He was manager of the MC5 in their 1960s street revolutionary heyday, chairman of the White Panther Party, pot/political prisoner, and subject of a John Lennon song decrying his incarceration. After he won an early release, he produced the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival, and did a long stint in New Orleans in the ’90s as radio deejay at WWOZ. Now he runs Radio Free Amsterdam.
PLAYLIST: John Lennon “Acoustic” CD, track 9: “John Sinclair”
John Sinclair will deejay Wed 3/16 at Amoeba Records, 6400 Sunset Blvd., Hywd, 7-8:30 pm — and will read Fri. 3/18, 7pm at 33 1/3 Books & Gallery Collective, 1200 N. Alvarado (at Sunset), Echo Park, 213-483-3500

WEB EXTRA: more than 90 per cent of faculty campaign contributions went to the Democrats in 2004 — is that bad? Read Jon Wiener’s piece in the Daily Princetonian.