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10.24.2013 | | Posted at 09:49 AM

Global concert series out on DVD

By David Luhrssen
  When Britain’s Peter Benenson founded Amnesty International in 1961, he was confronted not only by the reality that human dignity was routinely abused in most of the world, but by apologists for human rights abuse in the West. They fell in two camps: the mindless leftists willing to give the Soviet Bloc and Mao’s China a pass; and the feckless supporters of U.S. foreign policy ...
02.09.2010 | | Posted at 07:35 AM

Laughing with the Python Crew

By David Luhrssen
Mention The Secret Policeman�s Ball and music usually comes to mind�performances by an array of top performers from the late �70s and early �80s in a series of fundraisers for Amnesty International. But comedy was always at the heart of the project. The Secret Policeman�s Private Party (out Feb. 16 on DVD) collects stand-up skits performed as part of the fundraising concert series, documented by c...
09.13.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Amnesty International put itself at the forefront of popular culture in the �70s when�years before Live AID�it inaugurated a series of �Secret Policeman�s Balls� to call attention to oppression in nations all over the world. The wonderful effect of Amnesty�s efforts was to show-up the Stalinists of the Left for the fools and hypocrites they were, those apologists for the East Bloc and the Berlin...
01.17.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Amnesty International was an obscure activist group for many years after its founding in 1961. Its mission to eliminate torture and free prisoners of conscience was thrust onto the pop culture stage by a series of Amnesty International events, the Secret Policeman�s Balls. A three-DVD box set collects all five balls, starting with a 1976 comedy benefit and running through the star-studded Secret...