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Avi Lewis

Avi Lewis is the host of Al Jazeera English Television’s Inside USA,
a weekly half-hour show examining the real issues at stake in the US presidential election.

He is also a filmmaker, director of The Take which follows Argentina’s new movement of worker-run businesses. An emotional story of hope and resistance in the global economy, The New York Times called it “a stirring, idealistic documentary”. In 2004, it was released theatrically in Canada, the U.S., and across Europe, premiering at the Venice Film Festival, and winning the International Jury prize at the American Film Institute festival in Los Angeles.

His previous television shows – On The Map with Avi Lewis, a daily half-hour of opinionated international news analysis and The Big Picture with Avi Lewis, combining hard-hitting documentaries and town hall debates – aired on Canada’s public all-news network, CBC Newsworld, in 2006 and 2007.

In the late 90s, as the host and producer of counterSpin on CBC Newsworld, Lewis presided over more than 500 nationally televised debates in three years. In the early 1990s, he hosted City TV’s landmark music journalism show The New Music At the same time, he was MuchMusic’s Political Specialist, pioneering political “uncoverage” for a youth audience.

Blog Entries by Avi Lewis

Chasing Sharron Angle (Video)

Posted October 26, 2010 | 15:25:26 (EST)

Sam Stein's story about Sharron Angle ducking the media caught my eye -- I recently spent 10 days in Nevada trying to get an on camera interview with her.

After countless phone calls, emails and polite excuses from her communications staff, I ended up in a conference room...

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WATCH: Haiti - Dreaming For More Than $3/day

Posted February 11, 2010 | 16:26:48 (EST)

I got back from Haiti a week ago, with my team from Al Jazeera English TV. We looked at the grand schemes being advanced for rebuilding the country, and found a familiar model of
exploiting cheap labour for export industries. Traveling to the countryside, we also found longstanding...

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Remembering Lhasa's Gifts

Posted January 11, 2010 | 11:41:42 (EST)

The year began with a blast of sadness: news that Lhasa de Sela, one of Canada's finest musicians and a friend of ours, had died of breast cancer at 37.

Lhasa's songs -- performed in Spanish, French and English -- have an utterly unique sound, like lullabies for...

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Schwarzenegger's Shock Therapy - Poor Pay For Sins Of The Rich

Posted June 17, 2009 | 13:34:10 (EST)

Now that Washington has ruled out an immediate bailout for California, we know who will pay the ultimate price for the crisis born on Wall Street: the state's most vulnerable citizens. And with many states facing similar crises, this could be a preview of where the country as a whole...

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The Cure for Layoffs: Fire the Boss!

Posted May 14, 2009 | 16:53:55 (EST)

In 2004, we made a documentary called The Take about Argentina's movement of worker-run businesses. In the wake of the country's dramatic economic collapse in 2001, thousands of workers walked into their shuttered factories and put them back into production as worker cooperatives. Abandoned by bosses and politicians, they...

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The World's First Privatized City

Posted October 23, 2008 | 13:55:59 (EST)

"American-style capitalism" is having its worst public relations month ever. But as the world questions the excesses of free-market orthodoxy in the wake of financial meltdown, a group of Republican Atlanta suburbs is swimming against the tide.

When the government of the city of Sandy Springs in Georgia decided to...

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