The Quest for Truth and Peace:
A Conversation with Gareth Porter
By Gary Steven Corseri
GSC: Gareth, it's almost exactly 5 years since we last met and talked formally [click here" and, a lot has happened in the world, and there have been significant developments in your life as well. I know that you've been awarded the distinguished Gellhorn Prize, and that you have a new book coming out. So, I'd like to talk about where we were five years ago, where we are now, and where we may be 5 years from now. " Let's start with the Gellhorn Prize. First of all, hearty congratulations! Tell us about this.
GP: Thank you. It's kind of you to mention it. I was thrilled to be recognized by the Martha Gellhorn Trust--the family and friends of the American/International journalist.
GSC: She was Hemingway's third wife, I believe.
GP: I think that's correct. But, I'm honored to be associated with Gellhorn, who was a major force in journalism, and someone who cared about finding the truth. The reason that this award is something I'm very proud of is because it is specifically for journalism that uncovers the truth in the face of government lies and propaganda. It was my work, particularly on Afghanistan, about the lies that the US military has told, especially about Special Operations Forces--night raids and the way in which they target suspected Taliban insurgents--my work in that area brought this recognition.
GSC: And this is a prize that's awarded in England, not in the US.
GP: Right. Because Martha Gellhorn moved to the UK fairly early in her life.