Harold Pinter was a playwright and critic of United States foreign policy. In 2005, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Above is his acceptance speech. Democracy Now! had excerpts on their December 30th show, but the whole speech is interesting in its own right (from outlining the process he used to write plays to giving a passionate defense of the Sandinista government).
Pinter passed away Decemember 24th, 2008.