André Vltchek is a USSR-born American political analyst, journalist, and a filmmaker. Vltchek was born in St. Petersburg but later became a naturalized U.S. citizen. He has lived in the US, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Vietnam, Samoa and Indonesia.
He has covered armed conflicts in Peru, Mexico, Bosnia, Sri Lanka, Congo, India, South Africa, East Timor, Indonesia, Turkey and the Middle East. He has traveled to more than 140 countries, and has written articles for Der Spiegel, Asahi Shimbun, The Guardian, ABC News and Lidove Noviny. Since 2004, Vltchek has served as a Senior Fellow at the Oakland Institute.
He has appeared on various television and radio shows including those on France 24, RT, China Radio International, The Voice of Russia, Press TV, CCTV, Ulusal Kanal (Turkey), Al-Mayadeen (Pan-Arabic network), Radio Pacifika, Radio Cape, among others. Vltchek has been interviewed by publications including People's Daily, China Daily and Tehran Times.
Commenting on Vltchek's book Oceania, published in 2010, US linguist Noam Chomsky said that it evoked "the reality of the contemporary world" and that "He has also not failed to trace the painful - and particularly for the West, shameful realities to their historical roots".
André Vltchek (pronounced "vultcek") was born in St. Petersburg [Leningrad] the Soviet Union, in 1962. His father was a Czech nuclear physicist and his mother a Russo-Chinese painter. He was raised in Central Europe. He is currently based in Asia and Africa.
Vltchek is the author of several non-fiction titles that center on Western imperialism and Western expansionism.Exposing Lies of the Empire (2015). PT Badak Merah Semesta, 822 p. ISBN 978-6027005860
Fighting Against Western Imperialism (2014). PT Badak Merah Semesta, 164 p. ISBN 978-6027005822, about the rise of Western imperialism
On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare (2013). (with Noam Chomsky). Pluto Press, 200 p. ISBN 978-0745333878, a discussion on western power and propaganda with Noam Chomsky
Oceania: Neocoloniams, Nukes and Bones (2013). Atuanui Press, 258 p. ISBN 978-0992245337, an in-depth analysis of the entire Pacific region and its "destruction" by traditional and neo-colonial powers
Indonesia, Archipelago of Fear (2012). Pluto Press. 288 p. ISBN 9780745331997, about post-1965 Indonesia, a collapsed state
Exile: Conversations with Pramoedya Ananta (2006). (with Rosie Indira and Nagesh Rao). Haymarket Books. 166 p. ISBN 1-931859-28-0, conversations with the Southeast Asian writer Pramoedya Ananta Toer
Western Terror: From Potosi to Baghdad (2006). Mainstay Press. 304 p. ISBN 0-9774590-3-9
Vltchek is the author of several fictional novels and plays."Aurora" (1st Edition, 2016), Badak Merah Semesta, 200 p. ISBN 978-6027354364
Point of No Return (2nd Edition, 2013). Mainstay Press, 364 p. ISBN 978-0977459070
Liberation Lit (2010). (with Toni Christini). Mainstay Press. 822 p. ISBN 0-9774590-6-3
Ghosts of Valparaiso and Conversations with James
Nalezený, a novel published in Czech
In 2004 he produced and directed a documentary film about the Indonesian massacres in 1965 – Terlena – Breaking of The Nation. Right after a devastating earthquake that shook Chile in February 2010, Vltchek travelled to Chile and produced a documentary titled Chile Between Two Earthquakes.
For UNESCO Vltchek wrote and directed a film Tumaini about social collapse and devastation caused by HIV pandemic in communities around Lake Victoria in Kenya. In 2012, he wrote and directed the documentary One Flew Over Dadaab to depict the 20-year long tragedy of Somali refugees in the largest refugee camps in the world (Dadaab, in Northern Kenya).
Vltchek is also working on a 1,000-page novel called Winter Journey that describes the state of the world through the eyes of a "disgruntled globalized left-wing intellectual".