Archive for December, 2010

GoodYear, BadYear (Russia Today – Crosstalk)

December 31, 2010 Leave a comment

About the highs and lows of 2010:

Tank Man: The 1989 Chinese Student Democracy Movement

December 29, 2010 Leave a comment

The Rise & Fall of the 1989 Chinese Student Democracy Movement. China’s Communist government declares war against its own citizens. Also, the fate of the Tank Man is detailed.

Sex, Lies, Iran, Israel and WikiLeaks

December 29, 2010 Leave a comment

WikiLeaks has given the mainstream media yet another opportunity to vilify Iran. A typical headline, from the New York Times was: “Around the world distress over Iran.” And, ironically, it is true, but not in the way the headline writer meant. Around the world there is distress over Iran, distress at the way it is being cast in the role of the Evil Doer, when all but the most ignorant observers realise that it is nuclear-armed Apartheid Israel that is the real threat to world peace.

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House of Saddam

December 27, 2010 Leave a comment

House of Saddam is a 2008 drama that charts the rise and fall of Saddam Hussein. A co-production between BBC Television and HBO Films.

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Reviewing 2010 (Aljazeera – Frost Over The World)

December 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Looking at the headlines and headline makers from 2010, we discuss the ongoing war in Afghanistan and the threat of terrorism. Plus, has a website ever had the impact of WikiLeaks?

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Hamid Dabashi and Robert Naiman (The Real News)

December 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Wikileaks and Iran and the whole issue of US foreign policies towards Iran, by Hamid Dabashi and Robert Naiman.

The Iran problem

December 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Victor Davis Hanson, the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and Robert Baer who spent 20 years at the CIA as a field officer covering the Middle East, discuss Iran and Iranian nuclear program with Hoover research fellow Peter Robinson.

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Don’t Tell My Mother, I am in Iran (National Geographic)

December 27, 2010 Leave a comment

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Don’t Tell My Mother is a television programme hosted by Diego Buñuel and shown on National Geographic Adventure.

For the past ten years, Diego Buñuel has been a foreign correspondent for French Television covering all kinds of countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, or the Congo. Every time he left for one of his stories, he would tell his production crew in the Paris office, “Don’t tell my mother I am in Colombia, it makes her really nervous.” After a few years of traveling repeatedly, Diego realized that the international news coverage, of which he was part of, only focused on the worst headlines possible. So Diego embarked on a rather unusual effort; to talk about countries that make headlines, but instead on focusing on the same three basic stories, he extended the reach of his eye to look at a more subtle vision of these countries, full of culture, people, interests that rise high above the daily news reports.

While one may not necessarily associate Iran with hip-hop, host Diego Buñuel checks out an underground rap show in Tehran, featuring a performance by a local mullah’s son. With a huge following and representatives from more than 30 countries, Diego attends the Olympics of Koran reading where participants memorise and recite entire chapters of the Koran from heart. Meeting with a Jewish antiques dealer in Tehran, Diego shares alcohol made from grapes before visiting one of the city’s synagogues and heading over to the Iranian parliament with one of its Jewish members. In Esfahan, Diego takes in a local basketball game and hits the town afterwards with an American player finding stardom in Iran. At Tehran’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Diego examines works of Picasso, Jackson Pollack, Andy Warhol, Monet and more – all of which have remained in basement storage since 1979. At the Caspian Sea, Diego hitches a ride with police who monitor the waterways for caviar poachers.

Iran and Britain (BBC Documentary)

December 26, 2010 Leave a comment

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Documentary in which writer and journalist Christopher de Bellaigue explores the fraught but often surprisingly intimate history of Britain’s relations with Iran, and asks why Iranians think that if something goes wrong in Iran then Britain must have something to do with it.

The War You Don’t See (Aljazeera – The Listening Post)

December 26, 2010 Leave a comment

On the show this week we interview renowned filmmaker and journalist, John Pilger about his new film, The War You Don’t See, Iran and Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. We then turn our attention to the chequered transcripts coming from an Arabic-language translation service in the US.