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Pakistan [electronic resource]: Between the Chitralis and Pathans

Situated in western Asia, Pakistan occupies a region of political and economic tension. This program looks at Pakistan's complex relations with Iran, India, and the United States and the contributions of its multicultural population. The influences of Punjabi and Pathan, Sindhi and Baluchi, and Ismaili and Buddhist are all captured, set against the background of life both in cities and in rural communities. The region's heritage as the seat of the Indus Valley civilization is also explored.
2005; 1998

The Sultanate of Jogjakarta [electronic resource]

The Sultan of Jogjakarta, regarded by his people as the divine representative and intermediary between themselves and the supreme being, rules one of the last remaining kingdoms in Asia. This program explores the emotional bond between the sultan and the people as well as the cultural and religious traditions in Java through history.
2006; 2002

Thailand [electronic resource]: King, Combat, and Ad Karabao

Unlike its neighbors, Thailand has never been colonized or annexed-but keeping it that way has been a stern challenge. This program examines Thailand's political independence, which is based on democratic and generally peaceful rule by a culturally supported monarchy. However, growing dissatisfaction has caused grass-roots dissent, as demonstrated by the lyrics of pop music idol d Karabao, who protests against imported consumer goods, and the agitation of "Ubon Without a Border," a group lobbying for open access with Laos and Cambodia. The powerful yet incongruous influences of Thai boxing and Buddhism are also assessed.
2007; 1998

Inside the "Kimdom": North Korea Exposed

North Korea has continued to rattle the global community by going ahead with nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches, without fear of international sanctions. This documentary unveils the mysterious “Kingdom of Kim” based on material obtained exclusively by NHK. A classified national file in excess of 12,000 pages contained on one USB memory stick, apparently leaked from the Korean People’s Army, reveals the strategic plan of leader Kim Jong-un. What’s the meaning behind the series of purges of top executives? Why is the country obsessed with having nuclear arms at the forefront of its military strategy? Classified documents and numerous interviews with intelligence agencies, North Korean specialists, and former North Korean army soldiers expose the unknown inner workings of thi [...]
2017; 2016

Next Stop Istanbul: The Refugee Crisis

With neighboring Syria in ruins and stricken by a civil war, Turkey keeps its borders closed in exchange for billions of euros from the European Union. Many Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans have managed to cross the porous borders and are now in Istanbul, the gateway to Europe. Will they stay there or is crossing to Europe too irresistible? Last year, thousands drowned during the sea crossing to Europe. After the agreement between Turkey and the EU, checkpoints and patrols along the coast have increased. Turkey is coming down harder on the human traffickers: hundreds of them have been arrested. Still they can’t stop people crossing into Europe. ‘The flow of refugees to Europe will never stop. If one route is blocked, we will find a different one’, says a human trafficker from Istanbul. Th [...]
2017; 2016

The Special U.S.-Saudi Relationship Has Outlived Its Usefulness: A Debate

Since 1945, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz met onboard the USS Quincy, the United States and Saudi Arabia have maintained a special relationship, with oil, military cooperation, and intelligence sharing at its foundation. But the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the revolution in fracking in America, concerns over human rights, and diverging interests in the Middle East have all put strains on this relationship. After 70 years, has the special U.S.-Saudi relationship outlived its usefulness?

Gaddafi's Last Day: Dan Rather Reports

On the one-year anniversary of his death, an investigation into the strange circumstances surrounding the death of Libya’s longtime ruler.
2016; 2012

Humanitarian Intervention Does More Harm Than Good: A Debate

The international community currently faces a global refugee crisis and mass atrocities in Iraq, Myanmar, Syria, Yemen, and other countries. How should the West respond? Proponents of humanitarian intervention—the use of force to halt human rights abuses—argue that the world’s most powerful nations have a responsibility to protect innocent people around the planet. Beyond saving lives, they contend, intervention deters would-be abusers and ensures global stability, thereby strengthening peace, security, and order. But opponents argue that humanitarian intervention is a thinly veiled form of imperialism that imposes Western values on other nations and undermines state sovereignty and independence. It's also often ineffective, they add, and can increase death tolls and worsen the confl [...]

The Fight for Yemen

FRONTLINE, in conjunction with BBC Arabic, presents this special report from inside the Yemeni war zone. Reporter Safa Al Ahmad delivers a dramatic look at the conflict in Yemen as it has been building—exposing the violent feuds tearing the country apart, the rival anti-American and Al Qaeda aligned forces fighting for control, and the dangerous consequences for the region and the world.
2017; 2015


Exodus documents the journey of Syrian refugees as they cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey into Greece. In the winter of 2015, over three thousand refugees attempted this treacherous crossing everyday, all in hope of seeking asylum in the European Union. It’s a life and death gamble that they are willing to take, all for a chance at a new life away from their war-torn homeland.
2017; 2016

Bill Moyers Journal: Mission Accomplished in Iraq? / Contexts and Subtexts of the Obama/Clinton Race

Five years have passed since George W. Bush declared the end of major combat operations in Iraq. In this edition of the Journal, Bill Moyers interviews Christopher Cerf and Victor S. Navasky, co-founders of “The Institute of Expertology,” about their latest book: Mission Accomplished!, a satirical analysis of so-called expert commentary on how the U.S. won the (ongoing) war in Iraq. In addition, media and politics expert Kathleen Hall Jamieson examines the contexts and subtexts of the 2008 quest for the Democratic nomination as the candidates bounce between Indiana and North Carolina, and Moyers reflects on the Reverend Jeremiah Wright and the controversy swirling around him. Broadcast date: May 2, 2008. (57 minutes)
2016; 2008

The Strategic Strait of Hormuz: Dan Rather Reports

It's been called the most strategically important waterway in the world, but tensions are high in the Strait of Hormuz, and the United States Navy ramps up operations for a possible showdown with Iran. Back at the Navy's base on the tiny island Kingdom of Bahrain, an ongoing uprising pits the United States' democratic ideals against the cold, hard reality of oil-driven politics.
2016; 2012

Return to Mosul

Trapped by an ISIS firefight, CNN's Arwa Damon and Brice Laine took shelter with an ordinary Iraqi family in East Mosul. Two months after their escape, the pair returned to discover the fate of the soldiers and civilians they met, and to find out how the city and its people are recovering after years under ISIS control.
2019; 2017

Saudi: The Family in Crisis

Sitting on top of the world's biggest patch of oil, the extended family that runs Saudi Arabia has managed to fend off the assaults of modernity and democracy since the state's foundation. But the triple shocks of 9/11, the US-led invasion of Iraq and the al-Qaeda bombings inside the kingdom have catapulted Saudi Arabia into the limelight. The United States wants Saudi Arabia and other Arab states to embrace democracy and join it in the War on Terror, but many Saudis are suspicious of America's intent. Can Crown Prince Abdullah strike a balance between Saudi Arabia's liberals and reactionaries, and meet the increasingly vocal demands of the west?
2019; 2004