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Bay of Pigs Declassified [electronic resource]

This A&E Special unveils the secrets behind the failed attempt by U.S.-backed Cuban exiles to invade the Communist stronghold and overthrow Fidel Castro's revolutionary government in April, 1961.The Bay of Pigs invasion marked the first foreign policy defeat for the new Kennedy administration and the first time a CIA covert operation had been exposed to public scrutiny.

Triage [electronic resource]: Dr. James Orbinski's Humanitarian Dilemma

Some call humanitarianism a waste of hope. But as a medical responder to the Rwanda Genocide and the 1992 Somali famine, Dr. James Orbinski has come to a different conclusion. In this program the former head of Doctors Without Borders returns to Africa to reunite with people he saved 15 years earlier, and to reflect on the challenges of his work. The video features powerful footage from Orbinski's aid missions and disturbing, ultimately inspiring stories of the brutality he witnessed while risking his own life to help others. Grappling with the questions of blame and futility at the core of any humanitarian crisis, Orbinski concludes that relief efforts should not be thought of as a panacea, but as a response to one other human being in need.

A Conversation With Margaret Mead [electronic resource]: From NBC's Wisdom Series

Providing an intriguing window into cultural anthropology as it was practiced and conceptualized during the mid-20th century, this 1959 NBC interview features renowned researcher Margaret Mead discussing her work with one of her students, William Mitchell. Mead explains her views on what Mitchell describes as the "happy savage" myth, largely dispelling the notion while referencing the idea of cultural ethos - the "emotional tone" of a society - and its variation from group to group. She also deftly articulates (several decades ahead of her time) the manner in which Western development and influences erode the cultural traditions and physical territories of indigenous peoples. Even today, viewers will find Mead's views on polygamy, morality, women's roles, and other topics riveting an [...]

Religion and America's Role in the World [electronic resource]: An Anthology

Since its debut, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly has set itself apart from the mainstream media by providing in-depth coverage and analysis of national and international events in the ever-changing religious world. This 12-segment anthology of NewsWeekly pieces studies the intersection between religion and America's role in the world. Segments include: Religion and America's Role in the World - A Report; Young Evangelical Engagement in the World - A Report; Allen Hertzke - An Interview; Anna Greenberg - An Interview; Panel Discussion - Religion and America's Role in the World; Madeleine Albright on Religion, Foreign Policy, and World Affairs; Making Foreign Aid Work - A Report; David Price on Obama and the Muslim World; Religion and Peace in the Middle East - A Report; Food Aid Ethics [...]

Religion and International Affairs [electronic resource]: An Anthology

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is acclaimed for its examination of religion's role - and the ethical dimensions - behind top news headlines. This 14-segment anthology of NewsWeekly reports considers the relationship between religion and international affairs. Segments include: Pope Benedict's Foreign Policy - A Report; Political Buddhism - A Report; Chrislam - A Report; Muslims in Germany - A Report; Jean Bethke Elshtein and Shaun Casey on Torture; Hinduism in Modern India - A Report; Islam in Indonesia - A Report; The Church and the Fall of the Berlin Wall - A Report; Shia-Sunni Conflict - A Report; Secular Islamic Turkey - A Report; Michael Walzer on War; Andrew Bacevich on American Power and Military Policy; Egypt's Coptic Tensions - A Report; Islam and Modernity - A Report.

Sayonara Baby [electronic resource]: Japan's Legal Barriers to Parental Rights

Returning home to find her two children and her Japanese-born husband gone, Regan Haight soon discovered that Japanese law and custom were heavily stacked against her. But Haight's isn't the only case in which the Japanese legal system is on the side of a kidnapper spouse. Australian Chayne Inaba has long battled for access to his daughter, to no avail. Craig Morrey first saw his daughter fleetingly in a courtroom when she was six months old. And Alex Kahney was forced to return to Britain, leaving behind two little girls abducted by their Japanese mother. Japan has long resisted signing an international agreement laying out the rules for these cases, and although Japanese leaders have signaled that their position could change, the so-called left-behind parents still struggle to keep [...]

Monsters to Destroy [electronic resource]: Manifest Destiny

With the collapse of the U.S.S.R., suddenly the U.S. was the sole superpower - a militaristic global leader with no clear enemy or foreign policy goal. The section "New World Disorder" illustrates the unprecedented turbulence of the fractured post - Cold War world during the George H. W. Bush administration: the Tiananmen Square protests, the U.S. invasion of Panama, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Gulf War, ethnic cleansing in the Balkans and Rwanda, and famine in Somalia. "Indispensable Nation" analyzes President Clinton's inability to create a demilitarized Manifest Destiny based solely on trade and economic growth. And "Smarter Than History" uses pivotal events from the George W. Bush presidency - the 9/11 attacks and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq - to examine the compro [...]

Falling Towers [electronic resource]

Why 19 hijackers turned themselves into lethal weapons on September 11, 2001, will probably never be fully understood. But can we form a rough image of their mind-set? Can we glimpse the skewed worldview that led them to terrorism, and what will that tell us about American and global reactions that came in the wake of 9/11? This program pursues those questions as it gathers insight about the attacks and their aftermath. A conversation with Andrew Card - chief of staff under George W. Bush and the official who first informed the president of the World Trade Center strikes - segues to an interview with a former Guantanamo Bay prison guard, followed by further discussion of the changes in American foreign and domestic policy wrought by the war on terror. The film also examines the reper [...]

War on the Home Front [electronic resource]

After 9/11, America's stated mission was to "bring the fight to the terrorists." Iraq and Afghanistan became, in essence, two battlefields in the West's war on terror. But what happens when terror rises from the very soil that foreign wars are waged to protect? Are European countries in particular overlooking the need to fight a different kind of fight, one in which the hearts and minds of their own citizens are at stake? This program looks at developments in England and Belgium (the correspondent's native country) in an effort to understand how radicalism can take root after being imported from extremist hotbeds in Pakistan and other Islamic countries. Viewers meet worshippers from mosques where the London subway bombers of 2005 were radicalized, two Brussels detectives who broke up [...]

Palestine Kids [electronic resource]

What's it like growing up in a war zone? Dodging bullets, hiding from Israeli soldiers, and losing their land to settlers is part of ordinary life for Palestinian children. Five-year-old Diana lives in a cave in the West Bank since violence forced her family from their home. Mufida, 16, is struggling to complete her education with Israeli soldiers living on her roof. And Yassin, 7, just wants to move to Brazil. Through their stories and others, this film reveals the daily struggle of Palestinian children to survive, both physically and psychologically. "I want to live in peace," says Mufida, who must pass through a hail of settlers' stones every day on her way to school, "but then I see what the Israelis do, and I hate them.

Burma's Nuclear Ambitions [electronic resource]

Sai Thein Win, deputy commander of a secret military factory, leaked thousands of confidential files to the expatriate media group Democratic Voice of Burma before defecting from the Burmese army. Details of the project he'd worked on strongly suggest that Burma plans to develop nuclear capability. This documentary, produced by the DVB, presents the evidence that Win gathered. Long-time Burma analyst Bertil Lintner, along with Bob Kelly (a former intelligence officer at Los Alamos) and Geoff Forden (a military researcher at M.I.T.) analyze Win's assertions, and Win provides top-secret photos to back up his claim.

Embedded in Afghanistan [electronic resource]

After being shot in the chest while embedded as a journalist in Afghanistan, John D. McHugh was determined to show what life is really like for the U.S. troops stationed there. From managing a dysfunctional Afghan army to the media blackout on showing wounded American soldiers to countering sophisticated Taliban attacks, this intimate documentary brings together a series of themes that have come to define the Afghan conflict.

Iraq [electronic resource]: Private Armies

When the Iraqi government threatened to expel all foreign mercenaries following the controversial Blackwater Baghdad shootings of 2007, the role of private military contractors was thrust into the spotlight. There's no denying that the use of hired security forces is transforming the way we wage war. The contractors earn four times more than regular soldiers, act with impunity, and in Iraq, outnumber all non-U.S. soldiers combined. This program follows the training and deployment of these combatants in Iraq to provide an eye-opening look at life as a private soldier, while exploring some of the issues surrounding their use. "With private contractors, America is able to stay in Iraq for much longer and without as much political fallout," explains one proponent. But a recruit puts it m [...]

Iraq [electronic resource]: Chemical Ali

Ali Hassan Al Majeed - the notorious "Chemical Ali" - was a political appointee responsible for Iraq's Kurdistan region when he boasted that he would "take two-thirds of the Kurds and hit them with chemicals until they die." Using mass killings, deportations, and chemical weapons, Chemical Ali crushed insurrections among minority rebels and Shia dissidents on a scale so devastating that it came to be known as the Kurdish Genocide. Coupling eyewitness accounts with survivors' testimonies and rare archival footage, this documentary from Kurdish filmmaker Kawa Akrawi provides a definitive account of Chemical Ali's reign of terror.

Corporal Martin Webster [electronic resource]: Diary of a Disgraced Soldier

Corporal Martin Webster became publicly vilified when his cell phone footage of British soldiers beating young Iraqi civilians, accompanied by Webster's mocking voice-over, went viral in 2006. Even now Webster finds it hard to listen to his own insensitive comments, saying he was a different person when the video was made. This deeply personal documentary follows Webster for 18 months, starting from the day he left the army to cope with posttraumatic stress disorder and his own intense feelings of shame about the incident. Releasing and exploring his turbulent emotions through vitriolic video diaries, poetry, painting, and music, Webster embarks on a journey to tell the world his side of the story.

Afghanistan [electronic resource]: Breaking Point

In this program from Iran's PressTV, a news crew travels throughout Afghanistan to learn first-hand how people there feel about the foreign presence in their country. The journalists find anger and frustration in Kandahar, much of it directed against the Americans, who they blame for dividing the loyalties of Afghan tribes. In Kabul the immediate concern is not foreign policy, but trying to feed families as aid shipments are diverted by corrupt middlemen. And while some in Jalalabad express gratitude towards the countries that have arrived to help, one citizen sums up the feelings of many: "They haven't come here to rebuild Afghanistan, they have come to exploit it.

Conflict in the Modern World [electronic resource]: The Origins of World War I and World War II

This program looks at the world prior to World War I, the rise of Hitler, and the tensions leading to World War II to shed light on how major international conflicts begin. Students are provided with a historical outline of the powers of this time, the countries and key people involved, and an unfolding of events as they happened around the world.
2008; 2013

Back Door Channels [electronic resource]: The Price of Peace - Egypt and Israel in 1979

Filmed in Israel, Egypt, Morocco, Austria, France, and the U.S., this documentary examines one of the most difficult diplomatic achievements of the 20th century: the 1979 Camp David Peace Accord and Treaty between Egypt and Israel. Viewers learn the inside story of the agreement, for which U.S. President Jimmy Carter (who is interviewed in the film), Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, and Egyptian President Anwar El-Sadat served as the public architects. As the film illustrates, brilliant strategic minds were also at work behind the scenes, including former U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, former Egyptian Foreign Minister (and UN Secretary General) Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former Carter advisor Leon Charney, and numerous other key players who describe their exper [...]
2011; 2013

Wired [electronic resource]: Gaming, Hacking, and Cyber Assaults in Korea

Fueled by the fastest and most pervasive Internet connections on Earth, online gaming is now a national obsession in South Korea. But while millions of people are engrossed in virtual warfare, their computers have also become very real battlegrounds, with North Korea launching Web-based assaults that disable banking, transport, and Internet portals in the south. After a discussion of gaming addiction in South Korea, this program talks with key defectors about North Korea's agenda of cyber-attacks. Viewers meet Kim Hung-kwang, an architect of the cyber-warfare program who spent 20 years training hackers in Pyongyang; Park Sang-Hak, the son of a North Korean spy-defector and number one on Pyongyang's hit list; and Jang Se-Yul, a former North Korean colonel, who touches on the implicati [...]
2012; 2013

Iraq [electronic resource]: On the Brink

One year after its "liberation" by U.S. forces, Iraq had descended into chaos. The country's infrastructure was in a shambles, the death toll was still rising, and vast swathes of the country had become no-go areas for American troops. How did the situation deteriorate so quickly? Why did the cheering Iraqis who initially welcomed the Americans turn against them? This documentary, filmed in 2004 shortly after the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime, examines the reaction in Iraq to the American presence there; and while some Iraqis feel that "anything is better than Saddam," most cite the tragic civilian casualties and distrust of Western motives as fueling anger against the occupation.
2004; 2012