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101.

Israel's Fighter Pilots [electronic resource]: Killing Dilemma

Israel Defense Forces pilot Yigal Shochat had been tasked with targeted liquidations and providing support for troops on the ground, which often meant firing on unarmed Palestinians. He was also the first Cobra pilot to formally question the ethics of the IDF. "I support the state of Israel and its defense," he says. "But if orders are immoral, we simply should not shoot." Balancing testimonies of IDF pilots who refuse to drop bombs on civilian areas with a profile of their elite Cobra attack-helicopter units, this documentary goes to the heart of a personal and political dilemma - is it treason to disobey Israeli military orders, or should pilots stand by their own moral convictions?
Online
2006; 2012
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Afghan Intervention [electronic resource]: The Trap

In 1979 the Soviet army entered Afghanistan to fight against the Islamic mujahideen in the Afghan civil war. But even after ten long years, massive Soviet firepower failed to break their resistance. Afghanistan has a proud legacy of resisting foreign invaders - with the arrival of NATO forces, will history repeat itself? Filmmaker Jeff B. Harmon and cameraman Alexander Lindsay dodged bullets and risked kidnap to create this definitive look at the Soviet war in Afghanistan, raising powerful questions about the subsequent conflict there.
Online
2009; 2012
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Kashmir [electronic resource]: Freedom's Thirst

It's India's independence day and the tricolor flag has been hoisted in Kashmir. But the national anthem plays out to empty streets and a sullen silence, because residents here remember when this village was a battleground in the fight for freedom from India. Bodies are still being found in the woods almost two decades later, and the psychological scars run deep. Contrasting its tourist appeal with an overview of its bloody territory disputes, this documentary gives voice to Kashmir's determination to be free. Viewers are transported to the region's remote valleys, now patrolled by foreign security forces, and meet fervent supporters of "azadi" - independence from India.
Online
2009; 2012
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Lebanon's Cluster Bombs [electronic resource]: Remnants of a War

The war never ended for the Lebanese Cluster Bomb Removal Team, who hunt tirelessly for the hundreds of thousands of unexploded cluster munitions rained down upon their country by the Israeli militia in 2006. It's estimated that nearly 30% of the poorly-made bombs failed to detonate, so each one the team discovers could mean instant death - or one more life saved. This documentary follows the team in their search for hidden cluster munitions, capturing their camaraderie as they laugh about the extreme risks and explain why they signed up for such a dangerous job.
Online
2010; 2012
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Afghanistan, Palestine, Somalia [electronic resource]: Wars

For eighty-year-old Uri, Israel's 1948 War of Independence has brought nothing but glory. He's considered a legend in his hometown on the volatile Israel/Lebanon border, and young recruits hang on his every word. By contrast, Qahir's prospects for a fulfilling life look dim. Although he lost his legs to a Kabul landmine, he works so that his brothers can attend school, but has given up hope of starting a family of his own. And in Somalia, Madguud has watched warfare ravish his country physically and emotionally - the place where he grew up is now described as "the city of the walking dead." This documentary explores the impact of war on daily life through the insights and experiences of these three men, whose countries have endured some of the longest conflicts in history.
Online
2010; 2012
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Iraq's Secret War Files [electronic resource]

After receiving a flash drive from the WikiLeaks organization containing nearly 400,000 secret military reports, the producers of British current events show "Dispatches" teamed up with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism to analyze the raw data. This documentary presents the results of their collaboration - findings which strongly suggest that U.S. troops in Iraq were killing more civilians than insurgents at checkpoints, that they killed people who were trying to surrender, and that even after the scandal of Abu Ghraib, U.S. soldiers continued to abuse prisoners while the Coalition turned a blind eye.
Online
2010; 2012
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Dicing With Debt [electronic resource]: Ireland's 30-Billion-Euro Nightmare

If you want a quick, brutal lesson on Europe's debt crisis, just ask an Irish property developer. Better yet, take a stroll along the banks of Dublin's Liffey River, where new office buildings and prime waterfront real estate have plummeted in value. Meanwhile, unemployment soars across the nation, especially among Ireland's young people. How did it happen, and did Ireland get a raw deal in comparison with other European Union countries also facing debt crises? This program assesses the Irish government's acumen in taking on private-sector bank debt and becoming liable for billions of euros owed to bondholders. Was it fair that Ireland agreed to do so when holders of Greek government debt have been asked to take losses? As one Irish protest organizer puts it, the deal is "extortion" [...]
Online
2012
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Ethics [electronic resource]: Who Decides Now What Is Right?

What values should we consider universal and worth preserving for posterity? Do we need a new paradigm of civil and global interaction, or are the best answers to current human problems still found in long-standing moral traditions - even if they are subjective and disparate? This program spotlights scholars and philosophers who explore profound questions of ethics, morality, evil, and idealism. Insight comes from moral philosopher Susan Neiman, author of Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy and Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-Up Idealists; South African poet Antjie Krog, recipient of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation Award (2000); Canadian intellectual Charles Taylor, author of A Secular Age; Quranic scholar Nasr Abu Zayd, who left Egypt after fundament [...]
Online
2010
109.

War Hospital [electronic resource]

Shot in cinéma vérité, War Hospital immerses viewers in the sights and sounds of the world's largest field hospital. This documentary depicts the International Committee of the Red Cross caring for victims of the civil war in Sudan - the longest-running conflict in Africa - near the Sudanese border in Lokichoggio, northern Kenya. For the taping of this film, the ICRC allowed filmmakers David Christensen and Damien Lewis unprecedented access to the surgical hospital and local medical staff as they went about their duties, caring for wounded Sudanese soldiers, women, and children. With no narrator and minimal explanation, War Hospital simply and powerfully captures the joy and sadness of life and death. From the beginning glimpses of rebel fighters singing patriotic songs, to the final [...]
Online
2005
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Haiti [electronic resource]: Where Did the Money Go?

After a 7.0 earthquake brutalized Haiti in January of 2010, Americans donated a stunning
Online
2011
111.

The Pursuit of Peace [electronic resource]

This episode tells the story of the struggle to maintain peace in the decades after the Great War. The politicians' high hopes for improved international relations through the League of Nations were gradually eroded by expansionism and aggression across the globe. Includes footage of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles; the first Armistice Day parade in 1919; Ramsay MacDonald addressing the League of Nations in 1924; Neville Chamberlain's visits to Germany to negotiate with Hitler; the liberations of Rome and Paris in the summer of 1944; the signing of the German surrender in 1945; and the signing of the United Nations charter.
Online
2011
112.

International Law and Global Governance [electronic resource]

International law is described as "the general principles of law as recognized by civilized nations." This program adds much-needed depth to that broad definition through a discussion of state sovereignty, domestic law, and international law; the importance of the UN and international courts and tribunals; the role of organizations such as NATO, the IMF, and the Red Cross; and the future of international law. Professional insight is provided by Tim McCormack, special advisor for the International Criminal Court; Gillian Triggs, dean of law at the University of Sydney; and renowned human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson, author of Crimes Against Humanity: The Struggle for Global Justice.
Online
2011
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We Must Tolerate a Nuclear Iran [electronic resource]: A Debate

Iran, one of the most volatile nations in the Middle East and long hostile to the United States, may be developing nuclear weapons. How should the United States deal with this possibility? Should the United States tolerate a nuclear Iran? Rethink your point of view with this Intelligence Squared U.S. Oxford-style debate.
Online
2010
114.

Diplomacy With Iran Is Going Nowhere [electronic resource]: A Debate

The Obama administration is making an effort to reach out to Iran, but is it heading down a path to nowhere? Or is it that diplomacy with Iran has never really been given a chance to work?
Online
2009
115.

The New Conquistadors [electronic resource]

Five hundred years later, there are some-particularly in the Indigenous communities of Latin America-who are seeing this as new era of economic conquest, one with significant environmental and social consequences. The new "conquerors" are Canadian mining companies that have generated enormous wealth for Canada and the countries in which they do business. Canadian mining companies often have sustainable development programs that provide a range of opportunities for locals and attempt to offset the negative environmental effects of mining. However, the economic, environmental, and social changes these mines bring to rural communities have generated considerable debate in Latin America?
Online
2014; 2012
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Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: Chaos in Iraq

In the context of the rise of ISIS, Robert Kagan's recent essay "Superpowers Don't Get to Retire," and the wave of punditry accusing Obama of weakness and arguing that the U.S. must use the military to uphold world order, Bill Moyers speaks with combat veteran and historian Andrew Bacevich. Bacevich argues that U.S. post-WWII foreign policy generally, and Middle East policy particularly, has not been benevolent and generally failed.
Online
2014
117.

Trade [electronic resource]: An Introduction

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Explores the concept of comparative advantage with a case study of IBM's computer production in Japan. Identifies the factors that determine a nation's comparative advantage, dispels myths about comparative advantage and trade and explores the incentives of international trade. A case study of Australia's mineral export boom and domestic car production shows how consumers benefit from international trade.
Online
1994
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Protectionism [electronic resource]

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Explores the concept of protectionism and the reasons governments protect industries. Features case studies of France's efforts to protect their agricultural industries, and voluntary export restraints on automobiles by the United States and Japan in the 1980s.
Online
1994
119.

Trade Policy [electronic resource]

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Discusses how countries strengthen their competitive advantage through subsidies and regulatory policies. A case study of Airbus Industrie reveals the advantages of subsidies. A case study of the wine industry of Chile illustrates trade and industrial policy issues in developing countries.
Online
1994
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Trade Liberalization and Regional Trade Blocs [electronic resource]

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Identifies the functions of GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade), as well the organization's rules, and advantages and disadvantages of the system. A case study of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement demonstrates the benefits and disadvantages of forming trading blocs outside of GATT. The second case study explores Great Britain's decision to join the European Communities common market.
Online
1994