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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 [...]

Ukraine [electronic resource]: Lords of the Ring, Fighting for Reform

Boxing champions Vitali and Vladimir Klitschko used to let their fists and footwork do the talking-but now the brothers are ready to talk about the plight of their beloved homeland, Ukraine, and their plans to wrest it back from nefarious political forces. This program offers a ringside seat to their efforts-not just to Vladimir's bone-crushing heavyweight bout in Switzerland but also to Vitali's campaign for a seat in the Ukrainian parliament. Both fighters are smart, charismatic, university educated, and driven to change their nation's direction. But it won't be easy. Ukraine is at the top of Transparency International's list of corrupt European governments, and its political landscape is littered with contenders who've been bruised, battered, and beaten-figuratively, by Machiavell [...]

Haiti [electronic resource]: Where Did the Money Go?

After a 7.0 earthquake brutalized Haiti in January of 2010, Americans donated a stunning

Women in World Politics [electronic resource]

It is not so long since women fought for the right to vote-women in Russia were enfranchised in 1917 as a result of the Revolution, in 1918 in Great Britain, and the U.S., Germany, and Sweden soon followed suit. This program begins with suffragette scenes and quickly moves to portray some of the outstanding women politicians of the 20th century: Lady Nancy Astor; Prime Ministers Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka, Indira Gandhi of India, Golda Meir of Israel, Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan, and of course Margaret Thatcher of Great Britain; President Corazon Aquino of the Philippines; the wives of politicians who became important political figures in their own right, like Eva Peron, Mao Tse-tung's wife Chiang Ching, and Imelda Marcos; Greek culture minister (and former movie star) Melina [...]

Russia Is a Marginal Power [electronic resource]: A Debate

During the crisis over Ukraine and Crimea, panelists debate whether Russia is a marginal power, what it means to be a great power, and whether Russia offers a morally legitimate alternative to the Western-backed order. They struggle over defining and measuring power. Is Russia a genuine world power, or a marginal power?

Cracks in the Wall [electronic resource]

Berlin became the Cold War under a microscope: German authorities manufactured their own pop star, Frank Schöbel, in hopes of eclipsing Western rock groups. The Soviet Union invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 was overwhelmed by the US government's struggle to contain the Vietnam War. The Soviets sent the first man into orbit, and the Americans sent Neil Armstrong to the moon. In this era, even a gentlemanly game of chess turned into a high-stakes propaganda battle-but messages began to be questioned on both sides of the Iron Curtain.
2014; 2012

War of the Words [electronic resource]

In the 1980s, three men speak out and change the rules of the Cold War. American president Ronald Reagan challenges the Soviets to tear down the Berlin Wall. Pope John Paul II and Union Leader Lech Walesa galvanize Poland and rattle the Iron Curtain. Facing growing dissent fueled by a faltering economy, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev unleashes reforms that will shake Communism to its foundation. For almost 50 years, the fight between two superpowers shaped our societies and our way of looking at the world.
2014; 2012

The Global Neighborhood [electronic resource]: What Can Happen With Globalization

Globalization is uniting the people of planet Earth as political and economic forces work to create a more centralized world. Internal affairs of sovereign nations are no longer off limits to the global community, and the principle of humanitarian intervention is gaining widespread acceptance. This program documents the efforts of nongovernmental organizations such as Oxfam and the World Wildlife Fund to take collective action on issues of international importance, including homelessness, environmental stewardship, and equitable trade.
2006; 2000

Empty Oceans [electronic resource]: Global Competition for Scarce Resources

Use this program to illustrate connections between fish stock depletion and growing tensions over ocean resources. The exhaustion of West Africa's fisheries is shown to have economic consequences a hemisphere away-specifically in Japan, which depends on Moroccan production for much of its octopus imports. Heavy fishing by European fleets in Senegalese waters-and the 1995 "Turbot War" between Spain and Canada-provide concrete evidence that competition for the ocean's riches is hardly a local problem. This is an effective study of the industrialized world's consumption trends and their political and environmental fallout.
2006; 2004

The Curse of Oil [electronic resource]

This program offers a global history of the oil industry and the issues intertwined with it, from early-20th-century prospecting in South America and the Middle East to war in Iraq. The origins and significance of OPEC figure prominently in the narrative, as do several historic and violent conflicts revolving around controlling sources or flows of oil: labor strikes in Latin America, Nasser's seizure of the Suez Canal, the Iran-Iraq war, and other pivotal events. Revealing interviews feature, among others, former OPEC leader Sheikh Ahmed Yamani and former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia James Akins-who minces no words and calls oil a curse.
2006; 2003

Unfinished Country [electronic resource]: Haiti's Struggle for Democracy

Through unfettered access to powerbrokers and ordinary citizens, this Wide Angle report covers Haiti's ongoing struggle to craft a truly representative government from a volatile failed state. Butteur Metayer and Guy Philippe-strongmen of the National Front for the Reconstruction of Haiti Party and former rebels who drove Jean-Bertrand Aristide from power in 2004-and three other Haitians express their points of view. An interview between Bill Moyers and James Dobbins, former U.S. Special Envoy to Haiti, concludes the program. Will the Western hemisphere's most impoverished nation finally succeed in creating a stable democracy?
2006; 2005

Greetings From Grozny [electronic resource]: Inside the Chechen Conflict

Chechnya's war of independence has raged for years, but Americans rarely see the human face of the conflict. This Wide Angle report illuminates the ruined-yet still inhabited-cityscape of Grozny and its surrounding countryside, sifting through both Russian and Chechen perspectives on the ongoing clash. The program depicts Russian troops conducting "cleansing missions" through a rural Chechen village, visits a barely functioning university in the heart of the city, reveals life in a refugee tent city, and goes inside an active unit of Islamic Chechen fighters. Webs of special interest woven by the United States, Wahabist Muslims, and neighboring Georgia are also examined. In addition, anchor Daljit Dhaliwal talks with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affai [...]
2006; 2002

Flowers of Rwanda [electronic resource]: Making Peace With Genocide

Can killers and survivors coexist in peace? That is the crucial question facing Rwanda a dozen years after the genocide that claimed the lives of approximately 800,000 people-and the subject of this multi-award-winning documentary. Using interviews with Joseph Habineza, Minister of Education and Culture; Freddy Mutanguha, director of the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center; and numerous survivors, Flowers of Rwanda considers whether forgiveness and reconciliation can truly be achieved so the country can eradicate the ignorance and extremism that paved the way for monumental atrocity.
2009; 2008

My American Neighbor [electronic resource]: Thoughts From and About U.S. Citizens Abroad

As America undergoes rapid economic, cultural, and political changes, how is its global image evolving? In what ways do expatriate Americans shape foreign perceptions of the United States? And what is it like for homegrown U.S. citizens to live among those who understand little about them? This program presents interviews with Americans in Russia, France, Italy, Greece, and Egypt. Each shares his or her thoughts on patriotism, stereotypes, personal and political freedoms, and the challenge of seeing one's birthplace objectively. Indigenous residents of each country contribute impressions of the Americans in their midst while the film's Russian-born director reflects on leaving her homeland behind.
2009; 2008

Lives for Sale [electronic resource]: Human Trafficking

Each year, more than one million people try to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, contending with dangerous forces that prey on their hopes and exploit their gullibility. This program exposes the most painful, disturbing, and hidden dimension of illegal immigration: the growing black market trade in human beings. Shedding light on the poverty that causes so many to risk everything by leaving their home countries, the film reconstructs the frightening journeys of sex-slavery victims and highlights the work of CAST-the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking. Border patrol agents and other members of law enforcement share their knowledge and experience regarding this ongoing human rights crisis.
2008; 2006

Cuba [electronic resource]: After the Revolution

Although dreams of a socialist utopia in Cuba have all but vanished, decades of U.S. trade sanctions have not had the expected effect, either. This program looks at the legacy of Cuba's Communist revolution and the Castro regime, examining political, social, and economic conditions prevailing in the island nation today. Positive and negative aspects alike are discussed-from Cuba's high literacy rate and world-class healthcare system to its authoritarian political structure and its deplorable human rights record. A successful urban agricultural program highlights the resourcefulness of the Cuban people in the face of poverty, international pressure, and governmental abuse. The role of Raul Castro is also explored.
2008; 2007

Photographer [electronic resource]: Lodz Ghetto Through the Lens of Walter Genewein

In 1987, in a Viennese shop, hundreds of color slides from World War II were found. It turned out they had been made in the Lodz ghetto by a skilled amateur photographer named Walter Genewein, chief accountant on the ghetto council and a proud member of the Nazi party. In this documentary, filmmaker Dariusz Jablonski combines Genewein's disturbing images of ghetto life with the recollections of Dr. Arnold Mostowicz, the last surviving witness of the events portrayed, to create an important testament to the suffering and subsequent extermination of the ghetto's Jews. "In the midst of atrocity, [Genewein] saw only German success," says The Daily Telegraph (London).

Words of War [electronic resource]

Words of War is an original examination of how presidents rhetorically move a nation to war. Topics explored include provocation: "The deeds of our enemy are evil"; justification: "War is in our national interests"; lamentation: "We hate war"; and inspiration: "We will win!" Illuminating and discussion-provoking.

Human Trafficking [electronic resource]: Crisis for the EU and the World

Europe's wealth represents a golden opportunity for those who smuggle cheap, easily exploited workers across international borders. But how does the loathsome mechanism of human trafficking actually occur, and what are EU authorities doing to fight it? This program investigates by recording the experiences of human trafficking victims and evaluating the work of the EU government in the battle against 21st-century slavery. Corruption, prostitution, victim protection and repatriation, and the creation of FRONTEX-the agency responsible for European border patrol-are all highlighted, while members of the European Parliament and other officials discuss what must be done to improve anti-smuggling efforts.

Breaking the Wall of Social Divide [electronic resource]: How Political, Economic, and Social Critique Identifies the Five Faces of Equality

Whenever we doubt the power of intellectual activism, the images of demonstrations in Tiananmen Square in 1989 might serve as reminders to revalidate that power. One of the protagonists and critics of those tumultuous days, Professor Wang Hui is considered "a central figure" (The New York Times) of the Chinese "new left." Hear from Hui, deemed one of the 100 leading public intellectuals in the world by Foreign Policy magazine, in this video lecture from the 2011 Falling Walls Conference. After courting countless controversies in his country for drawing public attention to the suffering of the weakest sections of society, he presents the results of the new global phase of his research exploring social contritions in China and elsewhere. Hui previews his paper "The Five Faces of Equali [...]