Posted in: News & Politics
Who’s Afraid of Machiavelli?
Niccolo Machiavelli, 16th century Italian diplomat, political thinker, arch bad guy, his name conjures up everything thats sly about human behavior. It's all because of his book entitled "The Prince", written over 500 years ago. It's about power, how to get it and how to keep it. Machiavelli wrote this book in 1513, it was shocking then and it's shocking now. How useful and relevant is "The Prince"...
Posted in: Countries, Society
Reggie Yates’s Extreme South Africa
South Africa, the continents biggest success story and one of the most stunning countries in the world, but this country has a very dark past. For over a century a white supremacist government controlled the nation and brutally oppressed black people. This system of racial separation was known as apartheid and was only abolished 1994 when Nelson Mandela and the AMC came to power. Poverty is still very much widespread here but today people are talking about a new underclass of people emerging, its not black...
Posted in: War
Russia’s War in Afghanistan
The Soviet war in Afghanistan went on for nine years, starting in December of 1979 and continued until February of 1989. This near decade long war resulted in millions of Afghans fleeing their country, primarily to Pakistan and Iran.  Hundreds of thousands of Afghan civilians were killed in addition to the rebels in the...
Posted in: Society
Only Human: Make Me Normal
Make me normal, is a documentary that follows several children and teenagers with Autism and Aspergers syndrome all of whom attend a special school in the UK. Its an eye opening glimpse into the world of those who have such conditions and how they perceive the world around...
Posted in: War
The Gulf War of 1991
February 24th 1991, American tanks roll across the Saudi Arabian desert towards the Iraq border, their part of a multinational force with a clear and simple mission, to drive Saddam Hussein's Iraqi army out of Kuwait. Having a large army but a devastated economy after his war efforts Hussein's goal was to take control of Kuwait's oil rich emirate and they did so in just over 36 hours. Having ignored the United Nations demand for immediate withdrawal this resulted in the UN sending a US lead coalition of 620,000...
Posted in: History
Bandit Country
An old documentary by BBC's series Panorama from 1976 on the troubles in Northern Ireland. At the time the IRA were still continuing their "Long War" strategy so Panorama decided to head to South Armagh, a predominantly Catholic area along the border to report on how the British army were getting...
Posted in: Nature
Snake Island
This island off the coast of Brazil has the highest concentration of golden lancehead snakes in the world, these are some of the most venomous snakes known to man. No one who has ever been bitten by one of these snakes has lived long enough to have been emitted to hospital and this island has roughly 2,000 of...
Posted in: Drugs
Getting High On HIV Medication
With most drugs there is a long pre established history of what the activity and effects of that drug is going to be like, this is not the case however with Efavirenz. Efavirenz are an antiretroviral drug that was approved by the FDA in 1998 to help treat those infected with HIV. It is said however that even though this drug is considered quite effective that patients taking it have reported bizarre dreams, hallucinations, and feelings of unreality. Hamilton Morris travels to South Africa to try and figure out...
Posted in: Nature
Operation Iceberg
When you travel so far north that the summer sun never sets you will find one of the last great wildernesses, a vast ice sheet of Greenland. It's the birthplace of some of the most massive and spectacular objects on the planet, icebergs. Up to twenty billion tones in weight and the height of a skyscraper, these monsters of the ocean have long fascinated us. Now in this documentary an international team of scientists and adventurers want to explore these wonders of the natural world in hopes to discover the secret...