Category “Countries”

Scotland Votes: What’s at Stake for the UK

Scotland is close to a momentous decision about its future, the stakes could not be higher. Scotland will vote to stay with or become independent from the United Kingdom on September the 18th of 2014, the campaign north of the boarder has been raging for months, but in much of the rest of the UK the silence has been deafening. If the Scots decide to quit the union what would it mean for the 55 million plus living in the ret of the UK? Scottish independence could have far reaching consequences for Britain's nuclear deterrent, its armed forces and...

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Blood, Smack Tears Afghanistan’s Heroin Hell

Afghanistan, this country is the worlds biggest heroin producer, 90% of all opiate based drugs come from here, but now it is also one of the worst consumers of narcotics anywhere. The nations drug habit is taring society apart, life by life. This BBC film follows two young addicts witnessing their efforts to kick heroin addiction and attempt to get their lives back on...

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Contra A Copa: The Other Side of Brazil’s World Cup

In 2007 Fifa choose Brazil to host the 2014 World Cup, it seemed like a brilliant idea hosting the World Cup in the most football fanatic country on the planet. Little did they know that it would become the focus of some of the largest protests Brazil has seen in decades. The mass civil uprising began in June 2013 and it surprised even some of the most jaded Brazilians. The World Cup itself is currently being classed as the most expensive ever, with the Brazilian government spending an estimated $14 billion dollars. This has provoked outrage among Brazilians, many of whom view the...

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Behind the Rhetoric: The Real Iran

What do we really know about the Islamic republic of Iran, aside from a cold war rhetoric from politicians on both sides, each accusing the other of evil. Rageh Omaar travels to Iran after it taking up to a year to receive permission to film inside the country to get the real...

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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 people but...

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Educating North Korea

Panorama find themselves with unique access to one of the most unusual academic institutions, situated in North Korea its surprising that a country renowned for its secrecy and isolation would allow foreign lectures teach the sons of some of the countries most powerful men. This university which is funded by the west is attempting to open the minds of the future...

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South Africa: The Party is Over

In June 2010 the eyes of the world were fixed on South Africa as it hosted the worlds largest international sporting event, the Football World Cup. It was billed as FIFA's most successful world cup to date and its president gave South Africa a nine out of ten. More over the tournament provided a month long break from the usual bad news about crime, corruption and property that has plagued the nation in recent years and gave ordinary South Africans a chance to bask in the limelight of this huge achievement. It is only now however, months after the World Cup has ended and the fans have...

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No Sex Please, We’re Japanese

In a world where people panic about the rising global population, Japan is facing a very different future which could see their population shrink by a third in just 40 years. One reason is that the Japanese are not having enough babies and the causes of that form the basis of Anita Rani's intriguing journey. Part of a season of programmes on population for This World, No Sex Please, We're Japanese explores Otaku culture - the world of nerds and geeks obsessed with computer games and Manga cartoons - which has led to a withdrawal of many Japanese men from the whole dating game. Anita meets...

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Ageing Japan

Japan faces a demographic crisis. Its population is falling rapidly due to an ageing population and declining birthrates. In two decades from now, seniors will outnumber children under 15 by nearly four to one. The situation is now so critical that adult nappies outsell baby nappies in the country. Japan's overall population fell by a record quarter-million to 127.8 million last year, and by 2060, the population is expected to fall by an additional one-third to as few as 87 million. And 40 per cent of those remaining will be over 65 years old. The demographic decline has led to a...

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