Category “Economics”

Money and Power in North Korea: Hidden Economy

With the ever growing number of sanctions being put on North Korea, the hermit country is becoming increasing cut off from the rest of the world. This film asks the question, how is it Kim Jong Un's regime has managed to stay in power given the fact that the country is suffering financially from such sanctions. Using interviews with once high-ranking officials from within the leaderships inner circle and conducting an investigation in several countries reveal the internal workings of the secret state and the existence of previously unknown funds that only the supreme leader can freely...

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China’s Home Invasion

Chinese property buyers are on a foreign spending spree in the worlds most sought after cities. From New York's Manhattan to Sydney Harbour, real estate is seen as a safe way to stash money and a ticket to permanent residency. 660 billion dollars in Chinese personal wealth sits offshore and in this episode of 101 East by Al Jazeera, drew Drew Ambrose asks if Chinese home buyers are a force to...

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The Super-Rich and Us

The super-rich are taking over, 85 people own the same wealth as half the worlds population, never before has money been so polarised. In this two part BBC series Jacques Peretti decides to take it upon himself to find out how the super-rich changed Britain, but are they benefiting the public, making us richer or simply creating a more divided society? and who sold us the idea that the super-rich would make the nations people better off. This is the story of the super-rich and...

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Princes of the Yen

Princes of Yen is a film based off of a book by Professor Richard Werner who was a researcher that visited the Bank of Japan during the 90's crash which saw the market fall by about 80% and house prices rise 84%. The film sets about revealing the real cause behind this and how once beaten in World War II it's society was molded to suit the plans of those in power, to which the citizens themselves were kept in the dark about. Using old footage and interviews of Richard Werner himself we are shown what really happened in Japan almost 25 years ago and what appears to be happening in Europe...

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The Secret World of Gold

Billions of years ago the Earth passed through an exploding star and was showered in molten gold. The Inca's called gold the sweat of the Sun and told their stories with it. The Egyptians saw it as the breath of God and buried their Pharaohs in it. In India the golden temple of Amritsar is secrete destination a reminder of how most of the great religions celebrate the precious metal gold. In all of the world no other word still evokes such wealth and power. The Romans called gold the mussels of war, with gold a triumphant Napoleon gilded Paris, to finance The Third Reich Hitler was...

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Money and Life

We are currently living in a society where money has become the main objective for everything we can think of. The average person focuses more on bringing home a pay check than living life itself, doing things in which they hate, things that drain them in order to sustain an income. Life would obviously be terribly difficult without a source of income as bills will always haunt us and food needs to be bought, but why is this so? and why do we have to become so consumed with the concept of earning money that it can ruin our relationships with one another? This documentary takes a look at...

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Amazon’s Retail Revolution

British people now do more of their shopping online than any other nation and in 2013, tens of millions of British customers used Amazon to buy 4.5 billion pounds' worth of goods. The story of the growing use of Amazon is the story of the internet age. Time and again, founder Jeff Bezos has moved the goalposts for many industries. Publishers, retailers and even the French minister of culture criticise Amazon's practices and bemoan its sheer size, but Amazon defends its record for providing customers with choice and competitive prices. Furthermore, Bezos' confidence in his mantra of 'start...

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Why hate Ryanair?

BBC's Panorama takes it upon themselves to investigate the Irish budget airline known as "Ryanair". Ryanair is one of the fastest growing airlines, having only started with one plane back in 1985 and now has 200, flying to nearly 150 destinations in 26 different countries whilst offering customers low-cost fairs to fly, but to achieve these low prices the airline has had to sacrifice luxury and comfort. Ryanair is the airline everyone loves to hate but can't stop...

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Bitcoin: Bankers’ Worst Fear

A short documentary on the effects of the newish but controversial currency known as Bitcoin. Bitcoin is a distributed peer-to-peer digital currency that functions without the intermediation of any central authority. The concept was introduced in a 2008 paper by a pseudonymous developer known only as "Satoshi...

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