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How Big Oil Conquered the World

Oil, from farm to pharmaceutical, diesel truck to dinner plate, pipeline to plastic product, it is simply impossible to think of an area of our modern day lives that is not affected by the petrol chemical industry. The story of oil is the story of the modern world and whilst parts of this story are well known, there is another side to which is more obscure, for example the quest of oil and the

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The Hitch

Christopher Hitchens was a journalist, author, essayist, religious and literary critic who was not one to be considered shy when it came to flexing his intellect. In the course of his career he contributed to New Statesman, The Nation, The Atlantic, London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, Slate, and Vanity Fair. He was also the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of over 30 book

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North Korea: The Great Illusion

This is a journey like no other, after several months of wrangling with North Korean authorities in Paris reporters Michaël Sztanke and Julien Alri obtained a visa for Pyongyang but as soon as they arrived the scene was set by a compulsory photo shoot. Journalists are kept under close surveillance and to go to North Korea is to accept the presence of guides who provide supervision 24 hours a day,

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Stalin: Inside The Terror

In the early hours of March 2nd 1953, the most powerful man in the world lay dying alone. He had suffered a stroke at least 12 hours before, his guards were worried but they did not dare go into his bedroom. How is it that a man who was worshiped by millions could be left to lie helpless soaked in his own urine for so long? Stalin had built an empire on a framework of terror justifying it in th

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Netanyahu At War

The United States and Israel have historic ties which run quite deep but in this two hour PBS Frontline special "Netanyahu at War" we examine Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Ministers rise to power and the background to his now infamous ongoing feud with Barack Obama which came to be amid the rise of violence in the Middle East over the last few years.

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Who Won the War?

Over 20 years ago the IRA and Loyalist paramilitaries declared an end to the so called war which claimed the lives of more than 3,000 people. Their historic ceasefire's marked the beginning of a road to peace that Northern Ireland enjoys today. Reporter Peter Taylor has been covering this conflict for more than 40 years and in this film he explores the contrast from back then up until now, expl

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Inside America’s For-Profit Bail System

Out of all of the first-world countries and with the highest rate of incarceration in the world, the United States is the only one which allows the commercialization of bail bonds. The for-profit industry manages to rake in a cool 2 billion dollars in revenue a year. Most criminal defendants don't have the means to pay the full bail set on them and as a result must either stay in jail or pay a

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The Shooting of Ronald Reagan

On March 30th of 1981, just a mear 69 days into Ronald Reagan's presidency an attempted assassination was carried out on his life. Reagan had just wrapped up a speaking engagement at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. and upon leaving the venue a man by the name of John Hinckley, Jr. opened fire on him, as a result of which President Reagan and three others were hit and wounded. The m

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The Golden Mountains of Suriname

In the South American, Suriname Mountains, the precious metal gold can be found everywhere, from political power to the jewellery being worn by the locals. The effects of the gold mining which is occurring here seeps into all aspects of society. For many Surinamese, the gold industry is a necessary source of income but it is destroying the environment and the health of those around it. In this

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