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Kidnapped by North Korea

It has now become clear that throughout the 1970's and 80's, hundreds, possibly thousands, of men women and children were abducted by North Korea's Secret Service as ordered by their leader Kim Jung II. Most of these abductions occurred on Japanese soil as well as South Korea but it is believed that nationals from at least 11 other countries including Thailand, Romania, Holland and France were als

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The IRA: Have They Gone Away?

The murder of former IRA commander Gerard Jock Davison in May 2015, sent shockwaves through Belfast republicanism. The police had no clue who committed the murder, but others who were desperate for revenge decided they knew who it was and on the 12th August 2015, Kevin McGuigan was shot dead in front of his wife. This time however police had suspects in mind, they pointed fingers at members of

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Percy Julian: Forgotten Genius

In 1950, Percy Julian was one of the few African Americans who had a Ph.D. He was Chicago's man of the year and for good reason, he was a groundbreaking scientist. However, Percy did not have an easy road, he was the grandson of Alabama slaves and was met with every barrier possible with regards to living in a deeply segregated America. Denied teaching positions and the target of many death thr

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The Untold History of the United States

The Untold History of the United States is a 12 part documentary series which was directed, produced and narrated by Academy Award winning writer/director Oliver Stone. The series is an uncompromising examination of the history of the United States, it provides us with a crucial counter-point to the tendency towards self-congratulation with regards to ones own historical past. Stone shines a li

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The Brit Who Tried to Kill Trump

In May 2016, parents of a 20 year old named Michael Sandford had reported that their son had gone missing in America. Twenty three days later Michael turned up at a Donald Trump campaign rally in Las Vegas. Shortly after Trump took to the stage Michael approached a police officer, seconds later he attempted to take the officers gun. At first it was unclear as to what his intentions were but whe

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Scotland: The Edge of Europe

Scotland sits on the very edge of the continent but how European is this nation located on the geographical margin? This film predates the Brexit vote but still provides us with an interesting look at how the United Kingdom and Europe both affect the country. Back in 2014 Scotland held a referendum on their independence from the United Kingdom, the majority voted to stay in the UK but then in 2

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HyperNormalisation

HyperNormalisation is a film by British filmmaker Adam Curtis, it tells the incredible story of how we have managed to get to this bizarre time of uncertainty and confusion, a time where we see those who are meant to be in power become paralysed, searching for answers. Curtis argues the case that ever since the 1970's, those in power i.e. governments, financier, and technological utopians have

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Eritrea: Africa’s North Korea

Located beside Ethiopia and Sudan, Eritrea is one of the most censored countries in the world, so much so that it is frequently compared to North Korea. Eritrea won it's independence back in 1991 after a bitter conflict with Ethiopia, the war itself lasted almost 30 years. Since the end of the war Isaias Afwerki has been the one and only president of Eritrea, he enforces a strict control over t

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Still Berning

Still Berning

As we are all now aware, Bernie Sanders lost the primaries to Hillary Clinton as the US presidential candidate for the Democratic Party. But it was a loss which ironically marked the beginning rather than the end, the start of a political movement. In the run up to the election Bernie's campaign made history by receiving a record number of donations from individual citizens and not rich corpora

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