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Suspect Nation

Since Tony Blair’s New Labour government came to power in 1997, the UK civil liberties landscape has changed dramatically. ASBOs were introduced by Section 1 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and first used in 1999. The right to remain silent is no longer universal. Our right to privacy, free from interception of communications has been severely curtailed. The ability to travel without surveillan

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The Road to Guantanamo

In this compelling docudrama by Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross, the ‘Tipton Three’ narrate their own experiences in America’s controversial offshore detention camp The Road To Guantánamo opens with archive footage of George W Bush, flanked by a stern-faced Tony Blair, declaring his certain knowledge that all the detainees held in Guantánamo are “bad people”. Everything that follows is

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638 Ways to Kill Castro

638 Ways to Kill Castro is a Channel 4 documentary film, broadcast in the United Kingdom on 28 November 2006, which tells the story of some of the numerous attempts to kill Cuba's leader Fidel Castro.The film reveals multiple methods of assassination, from exploding cigars to femmes fatales; a radio station rigged with noxious gas to a poison syringe posing as an innocuous ballpoint pen. Fabia

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Palestine Is Still The Issue

In 1977, the award-winning journalist and film-maker, John Pilger, made a documentary called Palestine Is Still The Issue. He told how almost a million Palestinians had been forced off their land in 1948, and again in 1967.In this in-depth documentary, he has returned to the West Bank of the Jordan and Gaza, and to Israel, to ask why the Palestinians, whose right of return was affirmed by the

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Dispatches – Is Torture A Good Idea?

Clive Stafford Smith is a British lawyer who has represented American prisoners on Death Row and, more recently, detainees in Guantanamo Bay. In this programme, he reveals the abuses suffered by Guantanamo detainees and talks to experts in the field of torture, including CIA and US Army veterans. The programme examines cases of false confessions extracted under torture, suggesting that torture is

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Dispatches: Undercover in the Secret State

Award-winning filmmaker Kim Jung Eun (Shadows and Whispers: The Struggle of North Korean Refugees) lays bare the cruel realities of daily life in North Korea, presenting powerful undercover footage and interviews with defectors fleeing the regime. Working as secret cameramen, the dissidents that Jung Eun meets film public executions and concentration camps to expose the subjugated existence of a n

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The Secrets of The Austrian Cellar

The story of Elisabeth Fritzl, who was locked in a cellar and repeatedly raped by her father over 24 years, has stunned the world. Her father, Josef, stands accused of imprisoning Elisabeth and using her as a sex slave in an underground bunker beneath his house in the provincial Austrian town of Amstetten.Over nearly a quarter of a century Elisabeth bore him seven children. Three of whom were

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Dispatches: Britain’s Bad Housing

What is the real reason behind Britain’s housing shortage. Is it really because of a true shortage of new houses or is there another reason. Well, like most things today, it’s really caused by powerful corporate groups lobbying the government to get their way and make sure their money making schemes go through – without any though of those who can’t find / afford anywhere to live.

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