Sunday, January 21, 2018

Who Controls the Arms Trade? | Inside Story

When it comes to global arms deals the scenes play out formulaically - politicians shaking hands, press releases are issued and an astronomical amount of money is spent. What is not mentioned so much is the companies that profit from the mega-deals. And are they complicit if government buyers commit serious human rights abuses with the weapons they've sold.

Whether it is warplanes and ships, missiles, tanks and guns of all sizes - the international arms is big business in every sense. Amnesty International says military expenditure for countries world-wide in 2016 was $1.7t - $375b of that on buying arms specifically.

The United States, China, France, Russia and the UK sell more than 70 percent of all weapons. And they are all permanent members of the UN Security Council - the world body charged with maintaining international peace and security. So, with thousands killed everyday, is it possible for governments to control powerful companies that dominate the global weapons market?

Presenter: Adrian Finighan | Guests: Lloyd Russell-Moyle - British Member of Parliament; Tim Ripley - Defence & security Analyst; Ben Moores, Defence & aviation analyst

BBC Timewatch – Inside the Mind of Adolf Hitler

US Government Shutdown: Senate Fails to Reach Immigration Deal

The anniversary of President Trump's inauguration has been marked by a government shutdown, after the Senate failed to agree on a spending bill. It will try again early on Monday to vote for a deal, with immigration the main sticking point. Republicans and Democrats are blaming each other for the deadlock, but public appears to be focusing on the president - with #trumpshutdown trending on social media. Al Jazeera's Mike Hanna reports from Washington, DC.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

US Government Shutdown: Who's to Blame? | Inside Story

Who's to blame for the US government shut down? Donald Trump's first year anniversary as US President will certainly go down in history.

It was the day the government shut down after Congress failed to back a bill to fund federal agencies. Hundreds of thousands of government workers are affected. Some will stay home because their offices will be closed. Others will work without pay.

Republicans and Democrats blame each other for not reaching a last minute deal. Talks broke down over issues related to immigrants and border security. So, what will happen next? And what does it mean for Trump's administration?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra | Guests: Oliver McGee, former Assistant Transportation Secretary under President Clinton; Inderjeet Parmar, chairman of the Obama Research Network at City, University of London; Richard Johnson, lecturer in US politics and international relations at Lancaster University

Question Time from Hereford - 18th of January 2018

David Dimbleby presents topical debate from Hereford. On the panel, the Conservative culture minister, Margot James MP, the mayor of Greater Manchester and former Labour MP, Andy Burnham, chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Howard Davies, arts advisor and former deputy mayor of London for culture, Munira Mirza, and the Oscar-winning screenwriter, Dustin Lance Black.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Franco-UK Summit: 'Entente cordiale', But at What Cost on the Road to Brexit?

As Shutdown Looms over Immigration, Trump’s Rejection of Refugees Could Have Global Domino Effect

Trump | A Year of Unclear Middle East Policy

Saturday will mark one year since Donald Trump took the oath of office, becoming the 45th president of the United States.

Under Trump, the US' Middle East policy has witnessed some highly controversial decisions. One year in, what this administration thinks its policies in the region will ultimately achieve remains unclear.

Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr looks at how his presidency has impacted the Middle East.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Top US News & World Headlines — January 18, 2018

Josef Mengele - The Hunt for a Nazi Criminal | DW Documentary

Few Nazis were as notorious and gruesome as doctor Josef Mengele. But who was Mengele and how did he manage to disappear after WWII until his death in 1979?

After the end of WWII, Josef Mengele managed to escape Germany. Despite a global manhunt by Mossad and the allies, Mengele would die a free man, 34 years later, in Brazil. Josef Mengele, the doctor responsible for horrific experiments on living human beings in Auschwitz, the man who had selected the prisoners he wanted while sending thousands of others directly to the gas chambers, was considered one of the most wanted Nazi war criminals. Although the German government was aware of his whereabouts he lived undetected in Germany until 1948 and under his own name in Argentina until 1959. It was not until that year that German prosecutors issued an arrest warrant. Mengele first moved to Paraguay, then to São Paulo in Brazil. In particular, the Israeli intelligence service Mossad was after him and twice he only narrowly managed to escape its agents. But who was Josef Mengele? How was he able to go to ground after the end of the Second World War and lead a new life without being recognized? Our documentary reconstructs his life and talk to family members and acquaintances - as well as experts who draw a psychological profile of the so-called "Angel of Death of Auschwitz.”

What Does "Fake News" Really Mean? – The Stream

How North Korea’s Mountains Preserve the Kim Dynasty’s Power

North Korea’s founding myths trace back to the country’s rugged peaks, but those mountains also play a pivotal role in the Kim dynasty’s rule.

Projections of Life: Jewish Life before World War II

Rare, intimate home movies—depicting family life, birthday parties, vacations, and more—provide a glimpse into the lives of Jewish individuals who were soon swept into the destruction of the Holocaust.