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.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Top US News & World Headlines — January 16, 2018

Britain in 1940

Britain and Appeasement

This documentary called 'Did we have to Fight?' explores Britain's options in the run-up to the Second World War. It will be particularly useful for students of appeasement, Neville Chamberlain, and of the wider conflict. The primary sources used are exceptionally good.

Mr and Mrs Hitler

This interesting film (from 2001) explores the fascinating relationship which was one of the most closely-guarded of the era. Obviously speculative in parts, it contains some excellent archive footage of Braun.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Michael Wolff on Fire and Fury - BBC Newsnight

Emily Maitlis speaks to Michael Wolff, the author of 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House', in his first UK TV interview.

McAuliffe: Trump Is an Embarrassment to US

Former Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe called President Donald Trump "disgraceful," "disgusting" and an "embarrassment" in the wake of the president's comments about Haitian immigrants and "shithole" African countries. McAuliffe said remarks like that could put military service members and diplomats "in harm's way" and hurt the United States' standing around the world.

Learning from History: Goebbels Biography: The Goebbels Experiment

Fantastic documentary on the life of Goebbels based on his diaries.

Why Is Trump against the Iran Nuclear Deal? | Inside Story

This is a last chance. That is the message US President Donald Trump has sent out after extending sanctions relief to Iran.

He has aggressively warned European allies he would withdraw from the 2015 nuclear agreement altogether if his demands to change it are not met. Trump has publicly branded the deal before and during his presidency as the 'worst ever'.

Iran says his announcement is a 'desperate attempt to undermine a solid multilateral agreement' that is not 'renegotiable'. In the middle of all of this are European leaders who have essentially said to Trump: either back the deal or come up with a better one. But can this deal be re-negotiated?

Presenter: Laura Kyle | Guests: Seyed Mostafa Khoshcheshm - Political Commentator and Specialist on Iranian domestic affairs; Ellie Geranmayeh - Policy Fellow with the European Council on Foreign Relations; Ali Vaez - Senior Iran Analyst with the International Crisis Group

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Lawrence on President Trump 'Shithole' Comment: 'Hating Is What He Does' | The Last Word | MSNBC

In a meeting on immigration reform at the White House, the president called Haiti & African nations 'sh*thole' countries. Lawrence O'Donnell has a message for lawmakers: If you make a deal with the devil, you can't be surprised to hear him sounding like the devil.

Trump's First Year: Beyond All Reason? | DW English

Donald Trump's first year in office has featured running battles between the president and his critics, his enemies and even his allies. How damaging has it been? Guests: Matthew Karnitschnig (Politico), Anna Sauerbrey (Tagesspiegel), Christiane Meier (ARD).