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Professor Richard Wolff.

Global Capitalism: A Monthly Update, February 2014 — Professor Richard Wolff

24 February 2014

Updates on major economic developments since December: Obama's minimum wage policy, the Federal Reserve's “tapering policy” and the new Janet Yellen leadership, slowdowns in China and the emerging markets, and Thomas Piketty's new book Capital in the Twenty-First Century on capitalism and inequality. Major discussion of the chief causes and social effects of increasingly unequal wealth and income distributions, and the myth of returning manufacturing jobs in the US.

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The Wall Street Code.

The Wall Street Code — Marije Meerman, VPRO

9 January 2014

A thriller about a genius algorithm builder who dared to stand up against Wall Street. Haim Bodek, aka The Algo Arms Dealer, who discovered ‘order types’ in US financial markets that he says gave unfair advantage to high-frequency traders.

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Economist Richard Wolff.

Global Capitalism: A Monthly Update, November 2013 — Professor Richard Wolff

16 November 2013

November's update focuses on austerity and alternatives that are rarely mentioned, ie taxing those that (1) caused the financial mess in the first place, and (2) can afford it. Wolff also compares the minimum wage across several countries and explains why many ‘socialists’ today are apologists for capitalism.

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Tax, Lies and Videotape.

Tax, Lies and Videotape — Private Eye, Panorama, BBC

19 September 2013

The government says it is cracking down on tax avoidance and evasion, but does the tough talk really stand up to scrutiny? Private Eye and Panorama go undercover in the City to investigate the truth about UK tax policy. The programme discovers how London is still home to the tax avoidance industry and how new laws could allow big companies to avoid billions in tax.

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Greg Palast.

The secret ‘End Game’ memo — Keiser Report, RT

19 September 2013

Max Keiser interviews author, journalist and filmmaker, Greg Palast about the Larry Summers' secret ‘End Game’ memo and the decriminalisation of what were once financial crimes.

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Richard Wilkinson.

Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies — TEDTalks

19 September 2013

We feel instinctively that societies with huge income gaps are somehow going wrong. Richard Wilkinson charts the hard data on economic inequality, and shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart: real effects on health, lifespan, even such basic values as trust.

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Abby Martin and Richard Wolff.

Reaganomics: 32 Years of Failed Policy — Breaking the Set, RT

14 August 2013

Abby Martin remarks on the 31st anniversary of the President Ronald Reagan's Economic Recovery Act, and speaks to Richard Wolff about why ‘Reaganomics’ is not a cure-all for the US economy's fiscal woes.

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Class Globalization.

Class Globalization — CrossTalk, RT

16 July 2013

We are witnessing a revolt of the world's middle classes. How does that bode for global capitalism? Has the system actually reformed itself since the 2008 slump? And, does the world have the resources to accommodate the demands of the rising middle class? CrossTalking with Mark Levine and Richard Wolff.

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Bill Moyers and Rick Wolff.

Richard Wolff on Curing Capitalism — Moyers & Company

24 March 2013

Wolff returns to the show and this time answers questions sent in by viewers, diving further into economic inequality, the limitations of industry regulation, and the widening gap between a booming stock market and a population that increasingly lives in poverty.

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Good Italy, Bad Italy: Girlfriend in a Coma.

Good Italy, Bad Italy: Girlfriend in a Coma — Bill Emmott & Annalisa Piras

27 February 2013

With Italy having just gone to the polls, Bill Emmott, former editor of The Economist and a man with a special passion for Italy and Italians since his teenage years, asks where has Italy gone wrong and examines the good sides about Italy as well as the disasters.

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Prof Wolff.

Richard Wolff on Fighting for Economic Justice and Fair Wages — Moyers & Company

24 February 2013

Wolff joins Bill Moyers to discuss the disaster left behind in capitalism's wake, and the fight for economic justice, including a fair minimum wage.

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Obey.

Obey — Temujin Doran, Studiocanoe

23 February 2013

This is a film based on the book Death of the Liberal Class by journalist and Pulitzer prize winner, Chris Hedges. It charts the rise of the corporate state, and examines the future of obedience in a world of unfettered capitalism, globalisation, staggering inequality and environmental change.

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Prof Richard Wolff.

Global Capitalism: A Monthly Update, February 2013 — Professor Richard Wolff

13 February 2013

In this month's update, professor Wolff discusses bailouts, recovery, tax havens, financial transaction taxes in Europe and the US, falling wages, so-called ‘progressive’ income tax rates, off-shoring and its impact on the quality of higher education, austerity, democracy vs capitalism, the general rip-off that is being executed on the people, and how Marxism was never really implemented in Soviet Russia or China.

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Prof Richard Wolff.

Global Capitalism: A Monthly Update, December 2012 — Professor Richard Wolff

11 December 2012

In this month's update, professor Wolff breaks down the ‘fiscal cliff’ — how it was arrived at and its implications for the American people in the coming months.

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China's Ant People.

China's Ant People — Weijun Chen, Steps International

7 December 2012

What does an education get you? Education is the only way out of poverty, as it has been sold to the Chinese population since ancient times. China's economic boom and talk of the merits of hard work have created an expectation that studying is how to escape poverty. Yet it seems the system only leads to jobs for a few, and debt for all. This film, set in Wuhan in central China, looks at the realities of Chinese (privatised) education through the lives of private college tutor Wang Zehziang, high school graduate and would-be university student Wang Pan, and graduate jobseeker Wan Chao.

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The Great Land Rush.

The Great Land Rush — Hugo Berkeley & Osvalde Lewat, Normal Life Pictures and Steps International

7 December 2012

75 percent of Mali's population are farmers, but rich land-hungry nations like China and Saudi Arabia are leasing Mali's land in order to turn large areas into agri-business farms. Many Malian peasants do not welcome these efforts, seeing them as yet another manifestation of imperialism. Tackling questions such as food sovereignty, land ownership and how development is sold to Africa, this film asks who owns Africa.

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Four Born Every Second.

Four Born Every Second — Brian Hill, Century Films and Steps International

7 December 2012

130 million babies are born each year, but the circumstances and country of their birth will determine their life story. Brian Hill travels from the UK to America, Cambodia and Sierra Leone to reveal the shocking lottery of child birth across the globe.

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Solar Mamas.

Solar Mamas — Jehane Noujaim, Plus Pictures and Steps International

3 December 2012

Solar Mamas follows the remarkable story of Rafea, a mother-of-four from Jordan who challenges the status quo of her traditional marriage by travelling to India to train as a solar engineer for six months. Along with 27 other mothers and grandmothers from poor communities around the world — many of whom are illiterate — she will learn the skills needed to bring electricity and light back to her village.

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Danny Schechter.

Property rights vs human rights — On The Edge with Max Keiser

3 December 2012

Keiser interviews Danny Schechter who talks about the government's failure to protect their citizens against financial criminals.

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Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream.

Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream — Alex Gibney

27 November 2012

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney presents his take on the gap between rich and poor Americans. Gibney contends that America's richest citizens have “rigged the game in their favor”, and created unprecedented inequality in the United States.

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Stealing Africa.

Stealing Africa — Guldbrandsen Film and Steps International

27 November 2012

Ruschlikon is a village in Switzerland with a very low tax rate and very wealthy residents. There is so much money in the public coffers that the mayor can't spend it all, largely thanks to the contribution from one resident — Ivan Glasenberg, CEO of commodities giant Glencore. However, Glencore's copper mines in Zambia don't generate similar tax windfalls for Zambians. The country has the third largest copper reserves in the world, but 60 per cent of the population live on less than $1 a day and 80 per cent are unemployed. Christoffer Guldbrandsen investigates the dark heart of the tax system employed by multi-nationals and asks how much profit is fair.

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Undercover: How to Dodge Tax.

Undercover: How to Dodge Tax — Panorama, BBC

27 November 2012

Panorama goes undercover to investigate corporate service providers — the people and companies who sell corporate anonymity and access to offshore tax havens. Undercover reporters discover a world that specialises in secrecy, sells services which bend and breach UK law, is happy to help tax dodgers and even turns a blind eye to crime.

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Where Has Your Aid Money Gone?

Where Has Your Aid Money Gone? — Dispatches, Channel 4

27 November 2012

Jonathan Miller travels to Rwanda to investigate what British taxes have paid for, and to ask what our government has achieved with the influence our aid supposedly buys us. David Cameron personally backs increasing aid to Rwanda. The Conservatives have a particularly close relationship with the architect of Rwanda's success, President Paul Kagame. But Dispatches has found that Kagame has established a repressive regime with a worrying disregard for human rights. Is British aid to Rwanda helping create Africa's next tyrant?

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Getting Rich on the NHS.

Getting Rich on the NHS — Dispatches, Channel 4

30 October 2012

Under the new health reforms, private firms are being awarded millions of pounds-worth of NHS contracts. One of the major new players is Virgin Care. Morland Sanders examines whether the rapid handover of services to private contractors is really good for the public purse, and good for patient care.

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Vodafone's Swiss Swizz.

Vodafone's Swiss Swizz: A Tax Avoidance Special — Bureau of Investigative Journalism & Private Eye

9 October 2012

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Private Eye went to Switzerland to investigate how British firms can use Swiss companies and branches to legally avoid billions in UK tax.

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The Untold Story of Planned Obsolescence.

The Light Bulb Conspiracy: The Untold Story of Planned Obsolescence — Cosima Dannoritzer

15 August 2012

Once upon a time... products were made to last. Then, at the beginning of the 1920s, a group of businessmen were struck by the following insight: ‘A product that refuses to wear out is a tragedy of business’. Thus Planned Obsolescence was born.

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David Harvey & Richard Wolff.

Capitalism in Crisis? — Charlie Rose

31 July 2012

Capitalism in Crisis with geographer David Harvey and economist Richard Wolff.

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97 Percent Owned.

97 Percent Owned — Queue Politely

24 July 2012

97% owned present serious research and verifiable evidence on our economic and financial system. This is the first documentary to tackle this issue from a UK-perspective and explains the inner workings of Central Banks and the Money creation process.

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Secrets of the Taxman.

Secrets of the Taxman — Dispatches, Channel 4

11 July 2012

An undercover report partly filmed in the Channel Islands presents new revelations about tax avoidance.

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Ali, Chomsky and Assange.

Noam Chomsky and Tariq Ali — The Julian Assange Show

27 June 2012

A surprise Arab drive for freedom, the West's structural crisis and new hope coming from Latin America. That's the modern world in the eyes of Noam Chomsky and Tariq Ali, two prominent thinkers and this week's guests on Julian Assange's show.

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Prof Richard Wolff.

Global Capitalism: A Monthly Update, June 2012 — Professor Richard Wolff

18 June 2012

In the latter part of this month's update, Wolff reports on the Mondragon Corporation in the Basque region of Spain. This unified community of worker cooperatives is now the world's most successful, large scale and long-lasting experiment in workers owning and directing their enterprises. It competes successfully with capitalist enterprises, innovates technologically in systematic ways and operates its own major bank and university.

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The Mondragon Experiment.

The Mondragon Experiment (1980) — Horizon, BBC

18 June 2012

This documentary examines the Mondragon Corporation in northern Spain, where a federation of worker cooperatives have proved that an alternative to capitalism can indeed thrive.

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Surviving Progress.

Surviving Progress (2011) — Mathieu Roy & Harold Crooks

5 June 2012

Film about the risks we pose to our own survival in the name of progress, connecting financial collapse, growing inequality and global oligarchy with the sustainability of mankind.

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The Truth About Tax.

The Truth About Tax — Panorama, BBC

15 May 2012

Darragh MacIntyre investigates how some of the UK's most famous companies are using a tax haven at the heart of Europe to save millions in tax. Armed with a cache of secret documents, the programme reveals how global names have received big tax breaks on billion-pound transactions in the tiny country of Luxembourg. more »

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Rick Wolff.

Occupy the Mind: Progressive Moral Agenda for the 21st Century — Professor Richard Wolff

19 March 2012

Professor Wolff gives a talk where he looks at capitalism from a moral perspective, highlighting the struggle between employers and employees. Wolff suggests that democracy within the workplace should become a priority at this critical time of economical crisis. In a true democracy, all employees would equally share the directorship of their enterprises — this being fundamentally different from private or state capitalism, where employees or workers are treated like commodities. more »

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Prof Richard Wolff.

Global Capitalism: A Monthly Update, March 2012 — Professor Richard Wolff

12 March 2012

Covered in this month's update are: Europe and Greece's default scenario; the upcoming French and US elections; wealth inequality in the US; the apparent US economic recovery; and an open Q&A session.

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The ant and the grasshopper.

The eurozone, the ant and the grasshopper — Yanis Varoufakis

22 February 2012

The Greek economist explains why the Euro crisis should not simply be seen through the prism of a famous Aesop fable. more »

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Prof Richard Wolff.

Global Capitalism: A Monthly Update, January 2012 — Professor Richard Wolff

27 January 2012

Basic prospects for the US economy in 2012, opened this month's update. Twenty minutes in, Wolff turns to the problems now shaking European capitalism: (1) the financial and social costs and implications of European governments' debts and austerity programs aimed to alleviate those debts, and (2) conflicts over Greece's debts and default scenarios. Emphasis was placed on the impact of Europe's crises on the US economy in 2012.

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Professor Richard D Wolff.

The Crisis of Capitalism — Marin Commons

12 January 2012

Noted author, political economist and activist, Richard Wolff in conversation with Robert Ovetz PhD at San Rafael CA, on 7 January 2012.

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Yanis Varoufakis.

Yanis Varoufakis: A Modest Proposal for Transforming Europe — TEDxAcademy

12 January 2012

Professor Varoufakis proposes a decentralized system for europe in order to transform it before the crisis of the system crashes Europe. He studies all the different possibilities of actions that can be taken and explains why his proposal is the best option.

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David Harvey.

The End of Capitalism? (Penn Humanities Forum, 30 November 2011) — David Harvey

12 December 2011

Three years after the near collapse of global financial markets, America is still struggling with unemployment, debt, and foreclosure. European governments are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy — and the world's billionaires are getting richer faster than ever before. The current situation is not sustainable; but what changes need to be made to overcome this mounting crisis of our world economic system? How radical an adaptation will be required? David Harvey, the brilliant theorist and scathing critic of postmodern society, looks at what the future holds for global capitalism.

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Richard Wolff.

Richard Wolff on the current Eurozone Crisis — Democracy Now

4 December 2011

Wolff is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and visiting professor at New School University. He is the author of several books, including Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It. more »

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Greg Palast.

Interview with Greg Palast — Media Roots TV

20 November 2011

Palast discusses his new book Vultures' Picnic, corporate collusion, the bought-and-paid-for-media establishment, the role of citizen journalism around the Occupy Wall Street Movement and the value of organisations such as Project Censored.

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Greg Palast confronts a very gross man.

Call for Jersey to block $100m DR Congo ‘vulture’ debt — Greg Palast

19 November 2011

Charities are calling for Britain's Privy Council to block an American speculator from taking $100m (£62.86m) from the Democratic Republic of Congo. more »

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David Harvey.

Occupy London talk (12 November 2011) — David Harvey

17 November 2011

The Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York gave a talk to Occupy London protestors.

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The Warning.

The Warning — Frontline, PBS

10 November 2011

Long before the meltdown, one woman tried to warn about a threat to the financial system...

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Meltdown.

Meltdown: The Secret History of the Global Financial Collapse — Doc Zone, CBC

15 October 2011

The story of the bankers who crashed the world, the leaders who struggled to save it and the ordinary families who got crushed. more »

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Danny Schechter.

Danny Schechter — On The Edge with Max Keiser

18 September 2011

Max Keiser interviews the ‘News Dissector’.

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Antony Fisher and Oliver Smedley.

The Curse of Tina — Adam Curtis, BBC

18 September 2011

Carry on Thinking: the rise of the modern ‘Think Tank’ and how they have made thinking impossible.

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"Cameron, you're a schmuck!"

Banking Looters — Keiser Report

17 August 2011

Stacy Herbert and Max Keiser observe the British shock that there is no society, followed by a talk with former bank regulator William K Black about the absence of justice for banking crimes and whether or not the population plays a role in demanding this justice.

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John McDonnell.

Riots, Recession & Resistance — John McDonnell

17 August 2011

Coalition of Resistance and BARAC public meeting, Central London, 11 August 2011.

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Cashing In On Degrees.

Cashing In On Degrees — Dispatches, Channel 4

4 August 2011

With students facing massive increases in their fees, Dispatches investigates the pay, perks and privileges enjoyed by universities' top earners. Journalist Laurie Penny reveals the increasing commercialisation of higher education and the subsequent lowering of standards, and asks what happens when universities scour the globe for students and funds.

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Inside Job.

Inside Job (2010) — Charles Ferguson

30 June 2011

Why are countries having austerity measures imposed upon them? This film provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008. Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists and academics, the film traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation and academia.

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Plunder: The Crime of Our Time.

Interview with Danny Schechter — Democracy Now

23 June 2011

Investigative journalist, filmmaker and author, Danny Schechter discusses his latest movie, Plunder: The Crime of Our Time. It features interviews with industry insiders to reveal how the financial crisis was built on a foundation of criminal activity. more »

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All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace.

All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace (2011) — Adam Curtis, BBC

9 June 2011

New three-part documentary series by Adam Curtis that claims that computers have failed to liberate us, and instead, have “distorted and simplified our view of the world around us”. more »


Part 1: Love and Power

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Part 2: The Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts

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Part 3: The Monkey in the Machine and the Machine in the Monkey

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The Story of Stuff.

The Story of Stuff — Annie Leonard

9 June 2011

From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. This short film looks at the underside of our production and consumption patterns.

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Max Keiser.

As Gold As Gold — The Keiser Report

24 April 2011

Max Keiser talks to Taki Oldham, director of The Billionaires Tea Party, about tea parties, astroturfing and Ayn Rand. Find out more about Oldham's film here: http://www.billionairesteaparty.com/.

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The Yes Men Fix The World.

The Yes Men Fix The World — P2P Edition (2009) — Andy Bichlbaum & Mike Bonanno

19 March 2011

True story about two gonzo political activists who, posing as top executives of giant corporations, lie their way into big business conferences and pull off the world's most outrageous pranks. The culture jamming activist-duo raise awareness around social problems caused by corporations.

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Britain's Banks: Too Big to Save?

Britain's Banks: Too Big to Save? — Robert Peston, BBC

20 February 2011

It's more than two years since the giant banks were bailed out with billions of pounds of tax-payers' money, yet little has been done to reform or regulate these vast institutions. Robert Peston looks at how the international regulators, a little-known and secretive committee that sits in the Swiss city of Basel, have consistently failed to curb the excesses of the giant banks and how new proposals fall short of the root-and-branch reform promised after the crash. more »

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Greg Palast.

Welcome to Fakeville — The Keiser Report

17 February 2011

Max Keiser talks to author and documentary filmmaker Greg Palast about whether it is peak oil or oil dictatorships that are the bigger threat to the global economy.

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How The Rich Beat The Tax Man.

How The Rich Beat The Tax Man — Dispatches, Channel 4

23 October 2010

With more than twenty millionaires in the Conservative cabinet, reporter Antony Barnett examines the financial affairs of some ministers and others who have helped the coalition. George Osborne says “we're all in this together” but are ministers and top Tories paying the same rates of tax as the rest of us? Barnett visits a number of offshore tax havens around the world still under British control, to find out more about tax avoidance ploys.

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Africa: States of Independence.

The Scramble for Africa — Aljazeera

7 September 2010

50 years ago, independence in Africa was supposed to usher in an era of prosperity and an end to the colonial scramble for resources. But why didn't it? more »

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Prof. Greg Philo.

Professor Greg Philo: Privatise The National Debt — The Real Deal

25 August 2010

George Galloway interviews Glasgow University professor Greg Philo, who has an ingenious way to pay off the national debt: privatise it. In a YouGov poll, 74 percent of the population would favour a one-off tax of the wealthiest six million people in the UK. Philo is research director of the Glasgow Media Group. more »

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Capitalism: A Love Story.

Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) — Michael Moore

5 April 2010

Moore's latest film comes home to the issue he's been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans.

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Palast hunts the vultures.

‘Vultures’ prey on Liberia's debt — Greg Palast, BBC

9 March 2010

Some vultures have feathers, but some have fancy offices and huge homes. Greg Palast follows the trail of one “vulture fund” chief, from a locked office door in New York to mud-brick houses in Africa.

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Drug firms made 'false H1N1 claims'

Drug firms made ‘false H1N1 claims’ — Tarek Bazely

5 February 2010

The severity of the H1N1 outbreak was deliberately exaggerated by pharmaceutical companies that stood to make billions of dollars from a worldwide scare, a leading European health expert has claimed.

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Clearstream Banking.

The Man Who Knew Too Much — FrenchTV

13 October 2009

This film gives a journalist's account of the interactions between some European banks and Clearstream in Luxembourg which, according to Denis Robert, are a safe haven for financial criminals.

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The Shock Doctrine.

The Shock Doctrine — Renegade Pictures/Revolution Films

2 September 2009

Based on Naomi Klein's bestselling book, The Shock Doctrine argues that America's ‘free market’ policies have come to dominate the world through the exploitation of disaster-shocked people and countries. Both the film and book argue that governments all over the world exploit natural disasters, economic crises and wars to push through radical free market policies. Klein calls this ‘disaster capitalism’. The film concludes that the result is often catastrophic for ordinary people and hugely beneficial to big corporations. more »

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Banksters should go to jail.

William K Black: CSI Bailout — Bill Moyers, PBS

5 April 2009

Fraud, corruption, incompetence, cover-up; these ‘banksters’ and their cronies in government should be prosecuted and jailed — that would help restore confidence in the system. Bill Moyers interviews William K Black on what caused the economic meltdown and what can be done to begin solving the crisis. Everyone should watch this excellent discussion and then put your anger to ‘constructive’ use. more »

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Plain Old Greed.

Plain Old Greed — Yorgos Avgeropoulos

15 March 2009

Investigating the US financial meltdown, this film reveals the ruined lives, crooked banks and the stupidity that brought it all about. Lays bare the bankers' addiction that drove world markets into recession. It was obvious what was happening but Wall Street couldn't stop itself. more »

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Silly Money.

Silly Money — Bremner Bird & Fortune

3 November 2008

A satirical four-part look at the global financial system.

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The Crash of 1929.

The Crash of 1929 — Ronald H Blumer

2 July 2008

Originally produced in the mid-1990s, this film remains the most authoritative account of the Crash of 1929, and includes rare testimony from the people who worked on Wall Street at the time.

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Super Rich: The Greed Game.

Super Rich: The Greed Game — Robert Peston, BBC

5 April 2008

As the credit crunch bites and a global economic crisis threatens, Robert Peston reveals how the super-rich have made their fortunes, and the rest of us are picking up the bill.

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Hitler's American Business Partners.

Hitler's American Business Partners — Dietre Scroeder and Joachiiom Schroeder

2 March 2008

This documentary uncovers the unholy alliance between Nazi Germany and some of the biggest corporations in the US — companies which were indispensable for Hitler to wage war. Henry Ford, the automobile manufacturer; James D Mooney, the General Motors manager; and Tom Watson, the IBM boss were all awarded the Grand Cross of the German Eagle — the Nazi's highest distinction for foreigners for their services to the Third Reich.

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The Great African Scandal.

The Great African Scandal — Robert Beckford & Ken Kirby

24 September 2007

Beckford undertakes a hard-hitting, emotional journey to Ghana in Africa to discover the hidden costs of three high-street goods: rice, chocolate and gold. He looks at whether the activities of multinationals, as well as the World Bank and IMF, have actually made countries such as Ghana worse off.

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Life Running Out of Control.

Life Running Out of Control (2004) — Bertram Verhaag & Gabriele Krober

5 May 2007

In the mid-1980s, scientists unlocked genetic keys to manipulating our world. Suddenly everything seemed possible. There would be no more hunger or malnutrition; diseases would be vanquished and poverty wiped out. But twenty years on, the situation looks very different. From the loss of biodiversity to health scares about GM food, the effects of genetic technology are prompting more and more debate.

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White King, Red Rubber, Black Death

White King, Red Rubber, Black Death — Peter Bate

5 April 2007

The story of King Leopold II of Belgium's brutal colonisation of central Africa, turning it into a vast rubber-harvesting labour camp in which millions died.

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Behind the Labels.

Behind the Labels: Garment Workers on US Saipan — Tia Lessin

19 March 2007

Exposes the harsh conditions of the garment industry in Saipan, a US territory in the Northern Mariana Islands of the Pacific. Although the island flies the American flag, it is not subject to US immigration laws, and in 1976 was exempted from federal minimum wage regulations to attract business to the island.

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Looting the Russian Economy.

Looting the Russian Economy (2001) — ABC Australia

11 March 2007

This is a story about the money-laundering game involving Russian gangsters, corrupt officials, impoverished South Pacific islands and some of the world's most reputable banks. See how $200-500 billion was looted from the Russian economy through virtual offshore banks.

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Bolivia for sale.

Bolivia for sale — Dylan Howitt

4 March 2007

Damian Lewis travels to Bolivia to investigate the effects of privatisation in three key markets: water, gas and milk. President Evo Morales's recent victory was fuelled by large-scale protests against water and gas privatisations.

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Flying the Flag, Arming the World.

Flying the Flag, Arming the World (1994) — John Pilger

26 February 2007

David Munro and John Pilger look behind the political rhetoric and discover the world of international arms dealing.

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Vulture Funds.

‘Vulture Funds’ threat to developing world — Greg Palast, BBC

15 February 2007

Vulture funds are companies which buy up the debt of poor nations cheaply, when it is about to be written off, and then sue for the full value of the debt plus interest — which might be ten times what they paid for it. Filmed for BBC Newsnight.

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Here's an update to the above report, filmed for Newsnight and featured on Democracy Now.

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War by Other Means.

War by Other Means (1992) — John Pilger

10 February 2007

Pilger examines the policy of First World banks agreeing loans with Third World countries, who are then unable to meet the crippling interest charges, resulting in the systematic stripping of natural resources and a steep rise in poverty.

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Blood Diamonds.

Blood Diamonds (2007) — A&E Television Networks

7 February 2007

This documentary examines Africa's most brutal civil wars, revealing the role played by the illicit diamond trade in funding conflicts in Sierra Leone, Angola, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Looks at the bloody history of the diamond industry and the virtual monopoly De Beers has, enabling it to create artificial scarcity.

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The Price of Blood.

The Price of Blood — Panorama, BBC

9 October 2006

On the eve of his appearance in an Italian court on tax, money laundering and potentially corruption charges, Panorama examines the career of David Mills. His links to Silvio Berlusconi are well known and form the basis of next month's charges. But after examining many hundreds of documents here and in Italy, Panorama looks at a less well-known episode literally involving bad blood.

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The New Rulers of the World.

The New Rulers of the World (2001) — John Pilger

27 August 2006

Pilger explores the impact of globalisation, taking Indonesia as his prime example, a country that the World Bank described as a “model pupil” until its “globalised” economy collapsed in 1998. Under scrutiny are the increasingly powerful multinationals and the institutions that back them, notably the IMF and The World Bank.

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Black Power.

Pandora's Box: Black Power (1992) — Adam Curtis, BBC

15 August 2006

A look at how former Ghanaian leader Kwame Nkrumah set Africa ablaze with his vision of a new industrial and scientific age. At the heart of his dream was to be the huge Volta dam, generating enough power to transform West Africa into an advanced utopia. It brought with it dangerous forces Nkrumah couldn't control, and he slowly watched his metropolis of science sink into corruption and debt.

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The League of Gentlemen.

Pandora's Box: The League of Gentlemen (1992) — Adam Curtis, BBC

15 August 2006

Forty years ago, a group of economists managed to convince British politicians that they had foolproof technical means to make Britain great again. This film tells the saga of how their experiments led the country deeper into economic decline.

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After School Arms Club.

After School Arms Club — Dispatches, Channel 4

3 April 2006

This special edition of Dispatches puts the arms trade under the spotlight, asking how easy it is to broker arms. Working his way through a spider's web of vast and, in some cases, archaic legislation, Mark Thomas unearths a series of dangerous loopholes, inconsistencies and, even more shocking, simple omissions that would have the most avaricious arms broker salivating with glee. (Read this important document, it relates to the current crisis in Sudan.)

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The Pope and the Mafia Millions.

The Pope and the Mafia Millions — Redback Films

16 March 2006

Italian banker Roberto Calvi was found dead in 1982 in London. Known as God's banker for his links with the Vatican, Calvi was the chairman of Banco Ambrosiano and a central figure in a complex web of international fraud. Did the P2 masonic lodge arrange to have him silenced?

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A BBC report broadcast on 14 July 1982 with some background to the Calvi case.

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The Mayfair Set.

The Mayfair Set — Adam Curtis, BBC

16 October 2005

Four-part series that looks at the rise of business and the decline of political power. Adam Curtis reveals massive corruption of the British government by corporations and the global markets.

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Part 1: Who Pays Wins

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Part 2: Entrepreneur Spelt S.P.I.V.

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Part 3: Destroy the Technostructure

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Part 4: The Twilight of the Dogs

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Britain's Heroin Fix.

Britain's Heroin Fix — Panorama, BBC

25 July 2005

Jane Corbin travels through Afghanistan to find out why opium production is out of control. She talks to farmers to discover why the opium crop has risen twenty-fold since the Taleban cracked down on it, virtually eradicating it in 2001. The smugglers get off scot-free and powerful officials within the government take their cut of the drug trade. (DynCorp couldn't possibly be involved... could they? Who benefits from the trade in opium? click here to find out more)

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military-industrial complex

Why We Fight — Eugene Jarecki

24 March 2005

What are the forces that shape and propel American militarism? This award-winning film provides an inside look at the anatomy of the American war machine. Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions.

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Unofficial Why We Fight promo:

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Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.

Interview with John Perkins — Democracy Now

12 March 2005

Former respected member of the international banking community, John Perkins describes how he helped the US cheat third-world countries out of trillions of dollars.

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The Dollar a Day Dress.

The Dollar a Day Dress — Panorama, BBC

7 March 2005

Panorama travelled the world to create “The dollar a day dress” — a symbol of how the world trade system harms the poor. Steve Bradshaw travelled from the Sahara to the Andes to discover some of the harsh truths about free trade and its impact on the developing world.

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Banking with Hitler.

Banking with Hitler — Timewatch, BBC

23 January 2005

The US Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Morgenthau, began investigating Nazi finances 60 years ago and found Allied banks, including many British and American high street names, who continued to do business with Hitler's Germany throughout the war.

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Breaking the Bank.

Breaking the Bank — Independent Media Center

25 December 2004

An account of the April 2000 protests against the IMF and World Bank. Looks into the issues behind the protests such as IMF/World Bank policies and international militarism, ecologically devastating development projects, food production and poverty within the First World.

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the Carlyle Group.

The Carlyle Connection — Shuchen Tan, VPRO Backlight

25 April 2004

A revealing documentary about the international world of private equity banking.

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