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Shadow War in the Sahara.

Shadow War in the Sahara — What's Up Films

18 October 2016

‘War on terror’ or competition for natural resources? A look at the US and French military presence in Africa. Africa remains a key territory on the global chessboard of the 21st century. Rich in oil and natural resources, the continent holds a strategic position. But despite its position and resources, conflict and chaos have spread throughout the continent. At the heart of this turmoil is a strategic territory: the Sahel.

Rwanda's Untold Story.

Rwanda's Untold Story — This World, BBC

4 October 2014

Twenty years on from the Rwandan genocide, This World reveals evidence that challenges the accepted story of one of the most horrifying events of the late 20th century. The current president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, has long been portrayed as the man who brought an end to the killing and rescued his country from oblivion. Now there are increasing questions about the role of Kagame's Rwandan Patriotic Front forces in the dark days of 1994 and in the 20 years since. The film investigates evidence of Kagame's role in the shooting down of the presidential plane that sparked the killings in 1994 and questions his claims to have ended the genocide.

It also examines claims of war crimes committed by Kagame's forces and their allies in the wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo and allegations of human rights abuses in today's Rwanda. Former close associates from within Kagame's inner circle and government speak out from hiding abroad. They present a very different portrait of a man who is often hailed as presiding over a model African state. Rwanda's economic miracle and apparent ethnic harmony has led to the country being one of the biggest recipients of aid from the UK. Former prime minister Tony Blair is an unpaid adviser to Kagame, but some now question the closeness of Mr Blair and other western leaders to Rwanda's president.

South Africa's Dirty Cops.

South Africa's Dirty Cops — Dispatches, Channel 4

16 July 2013

Dispatches examines allegations that South Africa's police have become a brutal and corrupt force. Explored are the fears that under the African National Congress party — synonymous with Nelson Mandela and the struggle for freedom — the rainbow nation's police force have become to increasingly mirror the actions of its apartheid predecessor.

Apartheid Did Not Die.

Apartheid Did Not Die (1998) — John Pilger & Alan Lowery

16 July 2013

An analysis of South Africa's democratic regime. This film asks why apartheid continues by other means.

Resource grab in Mali?

Uranium Rush: African resource grab behind Mali mission? — Russia Today

31 January 2013

The US has confirmed that the terrorists behind the recent deadly hostage-taking in Algeria got their weapons from Libya. The attack was staged in response to France's intervention in Mali. RT's Maria Finoshina looks at why French troops are there at all.

Admin Aids French Bombing of Mali...

Admin Aids French Bombing of Mali After US-Trained Forces Join Rebels in Uranium-Rich Region — Democracy Now

31 January 2013

The United States has backed the offensive by helping transport French troops and making plans to send drones or other surveillance aircraft. It is aiding a fight against Malian forces that it once helped train, only to see them defect and join the Islamist rebellion.

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.

Fuelling Poverty.

Fuelling Poverty (2012) — Ishaya Bako

3 December 2012

Documentary Featurette about the culture of greed and corruption in Nigeria, articulated through the Fuel Subsidy Scam of 2011.

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.

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?

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 »

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.

Simon Mann's African Coup.

Simon Mann's African Coup: Black Beach — Christopher Olgiati

2 December 2009

A failed coup attempt... a British mercenary in a grim African prison... a dictator accused by the West of torture... and beneath it all, a spectacular underwater oil reserve that the world's major powers would love to get their hands on. Storyville's penetrating look at the mysterious goings on in Equatorial Guinea, a tiny West African nation newly rich from oil and infamous for corruption. This film sheds light on the uncomfortable realities of oil politics in the 21st century. more »

America's New Frontline.

America's New Frontline — Rageh Omaar, Aljazeera

11 October 2009

The US is bound by shared history to Africa — a history that has been a source of much pain and conflict. Recently, however, there have been two significant developments which may define the relationship between the US and Africa for decades to come. The first is a legacy of the Bush administration — a brand new military command for Africa — called Africom. The second is the election of Barack Obama, a man with African roots, as US president. In a two-part series Rageh Omaar travels to the US and through East and West Africa to investigate the American strategy for the continent.

Blood Coltan.

Blood Coltan (2008) — Tac Presse Productions

23 June 2008

This is a story about the real costs of our need to stay in touch. Mobile phones have hidden tariffs with unimaginable human consequences: rape, murder and illegal slave labour.

Rebels in the Pipeline.

Rebels in the Pipeline — Current TV

31 May 2008

Current's Mariana van Zeller travels to one of the most unstable regions in the world — Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta. She investigates what's behind the growing number of kidnappings and attacks in Africa's largest oil producer and the US's fifth largest energy supplier.

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.

White King, Red Rubber, Black Death

White King, Red Rubber, Black Death — Peter Bate

5 April 2007

Documentary about 19th century King Leopold II of Belgium, who personally owned one million square miles of Central Africa — the Congo Free State, which suffered the most oppressive form of colonisation Africa has ever known. As many as 10 million Africans died in his quest for wealth as Leopold turned an area 80 times the size of Belgium into a vast, highly profitable labour camp harvesting wild rubber for a new, industrial rubber-hungry world.

The Scramble for Darfur's Oil.

Oil Prospects: Scramble for Oil in Darfur — Aljazeera

10 March 2007

It's not often you see a news report covering the real reasons for the conflict in Darfur, Sudan. Chinese and American oil companies are scrambling to extract this region's rich oil reserves.

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.

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

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.

Africa: US Oil's New Target.

Africa: US Oil's New Target (2005) — Helmut Grosse, WDR

3 February 2007

America has set its sights on Africa, which, according to a White House national energy policy document, is predicted to be — together with Latin America — “one of the fastest growing sources of oil and gas” for the future American market. But in the global hunt for oil, America has to compete with an increasingly successful and aggressive major competitor: China.

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.

Scratcher and the Coup that Failed.

Thatcher and the Coup that Failed — Alex Millar

25 January 2005

This film uncovers the attempted coup in Equatorial Guinea, meeting the key players and dishing the dirt that no-one else knows. It tells the inside story of international power play, oil-fuelled greed, men with guns and the son of the former British Prime Minister.

Diego Garcia. US military base.

Stealing a Nation (2004) — John Pilger

8 November 2004

Documentary that reveals the shocking, almost incredible story of the expulsion of the population of the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean by British governments in order to make way for an American military base, from which Iraq and Afghanistan have been attacked. Supporting archive of BBC news stories.

The Diamond Life.

The Diamond Life — Guerrilla News Network

30 December 2002

Gems and carnage in Sierra Leone. GNN's inaugural NewsVideo, The Diamond Life, puts the spotlight on the brutal atrocities committed by the Sierra Leone rebel forces (Revolutionary United Front) and the international diamond cartels, who have been willing to pay almost any price to maintain the artificial value of their gems.

Black Operations

How to Overthrow a Government.

How to Overthrow a Government — DEFCON 24

2 September 2016

Are you sick and tired of your government? Can’t wait another 4 years for an election? Or do you want to be like the CIA and overthrow a government overseas for profit or fun? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions than this talk is for you! Why not create your own cyber mercenary unit and invoke a regime change to get the government you want installed? After all, if you want the job done right, sometimes you have to do it yourself.

A New Cold War? Ukraine Violence Escalates, Leaked Tape Suggests U.S. Was Plotting Coup.

A New Cold War? Ukraine Violence Escalates, Leaked Tape Suggests U.S. Was Plotting Coup — Democracy Now

24 February 2014

At least 50 people have died since Tuesday in the bloodiest period of Ukraine’s 22-year post-Soviet history. While President Obama has vowed to “continue to engage all sides,” a recently leaked audio recording between two top U.S. officials reveal the Obama administration has been secretly plotting with the opposition. We speak to Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at New York University and Princeton University. His most recent book, Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War, is out in paperback. His latest Nation article is Distorting Russia: How the American Media Misrepresent Putin, Sochi and Ukraine.


Counter-Intelligence: Shining a Light on Black Operations — Metanoia Films

17 February 2014

“An extraordinary work by a gifted filmmaker, ‘Counter-Intelligence’ shines sunlight into the darkest crevices of empire run amok. The film vividly exposes a monstrous and unconstitutional ‘deep state’ in which multiple competing chains of command — all but one illegal — hijack government capabilities and taxpayer funds to commit crimes against humanity in our name. Anyone who cares about democracy, good government, and the future will want to watch all five segments of this remarkable film.” — Robert David STEELE Vivas: CIA, USMC, OSS, Earth Intelligence Network and Founder, Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog.

Shadow Secrets: refined and improved.

Shadow Secrets — The Dossier

9 March 2010

Compiled, edited and produced by theDossier, this film looks at the origins and history of the Afghan Mujahedin and al-Qaeda, and their associations with various intelligence agencies including the CIA, FBI, MI6 and those of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

Murder in St James's.

Murder in St James's (1997) — Dispatches, Channel 4

25 August 2009

Investigation into the murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher who was shot whilst on duty during a protest outside the Libyan Embassy in 1984. The two-part documentary suggests that she was killed not by someone inside the Embassy as originally claimed, but by a gunman in an adjacent building used by the British security services. The film probes deeper, and finds evidence indicating that the murder was carried out by an anti-Gaddafi terrorist organisation backed by the CIA. By killing a British police officer and blaming Gaddafi's Libya, it seems the plan was to start a coup in order to remove Gaddafi and install a puppet regime to seize Libya's oil.

Seymour Hersh.

Cheney considered proposal to dress up Navy Seals as Iranians and shoot them — Seymour Hersh

4 August 2008

Hersh has revealed that Bush administration officials held a meeting in the Vice President's office to discuss ways to provoke a war with Iran. During this meeting an idea was considered to dress up Navy Seals as Iranians, put them on fake Iranian speedboats, and shoot at them in the Straits of Hormuz; it was rejected because “you can't have Americans killing Americans”. MSNBC also reported this story.

The Assassination of Zia Ul Haq.

The Assassination of Zia Ul Haq — Nugas/Martin Productions

5 April 2008

Documentary looking at how former Pakistan president Zia Ul Haq died in mysterious circumstances whilst flying in a Hercules C-130 transport plane to visit a military base in August 1988. The plane crashed into the Bahawalpur desert with no survivors. After Pakistani and US investigators ruled out mechanical failure, a report speculated that a low-intensity device might have been used to release poisonous gas to incapacitate the four-man crew.

Coverup: Behind the Iran Contra Affair.

Coverup: Behind the Iran-Contra Affair (1988) — Empowerment Project

14 May 2007

Coverup exposes several of the most disturbing chapters in the history of US covert foreign policy. It presents a tale of politics, drugs, hostages, weapons, assassinations, covert operations and the ultimate plan to suspend the US Constitution. This is the only film which presents a comprehensive overview of the most important stories suppressed during the Iran-Contra hearings. It is the only film that puts the entire Iran-Contra affair into a meaningful political and historical context.

CBS News, October 1993.

FBI knew in advance of first World Trade Center attack in 1993 — CBS News

9 December 2006

The FBI may have been able to prevent the WTC bomb attack in 1993. They discussed secretly substituting harmless powder for the explosives, but they didn't — according to the FBI's own informant who recorded many of his conversations with his handlers.

The Timor Conspiracy.

Death of a Nation: The Timor Conspiracy (1994) — John Pilger

3 September 2006

The exposure of another terrible human tragedy to which governments turned a blind eye, East Timor is ruled by bloodshed and fear. More than 200,000 people were wiped out by neighbouring Indonesia. Since East Timor's liberation in 1999, this film's contribution has been recognised worldwide.

Inside Indonesia's War on Terror.

Inside Indonesia's War on Terror — Dateline, SBS

15 April 2006

This controversial report which includes extracts from an interview with the former President of Indonesia, points to the involvement of the Indonesian Military Intelligence and Police in the 2002 Bali bombing.

"Kevin Fulton"

“Kevin Fulton” — HARDtalk, BBC

11 April 2006

Stephen Sackur talks to a former British Army agent in the IRA. British intelligence had one potent weapon against the IRA in Northern Ireland: agents. “Kevin Fulton” reveals how far the infiltration went, and how the intelligence services would allow acts of terrorism to go ahead.

Mossad spy Robert Maxwell.

Conspiracies on Trial: Robert Maxwell, his last hour — Outline Productions

25 September 2005

Examines one of the most compelling conspiracy theories of the late 20th century — that Robert Maxwell was assassinated. Reveals that Mossad spy Maxwell tried to blackmail the Israeli secret service in order to pay his massive debts — they were having none of it.

Hot Spots IRAN.

Hot Spots: Iran — Jim Muir, BBC

24 May 2005

The US-backed coup of 1953, the hostage crisis in 1979, and the recent nuclear stand-off have all contributed to a mistrust between Iran and the US. Can they ever make up?

Sir Anthony Eden.

The Other Side of Suez — Wark Clements, CBC, BBC

1 May 2005

Documentary on the Suez Crisis of 1956. Shows how history often repeats itself: ‘sexed-up’ intelligence, assassination attempts and manufactured war — all to protect Western “interests”.

MI5, MI6, CIA.

Spy Secrets: Playing Dirty (2003) — Carole Peters

1 April 2005

Assassination attempts on some of the world's most well-known figures and the commando units brought in to do the dirty work. Shows that the Intelligence Services aren't choosy when making friends, and how MI6 has a bad track record when choosing who to make friends with.

Child Abuse

Kincora: calls for abuse to be included in UK inquiry.

Kincora: calls for abuse to be included in UK inquiry — Channel 4 News

1 June 2015

A man who was abused at Kincora children's home in Belfast is demanding that what happened there decades ago should be included in the UK-wide inquiry set up by the government. Gary Hoy, who was abused by two men at the home who were subsequently convicted, says that Kincora should be considered by the wider Westminster child abuse inquiry. He says bringing Kincora within the scope of Justice Goddard's inquiry would mean that witnesses and the security services would be forced to hand over documents. The judicial review will hear allegations that MI5 covered up abuse at Kincora to protect an intelligence operation it ran in the 1970s. Three care staff at the home were jailed in 1981 for abusing 11 boys, and there are claims that a paedophile ring at Kincora had links to the intelligence services.

Kincora: State of Shame.

Kincora: State of Shame — Spotlight, BBC Northern Ireland

12 October 2014

The Kincora Scandal. Disturbing new evidence about one of Northern Ireland's most notorious child abuse controversies. Was this scandal covered up to protect a British intelligence operation? Chris Moore investigates.

The Paedophile MP: How Cyril Smith Got Away With It.

The Paedophile MP: How Cyril Smith Got Away With It — Dispatches, Channel 4

19 September 2013

Liberal MP Cyril Smith was knighted in life and celebrated in death. Behind this public face, Dispatches reporter Liz MacKean investigates Smith's paedophilia and uncovers the “inaction” by police officers, Security Services, politicians and the Crown Prosecution Service, which allowed Smith to abuse for decades. MacKean unearths previously hidden investigation files to reveal why Smith's crimes were ignored and how one of Britain's most famous politicians was protected by the establishment.

Fascism in the Church.

Fascism in the Church: Ex-Priest on “The Pope's War”, Clergy Abuse and Quelling Liberation Theology — Democracy Now

1 March 2013

Former Catholic Priest, Matthew Fox: “I think all of Christianity can get back more to the teachings of Jesus, a revolutionary around love and justice. That's what it's about. And that's why there's been such fierce resistance all along from the right wing. The CIA has been involved in, especially with Pope John Paul II, the decimation of liberation theology all over South America, the replacing of these heroic leaders, including bishops and cardinals, with Opus Dei cardinals and bishops, who are — well, frankly, it's a fascist organization, Opus Dei is. It's all about obedience. It's not about ideas or theology. They haven't produced one theologian in 40 years. They produce canon lawyers and people who infiltrate where the power is, whether it's the media, the Supreme Court or the FBI, the CIA, and finance, especially in Europe. So, it's been a very sordid mess that's been going on.”

The Perverted World of Marc Dutroux.

The Perverted World of Marc Dutroux — Clare Bradshaw, ITV

5 April 2007

The case surrounding the Belgian paedophile who served less than half of a 13-year prison sentence in the 1980s for the rape and torture of five girls. Released in 1992, he continued to follow a path marked by cruelty and violence toward others before receiving life imprisonment in 2004 for charges including kidnapping and murder. The trial raised many questions about the police investigation into his crimes, pointing toward a high-level cover-up.

Sex Crimes and the Vatican.

Sex Crimes and the Vatican — Panorama, BBC

3 October 2006

Panorama investigates a secret document which critics say has been used to silence child abuse victims. Crimen Sollicitationis was enforced for twenty years by Cardinal Ratzinger before he became Pope.

Noam Chomsky

Who rules the world now?

Who rules the world now? — Channel 4 News

14 May 2016

Full interview with philosopher Noam Chomsky. From Trump and Clinton, to climate change, Brexit and TPP, America's foremost intellectual presents his views on who rules the world today.

Noam Chomsky.

Noam Chomsky: The responsibility of privilege — Talk to Aljazeera

18 January 2013

Linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky remains as vigorous as ever at the age of 84. His popularity — or notoriety as some would say — endures because he is still criticising politicians, business leaders and other powerful figures for not acting in the public's best interest. At the heart of Chomsky's work is examining the ways elites use their power to control millions of people, and pushing the public to resist.

Chatting with Chomsky.

Chatting with Chomsky — Laura Flanders, GRITtv

18 January 2013

Laura Flanders sat down with professor and author Noam Chomsky to discuss his latest publication, OCCUPY, OWS, anarchism, racism, corporate power and cooperative potential.

Who Owns the World?

Who Owns the World? Noam Chomsky on US-Fueled Dangers — Democracy Now

30 October 2012

In a recent speech, Chomsky examined topics largely ignored or glossed over during the presidential campaigns: China, the Arab Spring, global warming, nuclear proliferation, and the military threat posed by Israel and the US versus Iran.

Noam Chomsky.

Contours of Global Order: Domination, Instability & Xenophobia in a Changing World

18 March 2011

Political talk given by Noam Chomsky on 13 March 2011 in Westerkerk Church, Netherlands.

Noam Chomsky.

Interview with Noam Chomsky — Newsnight, BBC

13 March 2011

Chomsky talks about the current Arab uprising in the Middle East and North Africa.

Noam Chomsky.

Chomsky: “This is the Most Remarkable Regional Uprising that I Can Remember” — Democracy Now

7 February 2011

In recent weeks, popular uprisings in the Arab world have led to the ouster of Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the imminent end of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's regime, a new Jordanian government, and a pledge by Yemen's long-time dictator to leave office at the end of his term. Chomsky speaks about what this means for the future of the Middle East and US foreign policy in the region, how US fear of the Muslim Brotherhood is really fear of democracy in the Arab world, and what the Egyptian protests mean for people in the US.

Noam Chomsky.

Interview with Noam Chomsky (2009) — HARDtalk, BBC

4 November 2009

Chomsky is one of the world's most prominent and controversial public intellectuals. He is an internationally renowned professor of linguistics, but he is also a longstanding critic of US foreign policy and the influence of big business over the American government. When he published his first political critique 40 years ago, he was fired up by the war in Vietnam. Today he is still raging against America's influence and calls the war in Afghanistan “immoral”.

Noam Chomsky.

American Revolutionary: Noam Chomsky talks to Francine Stock — BBC

18 March 2008

Short biography on Chomsky, followed by an interview with him.

Noam Chomsky.

Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause — Will Pascoe

2 November 2003

Documentary on Noam Chomsky, filmed while on a visit to Hamilton, Ontario.


Undercover: The Refugees Who Make Our Clothes.

Undercover: The Refugees Who Make Our Clothes — Panorama, BBC

28 October 2016

Panorama goes undercover to find the sweatshops making clothes for the British high street. Tens of thousands of Syrian refugees and children are working illegally in the Turkish garment industry. They are often paid very little, work in harsh conditions and have no rights. Reporter Darragh MacIntyre discovers refugees and their children working in the supply chains of some of the best-known brands.

The Secrets of Sports Direct.

The Secrets of Sports Direct — Dispatches, Channel 4

27 April 2015

Dispatches goes undercover to investigate the hidden cost of the clothes, shoes, and discounted gear that have helped Sports Direct buck the high street trend, making billions for its elusive owner Mike Ashley — one of Britain’s richest men.

TTIP: Regulatory Cooperation — a Threat to Democracy.

TTIP: Regulatory Cooperation - a Threat to Democracy — Corporate Europe Observatory

31 March 2015

Video on regulatory cooperation in the TTIP negotiations, a joint project of SumOfUs, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), LobbyControl, Seattle to Brussels Network and Campact. The film denounces “regulatory cooperation” as a danger to democracy and an attempt to put the interests of big business before the protection of citizens, workers and the environment.

Apple's Broken Promises.

Apple's Broken Promises — Panorama, BBC

31 March 2015

Apple is the most valuable brand on the planet, making products that everyone wants — but how are its workers treated when the world isn't looking? Panorama goes undercover in China to show what life is like for the workers making the iPhone 6. And it's not just the factories. Reporter Richard Bilton travels to Indonesia to find children working in some of the most dangerous mines in the world. But is the tin they dig out by hand finding its way into Apple's products?

Fair chance protestors ‘being reported on’ — Mark Thomas on protests & corporate spying.

Fair chance protestors ‘being reported on’: Mark Thomas on protests & corporate spying — Going Underground, RT

24 July 2014

Comedian Mark Thomas talks about the power of protest. Having been a protestor for most of his life, Mark has been spied on by BAE Systems & put on blacklists, including the domestic extremist database. He talks about his experience when a friend of 7 years was found to be passing information along to a company in which one of the directors, Barry Gane, was a former deputy director of MI6. He warns, ‘I think you need to assume if you are involved in any kind of group that is environmental, that is anti-arms trade, anti-globalisation, pro-democracy or trade union, I would assume that there is a chance that your organisation is being reported on’ and points out numerous examples of companies who've been exposed in the press, such as E·ON. Working with the NUJ, he is looking into taking action against the police for information gathered on journalists. But he feels protest can be effective, pointing out in the mid-80s no one took any interest in debt cancellation, and now it's a global issue.

Corporate Cannabis.

Corporate Cannabis — Journeyman Pictures

6 April 2014

When Philips, a huge multinational company, started supplying lamps to the cannabis industry it wasn't breaking the law. Growing is illegal, supplying lamps isn't. But it was supporting a 1bn Euro criminal network.

Amazon: The Truth Behind the Click.

Amazon: The Truth Behind the Click — Panorama, BBC

27 November 2013

It's the online retailer that has transformed the way we shop, but how does Amazon treat the workers who retrieve our orders? Working conditions in the company's giant warehouses have been condemned by unions as among the worst in Britain. Panorama goes undercover to find out what happens after we fill our online shopping basket.

Ryanair: Secrets from the Cockpit.

Ryanair: Secrets from the Cockpit — Dispatches, Channel 4

14 August 2013

Reporter Seyi Rhodes hears from pilots of Europe's biggest airline about their concerns around passenger safety. Serving Ryanair pilots reveal their worries over Ryanair's fuel policy and pilot working conditions. Rhodes also examines the events of one evening in 2012 when three diverted Ryanair planes radioed ‘mayday’ over an airport in Valencia in Spain. Ryanair dispute the claims made by Channel 4, and have issued legal proceedings.

Blacklist Britain.

Blacklist Britain — Panorama, BBC

12 June 2013

For years some of the biggest names in British business subscribed to a secret blacklist containing thousands of names with the power to deny work and destroy livelihoods. Some construction firms paid for information on workers they feared could delay work and cost them money. Reporter Richard Bilton does the first television interview with the bookkeeper for the organisation which ran the list. And he discovers that even though the list has now been closed down, blacklisting still appears to be alive and well in Britain.

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.

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.

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.

Always Coca Cola.

Always Coca Cola — Altemeier and Hornung Productions

10 February 2008

Coca-Cola's exploits in Germany and India.

Mark Thomas on Coca-Cola.

Mark Thomas on Coca-Cola — Dispatches, Channel 4

3 January 2008

Mark Thomas travels to South America, India and the US to investigate the way in which Coca-Cola and its suppliers operate and the extent to which they uphold moral and ethical obligations.

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.

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.

the Carlyle Group.

The Carlyle Connection — Shuchen Tan, VPRO Backlight

25 April 2004

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

IBM and the Holocaust.

IBM and the Holocaust — Paul Shore, GNN

30 December 2002

Short film about Edwin Black, author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated international bestseller IBM and the Holocaust. The book, which documents IBM's direct links to Hilter and his so-called ‘Final Solution’ by providing the Third Reich with census machines and punch card technology, caused IBM to issue a formal statement claiming that the Nazis controlled the operations of IBM Germany during the war. But Edwin's research shows that Thomas J. Watson, founder and president of IBM during the company's financial relationship with the Nazis, exercised more hands-on control of the operation than they care to admit. In his GuerrillaNews directorial debut, Paul Shore interviews the author and deploys GNN's trademark design aesthetic in what is sure to be one of the most controversial documentaries about U.S. corporate complicity with the Nazi regime.


The Strange Case of Daniel Morgan.

The Strange Case of Daniel Morgan — Sputnik, RT

4 June 2016

Sputnik takes a look at a murder in broad daylight involving decades of cover-up, newspaper perfidy, mishandled investigations, botched prosecutions and millions of pounds of public money wasted. Fiction? No, it’s the strange case of Daniel Morgan (deceased). Sputnik speaks with Peter Jukes, who is fighting for justice to be done in one of the most notorious unsolved murders in recent British history. More information can be found at Justice 4 Daniel.

Cops, Criminals, Corruption: The Inside Story.

Cops, Criminals, Corruption: The Inside Story — Panorama, BBC

21 March 2016

With exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage, Panorama has the inside story of how an organised crime syndicate arranged a hit on three police officers. Also speaking publicly for the first time are the law enforcement officials who tapped the phones of drug dealers, only to find themselves hearing corrupt police on the line.

From Russia With Cash.

London estate agents caught on camera dealing with ‘corrupt’ Russian buyer — Guardian, Channel 4

7 July 2015

Channel 4 documentary shows agents in wealthy districts agreeing to continue with purchase to be made with ill-gotten gains from Russian health budget. Top estate agents in Britain’s wealthiest postcodes are willing to turn a blind eye to apparent money laundering by corrupt foreign buyers, according to an investigation by Channel 4.

Where's Our Aid Money Gone?

Where's Our Aid Money Gone? — Panorama, BBC

11 December 2013

Supported by celebrities like Bono and Bill Gates, the Global Fund has spent almost £15 billion fighting Aids, malaria and tuberculosis. But its inspector general was sacked for ‘unsatisfactory’ performance after exposing corruption, and reports revealing how aid money went missing have been delayed. Richard Bilton challenges those responsible, and questions the UK government's decision to hand over another £1 billion of taxpayers' money to the Fund this autumn.

Cash for Questions Undercover.

Cash for Questions Undercover — Panorama, BBC

8 June 2013

Three years ago, David Cameron declared that lobbying was the ‘next big scandal waiting to happen’. Now this Panorama special goes undercover to reveal lobbying practices which raise serious questions about standards in our political life. The programme's allegations have already contributed to a series of high-profile resignations and suspensions in Westminster, including that of Tory Patrick “racist” Mercer.

Mitt Romney's Bailout Bonanza: How He Made Millions from the Rescue of Detroit.

Mitt Romney's Bailout Bonanza: How He Made Millions from the Rescue of Detroit — Democracy Now

21 October 2012

Investigative reporter Greg Palast reveals how Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney made some $15 million on the auto bailout and that three of Romney's top donors made more than $4 billion for their hedge funds from the bailout.

No Bribes Please! We're British.

No Bribes Please! We're British — Ed Harriman

13 October 2012

When companies bribe foreign officials in order to secure lucrative contracts, the cost of those contracts will not be competitive. In some cases, contracts were four times the going rate; in others, work was provided that simply wasn't required. This documentary examines British firms who break the law using bribery, and the unwillingness of the British government to clamp down on this practice.

Princes, Planes and Pay-offs.

Princes, Planes and Pay-offs — Panorama, BBC

12 June 2007

Jane Corbin reveals details of the mechanism involving BAE Systems with the approval of the British Ministry of Defence in the transfer of hundreds of millions of pounds into accounts controlled by Prince Bandar “Bush”, former Saudi ambassador to the US. more ». Newsnight ‘BAE arms inquiry’ archive. (Of course, this sort of thing has never happened before to a British company)

BAE slush funds.

SFO Head on bribery probe — Newsnight, BBC

14 March 2007

Why was the Serious Fraud Office investigation into British Aerospace (BAE) bribery allegations so controversially dropped? It seems that the Swiss bank accounts of the Saudis are off limits. Newsnight ‘BAE arms inquiry’ archive.

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.

Porter Goss.

Sleaze alleged in the CIA — Newsnight, BBC

26 February 2007

Peter Marshall investigates the reasons behind the resignation of former CIA chief, Porter Goss.


Operation Gladio: NATO Sponsored Terror from Cold War to Today.

Operation Gladio: NATO Sponsored Terror from Cold War to Today — Breaking the Set, RT

19 June 2014

Abby Martin speaks with James Corbett about the decades-long clandestine NATO operation called ‘Gladio’, that fostered terror in the post-Cold War era, discussing evidence that suggests the program continues to this day, under the FBI codename ‘Gladio B’. Watch Corbett's interview with FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, where she discusses the ongoing ‘Gladio B’ operation.

NATO's Secret Armies.

NATO's Secret Armies (2009) — Andreas Pichler

9 July 2010

In 1990, alarming evidence of NATO-sponsored terrorist attacks came to light. This is the shocking story of Operation Gladio; a tale of espionage, conspiracy and political violence.


Gladio (1992) — Allan Francovich, Timewatch, BBC

1 July 2006

For forty years, secret terrorist organisations — many trained by western intelligence agencies — have manipulated the political control of European sovereign states by a campaign of terror and murder. Originally part of a secret network, these groups changed from being defenders of state security into attackers of the established political order. Until 1990, that secret network was generally known by the single word GLADIO.

Part 1: The Ring Masters

Part 2: The Puppeteers

Part 3: The Foot Soldiers

Death in Rome.

Death in Rome: The Case of Aldo Moro (2001) — Michael Busse & Rosa Maria Bobbi

15 April 2006

Aldo Moro, leader of the Christian Democratic Party and regarded as the next president of Italy, was murdered in 1978. Armed with new facts and witness statements, this documentary by award-winning directors provides clear proof of state complicity in Moro's assassination. Many believe that the killing was really the work of an unholy alliance of conspirators — the Italian Secret Service, Right Wing politicians, and the CIA — who had tricked the Red Brigades into doing their dirty work.

Latin America

How the UK taught Brazil's dictators interrogation techniques.

How the UK taught Brazil's dictators interrogation techniques — Newsnight, BBC

6 June 2014

As the world focuses on the World Cup, which opens in Brazil in less than a fortnight, many Brazilians are wrestling with painful discoveries about the military dictatorship that ruled the country from 1964 to 1985. The BBC has found evidence that the UK actively collaborated with the generals — and trained them in sophisticated interrogation techniques.

The Assassination of Hugo Chavez.

The Assassination of Hugo Chavez — Greg Palast

16 March 2013

As a purgative for the crappola fed to Americans about Hugo Chavez, Palast's foundation is offering this film as a free download: taken from his several meetings with Chavez and his would-be assassins, based on his reports for BBC Television and Harper's Magazine.

Vaya con Dios, Hugo Chavez, mi Amigo.

Vaya con Dios, Hugo Chavez, mi Amigo — The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann

9 March 2013

Greg Palast joins Thom Hartmann. The man who famously called George W Bush the devil and a donkey is dead. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez passed away on Tuesday — after a long battle with cancer. So how will history look back at the man that the Bush Administration loved to hate?

South of the Border.

South of the Border (2009) — Oliver Stone

10 June 2012

There's a revolution underway in South America, but most of the world doesn't know it. Oliver Stone sets out on a road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements as well as the mainstream media's misperception of South America while interviewing seven of its elected presidents. In casual conversations, Stone gains unprecedented access and sheds new light upon the exciting transformations in the region.

Llaguno Bridge: Keys to a Massacre.

Llaguno Bridge: Keys to a Massacre — Angel Palacios

4 August 2009

This documentary features images, testimonies and facts relating to the Venezuelan coup d'etat of April 2002. The film unmasks the conspiracies and plots leading up to the so-called massacre at the Llaguno Bridge. Palacios explores how the Venezuelan media twisted facts and news reality to blame the massacre on President Chavez. This work also shows how the people defended themselves against the Caracas Metropolitan Police who helped execute the attempted coup.

The War on Democracy.

The War on Democracy (2007) — John Pilger

21 August 2007

This film explores Washington's relationship with countries such as Venezuela, Bolivia and Chile. It examines the theme of disenchantment with democracy, concentrating on those parts of the world where people have struggled with blood, sweat and tears to plant democracy, only to see it brutally crushed. Archive footage demonstrates how democracy has been wiped out in country after country in Latin America since the 1950s.

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.

Greg Palast and Hugo Chavez.

Chavez's Venezuela: Bush Over a Barrel — Greg Palast, Newsnight, BBC

26 June 2006

Venezuela has large deposits of extra-heavy oil that previously was too expensive to exploit. Now, with oil costing over $50 a barrel, those reserves are estimated to be far in excess of those in the entire Middle East.

In the Name of the State.

The Age of Terror: In the Name of the State — Jon Blair

22 August 2005

Documentary that looks at the US-backed Contras in Nicaragua, the notorious School of the Americas and Argentina's Dirty War of the late 1970s and 80s.

The Panama Deception.

The Panama Deception (1992) — Empowerment Project

27 June 2004

Documents the untold story of the 1989 US invasion of Panama. more »

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

The coup against Hugo Chavez — Greg Palast, BBC

30 December 2003

Palast takes a look at the failed coup attempt by the US in the world's fourth largest oil exporting country, Venezuela.

Lockerbie Bombing

Lockerbie: Case Closed.

Lockerbie: Case Closed — Aljazeera

1 March 2012

This new film reveals the hitherto secret assessment of the Scottish Criminal Case Review Commission which has examined the case against Abdel Baset al-Megrahi in detail. Its report, which has never been published, raises numerous reasons for concern about a possible miscarriage of justice — especially the status of the testimony given by one Tony Gauci, a Maltese shop owner and the prosecution's main witness. more »

Lockerbie: The Pan Am Bomber?

Lockerbie: The Pan Am Bomber — Aljazeera

15 June 2011

An investigation that raises fresh doubts about the conviction of the Lockerbie bomber. Drawing exclusively on a previously confidential legal report, The Pan Am Bomber reveals the evidence that would have been presented in al-Megrahi's stillborn appeal against his conviction.

'Flaws' in key Lockerbie evidence.

‘Flaws’ in key Lockerbie evidence — Peter Marshall, Newsnight, BBC

7 January 2010

An investigation by BBC's Newsnight has cast doubts on the key piece of evidence which convicted the Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi. Tests aimed at reproducing the blast appear to undermine the case's central forensic link, based on a tiny fragment identified as part of a bomb timer. The tests suggest the fragment, which linked the attack to Megrahi, would not have survived the mid-air explosion. If no part of the bomb timer can survive such a blast, where did the tiny fragment come from? more »

The Maltese Double Cross.

The Maltese Double Cross (1994) — Allan Francovich

10 April 2006

Investigation into the downing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. This documentary disputes the conclusion reached by the official investigation into the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, instead advancing the theory that the bomb was introduced onto the aircraft by an unwitting drug mule, Khaled Jafaar, in what the filmmaker claims is a CIA-protected suitcase.

Lockerbie & the CIA.

Conspiracies: Lockerbie & the CIA — Redback Films

19 July 2005

Mainstream documentary that looks at the various scenarios surrounding the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie in December 1988. Was a CIA heroin-trafficking operation compromised, allowing a bomb to be placed on board?

John Pilger

John Pilger: ‘The truth is… there was no one to vote for’.

John Pilger: ‘The truth is… there was no one to vote for’ — Going Underground, RT

9 November 2016

Afshin Rattansi goes underground on the US election results. Author and documentary filmmaker John Pilger tells us what has been revealed by Trump winning the US election, plus what does a Donald Trump presidency mean for the Middle East.

Breaking The Silence – 2016.

Breaking The Silence: 2016 — John Pilger, Cathy Vogan

14 October 2016

Renowned Australian journalist and film-maker John Pilger is shooting his new film in the Pacific and Asia. He describes a ‘wall of propaganda’ and asks: does Australia care? Filmed by Cathy Vogan at Sydney University on Tuesday March 22, 2016. Co-hosted by Sydney University Resistance Club, the Centre of Peace And Conflict Studies and Green Left Weekly.

The Threat of World War Three.

John Pilger on the Threat of World War Three — Going Underground, RT

4 June 2016

Afshin Rattansi goes underground on the outcome of whoever wins the White House in November. Multi-award winning author and filmmaker John Pilger gives his take on the threat of World War Three as Britain's defence secretary Michael Fallon jets off to Singapore for the Asian Security Conference where the keynote address will be given by U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter.

John Pilger on Paris, ISIS and Media Propaganda.

John Pilger on Paris, ISIS and Media Propaganda — Going Underground, RT

25 November 2015

Afshin Rattansi goes underground with John Pilger. Award-winning journalist and author, John Pilger talks to us about how Washington, London and Paris gave birth to ISIS-Daesh. Plus we examine the media's role in spreading disinformation ahead of a vote in Parliament for UK bombing of Syria.

Pilger: Real possibility of nuclear war.

John Pilger: ‘Real possibility of nuclear war’, Ukraine crisis could start World War 3 — Going Underground, RT

30 December 2014

John Pilger, film-maker and award winning journalist, talks to Going Underground host Afshin Rattansi about the headline events of the year, from CIA torture to the Ukraine crisis.

John Pilger.

On big politics, Western media spews propaganda: war correspondent John Pilger — SophieCo, RT

19 June 2014

Pilger talks about western media bias, NATO's provocation in Ukraine and US policy towards Syria.

John Pilger.

John Pilger: Empire, Obama and America's Last Taboo — Paul Hubbard

16 August 2009

Pilger examines Obama's position as president of the US and puts it into perspective. Recorded in San Francisco on the 4 July 2009 at the Socialism Conference 2009.

John Pilger.

John Pilger: Resisting the American Empire — Democracy Now

7 July 2009

Pilger joins Amy Goodman for a wide-ranging conversation on Honduras, Iran, Gaza, the corporate media, health care and Obama's wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan. more »


Trump's GOP Hitman Who's Stealing Your Vote.

Trump's GOP Hitman Who's Stealing Your Vote — The Big Picture, RT

11 May 2016

Greg Palast joins Thom Hartmann. Trump is getting a lot of help from Kansas' Secretary of State, Kris Kobach. Kobach has spent years pushing for strict voter suppression laws that help Republicans get elected by putting undue burdens on voters to prove their citizenship — despite the fact that there is no evidence that voter fraud is a real problem in the United States. And that means that 36,000 people have had their registration suspended in the state of Kansas alone.

Gaming The System: How Party Elites Purge Unwanted Voters.

Gaming The System: How Party Elites Purge Unwanted Voters — PoliticKING, RT

29 April 2016

Greg Palast on Larry King's PoliticKING with guest host Matthew Cooke on political elites rigging the electoral system. Palast gives Cooke a quick history lesson on vote trickery beginning with 2000 — and why you haven't heard the true story in the US main-stream media.

Australia: Creating a Nation.

Australia: Creating a Nation — Yaara Bou Melhem, Witness, Aljazeera

25 January 2016

One former journalist has renounced his Australian citizenship and is creating an independent indigenous nation.

Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners.

Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners — David Olusoga, BBC

15 July 2015

In 1834 Britain abolished slavery, a defining and celebrated moment in our national history. What has been largely forgotten is that abolition came at a price. The government of the day took the extraordinary step of compensating the slave owners for loss of their ‘property’, as Britain's slave owners were paid £17bn in today's money, whilst the slaves received nothing.

Episode 1: Profit and Loss

Episode 2: The Price of Freedom

Utopia by John Pilger.

Utopia: An Epic Story of Struggle and Resistance (2013) — John Pilger, Dartmouth Films

9 January 2014

Utopia is a vast region in northern Australia and home to the oldest human presence on earth. “This film is a journey into that secret country,” says Pilger in Utopia. “It will describe not only the uniqueness of the first Australians, but their trail of tears and betrayal and resistance — from one utopia to another”. One of the world's best kept secrets is revealed against a background of the greatest boom in mineral wealth. Has the ‘lucky country’ inherited South African apartheid?

Greg Palast.

How the Supreme Court killed voting rights — Breaking the Set, RT

3 July 2013

Abby Martin talks to author and investigative journalist, Greg Palast, about the Supreme Court's recent ruling on the 1965 Voting Rights Act, discussing the implications that could result in millions of minority voters being disenfranchised.

Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps.

Palast on “Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps” — Democracy Now

21 October 2012

Greg Palast has tracked voter disenfranchisement and election trickery closely over the years. Here he details how American voters can protect their vote this year.

Ballot Bandits...

Nathan Sproul and the Koch brothers — The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann

9 October 2012

Greg Palast breaks the story on the Koch brothers' connection to the voter-registration fraud outfit working in Florida, North Carolina, Colorado and several other states.

Fighting Talk.

Fighting Talk (1991) — AFA

5 February 2010

Documentary film about the ‘Anti Fascist Action’ group.

Is it better to be mixed race?

Is it better to be mixed race? — Dr Aarathi Prasad & Julian Jones

3 November 2009

This documentary asks, is it a biological advantage to have parents of different ethnic backgrounds? Aarathi Prasad, a geneticist and mother of a mixed-race child, sets out to challenge the ideas of racial purity and examines provocative claims that there are in fact biological advantages to being mixed race. more »

Racism: A History.

Racism: A History — Paul Tickell, BBC

11 April 2007

Series looking at how racism impacts on people's lives.

Part 1: The Colour of Money

Examines to what extent racism is a product of 17th century economic globalisation.

Part 2: Fatal Impacts

Looks at Scientific Racism in the 19th century, which drew on now discredited sciences.

Part 3: A Savage Legacy

When the slavery of African Americans was abolished in 1865, a new age was heralded. Twenty years later these hopes evaporated.

100% English.

100% English — Wall to Wall

18 November 2006

Take eight people. All of them born in England. All of them white. All of them convinced they are 100% English. Convince them to provide a sample of their DNA. Then submit it to a series of state-of-the-art DNA tests; and some of them will be in for a shock when they discover just how English they really are.

The State

I, Daniel Blake, Red Tory Treachery and Orgreave with Ken Loach.

I, Daniel Blake, Red Tory Treachery and Orgreave with Ken Loach — Going Underground, RT

5 November 2016

Afshin Rattansi speaks to award-winning director, Ken Loach about his latest film I, Daniel Blake, food banks, benefit sanctions, Orgreave and using poverty as a political weapon.

Orgreave Justice.

Orgreave Justice — One to One Development Trust

18 October 2016

A short film made for the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign released in December 2015 in conjunction with papers being submitted to the then Home Secretary Theresa May asking for an Inquiry into the police handling of what became known as the Battle of Orgreave.

The Loughinisland Report.

The Loughinisland Report — Spotlight, BBC

14 June 2016

Mandy McAuley reports on a new Loughinisland finding of police and loyalist collusion and investigates state links to a South African arms shipment.

Who Bombed Birmingham?

Who Bombed Birmingham? (1990) — Rob Ritchie and Mike Beckham, Granada Television

10 June 2016

The made-for-TV film Who Bombed Birmingham? was first broadcast in 1990. Directed by Mike Beckham, the film is directly inspired by the painstaking efforts of then-journalist Chris Mullin to prove the six men convicted of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings had been the victims of a miscarriage of justice, as detailed in his 1986 book Error of Judgement: The Truth about the Birmingham Bombings.

Secret Society.

Secret Society (1987) — Duncan Campbell, BBC

26 August 2014

Six-part series that disclosed the culture of secrecy in government and lack of public accountability for its actions. The Thatcher administration had different ideas. Before the show was broadcast Strathclyde police raided the BBC's Scottish headquarters and Duncan Campbell's home, seizing the tapes. Although these were later returned, two episodes, Secret Cabinet Committees and Zircon were banned from broadcast in an act of good, old fashioned red-pen censorship. Watch all of them here, including the two banned episodes.

Westminster behind Closed Doors: with Tony Benn.

Westminster behind Closed Doors: with Tony Benn (1995) — Parliamentary Films, BBC

6 April 2014

Westminster, the seat of successive Parliaments for 700 years, is portrayed in this video like never before. For twelve months Tony Benn walked around with a camera meeting the people and finding the places that visitors, and even MPs, never see. There are fire-fighters, canteen staff and engineers who occupy tiny ante-chambers and lost corridors.

The Police's Dirty Secret.

The Police's Dirty Secret — Dispatches, Guardian

27 June 2013

Through the personal testimony of a former Special Demonstration Squad (SDS) officer, a joint investigation examines the ethically dubious tactics of a clandestine unit within the Metropolitan police and reveals the names of high-profile targets. Peter Francis, who spent four years living undercover, is the first officer from the SDS to publicly speak out. His testimony includes allegations that SDS undercover police officers were asked to look for intelligence that could be used to discredit the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence and their campaign.

Hillsborough: How They Buried the Truth

Hillsborough: How They Buried the Truth — Panorama, BBC

21 May 2013

Investigation that reveals how police, politicians, lawyers and judges all played a part in burying the truth about Britain's worst football disaster. Never-before-broadcast footage of the FA Cup semi-final in which 96 Liverpool fans died reveals a catastrophic failure by the emergency services, how lives might have been saved and how subsequent inquiries were misled. And a former home secretary and former police chiefs are put on the spot about why a succession of official investigations left the truth hidden for a generation.

Who's Watching the Detectives?

Who's Watching the Detectives? — Panorama, BBC

20 November 2012

As the Independent Police Complaints Commission is handed the investigation into Hillsborough, the biggest policing scandal in UK history, reporter Mark Daly investigates whether the body that polices the police is fit for purpose. Panorama hears from families who say they have been failed by the police watchdog and examines growing concerns that it does not have sufficient power or the independence to hold the police to account.

The Power Principle.

The Power Principle: Corporate Empire and the Rise of the National Security State — Metanoia Films

1 June 2012

“A gripping, deeply informative account of the plunder, hypocrisy, and mass violence of plutocracy and empire; insightful, historically grounded and highly relevant to the events of today.” — Michael Parenti.

Colin Wallace.

After Dark: Secrets (1987) — Open Media

13 September 2011

Late-night discussion programme that explores government secrecy. Features psychological warfare operative Colin Wallace, who was wrongly convicted of manslaughter in 1980. Journalist Paul Foot suggested that Wallace may have been framed by British security services in a bid to discredit his allegations that members of the intelligence community had attempted to rig the 1974 General Election. Wallace was involved with the ‘Clockwork Orange’ project.

The state is watching.

You can run... but can you hide? — Panorama, BBC

5 November 2008

Is Britain on its way to becoming a surveillance society, or has it already arrived?

Tony Benn.

Tony Benn — HARDtalk, BBC

2 July 2008

Stephen Sackur talks to the former Labour cabinet minister and asks him whether the British government really is endangering fundamental freedoms.

Benjamin Zephaniah.

Rong Radio — Kary Stewart, GNN

26 February 2005

British poet and activist Benjamin Zephaniah on the hypocrisy of the Queen and the British establishment, who tried to bring him into the fold and failed. His article on why he refused the Queen's honour can be read here: ‘Me? I thought, OBE me? Up yours, I thought’

Weapons of Mass Destruction

Anthrax War.

Anthrax War (2009) — Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

5 August 2009

An investigation into the deadly world of germ weapons. Bob Coen's investigation takes him from the US to the UK and from the edge of Siberia to the tip of Africa. In a rare interview, Coen confronts “Doctor Death” Wouter Basson, who headed Project Coast, the South African apartheid-era bio-warfare program. Project Coast used germ warfare against select targets within the country's black population. Anthrax War also investigates the mysterious deaths of some of the world's leading anthrax scientists, including Dr David Kelly, Dr Vladimir Pasechnik and Dr Bruce Ivins. more »

Playing God with the Weather.

Playing God with the Weather — Fiona Scott, BBC

27 April 2007

Film highlighting the benefits and consequences of weather modification, from its humanitarian roots to its dark history of military involvement.

To the Brink of Eternity.

Pandora's Box: To the Brink of Eternity (1992) — Adam Curtis, BBC

15 August 2006

Focusing on the men of the Cold War on whom Dr Strangelove was based. These were people who believed that the world could be controlled by the scientific manipulation of fear — mathematical geniuses employed by the American Rand Corporation. In the end, their visions were the stuff of science fiction fantasy.

Owning the Weather.

Owning the Weather — Josh Rosen

31 December 2005

Documentary that looks at the history of weather modification and its use by the military. Among the topics covered are: cloud seeding, HAARP and declassified experiments.

Cold War, Dirty Science.

Cold War, Dirty Science — Saskia Baron

20 October 2005

In the decade following the Second World War, British scientists planned not for peace, but for war which would be fought with chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction. Recent revelations expose the dangerous, top-secret tests at Porton Down which put the British public at risk, and even killed an unwitting volunteer soldier.

Anthrax Attacks.

Anthrax Attacks — Bernie Dudek

1 October 2005

How was it that refined anthrax — favoured by and under the control of the US bio-defence community — found its way into letters sent to news outlets and US Senators in what appeared to be another terrorist attack? The FBI investigation soon closed in on the, er, USAMRIID at Fort Detrick, Maryland.

The Invisible Machine.

The Invisible Machine — Lynne Wilson

20 March 2005

Unravels the mystery of the Bell Island “boom” and in doing so takes a chilling look at the US military's experimentation with electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapons: “e-bombs”.


Bioterror — Sarah Marris

26 February 2005

Biological weapons and germ warfare. Looks at terrorist and military use of bioweapons, and the future of targeting population groups.

Mark Thomas: Weapons Inspector.

Mark Thomas: Weapons Inspector — Just About Productions

23 February 2005

Thomas takes on the role of UNTHOM Weapons Inspector, and sets out to find WMD; not in Iraq, but in Britain and the United States.