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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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

All in a Good Cause.

All in a Good Cause — Panorama, BBC

11 December 2013

Britain is a nation of charity givers. Last year we donated nine billion pounds to good causes, but what do we really know about the financial activities of the organisations we support? Panorama reporter Declan Lawn hears from donors and charity workers with concerns about waste, transparency and questionable investments who believe the quest for money is beginning to undermine the mission.

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.

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.

Don't Panic - The Truth About Population.

Don't Panic: The Truth About Population — Professor Hans Rosling, This World, BBC

10 November 2013

Using state-of-the-art 3D graphics and the timing of a stand-up comedian, world-famous statistician Professor Hans Rosling presents a spectacular portrait of our rapidly changing world. With seven billion people already on our planet, we often look to the future with dread, but Rosling's message is surprisingly upbeat. Almost unnoticed, we have actually begun to conquer the problems of rapid population growth and extreme poverty. more »

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. more »

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.

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.

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.

'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 »

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.

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.

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.

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 »

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.

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 »

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 here.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 here.

(Of course, this sort of thing has never happened before to a British company)

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.

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.

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.

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 here.

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.

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.

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.

The father of PR, Edward Bernays.

The Century of the Self — Adam Curtis, BBC

30 August 2006

Four-part series that examines the manipulation of the public by those with power. Freud introduced a technique to probe the unconscious mind and provided useful tools for understanding the secret desires of the masses. Edward Bernays then went on to create “public relations”.

Part 1: Happiness Machines

Part 2: The Engineering of Consent

Part 3: There is a Policeman Inside All Our Heads He Must be Destroyed

Part 4: Eight People Sipping Wine in Kettering

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.

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.

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.

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.


Gladio (1992) — Timewatch, BBC

1 July 2006

Three-part series investigating the secret activities of “stay-behind” units in Europe after the Second World War. Exposes the clandestine terrorist activities of these groups in Belgium and Italy, and their involvement with the CIA. Directed by Allan Francovich.

Part 1: The Ring Masters

Part 2: The Puppeteers

Part 3: The Foot Soldiers

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.

Death in Rome.

Death in Rome — 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.

"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.

The Maltese Double Cross.

The Maltese Double Cross — Allan Francovich

10 April 2006

Investigation into the downing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Produced in 1994, this film raises serious questions about what really happened.

Jean Charles de Menezes.

Stockwell: Countdown to killing — Panorama, BBC

10 March 2006

Peter Taylor gives the definitive account of the hugely controversial “shoot-to-kill” policy, Operation Kratos, that led to the tragic killing of Jean Charles de Menezes. Panorama investigates how Kratos evolved and endeavours to explain what really happened that day.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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 here.

The Panama Deception.

The Panama Deception (1992) — Empowerment Project

27 June 2004

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

the Carlyle Group.

The Carlyle Connection — Shuchen Tan, VPRO Backlight

25 April 2004

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


US ready to seize Gulf oil in 1973 — James Landale, BBC

1 January 2004

Recently made public British government documents show that the US was considering using force to seize oilfields in the Middle East during an oil embargo by Arab states in 1973.

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.

Sacrifice at Pearl Harbor.

Sacrifice at Pearl Harbor — Roy Davies, BBC

5 December 2003

In this authoritative and suspenseful documentary, the BBC takes you inside the secret activities of the Americans, the British and the Japanese as each nation moved fatefully toward the “date that will live in infamy”.

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.

Dead in the Water.

Dead in the Water — BBC

9 July 2003

During the Six-Day war, Israel attacked and nearly sank the USS Liberty, claiming mistaken identity. The truth turns out to be more sinister...


The Most Dangerous Game — Guerrilla News Network

30 December 2002

The truth behind the Nazis and US psyops.

IBM and the Holocaust.

IBM, the Nazis and the Holocaust — Paul Shore, GNN

30 December 2002

The War Conspiracy.

The War Conspiracy — Stephen Marshall, GNN

30 December 2002

Connections between the CIA, oil companies and the Vietnam war.

The Diamond Life.

The Diamond Life — Guerrilla News Network

30 December 2002

Gems and carnage in Sierra Leone.

Benjamin Zephaniah.

Rong Radio — Kary Stewart, GNN

30 December 2002

Benjamin Zephaniah refuses the Queen's honour.