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Fake News and False Flags.

Fake News and False Flags — The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

2 October 2016

The Pentagon gave a controversial UK PR firm over half a billion dollars to run a top secret propaganda programme in Iraq, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism can reveal. Bell Pottinger’s output included short TV segments made in the style of Arabic news networks and fake insurgent videos which could be used to track the people who watched them, according to a former employee.

James Steele.

James Steele: America's mystery man in Iraq — Guardian, BBC Arabic

6 April 2013

A 15-month investigation reveals how retired US colonel James Steele, a veteran of American proxy wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua, played a key role in training and overseeing US-funded special commandos who ran a network of torture centres in Iraq.

Born under a Bad Sign.

Born under a Bad Sign — Yalda Hakim, Our World, BBC

24 March 2013

Yalda Hakim travels to Iraq to investigate the staggering rise in the numbers of babies born with birth defects and cancer since the start of the war ten years ago.

Iraq's Secret War Files.

Iraq's Secret War Files — Dispatches, Channel 4

25 October 2010

Channel 4 is the only UK broadcaster to have been given access to nearly 400,000 secret military significant activities reports (SIGACTS) logged by the US military in Iraq between 2004 and 2009. These reports tell the story of the war and occupation which the US military did not want the world to know. Dispatches was given access to the files by Wikileaks. more »

John Pilger.

The last US combat forces in Iraq — Aljazeera

23 August 2010

The US troops are finally leaving Iraq... er, not quite. They'll be there for many more years to come — about the same amount of time the oil lasts. John Pilger explains.

Collateral Murder?

Collateral Murder? — Wikileaks, Aljazeera

20 April 2010

On 12 July 2007, the US military responded to reports of small-arms fire in a Baghdad suburb. The military stated they were unable to positively identify the gunmen, and responded by dispatching Apache helicopters to the area. By mid-morning of July 12 a dozen Iraqis were dead, among them two Reuters News Agency staff members. All gunned down by a US Apache helicopter. Recently, the video of the events was posted online by Wikileaks. It captures the moments leading up to the shootings, the aerial attacks and the audio of the pilots and ground forces communicating. Collateral Murder? provides perspective on the unfolding events with the Wikileaks editor and a US military analyst.

The Iraq Inquiry.

The Iraq Inquiry — Channel 4 News

25 November 2009

Coverage of the public inquiry into the Iraq war, chaired by Sir John Chilcot, as it happens. Channel 4 News has set up a dedicated website to follow the hearings. more »

The War in America.

The War in America — Aljazeera

29 July 2008

In a presidential election year, and around the fifth anniversary of the country's invasion of Iraq, Aljazeera's War in America film looks at the current mood in the US surrounding American involvement in Iraq. Aljazeera spoke to anti-war protestors; grieving mothers who have lost their sons; psychologists; human rights lawyers and the architect of the term “axis of evil” who still supports the war in Iraq.

Big Oil and Iraq.

Big Oil and Iraq — Bill Moyers, Journal, PBS

2 July 2008

“Oh no, they told us, Iraq isn't a war about oil. That's cynical and simplistic, they said. It's about terror and al Qaeda and toppling a dictator and spreading democracy and protecting ourselves from WMD. But one by one, these concocted rationales went up in smoke, fire, and ashes. And now the bottom line turns out to be, the bottom line. It is about oil.” (View the ‘Cheney Energy Task Force’ documents here)

It's all about oil.

Inside Iraq: oil law — Aljazeera

22 June 2008

Who said the war wasn't about oil? If a new law is passed in Iraq, the big multinationals will get a huge share of the country's vast oil wealth. With deals that could secure them black gold for several generations to come, critics accuse Iraq's Prime Minister of handing over the country's national wealth.

What Happened to the $23billion?

Daylight Robbery: What Happened to the $23billion? — Panorama, BBC

11 June 2008

Jane Corbin investigates claims that as much as $23bn may have been lost, stolen or not properly accounted for in Iraq. Now more than 70 whistleblower cases threaten to reveal the scandals behind billions of dollars worth of waste, theft and corruption during the war. The US justice department has imposed gagging orders which prevent the real scale of the problem emerging.


Iraq war intelligence probed — Newsnight, BBC

30 March 2008

Newsnight reports on the Iraqi agent, codenamed “Curveball”, whose fabricated intelligence helped lead to the invasion of Iraq.

Gulf War Syndrome.

Gulf War Syndrome — PromaOne Productions

28 March 2008

Independent experiment on depleted uranium testing with blood samples from five veterans of the first Gulf War. The results reveal chromosome damage that could have been caused by exposure to depleted uranium. More on the use of depleted uranium.

Jon Snow's Hidden Iraq.

Jon Snow's Hidden Iraq (2008) — Dispatches, Channel 4

19 March 2008

Five years after the invasion, Jon Snow examines the brutal reality of life inside post-invasion Iraq, meeting a variety of its citizens from victims of bomb blasts and war widows to human rights activists and politicians. While the coalition forces herald its burgeoning democracy, Snow ties together reports and unseen footage of recent violence and human rights abuses from beyond the Green Zone which paint a picture of a fragmented state on the brink of anarchy and collapse.

On Whose Orders?

On Whose Orders? — Panorama, BBC

26 February 2008

Investigation into why the British Army in Iraq used interrogation techniques that were banned over 30 years ago.

The Epic of Black Gold.

The Epic of Black Gold (2004) — Jean-Pierre Beaurenaut & Yves Billon

23 February 2008

The history of oil is the history of the 20th century. It is a history of corruption, violence, unimaginable profits and human suffering. In the last 100 years, oil has changed almost every part of human life in almost every corner of the globe. This series sets out to tell the tale of Black Gold, in suitably epic detail and scope; from John D Rockefeller and Henry Ford's Model-T, through both world wars, to the current US engagement in Iraq.

John Bird & John Fortune.

Iraqi Oil — Bird and Fortune

4 November 2007

Interview with a Counselor from the British Embassy in Washington.

Dick Cheney in 1994.

Dick Cheney interview (15 April 1994) — C-Span

17 August 2007

Back in 1994, the ‘Halliburton Pimp’ said that invading Baghdad and removing Saddam Hussein would create a quagmire in Iraq and therefore was not a good idea. Nine years later, all that changed with the reality of ‘peak oil’.

David Strahan.

The Last Oil Shock — The Real Deal

1 August 2007

George Galloway interviews David Strahan — investigative journalist, documentary film-maker and author. They discuss Iraq, Iran and the future of oil. Strahan produced and directed the BBC's Money Programme films about oil (featured below). See Strahan's website: The Last Oil Shock.

Iraq: Mixing Oil & Blood.

Iraq: Mixing Oil & Blood — Grace Productions

28 July 2007

Reporter Chris Frederick investigates the controversial background to Iraq's Oil Law, recently approved by the Iraqi cabinet, which critics say will effectively hand over control of the country's prized oil industry into the hands of foreign multinational oil companies.

Australian Defence Minister Brendan Nelson.

Australia ‘has Iraq oil interest’ — BBC News

6 July 2007

Australian Defence Minister Brendan Nelson has admitted that securing oil supplies is a key factor behind the presence of Australian troops in Iraq. (Who would of thunk it?)

The Lies that Led to War.

The Lies that Led to War (2007) — CBC News

19 May 2007

As the White House warns about the latest threat from Iran, it's worthwhile looking back to examine the deception, suspect intelligence, even lies, that convinced the world of the rightness of targeting Saddam Hussein.

Breaking Ranks.

Breaking Ranks (2006) — Michelle Mason

27 April 2007

Documentary film that examines the current phenomena of US soldiers seeking refuge in Canada as part of their resistance to the war effort in Iraq.

Flying the Flag, Arming the World.

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

26 February 2007

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

The Last Oil Shock.

The Last Oil Shock (2000) — David Strahan, Money Programme, BBC

12 February 2007

First shown in November 2000, this programme meets the scientists who believe that we are at the beginning of the long-term decline in conventional oil production.

Iraq: The Lost Generation.

Iraq: The Lost Generation — Dispatches, Channel 4

6 November 2006

This programme opens a window onto the hidden world of Iraqi youth, revealing the brutalisation and psychological trauma of living under military occupation. It reveals how the people with whom the future of Iraq rests, are reacting with anger, aggression and, in some cases, violence.

The Oil Factor...

The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror (2004) — Free-Will Productions

23 October 2006

After assessing today's dwindling oil reserves and skyrocketing use of oil for fuels, plastics and chemicals, The Oil Factor questions the motives for the US wars in the Middle East and Central Asia, where three-quarters of the world's oil and natural gas is located.

IRAQ FOR SALE: The War Profiteers.

IRAQ FOR SALE: The War Profiteers — Robert Greenwald

9 October 2006

The story of what happens to everyday Americans when corporations go to war. Greenwald takes you inside the lives of people who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq. Uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq, and the decision makers who allow them to do so.

Kurdish soldiers trained by Israelis.

Kurdish soldiers trained by Israelis — Newsnight, BBC

21 September 2006

Newsnight has obtained the first pictures of Kurdish soldiers being trained by Israelis in Northern Iraq, as well as an interview with one of the former commandos who carried out the work.

The Real Friends of Terror.

The Real Friends of Terror — Ted Honderich

20 September 2006

Can suicide bombers ever be justified? Professor Honderich, Britain's leading moral philosopher, is unafraid to tell the truth as he sees it. Taking what he says is the betrayal of the Palestinian people as his starting point, Honderich reveals who shares moral responsibility for recent acts of terrorism, and points a finger at the politicians. Bizarrely, David Aaronovitch presented a response to this programme, failing completely to address Honderich's “Principle of Humanity”.

Armed Madhouse.

Greg Palast on his new book “Armed Madhouse:...” — Democracy Now

26 June 2006

In this interview, Palast suggests that the Iraq war may actually be about keeping Iraq's oil in the ground to raise the price globally, and thereby increasing the profits for the oil majors. He also talks about Hugo Chavez and the petro-dollar.

Saddam: America's Best Enemy.

Saddam: America's Best Enemy — Jacques Charmelot & Arnaud Hamelin

3 June 2006

Historical account of the relationship between America and Saddam Hussein. Reveals the complicity of America in Saddam's atrocities. Forty years of secrets, incomprehension and incompetence led to the occupation of Iraq.

Iraq's Wolf Brigade.

Who is behind the death squads in Iraq? — Crying Wolf

31 May 2006

This short movie examines the epidemic of violence sweeping Iraq, and considers who should be held intellectually responsible.

WGBH  Forum Network.

War, Geopolitics and History — Noam Chomsky & Robert Fisk

28 May 2006

Fisk speaks about the problems with journalism in the US, and the lack of concern for Iraqi's as human beings, as illustrated in newspaper articles and politician's speeches. Introduced by Noam Chomsky.

Iraq: The Hidden Story.

Iraq: The Hidden Story — Jon Snow

28 May 2006

Images of Iraq dominate our TV news bulletins every night, but in this film, Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow questions whether these reports are sugar-coating the bloody reality of war under the US-led occupation.

Iraq: The Women's Story.

Iraq: The Women's Story — Zeena Ahmed

28 May 2006

This Channel 4 Dispatches film provides a compelling account of life inside Iraq that is rarely seen on news bulletins: stories of ordinary women whose struggle to survive has only worsened since the war.

US Marine.

US soldiers turn against Iraq war — Newsnight, BBC

30 March 2006

Latest polls show a clear majority of Americans are now against the campaign in Iraq. Inigo Gilmore meets some disillusioned soldiers who have served there, as they march across America to protest against the occupation. They reveal some disturbing allegations about military practices in Iraq.

Iraq's Missing Billions.

Iraq's Missing Billions — Dispatches, Channel 4 and Guardian Films

26 March 2006

Dr Ali Fadhil, a 29 year old Iraqi doctor, investigates what has happened to billions of dollars worth of Iraqi money which was put into the care of the US-led coalition to be spent for the benefit of Iraqi people on the reconstruction of their country. He uncovers a shocking story of fraud, incompetence and corruption, unscrupulous foreign contractors who made millions from dodgy contracts, and literally billions of dollars which cannot be properly accounted for.

Organised theft in action.

The 50 Billion Dollar Robbery — Newsnight, BBC

22 March 2006

Following the Iraq war, billions of dollars of Iraq's money was directed to American companies to rebuild the country. But much of it remains unaccounted for, and Peter Marshall has been investigating startling allegations of post war profiteering.

Is it all about the euro?

Conspiracies: Iraq — Redback Films

12 January 2006

Simon Reeve investigates the real reasons for the war in Iraq. Starting with oil and the contracts set up between Saddam and non-American/British companies. The latter part of the film looks at the petro-dollar cycle and how OPEC members can threaten US power by using the euro to trade oil — could Iran be next?

Beneath Iraq and a Hard  Place.

Beneath Iraq and a Hard Place (2006) — Vera Productions

11 January 2006

What has happened in the two years since the troops arrived in Iraq? In 48 minutes of sketches, monologue, animation and reworked archive, Rory Bremner brings us up to date and tells the tale of life between Iraq and a hard place.

It's all about oil!

Is it all about oil? — Newsnight, BBC

19 December 2005

First shown in January 2003, this news story shows how important Iraqi oil is to the world market and how the regime change could impact OPEC.

Harold Pinter.

Harold Pinter: Art, Truth and Politics — Nobel Prize

8 December 2005

Winner of The Nobel Prize in Literature 2005. Pinter's excellent lecture sets the record straight regarding America's sordid past of imperial devastation.

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.

Tony Blair.

Blair interviews — Newsnight, Question Time, BBC

1 May 2005

Watch Tony Blair sweat as Jeremy Paxman and the British public question him over the Iraq war.

Ask Tony Blair — Granada London Productions

3 May 2005

More grilling of Blair by the public over Iraq.

military-industrial complex

Why We Fight — Eugene Jarecki

24 March 2005

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

Unofficial Why We Fight promo:

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Secret US plans for Iraq's oil — Greg Palast, Newsnight, BBC

21 March 2005

Palast reveals how the Bush administration made plans for war and for Iraq's oil before the 9/11 attacks, sparking a policy battle between neo-cons and Big Oil.

The Government Inspector.

The Government Inspector — Peter Kosminsky

18 March 2005

A drama based on extensive original research that tells the story of the late Dr David Kelly, an expert caught in the crossfire between the British government and the BBC over the war in Iraq. Kelly was one of the government's foremost experts on WMD. The drama depicts his time as a UN weapons inspector in Iraq in the 1990s and through the frenetic weeks and months in which the Blair government attempted to persuade a doubtful nation of its case for war.

Promises & Betrayals.

Promises and Betrayals — Content Productions

15 March 2005

Documentary on how British double-dealing during WWI ignited the conflict between Arab and Jew in the Middle East. This is a story of intrigue among rival empires; of misguided strategies; and of how conflicting promises created a legacy of bloodshed which determined the fate of the Middle East. This film pieces together a disturbing picture of a cynical and duplicitous war time government.

Preventive Warriors.

Preventive Warriors — Michael Burns

15 March 2005

A documentary project that takes a look at the US National Security Strategy 2002, its goals, origins and potential consequences. The film outlines how the US response to international crises in a unipolar world might very well impact the course of human history.

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.


The War Party — Panorama, BBC

8 February 2005

Panorama investigates the “neo-conservatives”, the small and unelected group of right-wingers, who critics claim have hijacked the White House.

The War for Oil.

The War for Oil (2003) — David Strahan, Money Programme, BBC

6 February 2005

The advocates of war insist “it's not about oil”. But global oil production is on the brink of terminal decline, and when the West begins to run short of supplies, Iraq could be a lifeline.

Beyond Iraq and a Hard Place.

Beyond Iraq and a Hard Place — Bremner, Bird & Fortune

19 January 2005

The follow-up to Between Iraq and a Hard Place by Vera Productions. Once again, well-researched, brilliant satire.

What Barry Says.

What Barry Says — Simon Robson

25 December 2004

An animation constructed around a monologue by Barry McNamara, criticizing US foreign policy and the Project for the New American Century.

the World According to Bush.

The World According to Bush — CBC News

15 November 2004

Excellent documentary on the inner-workings of the Bush administration. Aims to show how the Bushes have not only dined with the devil, but have often invited themselves to his table.

Greg Palast.

Greg Palast — Sacred Cow Productions

2 November 2004

Sacred Cow talk with Greg Palast. They discuss civil liberties in the US, the Bush crime family, the Project for the New American Century, Iraq and oil.

UNCOVERED: the whole truth about the Iraq war.

UNCOVERED: the whole truth about the Iraq war — Robert Greenwald

27 May 2004

This documentary takes a detailed look at the spin and distortions given by the Bush administration to justify the war in Iraq.

Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore

Fahrenheit 9/11 — Michael Moore

21 May 2004

Winner of the Palme D'or, 2004 Cannes film festival.

Greg Palast.

Interview with Greg Palast — C-Span

9 May 2004

The upcoming US presidential election, US policy in Iraq and other topical issues.

Jay Garner.

General Jay Garner — Newsnight, BBC

26 March 2004

Greg Palast interviews the former US administrator in Iraq, who describes Washington's long-term vision of Iraq as an American political and military base in the Middle East.

Dr David Kelly.

Doubts over Dr David Kelly's suicide — Channel 4 News

10 March 2004

A British television news item about medical experts who have doubts over whether Kelly killed himself.

Hans Blix.

Saddam's Weapons — HARDtalk, BBC

19 December 2003

The former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix, doubts whether WMD will ever be found in Iraq.

Pilger in Afghanistan.

Breaking the Silence: Truth and lies in the war on terror — John Pilger

2 October 2003

Documentary exposing the real reasons for the “war on terror”, raising the issue of rising fascism.

America's Defense Monitor.

The Making of a Dictator — America's Defense Monitor

31 March 2003

The arming of Saddam Hussein by George H W Bush and others. Produced in May 1993.

President of OPEC.

Oil as a Weapon — HARDtalk, BBC

11 March 2003

An interview with the president of OPEC, discussing the relevance of Iraq's oil.

Hidden Wars of Desert Storm.

The Hidden Wars of Desert Storm — Audrey Brohy and Gerard Ungerman

13 February 2003

This documentary shows how the US government has manipulated the Gulf region to ensure a secure supply of oil, including how the CIA installed their puppet, Saddam Hussein.

Between Iraq and a Hard Place.

Between Iraq and a Hard Place — Bremner Bird and Fortune

4 February 2003

The Channel 4 satirists' take, on the war with Iraq — full of factual information.

Rumsfeld & Saddam.

Donald Rumsfeld & Saddam Hussein

5 January 2003

In 1983 these criminals met to discuss chemical and biological weapons sales.

BBC Newsnight.

What really happened in Florida? — Greg Palast, Newsnight, BBC

30 December 2002

How the Bush brothers stole the 2000 US election by removing black Democrats from voter lists in Florida.

ABC News Nightline.

Spoils of War — Nightline, ABC

30 December 2002

The importance of Iraq's oil supplies, and who will control them after a war.