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Media platforms and far-right movements in the UK — Listening Post, Aljazeera
13 August 2018
Consider which came first: public support for far-right movements or media coverage of them? Extremism on the UK's airwaves — are the media reporting the rise of the far right or manufacturing it? more »
Islamophobia Inc — Al Jazeera Investigations
14 May 2018
Across the US, there has been a growth in organizations that portray Islam as a threat. Over two years, the number of groups that make up what’s become known as the Islamophobia industry has more than tripled. This investigation reveals the tactics these groups use to instigate a fear of Islam, including how they manipulate social media to create a false narrative that Muslims are trying to take over the country. Anti-Muslim messages proliferate social media with bought-in followers, fake accounts and robotic amplifiers. The investigation also shows how these organizations try to suppress the rise of a Muslim political voice in America. It uncovers the “dark money” that has fuelled the rapid growth of Islamophobia Inc. — tens of millions of dollars which is funnelled through secretive, anonymous donor funds. We unveil the donors of the dark money and ask: what do they ultimately hope to achieve?
Leading architect says institutional racism has not gone away — Channel 4 News
22 April 2018
When Stephen Lawrence was murdered — he’d been planning to become an architect — a profession that isn’t known for its racial diversity. Anja Popp spoke to the architect Elsie Owusu — she’s running to become president of the industry’s body RIBA. She claims it’s an industry with a problem, and that institutional racism has not gone away. In a statement, RIBA said they condemn any form of discrimination or harassment and take allegations of the kind raised by Elsie Owusu extremely seriously. They said the institute has engaged extensively with Elsie to investigate a claim she made of institutionalised racism in 2015, and stands ready to investigate any new evidence or concerns.
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Is the UK still racist? — Upfront, Aljazeera
17 March 2018
According to journalist Afua Hirsch, “discussing race in contemporary Britain is still a radical act.” In her latest book, Brit(ish), Hirsch argues that the UK has failed to reckon with its colonial past and that conversations about race, ethnicity and diversity have been silenced. “I'm not saying that we haven't made progress,” says Hirsch, “but I think what's happened is that because racism has become less visible, and it's become more subtle and coded, we've become very complacent.” Discussing race in the UK is necessary, according to Hirsch, because what exists now is a “victor's version of history”. “We talk about West India merchants in our literature and period dramas. We never call them ‘slave-owners’,” she says. “We've found so many ways of coating this past so that it's more palatable”.
Elizabeth Eckford: One of the Little Rock Nine — Hardtalk, BBC
5 March 2018
In September 1957, nine African American students, including Elizabeth Eckford, entered the all-white Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas, thereby breaking the racial segregation barrier in US schools for the first time. They became known as the Little Rock Nine. Two years earlier the US Supreme Court had ruled segregation in schools to be unconstitutional. The first time Elizabeth Eckford tried to enter Little Rock Central High she was turned away, and the image of her surrounded by a hostile crowd of local white people is one of the most famous photographs of the American civil rights struggle of the 1950s and 60s. Stephen Sackur is at her family home in Little Rock and asks if she regrets her central role in a famous chapter of recent American history.
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Undercover: Inside Britain’s New Far Right — Exposure, ITV, Hardcash Productions
9 November 2017
Exposure goes undercover into Britain's far-right and exposes their extremist views, open support for Holocaust denial and rabid Islamophobia. At a time when Britain’s far right is searching for respectability, this programme reveals them for the nasty extremists they always were. ITV sent three women undercover into different far-right groups. The programme gives a fantastic snapshot of Britain’s extremist scene and reminds us of the need to remain vigilant to its continuing threat. Behind the professionally-made videos and trendy and youthful designs, the new generation are both extreme and dangerous.
Angry, White and American — Gary Younge, Jenny Ash
8 November 2017
Gary Younge meets Richard Spencer, the self-styled leader of America's alt-right, and travels across the States to find out why Donald Trump resonates with so many people.
Why do Far-Right White Nationalists Support Zionism? — Real News Network
25 October 2017
The state of Israel is a model for the extreme right in the US and in Europe.
Germany's New Nazis — Panorama, BBC
19 September 2017
Violent right-wing extremism in Germany has surged to its highest level since the downfall of the Third Reich, with a record number of attacks against asylum seekers and their supporters. Panorama has spent six months in Freital, a small town at the heart of the new wave of far-right terror. This film hears how long-held taboos are being broken in a country still haunted by its Nazi legacy and far-right views are becoming mainstream once more. Across the world, far-right extremists have been on the march, from Charlottesville in the United States to the suburbs of Paris and the streets of Manchester. But how worried should we be by the rise of the far right in Europe's most powerful country?
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Why Do People Vote Against Their Interests? They Don't — Richard Wolff
1 September 2017
Professor Richard Wolff, discussing the thinking of Antonio Gramsci, and how it can inform politics today. The small corporate and political elite are outnumbered by the working class; so to overcome this imbalance they construct a reality around nationalism and race to give certain parts of society a narrative to identify with.
Richard Cohen, SPLC — Hardtalk, BBC
24 August 2017
Stephen Sackur speaks to Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Centre, a group devoted to civil rights activism. Neo-Nazism and race hatred are alive and kicking in the US. The violence in Charlottesville was shocking not just because a life was taken, but also because of the polarising impact of President Trump's response. Fault lines which almost broke the US in the Civil War have not been erased. How fanciful is the notion of a 21st century American civil war?
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Can Europe Stop the Far Right if It Doesn't Stop Neoliberal Austerity? — Real News Network
20 May 2017
As a second German soldier is arrested in an alleged plot to frame Syrian refugees for a shooting attack, Liz Fekete of the Institute of Race Relations in London says Europe's far-right movements are fueled in part by the impacts of neoliberal austerity.
Crosby’s Politics Means Life Getting Worse — Novara Media
6 May 2017
Lynton Crosby, the Tories' chief political strategist, deals in racism, xenophobia and triviality. Wherever he operates — whoever you vote for — we all lose.
The Global Networks of the Resurging Far Right — Real News Network
6 December 2016
It's no exaggeration to say that Donald Trump has ties to neo-Nazi parties, says investigative journalist Nafeez Ahmed, author of Return of the Reich: Mapping the Global Resurgence of Far Right Power. Much has been made about the Alt-Right Movement and its elements in the United States. Alt-Right was key in the campaign that elected Trump as President. Some say that this Alt-Right Movement is now emboldened and the electoral victory of Trump in the US has had far-reaching impact in places like Britain and Europe where the right-wing nationalistic parties have a particular rooted history.
Black and British: A Forgotten History — David Olusoga, BBC
30 November 2016
Historian David Olusoga explores the enduring relationship between Britain and people whose origins lie in Africa; looks at slavery and remembers black sailors who fought for Britain; explores the Victorian moral crusade against slavery; and concludes his four-part series with the three African kings who stood up to Empire.
Episode 1: First Encounters
Episode 2: Freedom
Episode 3: Moral Mission
Episode 4: The Homecoming
Will Britain Ever Have a Black Prime Minister? — Steven Grandison, BBC
13 November 2016
British TV and movie star David Harewood investigates the obstacles facing black Britons in rising to positions of power and influence, and calculates the statistical chances of someone from his own background ever becoming prime minister. In this personal film, Harewood tackles some of our biggest institutions, including top universities and the BBC, to find out why so many barriers remain to black people achieving their potential.
GOP Stealth War on Voters — Rolling Stone, Greg Palast
26 August 2016
For Rolling Stone, gonzo investigative reporter Greg Palast uncovers the GOP plan to steal the votes from a million voters. From the investigations for the feature documentary, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, a tale of billionaires and ballot bandits.
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.
The Right Club — Peter Nicholson, Rare Day
2 May 2016
The story of how a group of British fascist aristocrats plotted to bring down the government and forge an alliance with Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. The Right Club was formed by MP Archibald Ramsay in 1939 and consisted of powerful, aristocratic and influential people united by their extreme right-wing views and anti-semitism.
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 — Yaara Bou Melhem, Witness, Aljazeera
25 January 2016
One former journalist has renounced his Australian citizenship and is creating an independent indigenous nation.
Cornel West and Richard Wolff talk about Capitalism and White Supremacy — The Laura Flanders Show, GRITtv
28 July 2015
A conversation about capitalism with two brilliant minds, Cornel West and Richard D. Wolff, together in a rare joint appearance. Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, and author most recently of Capitalism’s Crisis Deepens: Essays on the Global Economic Meltdown 2010-2014. Dr. Cornel West has written or edited dozens of books, including classics like Race Matters, and Democracy Matters. His most recent is Black Prophetic Fire, written in conversation with Christa Buschendorf.
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: 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?
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.
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.
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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 (1991) — AFA
5 February 2010
Documentary film about the ‘Anti Fascist Action’ group.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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’