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The Saltmen of Tibet (1997)

The Saltmen of Tibet (1997)

Journey to the rooftop of the world and be bored out of your skull. This documentary is about as interesting as watching paint dry but feels like it takes even longer. It should be a fascinating look into an ancient culture virtually untouched by the modern world. Instead it tortures the viewer with scenes like […]

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The Boys of Baraka (2005)

The Boys of Baraka (2005)

As many as 76 percent of all black boys in Baltimore fail to finish high school. That prompted a school in Kenya to accept a group of these at-risk boys, all around 12 years old, and teach them not only academics but also how to respect themselves and others. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/C2ol5SHchLo” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] […]

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AfroCubism: Record of the Year?

AfroCubism: Record of the Year?

So all of you are familiar with the Buena Vista Social Club right? The film, the soundtrack, the impact made by reuniting some of Cuba’s most experienced musicians.   Well, Afrocubism is the record that was supposed to get made back in 1997, but, for a number of reasons, didn’t happen.  Now, Nick Gold has […]

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Please Vote for Me (2007)

Please Vote for Me (2007)

“To get rich is glorious.” That phrase, uttered by the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, seems to fly in the face of conventional communist philosophy. So, too, does the democratic election of a third grade class monitor in Wuhan. This documentary shows how three children vie for votes in a cutthroat election. While novices to […]

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Nuclear Nonsense from the NYT

Newspaper editorials that recommend policies to foreign leaders and governments are almost invariably pointless and patronizing – in short, a waste of time. Do European publications, for instance, really think that President Barack Obama will be influenced by their views in dealing with the new Republican-led House of Representatives – or that Chancellor Angela Merkel […]

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Ashley Gilbertson on Photographing PTSD

Ashley Gilbertson on Photographing PTSD

The Epoch Times will host an evening with Ashley Gilbertson, an award-winning war photographer and VII Network photojournalist who spent several years photographing Iraq. He will discuss his recent projects documenting the affects of PTSD on soldiers returning home. The event will be moderated by Chris Hondros, senior staff photographer for Getty Images. This is […]

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Cocalero (2007)

Cocalero (2007)

The story of how Bolivian President Evo Morales came to power is an intriguing one. Director Alejandro Landes follows Morales during the campaign that brought Morales to power in 2006, showing the candidate as a charming, ideologically fervent man. Morales is the leader of the party Movement for Socialism, the acronym in Spanish being MAS, […]

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Al-Arabiya TV Director: Religious Satellite Channels 'Too Dangerous To Be Left Unrestricted'

Al-Arabiya TV Director: Religious Satellite Channels ‘Too Dangerous To Be Left Unrestricted’ In an October 18, 2010 op-ed titled “Banning Religious Satellite Channels” in the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, Al-Arabiya TV director Abd Al-Rahman Al-Rashed, who is also the paper’s former editor, discusses the proliferation of Islamic “religious propaganda channels” and calls them “too dangerous […]

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Upcoming Event

The Future of the U.S.-Turkey Relationship November 10, 2010, 12:00pm – 1:30pm Admission is free. RSVP to attend this event Panelists: Steven A. Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations Soner Cagaptay, Director of the Turkish Research Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy […]

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The Friday Mix: Focus on Latin America

Welcome to our newest feature that has (almost) nothing to do with politics, but a lot to do with sampling new and exciting music from around globe.  This week, the podcast features the electronic beats of Colombian cumbia and its various interpretations in Nueva York and Los Angeles.   Enjoy the weekend! Track Listings: Chico Systema […]

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War Photographer (2001)

War Photographer (2001)

“Too many cameras and not enough food, this is what we’ve seen.” That line from the Police song “Driven to Tears” sums it up nicely. This film is about photojournalist James Nachtwey and his work in the world’s hotspots from Nicaragua in the 1980s to Rwanda and Kosovo in the 1990s to South Africa, Ramallah, […]

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Female Journalists Urged To Form Strong Network in Pakistan

This week I came across a really interesting article picked up by Pakistan’s mainstream media.  Since Pakistan’s media is free, but predominantly government-owned or overseen, articles are carefully reviewed for content by editors.  Pakistani editors heeding the accomplishments of women within the traditionally conservative society is an extremely progressive thing.  How well women do (personally […]

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You can now follow this blog (and my other blog for The Review Middle East) on Twitter. http://twitter.com/middleeastmedia#

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Top 5 New Media Technologies That Can Change Iraq’s Future

Can new social media facilitate greater social stability in Iraq?  Absolutely, some say.  Here are some technologies that have the potential to change Iraq’s future: 5.  Twitter: Mobile phone-carrying Iraqis can utilize Twitter applications on their current phones for a range of things, even without broadband Internet connections — which are still in short supply […]

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Writers to Wrestle with Mexico Drama in Forum

Some heavy hitters will be in New York City from all over the world on Tuesday, October 19 to discuss the crisis for journalists in Mexico: When: Tueday, October 19 Where: The Great Hall Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, New York City What time: 7 p.m. With readings by Paul Auster, Don DeLillo, Laura Esquivel, Francine […]

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