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  • Reportage Without Frontiers
    of a military aircraft because they believed it flawed the air force s image The office responsible for approving the movies is the Entertainment Office of the Pentagon that was founded at the end of the 1920 s at a time when the United States realized that the battle of images was as important as the battles on the battlefields Ever since then up until today any script of a movie or TV series containing scenes that might need the military s assistance in order to be filmed has had to get approval by the Entertainment Office Screenwriters directors and producers have been readjusting and sometimes self censoring their work so that it falls in line with the orders of the Pentagon generals that in return provide them with access to troops tanks helicopters and aircraft carriers The Vietnam War caused a major crisis in the relationship of Hollywood and the military as filmmakers refused to present an idyllic image of the army Significant films like Platoon and Apocalypse Now were filmed without any assistance by the Pentagon which in fact expelled their directors for portraying the atrocities of the American army in Vietnam After the temporary divorce of the 70 s the relations between Hollywood and the Pentagon were reestablished in the 80 s when the movies started to focus on the US army s technological supremacy giving the public the image of America as a world superpower something that the government liked Top Gun a major hit movie is a typical example of this It actually prepared the American public opinion for the first Gulf War which was supposedly based on smart bombs and surgical air strikes Hollywood has always been able to adjust itself to the signs of times Therefore from the beginning of the 90 s

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  • Reportage Without Frontiers
    nomination at the last US presidential elections called for his assassination by the CIA But who is the President of Venezuela and what does the man who is Fidel Castro s closest friend who hails socialism in the 21 st century calls George Bush Mr Danger and is considered a new kind of Che Guevara in Latin America truly believe in To answer these questions Stelios Kouloglou met Chavez s allies and opponents Amongst them the president of Congress but also the man who played a leading part in the violent clashes that took place in April 2002 and led to Chavez s temporary removal from power In Caracas but also in the rest of the country the camera follows ordinary people and records the reforms pushed by the Venezuelan president as well as the social measures that make him so popular among the poor The program features interviews with people in Washington and Venezuela who revealed the funding by the American government to the Venezuelan opposition and interviews with those who accepted the money The former leader of the armed Venezuelan rebels who were inspired by Che Guevara judges the president of the poor A rich colorful documentary on

    Original URL path: http://rwf-archive.gr/episode1-new.php?id=161 (2016-04-26)
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  • Reportage Without Frontiers
    the protagonists presidents and prime ministers their secretaries and generals but also people behind suicide attacks shed light on the events and reveal the conflicts and diplomatic games that went on in the background of political negotiations Third Episode BUSH S HOLY MISSION The continuation of the Intifada between Israelis and Palestinians and the failure of all political initiatives created a major problem for the US government in 2002 which was at the time preparing to attack Iraq During a visit at the White House king Abdallah of Jordan informed president Bush that he would have the complete support of Jordan for his upcoming war but only if he managed to end the violence and guarantee the peaceful cohabitation of Israel and Palestine The third and last episode of the BBC series Israel and Palestine After Sharon What examines the efforts of the Bush presidency to bring peace to the Middle East through the infamous Road Map Bush s plan had to be accepted initially by the government of Ariel Sharon that was going ahead with a second siege of Arafat s compound in Ramallah in return to Palestinian suicide attacks only six months after the first siege The documentary reveals the Palestinian leader s burst of anger after he saw Israeli tanks breaking down the gate of his compound Arafat picked up an automatic rifle and headed towards the building s exit where he was stopped at the very last minute by his security guards Sharon who wanted to keep Arafat as a hostage for as long as possible bargained with the Palestinian negotiators and did not compromise until after the USA had put the pressure on him The Americans also pressed the Palestinian authority to change its governance mode resulting in Arafat handing over part of his authorities

    Original URL path: http://rwf-archive.gr/episode1-new.php?id=160 (2016-04-26)
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    Temple Mount in Jerusalem that sparked off the second Intifada until today that the formerly mighty prime minister lies helpless in hospital freezing all developments in the Middle East In the three episodes presented by Reportage Without Frontiers the protagonists presidents and prime ministers their secretaries and generals but also people behind suicide attacks shed light on the events and reveal the conflicts and diplomatic games that went on in the background of political negotiations Second Episode ARAFAT AND SHARON In 2002 US Secretary of State Colin Powell made it clear to president Bush that if he wanted his plans in the Middle East to go through he would firstly have to come up with a solution in the Arab Israeli conflict The Al Aqsa Intifada went on for the 18 th month in a row and Powell decided to send general Anthony Zinni as a special envoy to the occupied territories in order to achieve a cease fire deal between Israel and Palestine But one before his arrival a ship carrying guns that according to the Israeli government were destined to the Palestinians almost blew the whole effort off The second episode of the BBC series Israel and Palestine After Sharon What examines the efforts of the government of Israel to get Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat out of its way as well as the Palestinian resistance efforts The documentary shows the preparation of Basset Odeh a member of Hamas who in March 2002 was responsible for one of the deadliest suicide attacks in the history of Israel that triggered the merciless retaliation of the Israeli army The prime minister of Israel Ariel Sharon found the opportunity he was looking for to isolate his Palestinian enemy and gave orders to his troops to attack the Muqata Arafat s headquarters in

    Original URL path: http://rwf-archive.gr/episode1-new.php?id=159 (2016-04-26)
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  • Reportage Without Frontiers
    second Intifada until today that the formerly mighty prime minister lies helpless in hospital freezing all developments in the Middle East In the three episodes presented by Reportage Without Frontiers the protagonists presidents and prime ministers their secretaries and generals but also people behind suicide attacks shed light on the events and reveal the conflicts and diplomatic games that went on in the background of political negotiations First Episode A LAST GOOD DEED In 1999 Bill Clinton serving his last year as president of the USA and feeling perhaps that there was something missing from his political biography decided to do one last good deed bring peace to the Middle East The first episode of the series Israel and Palestine After Sharon What examines the efforts of the Clinton government to find a settlement for Israel and its two oldest enemies Syria and Palestine The negotiations between Israel and Syria reached a deadlock due to the inflexible attitude of the two prime ministers making the American even more willful to find a final solution to the Israeli Arab conflict Therefore in the summer of 2000 Clinton invited Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and the Palestinian head Yasser Arafat to Camp David in the USA The documentary reveals that for one whole week all American proposals were turned down one after the other Barak refused to meet face to face with Arafat and was holding meetings with his staff on the veranda of his cabin because he was afraid that the Americans had hidden bugs in the other rooms Despite Clinton s pressures the Camp David negotiations didn t have any results and Barak and Arafat returned home empty handed There they decide to give it one more try Barak invited Arafat and the Palestinian officials to dinner at his house

    Original URL path: http://rwf-archive.gr/episode1-new.php?id=158 (2016-04-26)
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    of Greece from a society of collectors to a nation of indebted consumers enslaved by loans To achieve this goal citizens have to be convinced to buy products not depending on their actual needs but on the basis of their subconscious desires The program presents the story of Edward Bernays Sigmund Freud s nephew and founder of contemporary advertising and public relations The first big success of Bernays considered by many to have changed the perspective of humanity in the 20 th century was the popularization of smoking among women At the end of the 1920 s the tobacco industry asked Bernays to come up with ways to increase their clientele At that time smoking was still a taboo among women who were fighting for equal rights with men By applying his uncle s and founder of psychoanalysis theories Bernays began an advertising campaign that presented cigarettes not as a consumer product but as the torch of liberty This way he managed to convince women that smoking was a symbol of their emancipation Ever since advertising messages haven t been targeting our logic but our subconscious This is proven by an impressive video presented in the documentary that shows how

    Original URL path: http://rwf-archive.gr/episode1-new.php?id=157 (2016-04-26)
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  • Reportage Without Frontiers
    the Iraqi and other secret CIA prisons On its part the US government claims that the measures are necessary and imposed by the war on terror It also claims that detainees enjoy all privileges that international treaties guarantee them What is the truth Can these emergency measures prevent a new terrorist attack and what will the cost on democratic liberties be After a research that lasted a year and a half interviews with the key figures of cases that shocked the world and previously unreleased footage Reportage Without Frontiers provides the answers in a four episode special broadcast A REALITY FOR GUANTANAMO The American government claims that interrogation methods used in Guantanamo Bay such as prolonged and painful stress positions sleep deprivation removal of clothing exposure to extremes of temperature and the use of mild non injurious physical contact do not consist torture But is there such a thing as mild torture British Channel 4 tried to provide an answer to this question by finding seven volunteers who agreed to submit themselves to some of the techniques used in Guantanamo in an East London warehouse complete with cages interrogation rooms and surveillance equipment The interrogating team consisted of experienced former

    Original URL path: http://rwf-archive.gr/episode1-new.php?id=154 (2016-04-26)
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    series of attestations of members of the anti dictatorial student s movement members of illegal resistance groups academics artists and people who served in the generals regime the program aspires to remind younger generations of an important part of modern Greek history providing convincing answers to how the events unfolded The 2 hour long documentary starts with the coup of April 21 1967 when as if in a game of fate students are occupying the Athens Polytexneion main building in protest Seven years later the students uprising at that same location will mark the end of the fascist regime But it is the first time that it is made public that this second occupation that began on November 14 1973 was almost by chance based on erroneous information The documentary features the most interesting attestations of Kiriakos Stamelos who negotiated the students exit from the Polytexneion building and Michalis Gounelas who was in charge of the tank that broke through the main gate on the night of November 16 17 Significant aspects of what happened are illuminated by conversations between members of Papadopoulos staff concerning the tackling of the students uprising In response to questions asked by today s youth

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