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Osama doc on Ch4 well worth watching

Thursday, September 08, 2011

If you didn’t watch Osama: Shoot to Kill on Ch4, it is worth catching on 4OD over the next month or so.

Like most TV documentaries it is takes slightly too long to get the information over, but what I found especially fascinating as part of the film was how those at the top echelons of what is an almost incestuous inside the beltway culture kept the manoeuvre secret .

Shame there hasn’t been an accompanying film looking at the significance of 9/11 and subsequent events in geo-political terms.

View it here while it lasts.

9/11 ten years on

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

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I don’t know how many blog users access the site for PSHE related stuff, but here are details of something I did with my 3rd form today.

I try to make the subjects topical to what is going on at the the time and the 10th anniversary of 9/11 was pretty obvious.

With access to a projector, most questions on the worksheet can be covered.

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A deepening democratic deficit?

Monday, July 04, 2011

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Here’s a really well written comment piece by Gary Younge. It doesn’t say much about the power of big business as the byline would suggest, but does rather convincingly argue that national politicians are fairly powerless in the face of overriding global economic conditions.

Global Issues: Identity Politics and Cultural Conflict - The Great Divide within Islam

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

“Don’t know your Sunnis from your Shias? You are not alone, but their conflict will shape the future of the world” writes Mehdi Hasan in an article entitled ‘The Great Divide’ in the New Statesman.  For those studying Global Issues it should make fascinating reading given the rise of identity politics and also given Huntingdon’s ‘clash of civilizations’ debate which has been severely critiqued for assuming Islam to be a monolithic bloc.

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Global Issues: WMD and Rogue States - IRAN

Monday, February 15, 2010

Iran, our favourite ‘rogue state, has just announced that it now the capabilty to produce weapons grade uranium and has plans for 10 new nuclear sites.  As Iran is a key case in point of how the international community aims to limit nuclear proliferation and curb ‘rogue’ states this story is worth tracking with all its twists and turns.

‘Hundreds of thousands of government supporters massed in central Tehran to mark the anniversary of the revolution that created Iran’s Islamic republic - while president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad chose the day to proclaim his nation is now a “nuclear state”’.  The Independent carries the story.  Also an earlier article entitled ‘Iran condemned as it reveals nuclear plans’ assesses Iran’s ability to pose a nuclear threat.

A recommended article which appeared a few months ago in the Newstatesman entitled ‘How Iran went nuclear’ tells the remarkable story of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme, which began as an expression of western modernity but has now hardened into a statement of reaction, isolation and rage.

For a really rado pinko lefty slant John Pilger argues that the Iranian nuclear threat is a lie! He argues that Obama’s “showdown” with Iran has another agenda. The media have been tasked with preparing the public for endless war. Read here for the conspiracy!

Also, here is some general stuff on what is a ‘rogue state’...

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The Decade of Terror - Reuters Pictures of the Decade

Thursday, December 31, 2009

A stunning online slideshow here from Reuters tells the story of a decade of global terror and violence.  Many of the images are hard-hitting.  All are thought-provoking. An amazing resource to use as stimulus material for Politics units covering global issues.

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China unmoved on Iran sanctions

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Political scientists use a number of tools to ascertain key issues as well as make predictions about developments on the world stage. In the light of China’s reluctance to pursue sanctions against Iran for its nuclear development program, we learn a great deal about the World Order.

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