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Global & Human Rights Issues

The New Rulers of the World

John Pilfer looks at how globalization has increased the gap between the very rich and the very poor. In particular he presents Indonesia as an example of how globalization and corrupt government has thrown millions of people into poverty and how multinational corporations support the abuse of workers in sweatshops. c2001. 53 min. web web sites:
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The Other Side of Outsourcing

What happens when the demands of the global economy with all of its excess baggage of Westernizing forces collides with the deeply held traditions of an age-old culture like India's? Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas L. Friedman heads to the heart of the conflict and examines how this clash of cultures is affecting the everyday lives of Indian workers, many of them young people, who are caught in the middle.

The Price of Aid

Discusses U.S. donations of food for famine relief in foreign countries through a case-study in Zamibia, and the complex relationships between international aid, international media, American business and politics, and the impact on local agriculture, public health and international trade relations. Questions how America's well-intentioned foreign-aid program has spawned a self-serving relationship between humanitarian aid and American business and politics. Written and directed by Jihan El Tahri. 2004. 56 min.

The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court

ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo, ICC deputy prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, ICC senior trial attorney Christine Chung, Nuremberg prosecutor Ben Ferencz, IDP camp leader Dennis Lemoyi, warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, warlord Joseph Kony, warlord Vincent Otti. Summary Though over 120 countries voted to create the International Criminal Court (ICC), some of the most powerful nations in the world - China, Russia, and the United States - refused to ratify it, the U.S.

The Rights of the Child

Examines the 1989 UN's Convention on the Rights of the Child which published a declaration recognizing that all children have the same basic rights. This video powerfully presents the systematic violation of children's human rights throughout the world, and provides concrete examples of the needs of children and programs to assist them. 1990. 23 min.

The Spectre of Hope

Noted Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado and art critic John Berger pore over Salgado's photographic collection "Migrations," six years and 43 countries in the making (ranging across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America). "Migrations" contains photographs of people pushed from their homes and traditions to cities and their margins -- slums and refugee camps.

The U.N., Peacekeeping or War Making?

Since the founding of the United Nations in 1945 the need for U.N. peacekeeping forces in various parts of the world has grown faster than its ability to keep up with it. This program asks how the U.N. can become a more effective organization serving an increasingly complex world and explores the relationship between the United States and the U.N. Originally presented as a segment on the television program, America's Defense Monitor on Nov. 14, 1993. 29 min.

The Vienna Tribunal

Highlights the moving and gut-wrenching personal stories of women from around the world who testified before a panel of eminent judges at the Global Tribunal on Violations of Women's Human Rights. Modelled on past tribunals, the women challenged world leaders at the U.N. World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna to finally "address these violations for the gross human rights violations that they are." The Global Tribunal on Violations of Women's Human Rights was convened during the 2nd United Nations World Conference on Human Rights, held in Vienna in 1993. Director, Gerry Rogers. 1994.

The Witness Project

The Witness Project uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses.

The World Bank: The Great Experiment

A two part series showing the inner workings of the World Bank by examining its dealings with Uganda for an economic development project. Part 1: Tug of War. Part 1 examines actual footage of closed-door meetings and conversations between Ugandan officials and officials of the World Bank providing insights into the negotiations process. 50 min. Part 2: Mountains of Debt. Part 2 focuses on Uganda's attempt to escape its spiral of poverty and the World Bank's efforts to prove that it is the international agency best placed to create a new beginning for Uganda. c1997. 50 min.