The term politics originates from the Greek word “politicos” meaning "of, for, or relating to citizens. History of political thought can be traced back to early antiquity, with works such as Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Politics.

It is considered to be the practice and theory of influencing other people on a global, civic or individual level. More specifically it refers to achieving and exercising positions of governance or organized control over a human community, particularly a state.

As a science it is concerned with the study or practice of the distribution of power and resources within a given community, a hierarchically organized population, as well as the interrelationship between communities. The methods that are employed in politics include the promotion of political views, establishment of the political relationships with other parties of interest, constitution of various laws, authorization of the use of force at the time of war, etc.

From its origin to the present day, politics was implemented on different levels of social structures from tribes and clans to the contemporary governing apparatus or on the international level.

The documentaries and video materials complied in this category are concerned with the various aspects of human enterprises in the political sense or with a certain political influence.

See the complexity of a political system in a small town of Sagada in the Philippines. Discover the motifs behind the planning of a wedding during elections. Explanations are provided by the Richard Yodong, a deputy-major candidate.

Explore a different side of the political capitol Brussels, Belgium and see how the armies of 15.000 lobbyists are influencing the political, social and business decisions made there. On the opposite side are the political activists, well aware of the current situation, fighting against the corruption of the system. The documentary follows two people from the opposing sides.

Follow an ongoing controversial issue in the USA concerning the gun laws. Te old division of North and South has flared up once more. As opposed to Washington, the Arizona majority is still supporting the free gun laws. Their opinion was not changed despite the recent gun massacre in Tucson.

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The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby
The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby

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The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby is a 2011 American documentary which investigates the life and work of previous CIA executive William Egan Colby. The director and narrator is Carl Colby, William`s son and the producer is David Johnson. Carl Colby tells us the story about the senior Colby's work in the U.S. intelligence and its relation to his private life, including the mysteries he kept from the members of his family. The film starts with Colby's participation in World War II as an officer and paratrooper with the OSS, and follows his career path to the Central Intelligence Agency, where his duties included political undercover activity countering the Communist Party in Italy, later counterinsurgency activities and participation in the 1963 overthrow in South Vietnam, working together with President John F. Kennedy, amid the Vietnam War, and later as Director of Central Intelligence in the 1970s. While he was the head of the CIA, Colby uncovered certain documents in the archives pointing to the illegal operations conducted by the CIA, known as the "Family Jewels". He used these documents in order to introduce reforms in the Agency. The film closes with Colby's vanishing and passing in April 1996.If you want to watch more CIA documentaries, click here.

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Taxi to the Dark Side
Taxi to the Dark Side

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This academy award winning film focuses on the murder in custody of an Afghan taxi driver named Dilawar, by United States Army. The film raises questions on how we treat our prisoners of war and if there should be limits to the amount of interrogation we put them through.

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The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby
The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby

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The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby is a 2011 American documentary which investigates the life and work of previous CIA executive William Egan Colby. The director and narrator is Carl Colby, William`s son and the producer is David Johnson. Carl Colby tells us the story about the senior Colby's work in the U.S. intelligence and its relation to his private life, including the mysteries he kept from the members of his family. The film starts with Colby's participation in World War II as an officer and paratrooper with the OSS, and follows his career path to the Central Intelligence Agency, where his duties included political undercover activity countering the Communist Party in Italy, later counterinsurgency activities and participation in the 1963 overthrow in South Vietnam, working together with President John F. Kennedy, amid the Vietnam War, and later as Director of Central Intelligence in the 1970s. While he was the head of the CIA, Colby uncovered certain documents in the archives pointing to the illegal operations conducted by the CIA, known as the "Family Jewels". He used these documents in order to introduce reforms in the Agency. The film closes with Colby's vanishing and passing in April 1996.If you want to watch more CIA documentaries, click here.

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Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People
Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People

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Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People is a narrative film coordinated by Sut Jhally and created by Media Education Foundation in 2006. This film is an augmentation of the book of that name by Jack Shaheen which also breaks down how Hollywood undermines or controls the picture of Arabs. Jack Shaheen dissects a long arrangement of "disparaging" pictures of Arabs through his presentation of different scenes from distinctive American films which he has concentrated on. He contends that this picture is portrayed by indicating Arabs either as outlaws or as a savage, roaming race, or shows Arab ladies as shallow paunch lovers of the dance floor serving shrewdness, guileless, and avaricious Arab sheiks. Most vital is the picture of the rifle in the hands of Arab "terrorists". The film then endeavor to clarify the inspirations driving these generalizations about Arabs, and their advancement at key focuses in American history, and in addition why it is so imperative today. The documentary was released in Washington on June 8th 2007 and after that in Los Angeles on June 20th 2007. The run time of the film is 50 minutes, with Arabic and English subtitles. Before long, the film was screened in more than twelve of worldwide film festivals between the years 2006 and 2009. The budget of this documentary was $100,000.If you want to watch more history documentaries, click here.

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Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause
Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause

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Intellectual, etymologist and lobbyist, Noam Chomsky talks about and ponders the condition of events around the globe such as 9/11 attacks, the war in Iraq, manipulation in the media, the fight against terrorism, fear, social activism and Foreign Policy of the US in both expansive discussions and in an extensive dialog with different scholars, fans, activists, critics and students. Dr. Song Chomsky, Noam's manager and spouse, also participates in this documentary and she gives an opinion on what drives Noam and what life looks like with him at her side. Other open reflections about Noam Chomsky and his thought process, work and influence are offered by other interviewed parties throughout the documentary.Watch this extraordinary film and see how a great man analyses some of the most important events and provides the possible cause for them along with the summary of their aftermath.If you enjoyed this documentary and would like to watch more similar videos, click here.

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Abu Ghraib Prison Tortures
Abu Ghraib Prison Tortures

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This documentary was released in 2007 and it is looking into the scandalous abuse and torture of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib in 2004. The director of this film is Rory Kennedy and its premiere was on January 19th in 2007 at the Sundance Film Festival.This documentary also aired on HBO on February 22 in 2007. The Human Rights Watch Film Festival screened this film on March 23 in 2007 and two days later it was screened at the Cleveland International Film Festival.Working Films used this documentary to coordinate the US national community engagement campaign. It brought together groups such as, the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, faith groups, and a number of other similar groups in order to end the US policy sanctioning torture.The documentary received several nominations for the prestigious Emmy award at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards. The film won the Outstanding Non-Fiction Special award.If you enjoyed this documentary and would like to see more prison videos, click here.

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The Weatherman: Violent Activism
The Weatherman: Violent Activism

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This is a documentary about the American radical activist organization called ‘The Weatherman’. It is concerned with the organization`s origin, rise and, ultimately, downfall. The film directors are Sam Green and Bill Siegel. It premiered in 2002 in the US. The documentary itself is mostly composed out of archive footage of the organization and it also includes a number of interviews with the members of ‘The Weatherman’.The film won the Chicago Underground Film Festival audience choice award and was also nominated for the prestigious Academy Award in 2004.From the late 1960s to the early 1970s the political situation in America was becoming alarming. There was an ongoing war in Vietnam along with the civil rights movements taking on the streets on the American soil. At that time a new class of activist emerged, the ones that were willing to do more than just participate in the peaceful protests. Among those groups, there was one which stood out. That was ‘The Weatherman’. They began participating in the ongoing riots on the streets and even attempted to carry out an organized attack on the US government with the help of ‘Black Panthers’.Watch this exciting documentary about the turbulent times in the US history.If you enjoyed this documentary and want to watch more political videos, click here.

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From Tipton To Guantanamo Bay
From Tipton To Guantanamo Bay

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This documentary is concerned with the unfortunate events that lead three young men from Tipton to the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where they would spend the two following years. The story begins when the trio decides to attend a wedding of a mutual friend in Pakistan. Upon arrival, the three friends decide to take a trip to Afghanistan. In a series of unfortunate events they will be captured and eventually transferred in the hands of the US military forces. Along with other prisoners they will be transported to the base in Guantanamo Bay. Watch this amazing documentary and discover the ordeal of these young men as they battle to prove that they have no connections with any terrorist cells. The road to their liberation was long ad full of hardships, but eventually they will prove their innocence and return to their homes.This documentary is directed by Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross. It was released on February 14th, 2006 at the Berlinale. The television premiere was on March 9th, 2006 on the Channel 4 in the UK. If you enjoyed this documentary and would like to see more terrorism videos, click here.

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Venezuelan coup d'état of 2002
Venezuelan coup d'état of 2002

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This documentary, filmed in 2003 by Kim Bartley and Donnacha Ó Briain, is focused on a series of events that played out in Venezuela in 2002.The video materials in this documentary were compiled in the course of over seven months and they include the thorough filming of Chavez with his staff in their every day duties and routines along with a number of interviews made with the citizens of Caracas. The makers of this documentary recorded the events that took place on 11th April, 2002. What began as a demonstration of the opposing groups, ended in a violent outburst with an alleged number of civilian casualties. It is reported that the supporters of Chavez were responsible for the shooting that ended with these fatalities. In the following days, the unrest was dealt with and the opposition of Chavez fled the country. Watch this documentary and learn about the chain of events that led to these protests. Discover the plan to overthrow Chavez and the outcome of it. Was the footage of the alleged shooting just an elaborate hoax? What was the role of the media in these events? Find the answers to these questions in this exciting documentary about the President Chavez and the April protest.

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American Occupation Of Iraq
American Occupation Of Iraq

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This documentary, produced by Charles H. Ferguson, is concerned with the first American invasion on Iraq. It is mainly composed of interviews with the military personal involved with the organization and execution of the primary occupation of Iraq. It was first screened on 22nd January in 2007 at the Sundance Film Festival, followed by the DVD release on the same year.Since May 1st 2003, when the former US president George W. Bush declared victory, there have been a total of 3000 deaths and over 20,000 wounded American soldiers on the Iraqi soil in the course of the following four years. It is estimated that over 600,000 Iraqi civilians lost their lives in this conflict. The question at hand is who is responsible for this shocking death toll? The answer to this question, according to some of the participants in this documentary, is the inadequate administration apparatus of the former president Bush. Watch this spine chilling documentary and witness firsthand the situation on the streets of Baghdad. Discover what the major mistakes were in the planning and the execution of this campaign which, in turn, caused a staggering death toll and a total collapse of the campaign itself.

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The Indonesian Death Squad
The Indonesian Death Squad

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This is a documentary film about the Indonesian killings of 1965/66. It is directed by Joshua Oppenheimer and Christine Cynn in collaboration with an anonymous Indonesian. The response of the Indonesian government to this documentary was mostly negative. The Indonesian presidential spokesman on foreign affairs, Teuku Faizasyah, said that the documentary is misleading when it comes to the portrayal of Indonesia.The story revolves around theanti-communist purge in which more than 500,000 people were killed. At this time, Sukarno, the President of Indonesia was overthrown by would be President Suharto. The forming of the death squad followed and it`s prominent members were gangsters Anwar Congo and Adi Zulkadry. It is said that this was the most powerful squad in North Sumatra. They extorted money from ethnic Chinese as the price for keeping their lives. Anwar is said to have personally killed 1,000 people by methods such as strangulation with wire.A sequel of this documentary titled ‘The Look of Silence’ is scheduled to be released in 2015.

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Behind the Green Mask
Behind the Green Mask

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Have you wondered where these terms 'sustainability' and 'smart growth' and 'high density urban mixed use development' came from? Doesn't it seem like about 10 years ago you'd never heard of them and now everything seems to include these concepts? Is that just a coincidence? That every town and county and state and nation in the world would be changing their land use/planning codes and government policies to align themselves with...what?

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I knew Bin Laden
I knew Bin Laden

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The death of bin Laden ends a ten-year manhunt for the world's most wanted man.Before his death, the last known sighting of bin Laden by anyone other than his very close entourage was in late 2001 - as he prepared to flee his stronghold in Afghanistan. However, in subsequent years he issued several video and audio messages.How did Bin Laden develop his political agenda? And how did this Saudi-born son of a rich construction magnate - who joined guerrillas in Afghanistan fighting the Soviet Union - emerge to become one of the most feared men in the world?Ahmad Zaidan, Al Jazeera Arabic's Islamabad correspondent, interviews a range of people including Taliban commandos, former Mujahideen leaders, Pakistani officials, and journalists who all relate their memories of and insights into the al-Qaeda leader.He speaks to people who are able to debunk some of the myths and describe some of the characteristics of the man who was Osama bin Laden - a man denounced by enemies as a religious fanatic and a terrorist and praised by supporters as a leader fighting Western aggression and subservient Arab regimes.

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The Battle for the Arctic
The Battle for the Arctic

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Fault Lines looks at the potential environmental impact of resource extraction in the Arctic, and what that might mean for the people who live there.The UN has imposed a 2013 deadline for the submission of scientific claims to the Arctic seabed. It is the precursor to a resource boom which would see Canada, the US, Russia, Norway and Greenland all attempt to exploit the region’s resources.These Arctic countries are desperately mapping out their territories so they can tap into the fossil fuels and minerals locked beneath the fast melting ice.And with global warming speeding up the melting of the Polar ice caps, potential shipping routes are opening up – raising concerns about oil spills, and control over these new passageways.Fault Lines’ Josh Rushing heads to the Far North to see first-hand how Arctic countries are responding to the potential bonanza.

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Unauthorized Biography of Dick Cheney
Unauthorized Biography of Dick Cheney

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American Vice-President Dick Cheney has walked the corridors of world power for three decades. Cheney's remarkable life story involves the relentless accumulation of power in every form.Elected for a second term, he continues to be one of the most powerful and well-connected men in the world.The fifth estate will show how he accomplished this, what it involved in terms of costs for others and what history's judgment could be.

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The New Clinton Chronicles
The New Clinton Chronicles

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On January 20,1993 William Jefferson Clinton became the 42nd president of the United States. at the time, most Americans were not aware of the media black out that kept this information from the public. As State Attorney General and later, Governor Bill Clinton in twelve years achieved absolute control over the political, legal and financial system of Arkansas As President he would attempt to do the same with the nation by bringing members of his inner circle with him to Washington.The Hijacking of America was well underway,and its impact on future generations would be incalculable. Embrace yourselves for "Cocaine is stronger than the Constitution' The Clinton's are the new law leaving a blood-trail of Innocent Victims Bodies abroad in the USA.

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Ho Chi Minh - Vietnam's Enigma
Ho Chi Minh - Vietnam's Enigma

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North Vietnamese communist politician, prime minister 1954–55, and president 1954–69. Having trained in Moscow shortly after the Russian Revolution, he headed the communist Vietminh from 1941 and fought against the French during the Indochina War 1946–54, becoming president and prime minister of the republic at the armistice.Aided by the communist bloc, he did much to develop industrial potential. He relinquished the premiership in 1955, but continued as president. In the years before his death, Ho successfully led his country's fight against US-aided South Vietnam in the Vietnam War 1954–75.

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 Biography Barack Obama
Biography Barack Obama

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Barack Obama Biography: Often accused of lacking enough political experience to ultimately qualify him for the White House, Barack H. Obama comes across in this biography as a visionary; and experienced consensus-builder who can reach across opposing party lines and various points of view.