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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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 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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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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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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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 brining members of his inner circle with him to Washington.The Hijacking of America was well underway,and its impact og 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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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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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.
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From Dust is a cinematic expose of one Government’s response to a natural disaster. Filmed in Sri Lanka after the devastating tsunami, it reveals the motives behind a new law that prevented survivors from rebuilding their homes along the island’s coastline. Told through the stories of 2 survivors and an aid worker, this observational documentary is a sensitive depiction of lives that waited in tents while the global tourism industry re-positioned itself on their land. At a time when developing countries on the long march to prosperity often ride roughshod over the poor, this film tells a shocking story about a picturesque island that turned a natural disaster into an opportunity and left its survivors searching for land in the shadows of history’s largest aid effort.
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“Shame” is part of the honor killing awareness-raising campaign in rural Sindh and southern Punjab. The directors take to the road, documenting shocking interviews that uncover a deep-rooted gender bias in rural Pakistan as well as the first ever footage of a karion jo qabristan, an unmarked graveyard where victims of honor killing are buried without any ritual. An important and timely film.
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A disgruntled citizen angered at the US state department (Tim McVeigh), sets off a bomb at the Alfred Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma. The bomb destroys his van and due to the volume of explosives, ruptures the support columns of the building causing it to collapse in on top of itself. Or was it the Government? This 2007 documentary explores the idea that the case was not as clearcut as it once seemed
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Burma, the country of the Golden Pagodas, strangled by a military junta.A pipeline built by two oil companies, TOTAL and UNOCAL. Slave labor, rape and murder are the results of the joint venture with the military.In a historical lawsuit, 15 villagers from the jungle of Burma sued a massive oil corporation for human rights abuses in American Courts. After 10 years of intense legal battles, they come out with an impossible victory.
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The founder of VICE heads in to the harsh terrains of Siberia to uncover and horrible truth – That North Korea are cashing in on their population by sending people to slave labour camps in Siberia (Unaware that they are no longer in North Korea).
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‘Sicko’ is a documentary film made by the much celebrated filmmaker and activist, Michael Moore, who had also made ‘Bowling in Columbine’, showcasing the prevalence of violence in American culture, and ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’, critically evaluating the September 11th attacks on the twin towers.In this film Moore focuses on the issue of healthcare in the United States from two perspectives – the uninsured and the insured, against the pharmaceutical companies making millions in profit.
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Ben Stein shows us a world where freedom of the Academy of the research may not be so free. This should be a concern to all and sundry. This undermines the notion that going to teach us the facts and truth in our universities. However, if you see how this documentary is the format that you will find that this film is too biased, deepening the spectra of the propaganda! Let me explain. Stein tries out his premise interviewing scientists who have been rejected by the establishment. Scientists reportedly have had their lives ruined because of their belief in something called “Intelligent Design”. Science is not here to persecute the beliefs and the concept that this is likely to anger anyone … that is, until you realize that the length is going to paint science as the root of this evil.Therefore, we Stein interviews scientists who have had their titles in ruins by the establishment, do not you think Stein should interview people working in the scientific community at the time on this subject? If the persecution of dissidents was going on I think he go and talk to people still working in the field and cite examples for scrutiny. This never happens. Either Stein is a terrible host only for a documentary and should stick to game shows, or has an agenda. Stein interview with PZ Myers, Michael Ruse, Eugenie Scott, and the powerful Richard Dawkins for his grand finale, but never once asked about the people who were fired or denied tenure. He just sticks to the questions about how life began.Not even really talk to them about why intelligent design is rejected by the scientific community against why evolution is taught. You never ask these questions. Michael Ruse, who is not even credited in his interview (the most neglected documentary work), suggests a possible life scenario involving starting windows. This results in Stein asked again how it is possible … after Ruse simply said that the results can be interpreted as a rude response Ruse. This style of filming to show scientists unwilling to accept the idea of intelligent design leads the viewer to see science as intolerable.
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In the poorest areas of South Thailand, political unrest has resulted in militant groups targeting people in brutal attacks, with a total of more than 5000 people murdered since 2004. In this predominantly Buddhist nation, there is still resistance against the government by what looks to be Malay-Muslims. The violence in these areas is now on many other country’s watch lists, as it continues to escalate.This short documentary by Al Jazeera talks to two widows of slain militants, who call their husbands martyrs for their cause.