Daily Archives: September 29, 2020

The Battle of Mackinac Island: A Humiliating American Defeat in the War of 1812

Atun-Shei Films

In 1814, American and British forces clashed in a vicious battle for control of the Great Lakes. Support Atun-Shei Films on Patreon ► https://www.patreon.com/atunsheifilms

Freedom or Death: The Louisiana Slave Revolt of 1811

Atun-Shei Films

In January 1811, five hundred slaves of south Louisiana rose in active rebellion against their masters in the largest slave revolt in American history.

People of Praise: Former Member of Group Tied to SCOTUS Front-Runner Amy Barre tt Calls It a “Cult”

Democracy Now!

Sep 23, 2020

As President Trump appears poised to announce a nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, we speak with a former member of the secretive Catholic group People of Praise, known for its rigid gender roles and lifelong loyalty oaths, which apparent front-runner Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a member of. “Many call it a community, but I describe it as a cult,” says Coral Anika Theill, who was a member of People of Praise from 1979 to 1984 and is now speaking out against the organization.

A Police Cover-Up? New Bodycam Video from Night of Breonna Taylor’s Killing Undermines State Account

Democracy Now!

Sep 28, 2020

We speak with Vice News correspondent Roberto Ferdman about new body camera footage he obtained from the police raid that killed Breonna Taylor in Louisville in March, which has raised troubling questions about the integrity of the crime scene, and the investigation that followed. “The public deserves more information to understand what we know for sure and what we don’t and why things have been presented the way they have been,” Ferdman tells Democracy Now!

The Largest Slave Rebellion Was Hidden From U.S. History


Nov 26, 2019

The largest slave revolt in U.S. history happened outside New Orleans and you’ve probably never learned about it. Here’s why.

David Cay Johnston: Trump Deserves to Be Jailed, But System Is Set Up to Let Rich Avoid Paying Taxes

Democracy Now!

Sep 29, 2020

Ahead of the first of three presidential debates between President Trump and Joe Biden, we speak with David Cay Johnston, founder and editor-in-chief of DCReport.org, who says the bombshell New York Times report on Trump’s taxes highlights the existence of “two income tax systems, separate and unequal.” The Times reports that Trump paid no federal income tax in 10 of the past 15 years and just $750 in 2016 and 2017. In a follow-up report, the Times reveals Trump made $427 million in connection to the hit reality TV show “The Apprentice,” providing him a financial lifeline as other investments lost money. “People who own their own businesses, like Donald Trump, are under a different system,” says Johnston.

Ship Breaking Yards | Place Where Ships Becomes Scrap


Sep 4, 2019

Ship-breaking or ship demolition is a type of ship disposal involving the breaking up of ships for either a source of parts, which can be sold for reuse or for the extraction of raw materials, mainly scrap. Ship-breaking allows the materials from the ship, especially steel, to be recycled and made into new products. This lowers the demand for mined iron ore and reduces energy use in the steelmaking process. India, Bangladesh, China, and Pakistan have the highest market share and are global centers of ship-breaking, with Chittagong Ship Breaking Yard in Bangladesh, Alang in India, and Gadani in Pakistan being the largest ships’ graveyards in the world. The process starts with an auction for which the highest bidder wins the contract. The ship-breaker then acquires the vessel from the international broker who deals in outdated ships.

After completing the required document proceedings, ships are run ashore on gently sloping sand tidal beaches at high tide so that they can be accessed for disassembly. Then the process starts, it takes 50 laborers about three months to break down a normal-sized cargo vessel of about 40,000 tonnes. The decommissioning begins with the draining of fuel and firefighting liquid, which is sold to the trade. Any re-usable items—wiring, furniture, and machinery—are sent to local markets or the trade. Unwanted materials become inputs to their relevant waste streams.

Scrapped: the deadly business of dismantling ships in Bangladesh

RT Documentary

Mar 13, 2015

Bangladesh has no metal resources of its own city, so the shipbreaking yards in Chittagong, its largest second city, generate high profits for their owners. Workers though, enjoy none of the benefits of that profit; wages are barely enough to live on and there are no health and safety regulations to protect them. Injuries are a frequent occurrence and even death is not uncommon.

St. Helena – a remote island in the Atlantic | (Travel Documentary) DW Documentary

DW Documentary

Oct 28, 2017

Every third week, a British Royal Mail ship begins its journey from Cape Town to Saint Helena, the remote island in the Atlantic where Napoleon was once in exile. It’s like the end of the world in the middle of the Atlantic. Five days, with a northwesterly course, and only then do the sheer black cliffs appear in front of RMS St. Helena. The island’s 4500 residents are often waiting impatiently for the ship’s arrival and panic if the schedule changes. Director Thomas Denzel and his team went on the journey to Saint Helena and met the people living on the island. Many of the residents are descendants of people who were sent into exile there by the British crown – the most famous among them, the French Emperor Napoleon. This is a report about life at the end of the world, loneliness, unique vegetation, and a very special journey.

Melting ice – the future of the Arctic | DW Documentary

DW Documentary

Oct 4, 2019

Climate change in the Arctic is fueling not only fear, but also hope. Sea levels will rise and flood many regions. But the melting ice will also expose new land with reserves of oil, gas and minerals. New sea routes are also emerging.

The melting of the ice in the far north has given reason for great optimism, as newly-found mineral resources promise the Inuit a better life. But international corporations and self-proclaimed ‘partners’ such as China also have their eye on the treasures of the Arctic. Some even dream of a polar Silk Road. As large corporations position themselves to exploit the treasures of the far north, the indigenous people, the Inuit, are fighting for their independence.

Our film team spent four weeks with a geological expedition to the north coast of Canada – a place where no human has ever set foot before – and were present at the geologists world’s northernmost spring. A microbiologist with them also collected DNA samples that could help in the development of new vaccines against resistant germs. However, the most important resource in the far north is still fish: Greenland supplies half the world with it, yet it still doesn’t bring in enough to finance necessary investments in its underdeveloped infrastructure. And in Canada, the Inuit are also struggling with their government for the right to share in the wealth of their own land.