May 24, 2022 #DemocracyNow Look in depth at “The Ransom,” a new series in The New York Times that details how France devastated Haiti’s economy by forcing Haiti to pay massive reparations for the loss of slave labor after enslaved Haitians rebelled, founding the world’s first Black republic in 1804. We speak with historians Westenley Alcenat and Gerald Horne on the story of Haiti’s finances and how Haitian demands for reparations have been repeatedly shut down. Alcenat says the series “exposes the rest of the world to a knowledge that actually has existed for over a hundred years,” and while he welcomes the series, he demands The New York Times apologize for publishing racist Haitian stereotypes in 2010 by columnist David Brooks. Horne also requests The New York Times make the revelatory documents that the series cites accessible to other historians. He says the series will “hopefully cause us to reexamine the history of this country and move away from the propaganda point that somehow the United States was an abolitionist republic when actually it was the foremost slaveholder’s republic.”
In one of the great environmental success stories of our time, scientists say that a 35-year-old agreement has resulted in the steady and promising recovery of the Earth’s ozone layer, a critical protective shield that blocks harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Dr. Paul Newman, chief scientist for Earth sciences at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, joins William Brangham to discuss.
The bets were huge and risky: billions of dollars on the housing market. The upside was undeniable: superbanks reaped billions of dollars, dominated the landscape and gobbled up competitors. Then the bottom dropped out. (Aired 2009)
Starting in 2008, in the worst economic crisis in decades, brand-name banks were on the brink. As the federal government implemented a massive intervention in the financial industry, FRONTLINE went behind closed doors to tell the story of how things went so wrong so fast and to document efforts to stabilize Wall Street. Veteran FRONTLINE producer Michael Kirk untangled the complicated financial and political web surrounding one particular superbank — Bank of America.
The burning scar: Inside the destruction of Asia’s last rainforests
Asia’s largest remaining rainforests, in Papua, Indonesia, are being cleared to make way for oil palm plantations, a product found in food, cosmetics and cleaning products.
A Korean owned company called Korindo has cleared nearly 60,000 hectares of forest to make way for plantations on their government granted concessions.
A visual investigation, by the Forensic Architecture Group at Goldsmiths, University of London and Greenpeace International, indicates deliberate burning during the land clearing period. It is something the Korindo group strongly denies.
Video production by: Ayomi Amindoni and Rebecca Henschke
Camera: Haryo Wirawan and Sam Robinson
Editors: Kevin Kim and Ivana Batara
Graphics: Aghnia Adzkia, Arvin Supriyadi and Davies Surya
(Image: Fires on a plantation in Papua, Indonesia. Credit: Greenpeace International)
Southern Italy is home to some of Europe’s most powerful criminal organisations; the Sicilian Mafia, the Camorra in Naples and the Ndrangheta based in Calabria. For many, crime is a family business. So a judge in Sicily has come up with a radical plan to prevent young people becoming the next generation of mobsters. He’s been taking children away from Mafia families. This controversial policy is now being considered by other countries around the world. Daniel Gordon travels to Sicily to meet those involved in the programme and find out whether it actually works.
(Photo: Judge Roberto Di Bella. Credit: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images)
Reporter: Daniel Gordon
Producer: Alex Last
Series Editor: Penny Murphy
Sound engineer: Graham Puddifoot
Production coordinator: Iona Hammond
Environmental campaigners have criticised the UAE’s decision to appoint the CEO of one of the world’s biggest oil companies as president of this year’s UN climate summit in Dubai. They say that Sultan Al Jaber must resign from the firm to avoid a conflict of interes
Also in the programme: the IMF is warning of a looming debt crisis that could see many low-income countries at risk of default, and tens of millions facing extreme hunger; and the Italian judge helping children escape organised crime families.
The managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, has warned that 2023 will be a tough year for much of the global economy, with a third of countries going into recession.
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