1. Sugata Mitra - Education and Empire


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    In this excerpt from the forthcoming book and transmedia production, Learning {Re}imagined, Professor Sugata Mitra discusses the background of why our education systems operate the way they do and why they have to change. learning-reimagined.com wise-qatar.org grahambrownmartin.com

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      DREAMING IN OCTOBER. The Oktiabrskaya Hotel in St.Petersburg in the 90's. This famous hotel reflects Soviet times. The fall of the Soviet Union brought 'democracy' and introduced 'imperialism' for the common man-in-the-street. Small companies of all sorts rise up in the former hotel rooms. Everybody wants a chunk of the big capitalist cake that suddenly seems within reach. How do you change from rigid communism to blatant capitalism overnight? The age-old October Hotel is a microcosmos of this dramatic changeover happening all over Russia during the 90's.

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      • "Brothers & Sisters" Trailer


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        I was very privileged to be able to visit Sri Lanka this summer. I was even more honored to spend the time interviewing my grandmother and listening to her stories. She was born in 1931 and when she was exactly my age, Sri Lanka, or "Ceylon" at the time, gained its independence from the British Empire. Her stories and the events that changed her life exemplify the perseverance that the people of Ceylon had in order to live peacefully like brothers and sisters.

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        • Ausbeutung / Exploitation


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          A study about exploitation as a collage of photographs and animations. Photos and graphics by Christine Grüter.

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          • China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa


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            An exciting, hugely revealing account of China’s burgeoning presence in Africa—a developing empire already shaping, and reshaping, the future of millions of people. A prizewinning foreign correspondent and former New York Times bureau chief in Shanghai and in West and Central Africa, Howard French is uniquely positioned to tell the story of China in Africa. Through meticulous on-the-ground reporting—conducted in Mandarin, French, and Portuguese, among other languages—French crafts a layered investigation of astonishing depth and breadth as he engages not only with policy-shaping moguls and diplomats, but also with the ordinary men and women navigating the street-level realities of cooperation, prejudice, corruption, and opportunity forged by this seismic geopolitical development. With incisiveness and empathy, French reveals the human face of China’s economic, political, and human presence across the African continent—and in doing so reveals what is at stake for everyone involved. We meet a broad spectrum of China’s dogged emigrant population, from those singlehandedly reshaping African infrastructure, commerce, and even environment (a self-made tycoon who harnessed Zambia’s now-booming copper trade; a timber entrepreneur determined to harvest the entirety of Liberia’s old-growth redwoods), to those just barely scraping by (a sibling pair running small businesses despite total illiteracy; a karaoke bar owner–cum–brothel madam), still convinced that Africa affords them better opportunities than their homeland. And we encounter an equally panoramic array of African responses: a citizens’ backlash in Senegal against a “Trojan horse” Chinese construction project (a tower complex to be built over a beloved soccer field, which locals thought would lead to overbearing Chinese pressure on their economy); a Zambian political candidate who, having protested China’s intrusiveness during the previous election and lost, now turns accommodating; the ascendant middle class of an industrial boomtown; African mine workers bitterly condemning their foreign employers, citing inadequate safety precautions and wages a fraction of their immigrant counterparts’. French’s nuanced portraits reveal the paradigms forming around this new world order, from the all-too-familiar echoes of colonial ambition—exploitation of resources and labor; cut-rate infrastructure projects; dubious treaties—to new frontiers of cultural and economic exchange, where dichotomies of suspicion and trust, assimilation and isolation, idealism and disillusionment are in dynamic flux. Part intrepid travelogue, part cultural census, part industrial and political exposé, French’s keenly observed account ultimately offers a fresh perspective on the most pressing unknowns of modern Sino-African relations: why China is making the incursions it is, just how extensive its cultural and economic inroads are, what Africa’s role in the equation is, and just what the ramifications for both parties—and the watching world—will be in the foreseeable future. —Knopf

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            • Author Evening with Dan Glazebrook - 'Divide and Ruin: The West's Imperial Strategy in an Age of Crisis'


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              Author Dan Glazebrook joined us for a discussion around his newly published book on what he understands to be the development and refinement of 'western' strategy in relation to the Global South.

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              • Ah Kung in the Philippine Jungle, 1945 - Poetry by Kenji C. Liu


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                "Ah Kung in the Philippine Jungle, 1945" is a short cinepoem produced by Kenji C. Liu about his Taiwanese grandfather, who was deployed to the Philippines by the Japanese Imperial Army during WWII, and had to surrender to US forces. The cinepoem explores the ambiguities of being a soldier recruited from a Japanese colony to fight in another Japanese colony. The music for this video poem is a digital collaboration between Kenji C. Liu (poet - LA), Tako Oda (berimbau - Oakland), Marië Abe (accordion - Boston), and Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes (vocalist - NYC). Liu contacted the musicians with a length, time signature, and key, and each contributed audio files, which Liu mixed with other audio samples. All video is free from the Internet Archive and Mazwai. Published in Issue 59 (June 2014) of The Collagist. Read the poem at http://thecollagist.com/the-collagist/2014/6/6/a-kung-in-the-philippine-jungle-1945.html

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                • WE - A film featuring the words of Arundhati Roy


                  from Edu Carli (Awestruck Wanderer) Added 82 1 0

                  We is a fast-paced 64 minute documentary that covers the world politics of power, war, corporations, deception and exploitation. It visualizes the words of Arundhati Roy, specifically her famous Come September speech, where she spoke on such things as the war on terror, corporate globalization, justice and the growing civil unrest. It's witty, moving, alarming and quite a lesson in modern history. We is almost in the style of a continuous music video. The music used sets the pace and serves as wonderful background for the words of Ms. Roy and images of humanity in the world we live all in today. We is a completely free documentary, created and released anonymously on the internet. http://www.weroy.org/index.shtml

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                  • KONY 2012 - STOCKHOLM


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                    Lördagen 17 mars så genomförande Nordisk Ungdom en aktion utanför Fotografiska i Stockholm. Bakgrunden till aktioner är kampanjen Kony2012 som för ett par veckor sedan lanserades av organisationen Invisible Children. Syftet med kampanjen Kony 2012 är att bilda opinion och arbeta för en ökad amerikanska militär närvaro i Uganda och legitimera USAs utrikespolitik baserad på militära ingripanden. På väldigt kort tid fick kampanjen stort genomslag och det är idag få ungdomar som inte hört talas om den. Kampanjen utnyttjar på ett fantastiskt sätt människors empati för att nå sitt syfte: Att göra USA:s invasioner runt om i världen populära. När fotografiska väljer att ha en utställning om krigsherren Kony valde vi därför att genomföra en aktion för att nyansera bilden av hans brott och sätta dem i relation till det våld USA tillgriper under förevändning att de strider för fred och demokrati. På platsen placerades två aktivister på marken, med blodiga kläder och palestinasjalar över huvudena och tomhylsor runt sig, de skulle symbolisera Obamas krigsoffer. Obama är den indoktrinerade västvärldens fredsgud, samtidigt som han en av de mest krigiska presidenterna i USA:s historia. Han har betydligt fler liv på sitt samvete än vad Kony har.

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                    • The Burden Of Our Times: Panel One - Tracy Strong


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                      Part 3 of "Can Hannah Arendt's Discussion of Imperialism Help us to Understand the Current Financial Crisis." Antonia Grunenberg, Jerry Kohn, Tracy Strong. Chair and Introduction by Marina Van Zuylen. The Burden of Our Times, Friday October 16th, 2009 at the Olin Theatre, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

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