Posts Tagged ‘Geopolitics’

Cultural Protectionism?  The 2012 China-Hollywood Agreement

Cultural Protectionism? The 2012 China-Hollywood Agreement

In 1994 the Chinese government first allowed Hollywood films to be distributed within the country.  Since then the US and China have been in a near-constant state of negotiations over import quotas, profit sharing and market access.  In 2007 the US brought a case before the World Trade Organisation, arguing ...
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ClandesTime 163 - Nazis in Hollywood

ClandesTime 163 – Nazis in Hollywood

Nazis make the perfect Hollywood villains – instantly recognisable, obviously deplorable and easy to recreate. So why were there no anti-Nazi films until 1939, on the eve of World War 2? This week I explore the history of Nazis in Hollywood in the 1930s, how the German government influenced American ...
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War Machine vs Charlie Wilson’s War – Tom Secker on Around the Empire (Part 2)

War Machine vs Charlie Wilson’s War – Tom Secker on Around the Empire (Part 2)

Joanne invited me on the Around the Empire podcast to do a ‘high level compare and contrast’ of two war comedy films set in different wars in Afghanistan: Charlie Wilson’s War and War Machine. The films are similar in many respects – both comedies, both have A-list lead actors, both ...
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War Machine vs Charlie Wilson's War - Tom Secker on Around the Empire (Part 1)

War Machine vs Charlie Wilson’s War – Tom Secker on Around the Empire (Part 1)

Joanne invited me on the Around the Empire podcast to do a 'high level compare and contrast' of two war comedy films set in different wars in Afghanistan: Charlie Wilson's War and War Machine. The films are similar in many respects - both comedies, both have A-list lead actors, both ...
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Salisbury Poisoning CCTV Has Suspects Walking in the Wrong Direction

Salisbury Poisoning CCTV Has Suspects Walking in the Wrong Direction

Image 5 in the Met Police’s CCTV collection of Petrov and Boshirov also poses some questions. Their timeline says: Image five shows the suspects ten minutes later — at 11.58 — on Wilton Road, Salisbury, we say, moments before the attack. The police did not say where on Wilton Road that this image was ...
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Are Salisbury Poisoning CCTV Images Actually Surveillance Pictures?

Are Salisbury Poisoning CCTV Images Actually Surveillance Pictures?

In the latest chapter in the Salisbury Novichok saga the police have released a selection of images of two men they are naming as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. While there has been widespread speculation that the images are fake, doctored or otherwise not real pictures, this has involved a ...
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ClandesTime 152 - Condor

ClandesTime 152 – Condor

Condor is a TV reboot of Three Days of the Condor, and centres around a CIA officer who goes on the run after he is framed for killing 11 of his colleagues. In this episode I examine whether Condor was CIA-sponsored, why the Agency might support a series that shows ...
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ClandesTime Special - Rorschach Politics: The War in Syria

ClandesTime Special – Rorschach Politics: The War in Syria

In this special episode I reflect on the war in Syria and the propaganda emanating from governments on both sides.  In particular I focus in on how the apparently anti-war Left has been fooled into becoming de facto propagandists for the Russian and Syrian security states, and how the same ...
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ClandesTime 151 - Rules of Engagement

ClandesTime 151 – Rules of Engagement

The military legal drama Rules of Engagement is perhaps the greatest modern example of racist, warmongering propaganda. Unsurprisingly, it benefited from full Pentagon support, in exchange for numerous script changes. The film was eerily prescient, foreshadowing two terrorist attacks in Yemen, and in some ways the entire post-9/11 war on ...
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Ambassador, with this Novichok Bullshit You Are Really Spoiling Us…

Ambassador, with this Novichok Bullshit You Are Really Spoiling Us…

With the Russian World Cup proving to be one of the most entertaining, unpredictable and violence-free tournaments in recent memory the British government has been asking what it can do to disrupt the event. As with everything else, this government has proven short of ideas and has simply opted for ...
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