NASA's most advanced Mars rover Curiosity has landed on the Red Planet. The one-ton rover, hanging by ropes from a rocket backpack, touched down onto Mars Sunday, 05 Aug 2012, to end a 36-week flight and begin a two-year investigation.
The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft that carried Curiosity succeeded in every step of the most complex landing ever attempted on Mars, including the final severing of the bridle cords and flyaway maneuver of the rocket backpack.
Americans love hamburgers - they each eat an average of three a week. But what are the hidden costs? It turns out that livestock create about as much greenhouse gas pollution as cars, planes and other forms of transport. They also take a heavy environmental toll on land and water worldwide. Learn more in this animated short from the Center for Investigative Reporting.
Credits Carrie Ching: Director/Producer/Reporter Sarah Terry-Cobo: Reporter/Narrator Arthur Jones: Illustrator/Animator
073 The Politics of Squares (lecture and panel discussion, 02 May 2012)
As part of the launch of the tenth anniversary edition of the Global Civil Society yearbook, two of its founding editors discuss the radicalisation of civil society with Ahmed Naguib and Laurie Penny, and ask what is new about the current politics of squares.
Catherine Fieschi is the director of Counterpoint, a research and advisory group that focuses on the cultural and social dynamics of risk. Prior to directing Counterpoint, Catherine led the London based think tank Demos (2005-2008).
Short documentary about building socialism in Venezuela and the 2012 elections. Filmed and produced by the Revolutionary Communist Group (UK). Viva Venezuela, covers the exciting and vibrant movement as it builds up for the elections in Venezuela. It follows the crowds as they take to the streets to discuss socialism and fight the lies held against the progressive movement in their country, as well as deepening consciousness amongst and with the people.
077 Tax the Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale (animation, Dec 2012)
Tax the Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale, is narrated by Ed Asner, with animation by award-winning artist Mike Konopacki, and written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers. The 8 minute video shows how the we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality. Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don't want to pay taxes anymore. They tell the people there is no alternative, but the people aren't so sure. This land bears a startling resemblance to our land.
078 Departing Space Station Commander Provides Tour of Orbital Laboratory (NASA, 18 Nov 2012)
To cheer up the crowd at a one of the country's very full unemployment offices, Spanish radio program Carne Cruda 2.0 organized a flash mob of musicians to come and play a version of The Beatles classic Here Comes the Sun. Just try not to feel moved.
080 To Catch a Leak: Does the US Government have a Monopoly on Transparency? (interview, 24 Jan 2013)
The Stream via YouTube NOTE: No longer available to American audiences due to launching of AlJazeera.com/America.
Does the Obama administration have a double standard when it comes to national security leaks? The US Department of Justice has set an unprecedented record for the number of prosecutions against government whistle-blowers who have leaked classified information to expose federal misconduct. At the same time, critics say no one has been prosecuted for leaks to the media that have served to benefit Obama politically.
In this episode, Al Jazeera's The Stream discusses the legal actions against government whistle-blowers and the laws that are meant to protect them.
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