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No se lo pierdan este lunes: Breaching ‘The Point’ (Los Puntos) in Puerto Rico (by AlJazeeraEnglish)

"La cadena Al Jazeera tendrá un episodio este lunes de su programa Fault Lines (líneas de fractura) sobre la situación económica en Puerto Rico, bajo el título “El Experimento Fiscal”, y lo que esto representa para el país…” Continúa leyendo aquí: http://blog.coquipr.com/2011/06/puerto-rico-el-experimento-fiscal/

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The United States is in the midst of its most expensive election season ever.

It is not what Washington pundits mean when they say that this year’s presidential race will be won or lost on the economy.

From Al Jazeera English’s long-form documentary program Fault Lines, “Price of the Party.”

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since I’ve produced a film for Fault Lines. There’ve been upheavals and many changes - the consequences of which are manifesting themselves this month and which I’ll say more about in a future post. But for now, here’s a snapshot of an upcoming episode. I took it in Yemen back in July: Sana’a at dusk.

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Presenter Sebastian Walker explains why the rebels are willing to take up antiquated arms in this video extra from the upcoming episode of Al Jazeera Fault Lines.

"I think most of these weapons are ones that have been liberated from the Qadaffi forces….Some of [the guns] date back to the second World War."

The new episode of Fault Lines, “The US and the New Middle East: Libya,” first airs on Al Jazeera English July 18, 2011 at 2230 GMT.

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The richest 1% of US Americans earn nearly a quarter of the country’s income and control an astonishing 40% of its wealth. Inequality in the US is more extreme than it’s been in almost a century — and the gap between the super rich and the poor and middle class people has widened drastically over the last 30 years.

Meanwhile, in Washington, a bitter partisan debate over how to cut deficit spending and reduce the US’ 14.3 trillion dollar debt is underway. As low and middle class wages stagnate and unemployment remains above 9%, Republicans and Democrats are tussling over whether to slash funding for the medical and retirement programs that are the backbone of the US’s social safety net, and whether to raise taxes — or to cut them further.

The budget debate and the economy are the battleground on which the 2012 presidential election race will be fought. And the United States has never seemed so divided — both politically and economically.

How did the gap grow so wide, and so quickly? And how are the convictions, campaign contributions and charitable donations of the top 1% impacting the other 99% of Americans? Fault Lines investigates the gap between the rich and the rest.

This episode of Fault Lines first aired on Al Jazeera English on August 2, 2011 at 0930 GMT.

Thoughts?

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In the first of a two-part series, Fault Lines examines how the Obama administration is reacting to the enormous changes taking place across the Middle East. Part one examines the decision to intervene in Libya and what it reveals about US priorities in the region.

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Here’s our new episode from tonight on labor, unions, and the Occupy movement that aired today 2230 GMT/ 5:30p EST on Al Jazeera English. All our livetweets are on our Twitter account, @ajfaultlines. Join us next week at the same time for a new episode on drone journalism. 

For decades, labor unions in the United States have been on the decline. While they are widely credited with boosting safety standards and worker pay, many have received blame for wanting too much in the struggling economy. Unemployment is at 9% and people are clamoring for jobs, unionized or not. And their greatest political ally, the Democratic party, has taken its’ support for granted weakening its’ pull on the strings of power in Washington, DC.

A new battle has emerged in 2011 as Republican governors have taken on public sector unions, in some cases stripping them of rights that have been in place for 50 years. It’s part of a trend that is happening in key swing states and may weaken democratic voting strength in next year’s presidential election. But organized labor has fought back hard. In Wisconsin unions occupied the state capitol as 100,000 protesters took to the streets. In Ohio, voters overturned a law that was intended to greatly reduce the right that unions have in that state to bargain collectively.

Now as Occupy Wall Street galvanizes Americans to take action against financial institutions and big corporations, Labor has a new ally. But can organized labor harness the anger that everyday Americans are emitting or will this opportunity pass it by? Do Labor unions still have the strength to organize or has their power waned to the point that they will no longer be a major player in American politics?

We won an award (the duPont Award for Excellence)

From Poynter

Al Jazeera English has won its first Alfred I. duPont award for excellence in broadcast and digital journalismone of 14 the Columbia School of Journalism announced this morning, a marker of the Qatar-based news network’s expansion into the United States.

The duPont award recognized excellent reporting by “Fault Lines,” AJE’s weekly documentary program that primarily examines the United States’ role in the world; the winning program highlighted the struggles and slow recovery in Haiti six months after the earthquake.

More details from the awards site

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“Fault Lines, Haiti – Six Months On”
Excellent long-form reporting that revealed the ongoing vulnerability of civilians in Haiti and the inaction of international agencies

This outstanding documentary took an uncompromising look at the shortcomings of international aid and peacekeeping in Haiti six months after the devastating earthquake, reminding the world that the survivors still face urgent crises. Reporter Sebastian Walker covered the disaster in Haiti in January 2010 and stayed with the story in the months that followed as Al Jazeera English’s Haiti correspondent. With Al Jazeera English’s flagship news program Fault Lines, Walker scrutinized international aid organizations, local politics, U.N. peacekeeping and reconstruction plans. The team produced an emotional, accurate and visceral report about the lack of progress in reconstruction.

Sebastian Walker, reporter; Jeremy Dupin, Andréa Schmidt, producers; Alfredo De Lara, Snorre Wik, photographers; Andréa Schmidt, Mat Skene, writers; Warwick Meade, editor; Widney Labrousse, driver; Mat Skene, executive producer

Congrats to the all the members of the Fault Lines that helped on that episode, and all the episodes in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. 

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What do you think about the drug war violence in Juarez, Mexico?

Here’s the entire episode that aired tonight (and continues to air this week) on Al Jazeera English.

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Episode two on Season 2011 of Fault Lines, “Mexico’s Hidden War,” aired tonight on Al Jazeera. Above is the full episode; please do reblog and share.

The spectacular violence of Mexico’s drug war grabs international attention. Some 40,000 people have been killed since 2006, when President Felipe Calderon deployed Mexican military and security forces in the so-called war against the cartels — often in gruesome and sadistic ways.

But behind the headlines, under cover of impunity, a low-intensity war is being waged.

In the second episode of a two-part series, Josh Rushing and the Fault Lines team travel to the state of Guerrero to investigate claims that Mexican security forces are using the drug war as a pretext to repress indigenous and campesino communities. In one of Mexico’s poorest and top drug-producing states, where struggling farmers are surrounded by the narco-economy, we ask about the cost of taking the struggle against dispossession into your own hands.

In this image released by Mexico’s Defense Department, SEDENA, on Sunday, June 5, a makeshift armored truck is displayed after it was seized on June 4 in the city of Camargo, Mexico. According to Mexico’s Defense Department, two makeshift armored trucks were found in a clandestine shop that was being used to create these vehicles.

from “Mexican drug traffickers’ latest weapon: ‘monster’ narco-tanks,” June 7, 2011, Christian Science Monitor

Protests have in the past turned violent. So members of the university staff form a buffer between the police and the protestors.

"Given that we took steps to avoid the police intervening in this student activity, we are not going to allow police to run over students today at the tower."

Watch the whole episode “Puerto Rico: The fiscal experiment" from June 27, 2011 on YouTube.