Archive for October 2020

War in Nagorno-Karabakh

A month ago, Azerbaijan attacked the Armenian-populated enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh in its territory. This is at least the fourth war over this area and is among a number of recent wars in the wider Caucasus region. The conflicts are fed by the gradual decline of Russian influence being replaced by Westernization on the one hand and Islamization and rising Turkish influence on the other. In this special episode, Rutger Vos summarizes the events over the course of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries and analyzes what might happen next.

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To prepare for the upcoming presidential elections in the United States, we tackle movies that depict elections, from the 1970s all the way to this past decade. What can we learn about the way the Americans hold this process? About the lead characters? In this episode, Rutger and Gil start with the most recent movie, and then move back in time: The Ides of March (2011), The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Primary Colors (1998), Bulworth (1998), Wag The Dog (1997) and Being There (1979).

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Amazon's The Boys season 2 picks up right where season 1 left off and takes it up a notch: portraying America as a capitalist empire that will cooperate with Nazis to make a buck, and corrupt ideas such as feminism, racial equality and gay right to sell more merchandise and movie tickets. Writer Dana Schweppe joins Gil Kidron for a very enthusiastic review.

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With the elections in the United States coming up this November, we map out five different archetypes of fictional TV and movie presidents (Frank Underwood, Jed Bartlet, Charles Lindberg, the president from Independence Day and Dave), and what they tell us about how America sees itself through its president, what it wants to imagine about itself and what kind of image it wants to send to the world. Writer and editor Omri Harel joins Gil Kidron to look at it all from an outsider's perspective.

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