donderdag 29 juli 2010

638 Ways to Kill Castro

638 Ways to Kill Castro is a Channel 4 documentary film, broadcast in the United Kingdom on 28 November 2006, which tells the story of some of the numerous attempts to kill Cuba's leader Fidel Castro.

The film reveals multiple methods of assassination, from exploding cigars to femmes fatales; a radio station rigged with noxious gas to a poison syringe posing as an innocuous ballpoint pen. Fabian Escalante, the former head of Cuban Intelligence, the man who has had the job of protecting Castro for many of the 49 years he's been in power, alleges that there were over 600 plots and conspiracies known to Cuban agents, all dreamt up to end the life of the "red menace". Some were perpetrated by the CIA, especially during the first half of the 1960s. From the seventies onwards, the attempts were most often made by Cuban exiles who had been trained by the CIA shortly after Castro took power in 1959.

On the trail of Castro's would-be killers, the filmmakers meet a series of would-be assassins - several are also accused terrorists, still living in America. Orlando Bosch, accused by many of being the greatest terrorist in the hemisphere, is found living peacefully in his Miami home, surrounded by an adoring family. Curiously, both Bosch and his companion in arms and fellow accused terrorist Luis Posada Carriles turn out to be keen amateur landscape painters.

The film also contains extensive material shot with Antonio Veciana, the Cuban exile who got close to killing Castro on three occasions, spanning 17 years. He is found running a marine supplies store in Miami. All these men, the film reveals, were supported and funded by the United States. At one point, staggeringly, the CIA even sought the help of the Mafia in the hope they would be able to succeed where so many others had failed. Other characters are Félix Rodríguez, the CIA operative who took part in three planned assassination attempts against Castro, and gave the order for Che Guevara's execution in 1967 in Bolivia, and Enrique Ovares, possibly the first man to make an attempt on Castro's life after he took power. Robert Maheu is interviewed, the Hughes associate who served as liaison between the CIA and mobsters "Johnny" Roselli and Sam "Momo" Giancana, in another plot to kill Castro, this time using poison pills.

In 2006, the documentary was the centre of a controversy surrounding US Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. In it the Miami Republican, who had been recently tapped to become the top Republican on the House International Relations Committee, states "I welcome the opportunity of having anyone assassinate Fidel Castro and any leader who is oppressing the people." A clip of her statement made its way to the popular website YouTube where the newsmedia quickly picked up the story. There was a subsequent public questioning of Ros-Lehtinen's morals and suitability for her job. She responded by asserting that the clip was spliced together and that it was taken out of context; but after her account was contested by the film's director, she eventually released a statement, on Christmas Eve, accepting that she had made the remark.

The sub-text of the film is a comment on the contemporary War on Terror. The film's executive producer was Peter Moore. It was directed by Dollan Cannell and the commissioning editor was Meredith Chambers.

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Cambridge Spies (BBC miniseries)

Harold "Kim" Philby, Anthony Blunt, Guy Burgess, and Donald Maclean were four bright, intelligent, and ambitious young men who attended Cambridge University in the early '30s. They all seemed to have promising futures ahead of them and, indeed, all four distinguished themselves in their careers. Burgess and Maclean became respected diplomats, Philby rose to be a senior officer in British intelligence, and Blunt was a well-known art historian. But the four men shared a secret -- certain that Great Britain would fall during the Second World War, and equally convinced that Russia held the world's best and only hope of defeating the Nazi juggernaut, the students became secret agents for the KGB, the Soviet Union's intelligence force, and the former schoolmates worked together as agents for the U.S.S.R. well into the height of the Cold War -- until they were discovered in 1963. Cambridge Spies is a made-for-TV drama produced by the BBC which dramatizes the true story of these unlikely secret agents, exploring how they worked together, and what finally brought their secret lives into the spotlight. It stars Samuel West as Blunt, Toby Stephens as Philby, Tom Hollander as Burgess, and Rupert Penry-Jones as Maclean.

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Days That Shook The World (BBC)

[TITLE].........................[ Days That Shook The World
[FORMAT]:.......................[ Matroska (MKV)
[AUDIO]:.......................[ HE-ACC 2CH
[GENRE]:........................[ Documentary | History
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[RUNTIME]:.............[ 50mn

1. The assasination of JFK and the resignation of Nixon

There was no warning. No one could predict the biggest shocks on american land on the XX-th century: The assasination af the youngest American president, John F. Kennedy, and the disgrace and resignation of Richard Milhous Nixon.

2. The assasination of reverend Martin Luther King and the release of Nelson Mandela

During the second hald of the XXth century, two men represented the fight for equal rights.Two intelectuals and determined fighters of race opressions, who were ready to risc their lives for their causes.

3. Terror - Made in America: Assassination of Abraham Lincoln & Oklahoma City Bombing

Separated by 100 years, two extremists tried to destroy the democratic foundations and freedoms in America. In Washington, it was a single man: president Abraham Lincoln. In Oklahoma City, one bomb will kill and maim hundreds of people.

4. Attack on Pearl Harbor

It will allways be remembered in infamy. Without any warning, the japanese bombers spread terror on a sunday morning, in Hawaii. Although it lasted only 2 hours, the attack on Pearl Harbour drew the United States in the war, making America a global superpower.

5. Hiroshima

The atomic bomb launched on Hiroshima was the first of its kind being used in an armed conflict. Following this attack and the one at Nagasaki, Japan capitulated, and the second World War was ended.

6. Six days in June

Middle East. Craddle of some of the world's oldest civilisations and scene of one of the world's longest and bloodiest conflicts. The roots of this fight are seen in one of the most spectacular and devastating wars of the XXth century. A war that will change Middle East, and the world, forever.

7. The Wright Brother's first flight and the Moon landing

Man's dream to fly is one of the oldest dreams. Two days are of utmost importance. First motorised flight of the Wright brothers and the journey that ultimately put men on the Moon's surface.

8. Chuck Yeager and Blue Bird

Chuck Yeager was one of the top American pilots. He was the first to break the sound barrier. 20 years later, after 64 days of tests, Donald Campbell managed to beat the world speed record on water, with 300 miles/hour.

9. Reach for the Stars: Galileo's Trial and Yuri Gagarin's flight

The history of science is a history of conquests. Conquests of minds and human nature. On 12 april 1961, Yuri Gagarin will travel beyond Earth for the first time. A step that could not have been possible without Galileo Galilei's sacrifice.

Seconds From Disaster: US Embassy Bombing Nairobi (NGC)

National Geographic - Seconds From Disaster: US Embassy Bombing Nairobi (2010) 720p HDTV x264-DiCH
HDTV DiCH | English | MKV | AVC 2953Kbps 1280x720 25ps | AC3 192Kbps 2CH 48Khz | 23mn 24s | 559MB
Genre: Documentary

Al Qaeda detonates a truck bomb at the American embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, killing 213 and injuring 4,000 more. Follow the chain of events leading to one of the bloodiest terrorist acts against American interests overseas.

The History Channel: Oklahoma City Bombing

 English | AVI | 512x384 | MP3 128kbps | 00:45:23 | XviD | 347 MB | 2008
Genre: Documentary

At 9:02 a.m., on April 19, 1995, a massive explosion detonated outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, collapsing the 9-story building and killing 168, 19 of them children, and wounding more than 700. Convicted by the federal government and executed in June 2001, Gulf War veteran Timothy McVeigh claimed he acted alone. Yet, multiple eyewitnesses identified McVeigh at ground zero with unknown accomplices before and after the blast. The original indictment charged McVeigh, Terry Nichols, and "others unknown" with conspiracy and murder. Was the bombing part of a greater pattern of Middle East-sponsored terrorist attacks, including the 1993 World Trade Center attack, bombing of the Khobar Towers and the USS Cole, and 9/11? Were homegrown neo-Nazi militia groups involved?