Worldview: Syria's war up close, China's rail system, blogging the War on Drugs, and the Human Rights Film Festival

April 9, 2013


Worldview: Syria's war up close, China's rail system, blogging the War on Drugs, and the Human Rights Film Festival

A filmmaker on his harrowing new documentary from inside Syria. What is special about China's high speed rail system? A blogger's bold fight against the drug trade and The Human Rights Watch Film Festival comes to Chicago.

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A filmmaker documents both sides of Syria's civil war

Filmmaker Olly Lambert recently spent time in Syria, livingand filming with both the regime and the rebels. The result is his new Frontline documentary, Syria Behind the Lines. Watch it here. He tells Worldview  about his experience. 

Syria Behind the Lines - FRONTLINEFRONTLINE's Olly Lambert is the first Western filmmaker to spend an extended period living on both sides of Syria's war-and to document, ...

China's rail system speeds ahead

China has become a global leader in high speed rail, but there have been some bumps along the way. Jeffrey Wasserstrom, author of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know, joins Worldview to explain what makes China’s rail systems unique and how they came to be.

High-speed rail a highlight of Brown's China trip - The Sacramento BeeGov. Jerry Brown will be eyeing China's massive high-speed rail system as he tries to lure billions of dollars in investments to Californ...
A new front in Mexico's drug war

The author of Blog del Narco, a blog that chronicles the violence of Mexico’s drug wars, has just given her first interview to the Western media.  This is the first time that "Lucy," (she goes by a pseudonym) has spoken out about why she runs a blog that could put her life at risk.  She spoke with Rory Carroll, U.S. West Coast correspondent for The Guardian.  He joins Worldview to talk about the blog and the state of Mexico’s drug wars. 
Why Blog del Narco has become the most important website in MexicoIn 2010, the birth year of the popular and controversial website Blog del Narco, Mexico's tumultuous drug war reached a turning point. Mo...
Human Rights Watch Film Festival

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival showcases activists and survivors confronting human rights issues globally. Jobi Cates from Human Rights Watch-Chicago and local filmmaker Danny Alpert stop by Worldview to talk about this year’s offerings at the festival, just underway in Chicago. 
Human Rights Watch Film Festival opens tonightWhen I looked up the touring Human Rights Watch Film Festival in the Reader's online archive, I was reminded that, a mere seven years ago...