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.

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.

Should have posted this last week!

Below, part two of our “Crisis in the Horn of Africa” series. This episode is called “Drought Zone,” and was reported by Seb Walker and shot by Singeli Agnew (in Kenya) and Thierry Humeau and Bob Cherouny in DC and NYC.

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This episode of Al Jazeera Fault Lines, “Horn of Africa Crisis: Drought Zone” aired last night at 2230 GMT/ 5:30p EST. 

The worst drought in sixty years has thrown more than 13 million people across the Horn of Africa into crisis.

In Kenya, those already living in the greatest precarity have been pushed even closer to the edge.

In the arid lands, deadly inter-tribal conflict is escalating as pastoralists compete over increasingly scarce resources, as climate change accelerates drought cycles.

As weather patterns become increasingly unpredictable, small scale farmers are struggling to grow enough food.

And in Nairobi’s poorest neighborhoods, residents are reduced to eating one meal a day, as the price of food spirals out of reach.

As world leaders discuss climate policy in Durban, Fault Lines travels through Kenya’s drought zone. In the second part of a two-part series, we ask how US policies intersect with drought and hunger, and how the United States is responding to the emergency in the Horn of Africa.

All episodes of Al Jazeera Fault Lines are on YouTube here

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This new episode premiered last night on Al Jazeera English at 2230 GMT.

In part one of a two-part series, Fault Lines goes to Mogadishu to see the impact of Somalia’s famine, and asks if US policies have contributed to the disaster.

The worst drought in 60 years has thrown some 13 million people across the Horn of Africa into crisis.

In Somalia, ravaged by two decades of conflict, the consequences have been disastrous. For over six months, aid agencies on the ground sounded the alarm that a major drought and famine was on the horizon.

Then in July and August, the world watched and international aid agencies scrambled as tens of thousands of Somalis fled famine and fighting in the devastated Southern part of the country, controlled by the armed group al-Shabab. And they continued to flee - to the Somali capital of Mogadishu, and refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia - in the following months, when the world seemed to lose interest.

Tens of thousands of Somalis have died and the UN has warned that three quarters of a million more are at risk of dying before the end of the year.

Somalia’s weak Transitional Federal Government, the Obama administration, and the United Nations have all blamed the anti-government group al-Shabab for restricting international aid operations in the areas they control. But is al-Shabab the only reason a drought and food crisis has turned into a deadly famine?

In the first of a two-part series examining the US response to drought and hunger in the Horn of Africa, Fault Lines travels to Mogadishu to meet refugees who have fled to the most war-ravaged city in the world to escape a worse fate, and the aid and medical workers struggling to help them. We examine the legacy of US engagement in Somalia and its efforts to address the current crisis.

Has aid in this region of the world become politicised? And has Washington’s pre-occupation with terrorism in the Horn of Africa contributed to the deadly consequences of this disaster?

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A quick blog post from Occupied Wall Street last weekend…
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Occupy Wall Street’s secret weapon | Fault Lines Blog
The human mic seems to cultivate a kind of egalitarian attention to one  another. And on occupied Wall Street, what began as a way of  circumventing an inconvenient police rule has come to function as a  regular demonstration of solidarity and co-operation, amplifying the  people’s voices.

A quick blog post from Occupied Wall Street last weekend…

aljazeera:

Occupy Wall Street’s secret weapon | Fault Lines Blog

The human mic seems to cultivate a kind of egalitarian attention to one another. And on occupied Wall Street, what began as a way of circumventing an inconvenient police rule has come to function as a regular demonstration of solidarity and co-operation, amplifying the people’s voices.

End of the season, and reading this post made me inexplicably sad. Only for about three seconds though, since Seb and I are already hard at work preparing for a shoot about drought, food insecurity and famine in the Horn of Africa.

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The Al Jazeera Fault Lines team is now out on the road interviewing and deep in research for our next season.

We return in late November with six episodes and then we’ll back in early spring 2012.

You can watch all eight episodes and clips from this summer on our YouTube channel page.

We’ll…

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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.

"Mexico’s Hidden War" was co-produced by journalist John Gibler, author of To Die in Mexico and Mexico Unconquered.

People teach us things. Sometimes, we learn.

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Fault Lines producer Andrea Schmidt explains how small communities in Guerrero, Mexico make the decision to allow filming together, starting with a communal meal.

“Mexico’s Hidden War” first airs June 20, 2011 2230 GMT on Al Jazeera English.

How to watch AJE online.

This is pretty great.
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“So I’m issuing a challenge to you, songwriters and poets. Make music of Bowden’s prose. Upload a recording of the song to YouTube and send me a link; I’ll post it here. Write a poem and send it to me (or send me a link to your blog); I’ll post that, too. The only rule is that you take the passage quoted above as your inspiration. (I’m no stickler: Work with the text verbatim or take it as inspiration; I’ll like it regardless.) I’ll even offer a prize for the best entry (not including my own) submitted by June 30, 2011. Good luck!”

Challenge issued by Greg Bales about Charles Bowden, the author of Murder City who appeared in last night’s episode, “Impunity and Profits,” about Juarez, Mexico.
Find out all the details. We’ll highlight the winner that Greg picks here too and look forward to seeing all these entries (great idea, Greg!)

This is pretty great.

ajfaultlines:

“So I’m issuing a challenge to you, songwriters and poets. Make music of Bowden’s prose. Upload a recording of the song to YouTube and send me a link; I’ll post it here. Write a poem and send it to me (or send me a link to your blog); I’ll post that, too. The only rule is that you take the passage quoted above as your inspiration. (I’m no stickler: Work with the text verbatim or take it as inspiration; I’ll like it regardless.) I’ll even offer a prize for the best entry (not including my own) submitted by June 30, 2011. Good luck!”

Challenge issued by Greg Bales about Charles Bowden, the author of Murder City who appeared in last night’s episode, “Impunity and Profits,” about Juarez, Mexico.

Find out all the details. We’ll highlight the winner that Greg picks here too and look forward to seeing all these entries (great idea, Greg!)

And finally, it’s gone to air: the first of our two-part series about the war for drugs …

ajfaultlines:

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

(Source: youtube.com)

I help produce a show called Fault Lines (@ajfaultlines) for Al Jazeera English. And as we prepare to launch a new season, we thought we’d introduce our team. Here’s me.

The season begins on June 13, 2011: http://bit.ly/ajfaultlines