All Videos Tagged communism (Atheist Nexus) - Atheist Nexus 2014-12-26T16:40:22Z http://www.atheistnexus.org/video/video/listTagged?tag=communism&rss=yes&xn_auth=no Stubbing out Mao's smoky legacy tag:www.atheistnexus.org,2014-02-10:2182797:Video:2379293 2014-02-10T21:31:44.448Z Napoleon Bonaparte http://www.atheistnexus.org/profile/napoleonbonaparte Starting next year, smoking in public will be illegal in China, meaning an end to 'ashtray diplomacy'.<br></br> <br></br> Beijing, China - With rhetoric frequently echoing the Great Helmsman, President Xi Jinping has on several occasions given the impression of being a loyal Maoist. But there's one burning issue on which China's leader goes head-to-head with Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping - the war against smoking.<br></br> <br></br> Chairman Mao Zedong was a notorious chain-smoker. In an epic… Starting next year, smoking in public will be illegal in China, meaning an end to 'ashtray diplomacy'.<br /> <br /> Beijing, China - With rhetoric frequently echoing the Great Helmsman, President Xi Jinping has on several occasions given the impression of being a loyal Maoist. But there's one burning issue on which China's leader goes head-to-head with Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping - the war against smoking.<br /> <br /> Chairman Mao Zedong was a notorious chain-smoker. In an epic black-and-white photograph from 1957, the dictator is seen sitting on a sofa surrounded by a group of young women from the Communist Youth League happily helping him to light a cigarette.<br /> <br /> During the Communist Revolution, Mao famously promised his troops food, shelter and cigarettes.<br /> <br /> When his personal physician tried to warn him about the damaging effects of smoking, the leader dismissed him with a joke: "Smoking is also a deep-breathing exercise, don't you think?"<br /> <br /> Mao's successor, Deng Xiaoping, can be seen in photographs puffing away during top diplomatic meetings. In a shot from 1984, he's sitting relaxed in an armchair during talks with West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, nonchalantly holding a cigarette between his fingers. And during peace talks with Japan's Prime Minister Fukuda Takeo in 1978, "Deng took out a pack of Panda cigarettes and offered cigarettes to everyone, which immediately lightened the mood", Ezra F Vogel wrote in a biography about Deng.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/02/stubbing-out-mao-smoky-legacy-2014255326672545.html">http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/02/stubbing-out-mao-smoky-legacy-2014255326672545.html</a> Al-Nakba (Episode 4) tag:www.atheistnexus.org,2013-05-29:2182797:Video:2242398 2013-05-29T22:08:18.596Z Napoleon Bonaparte http://www.atheistnexus.org/profile/napoleonbonaparte In early 1948, Jewish paramilitary forces began to seize more land in Palestine. By the end of July, more than 400,000 Palestinians had been forced to flee their homes, and their plight as refugees had just begun.<br></br> <br></br> <br></br> In May of that year, Swedish diplomat Count Folke Bernadotte had been appointed as the UN Mediator in Palestine. His mission was to seek a peaceful settlement.<br></br> <br></br> The Count surveyed devastated Palestinian villages and visited refugee camps in both… In early 1948, Jewish paramilitary forces began to seize more land in Palestine. By the end of July, more than 400,000 Palestinians had been forced to flee their homes, and their plight as refugees had just begun.<br /> <br /> <br /> In May of that year, Swedish diplomat Count Folke Bernadotte had been appointed as the UN Mediator in Palestine. His mission was to seek a peaceful settlement.<br /> <br /> The Count surveyed devastated Palestinian villages and visited refugee camps in both Palestine and Jordan. The scale of the humanitarian disaster became apparent, as he witnessed cramp living conditions, long queues for basic food and scarce medical aid.<br /> <br /> Count Bernadotte was no stranger to human disaster; with the Red Cross he had rescued over 30,000 prisoners of war from Nazi concentration camps. Now he advocated the Palestinian’s right to return to their homes.<br /> <br /> In a report dated 16 September 1948, he wrote:<br /> <br /> “It would be an offence against the principles of elementary justice if these innocent victims were denied the right to return to their homes, while Jewish immigrants flow into Palestine, and, indeed, at least offer the threat of permanent replacement of the Arab refugees who have been rooted in the land for centuries.”<br /> <br /> The Count’s first proposal argued for fixed boundaries through negotiation, an economic union between both states, and the return of Palestinian refugees - the proposal was turned down.<br /> <br /> On 17 September, the day following his UN report, Count Bernadotte’s motorcade was ambushed in Jerusalem. He was shot at point blank range by members of the Jewish Stern gang. China Rising (Episode 4 - Made in China ) tag:www.atheistnexus.org,2013-05-29:2182797:Video:2242647 2013-05-29T22:03:24.376Z Napoleon Bonaparte http://www.atheistnexus.org/profile/napoleonbonaparte China's economic role in the world is growing at a record pace, and it is also now a key player in world politics .<br></br> <br></br> The country has no doubt become a global manufacturing giant, but how will it deal with issues on the home front such as increase in pollution and water shortages?<br></br> <br></br> Although it has been confronted with tough environmental problems, efforts are being made to solve these.<br></br> <br></br> In the final episode of this series, through a range of interviews from… China's economic role in the world is growing at a record pace, and it is also now a key player in world politics .<br /> <br /> The country has no doubt become a global manufacturing giant, but how will it deal with issues on the home front such as increase in pollution and water shortages?<br /> <br /> Although it has been confronted with tough environmental problems, efforts are being made to solve these.<br /> <br /> In the final episode of this series, through a range of interviews from Africa, the EU, the US, and China, we find out how it is positioning itself as a major global player. China Rising (Episode 3 - The fire inside) tag:www.atheistnexus.org,2013-05-23:2182797:Video:2239295 2013-05-23T02:59:03.158Z Napoleon Bonaparte http://www.atheistnexus.org/profile/napoleonbonaparte Following the revolution of 1949, legislation regarding equality was passed, which was a huge step forward for China at the time.<br /> <br /> And the economic reforms of recent decades have further improved the lives of women, yet it is the only country in the world where more women than men commit suicide, according to the World Health Organisation.<br /> <br /> So, as China surges forward, how will society change and what role will the new generation play in this new global powerhouse? Following the revolution of 1949, legislation regarding equality was passed, which was a huge step forward for China at the time.<br /> <br /> And the economic reforms of recent decades have further improved the lives of women, yet it is the only country in the world where more women than men commit suicide, according to the World Health Organisation.<br /> <br /> So, as China surges forward, how will society change and what role will the new generation play in this new global powerhouse? China Rising (Episode 2 - Power and the people) tag:www.atheistnexus.org,2013-05-23:2182797:Video:2239380 2013-05-23T02:56:06.257Z Napoleon Bonaparte http://www.atheistnexus.org/profile/napoleonbonaparte From the ruling Communist Party to filmmakers and bloggers, more and more people in China are looking to get their voices heard.<br></br> <br></br> As blogs look to exploit their political potential and grassroots protests and mass incidents continue to increase in numbers, we analyse how the country run and how do the people get their say.<br></br> <br></br> In this episode of China Rising , we look at how the people of one of the world's most powerful, yet closed states, manage to reach the masses.… From the ruling Communist Party to filmmakers and bloggers, more and more people in China are looking to get their voices heard.<br /> <br /> As blogs look to exploit their political potential and grassroots protests and mass incidents continue to increase in numbers, we analyse how the country run and how do the people get their say.<br /> <br /> In this episode of China Rising , we look at how the people of one of the world's most powerful, yet closed states, manage to reach the masses.<br /> <br /> We interview authors who struggle with censorship and self-censorship, and examine the country's thriving film industry, which seeks to top Hollywood.