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Here's a look at the documentary series the Israel Lobby does not want you to see

The Lobby,” the four-part Al-Jazeera documentary that was blocked under heavy Israeli pressure shortly before its release, has been leaked online by the Chicago-based website Electronic Intifada, the French website Orient XXI and the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar.

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Alabama’s Hale County is Subject of Poetic Documentary on Blackness and Everyday Life in the Black Belt

Two weeks before he was assassinated 50 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. spent the night in Hale County, Alabama, in the heart of the Black Belt of Alabama. He came to Greensboro on March 21, 1968, in an effort to rally support for his Poor People’s Campaign. Supporters of King had to hide him in a small wooden house on the outskirts of Greensboro as members of the Ku Klux Klan tried to hunt him down. It would be the last time King was in Hale County, Alabama. Two weeks later, he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. The safe house where King stayed is now a museum. Now Hale County is the subject of a new documentary: “Hale County This Morning, This Evening.” The film just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and looks at life in the predominantly African-American county, which is named after a Confederate general. In the film, director RaMell Ross paints an impressionistic portrait of life in the Black Belt in the 21st century. We speak with director RaMell Ross and producer Joslyn Barnes.

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Are Mass Protests and Civil Disobedience Still Effective?

As millions prepare to return to the streets on Saturday, January 20, for a reprise of last year’s Women’s March—the largest mass protest in American history—people of conscience are actively debating critical questions about the power of protest. Are mass protests and civil disobedience still effective? What are the most effective strategies for achieving lasting social change? What is the connection between protest movements and electoral politics? Do we need more marchers or mayors?

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Kangaroos Are the Target of the Largest Mass Destruction of Wildlife in the World (Video)

Kangaroos are one of the most recognizable icons in the world, right up there with the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty. The kangaroo is an image that defines Australia to the world. It graces Australia’s national coat of arms, flies through the skies with the national airline Qantas and is deeply intertwined in Australia’s corporate, sport and cultural identity. Yet despite a common perception that they are plentiful to the point of pestilence, most Australians have little idea about the kangaroo story and what is at stake for future of the largest remaining marsupial species left on the planet.

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Natalie Portman's New Documentary About Farmed Animals Gets Standing Ovation at Telluride (Video)

Eating Animals, a new documentary narrated and produced by Academy Award-winner Natalie Portman, made its world premiere recently at the Telluride Film Festival.

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Iditarod Sled Dogs Are Racing to Early Graves (Video)

When five dogs died in the last Iditarod, people around the world were rightfully aghast and appalled. But dogs who are forced to pull sleds—whether in well-known races or in private operations—routinely suffer and die, and these deaths don't make headlines. Their bodies are dumped into shallow graves (if anyone bothers to pay them even that small modicum of respect), and other dogs replace them on the towline.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Owes Fans a More Honest Conversation About GMOs than 'Food Evolution'

Neil deGrasse Tyson has inspired millions of people to care about science and imagine themselves as participants in the scientific process. What a hopeful sign it is to see young girls wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the words, “Forget princess, I want to be an astrophysicist.”

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Could this Doctor's 'Mind-Body' Approach Be the Answer to Chronic Pain?

John E. Sarno has been dubbed America's best doctor, by Forbes. But despite garnering the celebrity endorsements of Howard Stern and Bernie Sanders, his "mind-body" approach to solving chronic pain has drawn skepticism from the medical establishment.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Narrates New Doc 'Food Evolution': A Blatant Case of Monsanto Corporate Propaganda

Some industry messaging efforts are so heavy-handed they end up highlighting their own PR tactics more than the message they are trying to convey. That's the problem with "Food Evolution," a new documentary by Academy Award-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy and narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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'I Spent 13 Years Killing People: What Am I Supposed to Do in the Civilian World?' New Film Follows Iraq Vet's PTSD Struggles

After 13 years and three combat tours in Iraq, Alex Sutton returned home “feeling zombified” from prescription medications and a massive identity crisis. 

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