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Title Dateline: Primary Concern/A
Published Australia : SBS ONE, 2012
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Summary Is the US being torn by a deepening rift between the electorate and politicians? Dateline finds disenchanted voters on the Republican campaign trail; Al-Qaeda is distributing aid and winning support in Somalia's refugee camps, but at what cost for international security? and; the argan tree is Morocco's 'tree of life', but commercial demands, and goats, are threatening its future and a rural way of life.PRIMARY CONCERN"Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realise that it bears a very close resemblance to the first." Ronald Reagan.While cynicism is not new in the US political arena, is the country being torn by a deepening rift between the electorate and the politicians of America? Aaron Lewis joins the campaign trail in the mid West to find out, as the Republican candidates do the rounds seeking nomination for president. Aaron discovers that at some events, there are more reporters than supporters, and many people tell him they feel disconnected from politics and the wealth of Washington. So why the electoral indifference and what needs to be done to reinvigorate the voters?AL-QAEDA'S HELPING HANDAmid the desperate scenes at the refugee camps in drought hit Somalia, there appears to be some hope, as generous supplies of food - and even wads of cash - are handed out. But the aid is being distributed by al-Qaeda, which has entered the camps with the intention of winning over the thousands displaced by famine. And it's leading to fear in the west over a new threat to international security. The aid from al-Qaeda is being distributed by al-Shabab, which describes itself as the 'legitimate authority' in Somalia. Since 2006, it's been violently challenging the country's fragile government for power.On Tuesday, Dateline travels with Jamal Osman from Guardian Films as al-Shabab speaks for the first time about its aid program in Somalia, and he questions its motives in getting involved in the relief effort.SEED OF LIFEMoroccans consider the argan tree to be the 'tree of life'... they've been harvesting the precious oil from its fruit for centuries. It's brought prosperity for the co-operatives set up in rural Morocco, with the money being used to educate and help local people. But ironically, its increased demand for cooking and beauty products is threatening the future of the tree and the Berber people who rely on it. There's also the problem of the rising number of goats, which clamber through the trees, damaging the branches and eating up the valuable fruit. Amos Roberts reports on the challenge of balancing the traditional way of life with the commercial demands of the modern world
Event Broadcast 2012-03-20 at 21:30:00
Notes Classification: NC
Subject Qaida (Organization)
Political campaigns.
Presidents -- Election.
Refugees -- Social conditions.
Trees -- Economic aspects.
Trees -- Environmental aspects.
Form Streaming video
Author Davis, Mark, host
Lewis, Aaron, reporter
Osman, Jamal, reporter
Roberts, Amos, reporter
Abdullah Muhajir, Abu, contributor
Ala Mohamed, Suldaan, contributor
Allen, Beau, contributor
Arnesen, Arnie, contributor
Brenner, Andy, contributor
Charrouf, Zoubida, contributor
Joseph Wurzelbacher, Samuel, contributor
Kubisek, Mike, contributor
Omar, Abu, contributor
Osman, Fatima, contributor
Rice, Susan, contributor
Romney, Mitt, contributor
Santorum, Rick, contributor
Shah, Rajiv, contributor
Slaughter, Walter, contributor