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Title Dateline: Divine Mission/The New Troubles/Open Prison
Published Australia : SBS ONE, 2011
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Summary Dateline follows Michele Bachmann's Christian far-right campaign to be US President, as she attracts extremes of both adoration and revulsion; A surge in sectarian attacks in Northern Ireland raises concerns over a return to the violent troubles of the past; and s Greenland's open prison system, where inmates are allowed out for work and leisure, really the deterrent it should be?DIVINE MISSIONThe next United States Presidential election is still over a year away, but there's no doubt the Republicans' campaigning has already begun... and one candidate is attracting extremes of both adoration and revulsion. David O'Shea follows rising Tea Party star Michele Bachmann in Iowa, where she's preaching a strong Christian agenda of fighting abortion and gay rights, as well as promising to cut taxes, social services and Obama's healthcare reforms. There's no doubting the enthusiastic support of her followers, but elsewhere there's outrage at a candidate who claims to have had a divine vision of the future sent to her by Jesus Christ. It's a political war of words that's only just beginning.THE NEW TROUBLESWhen the Good Friday Agreement was signed in Northern Ireland 13 years ago, there were finally hopes for peace after years of violent conflict. But now a new generation of Irish Republicans are emerging, who feel they've been sold out by the IRA and Sinn Fein's involvement in the peace agreement. They're turning to small militant groups and once again the divide between the Protestant Unionists, who want Northern Ireland to remain part of Britain, and the Catholic Republicans, who see it as part of the Irish Republic, is coming to the fore. There's been a recent surge in sectarian attacks, especially on the streets of Belfast, where barbed wire barricades still divide the two communities. The violence has led to heightened security concerns across Northern Ireland, and even in mainland Britain, so could it lead to a return to the full-scale troubles of the past?OPEN PRISONFar from locking up prisoners and throwing away the key, Greenland's authorities give inmates the keys to their own cells. Then after a continental breakfast buffet, they go out to work, or maybe a snowy hike, or they're armed with rifles supplied by the prison to spend the afternoon hunting. What would seem inconceivable in most countries is said to suit the small population of Greenland, where everyone knows everyone else and there's a strong sense of trust... even it seems amongst convicted felons and jailors. But does it really amount to the deterrent it should be? And what about the victims who meet their attackers on the streets?
Event Broadcast 2011-09-04 at 20:30:00
Notes Classification: NC
Subject Ethnic conflict.
Health care reform -- Political aspects.
Open prisons.
Presidents -- Election.
Prisoners -- Education.
Greenland.
Northern Ireland -- Belfast.
United States.
Form Streaming video
Author Bachmann, Michelle, contributor
Brodgaard, Carstens, contributor
Campbell, Eddie, contributor
Campbell, Thomas, contributor
Carroll, Kate, contributor
Frampton, Martyn, contributor
Goeas, Ed, contributor
Hakim, Yalda, host
Josefsen, Anders, contributor
Lazaredes, Nick, reporter
Moeller, Heidi, contributor
O'Shea, David, reporter
Prendergast, Bill, contributor
Romney, Mitt, contributor
Williams, Evan, contributor
Wilson, Robin, contributor
Zeed, Zakorat, contributor