Sunday, August 27, 2017

NBC Dateline: "Hostage": how 2 moms survived the Nairobi Westgate Mall attack in 2013

NBC Dateline aired “Hostage: A Tale of Survival”, a 30-minute report on two mothers who survived the terror attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Sept. 21, 2013,  video link here

One was a white woman who had grown up with missionaries and whose husband frequently traveled to the US.  Her husband had to get news from friends on Facebook in Charlotte before the news coverage caught up.  Friends had to be careful not to call cell phones in the Mall which would give away locations.  The woman’s oldest son had to protect the younger brother in a gradual escape.

Both women were assisted by strangers who turned out to be undercover police. 

The entire event lasted about 4 hours.

The film shows how modern the Mall was.

This report with Kate Snow seems to be an update of the earlier "Nowhere to Hide" episode reviewed here Nov. 23, 2013. 

The last twenty minutes of the Datelines broadcast covered the flooding in Houston.
By Anne Knight - Direct personal communication between copyright holder and uploader, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Thursday, August 10, 2017

"How Japan Is Preparing for North Korean Threats" (HBO)

HBO and Vice News offer a short film, “How Japan Is Preparing for North Korean  Threats”.

There is an elementary school drill, and then some demonstration of bunkers for sale for $200,000 each, which contain hand pumped air filters.  The shelters would be good for two weeks.

Picture of Hiroshima memorial by HKT3012 under CCSA 4.0. 

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Vox offers video: "What Happens When ISIS Fails?"

Vox has produced a short film (7:30) by Sam Elllis, “What Happens When ISIS Fails?”

The film does go into the issue of fighter (sometimes whole families) returning  after ISIS loses all its territory that it had claimed as an unrecognized “state”.  Many return with very radical views, and many were recruiting by slickly produced media on the Internet, and then processed subsequently on the Dark Web.

The video above on YouTube asks “What’s It Like to Fight for the Islamic State?”

Wikipedia attribution link for Qayyarah fighting near Mosul, by Chernov, CCSA 4.0.