We review some of the key news stories this coming week and check if any iwonder documentaries can provide some additional context.


12 February 2021

Selected top stories from the Economist magazine this week:

 #Xinjiang  | #childpoverty  | #spaceexploration

“Genocide” is the wrong word for the horrors of Xinjiang
To confront evil, the first step is to describe it accurately
Reducing child poverty in America
The White House and a prominent Republican senator propose copying a European scheme
The search for ET may soon yield an answer
Whether there is intelligence out there is a different matter

Documentaries on iwonder

Providing some context behind the top news stories

#Xinjiang

Nowhere to call home

25 min • Society, Politics & World Affairs • 2019

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Amid mounting reports of human rights abuses against China’s Muslim population, 101 East profiles the Uighurs seeking refuge and speaking out in Turkey.

Amid mounting reports of human rights abuses against China's Muslim population, 101 East profiles the Uighurs seeking refuge and speaking out in Turkey.


#poverty

The Bright Side of Poverty: What Poverty

2 min • Society, Politics & World Affairs • 2019

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It’s a scourge that keeps so much human potential in a cage of impossibility. But it’s worth remembering how much progress we’ve made - compared to not so long ago, most of us have actually escaped extreme poverty.


#Space exploration

Beyond Earth

80 min • Health & Science, Business & Technology • 2016

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Those around the world who saw Neil Armstrong take the first step on the moon were awed by this amazing leap for humankind. The accomplishment of leaving Earth and setting foot on another celestial body drew the world together like no event before, or since. Now a new breed of risk-takers are taki…

Those around the world who saw Neil Armstrong take the first step on the moon were awed by this amazing leap for humankind.  The accomplishment of leaving Earth and setting foot on another celestial body drew the world together like no event before, or since.  

Now a new breed of risk-takers are taking over, astropreneurs willing to gamble everything -- promising to build rocket ships that launch daily, space hotels in orbit, lunar solar panels to end pollution, colonies on Mars and, eventually, to take us to the next solar system.

What will be the effect of space travel on us and our planet? It will change everything. Shot over eight years and with unprecedented access, Beyond Earth: The Beginning of NewSpace, is a journey into space exploration with the world's leading astropreneurs including:

  • Elon Musk (SpaceX)
  • Richard Branson (Virgin Galactic)
  • Eric Anderson (Space Adventures)
  • Robert Bigelow (Bigelow Aerospace)
  • Jeff Greason (XCOR Aerospace)
  • Chuck Lauer (Rocketplane Global)

and finally beyond Earth with Chris Hadfield singing David Bowie’s Space Oddity on the International Space Station.