Vanishing of the Bees

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From the dawn of human society, the nature and origin of the honeybee has awakened the curiosity and interest of man. For the past five million years, this furry insect has been a creature of special sanctity, representing many things such as the human soul, industry, cooperation and the sacred feminine. Our relationship with bees also denotes the most ancient form of agriculture.

Pre-historic petroglyphs depict women on honey hunts and Ancient Egyptian farmers floated beehives on rafts down the Nile to pollinate their crops.

And yet today, we live in a state of disconnect. The average consumer has no idea where things originally come from, not even something as vital as our food. They think edibles come naturally shrink-wrapped on a shelf and that the bees are merely stinging insects that make honey, when in fact these prime pollinators are responsible for one third of the food we eat, including most of the fruits, vegetables, nuts and even alfalfa used to feed livestock. In America, this amounts to about $18 billion in annual sales.

Since this nearly year-long investigation first began, thousands of beekeepers around the globe have come out of the bee yard and admitted to the same problem, with some reporting losses of more than 90 percent of their colonies. And there are no dead bees to be found. It is estimated that CCD has resulted in the death of more than one quarter of the 2.4 million bee colonies in at least 35 states across America.

The Vanishing Bees unfolds as a dramatic tale of science and mystery. So why are the bees dying now?

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Iran (Is Not the Problem): Stop the War on Iran (Full Version)

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2008 – IRAN (Is Not The Problem) is a feature length documentary film responding to the failure of the American mass media to provide the public with relevant and accurate information about the standoff between the US and Iran, as happened before with the lead up to the invasion of Iraq.
We have heard that Iran is a nuclear menace in defiance of the international community, bent on “wiping Israel off the map”, supporting terrorism, and unwilling to negotiate. This documentary disputes these claims as they are presented to us and puts them in the context of present and historical US imperialism and hypocrisy with respect to Iran. It looks at the struggle for democracy inside Iran, the consequences of the current escalation and the potential US and/or Israeli attack, and suggests some alternatives to consider.
This 79 minute documentary features Antonia Juhasz, Larry Everest, and other activists and Iranian-Americans. The goal of this movie is to promote dialog and change the debate on Iran, so please consider organizing a screening, big or small, in your area.
Produced by Aaron Newman, an independent film-maker and part of the Scary Cow film co-op in San Francisco. He is an anti-imperialism/pro-democracy activist, founder of the SF Chomsky Book Club, and a member of Hands Off Iran. There are differences of opinion between many of the voices in this film, but all agree that a war would be unjustified. Below are brief video introductions for each of the people who participated.

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3 comments to Iran (Is Not the Problem): Stop the War on Iran (Full Version)

  • Jay

    Wanna bet some of the speakers in this video no longer oppose the war now that Obama is president?

    The whole video seems to portray Bush and big oil as driving the war. In 2012 we can see such an analysis is childish. The entire financial structure of modern western liberalism hates the muslim world because Islamic finance limits usury. We hate Iran because it wants to stop using US dollars as the international reserve currency. Not because we need its oil that much.

    To pretend that Bush was a departure from American-anglo imperialism that had been going on for 50 years is a failure to admit the evil roots of American foreign policy. Bush was doing the same things in Iraq that we had done in Panama, Serbia, Korea, Vietnam. Even World War One was based on the same ideas. Bush is evil but Bush was not a departure from what America had become long ago. Now that Obama has had four years and Dems took over congress in 2007, it is clear that Bush was the inevitable result of everything America was long ago.

    The reason we cannot get America to renounce violence and leave the third world alone is because people like the ones on this video want to pretend Bush just created this war in a vacuum. We bombed Iraq in 1998, Albright said it was worth it to kill Iraqis (she later admitted it was stupid to say something so honest). Modern western liberalism is founded on violence against working people. Blaming Bush is childish.

    Every time these guys yammer on about all of this coming about just because of Bush/Cheney it makes me laugh. Are you really so stupid as to think a couple of macho cowboys could single-handedly bring us to war if the polished elite of wall street and the banking community weren’t solidly behind them? Do you really think dopey Bush fooled the Democrats into voting for a war they didn’t really want? Please. If you are going to make an anti-war movie, don’t make it by muddying the waters. Bush is nothing special, he is saying what America has made its policy for fifty years.

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