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Social issues / Human interest

In the land of the turtles

Bora Bora is the pearl of the Pacific… the most beautiful of lagoons… the most beautiful white sand beaches… the most beautiful hotels in French Polynesia. However, behind the picture postcard images lurks the biggest traffic in turtle meat in the South Pacific. Teva agreed to take us aboard his potimarara¾a fast, powerful boat that can handle any sea and shake off any pursuer. Teva is a fisherman on Bora, but when fish are rare, he won’t hesitate to poach turtles. Every week some 80 to 100 turtles are killed in Polynesia to end up on the plates of rich Tahitian worthies. A veritable organised network as André Frémont, deputy procurator, has realised: “I...

When Sharks attack

Are those giant predators of the oceans and heroes of horror films maneating sharks back off our coastlines? Maybe they are… Because Jaws has struck again in South Africa: a surfer was eaten by a Great White on “Second Beach”, one of the most dangerous beaches in the world. Sharks are attacking ever more frequently… and creating more and more victims… and it’s the Great White that heads the list of the most dangerous species in the world: 404 attacks… ahead of the Tiger Shark: 157… and the Bull Shark: 121. In fact, it was the latter that was responsible for the death of Mathieu Schiller on Reunion in October. The findings of researchers are worrying because...

The common lot

Light at the end of the tunnel, dear ones greeting us, a feeling of eternal well-being… More and more people who have returned from death’s door claim they have experienced a Near Death Experience.Given their bizarre similarities with certain notions of the Christian faith, the Catholic Church is in the witness box. What do these NDEs mean? Do they confirm or contradict the Christian faith? Should we take a fresh look at our notions of judgement, hell, purgatory and paradise? Witnesses, scientists and clerics give their views and lift a corner of the veil. A film to see further… and clearer.

Death in Camp Delta

On June 9th. 2006 three Guantanamo detainees died inside the base. The prison authorities said that the detainees had taken their own lifes. The parents of the prisoners said their sons were killed.This is the horrifying story about one of the deceased, Yasser Al-Zahrani from Saudi Arabia. He was only 17 years old when he came to Guantanamo in 2002. His father has filed a case against Donald Rumsfeld. The father states: ” They tortured him. Then they killed him and returned him to me in a box, cut up”. The Norwegian filmmaker, Erling Borgen, has been to seven countries and worked for three years with this documentary. He interviews released...

Female Customers

In this coverage, we propose a report on the sex business designed for female customers. Do women “go to men” the same way men “go to women”? What are the latest female behaviours in relation to the escort-boys business? What is happening on the Internet? What does “TBM” mean? Are these “customers” single women, nymphomaniacs or simply emancipated women seeking new experiences? Who are they: young, mature, wealthy, middle-class? What does it tell us about the changes in society, and more specifically about women’s sexuality? While we follow a few escort-boys, entry point to their customers, we will analyze this new female behaviour and describe the uses and...