What Happened to ISIL? | Link TV
What Happened to ISIL?
In this special "UpFront" discussion, we look at the current status of ISIL, why the media have generally decreased its reporting on it, and whether the group still poses a risk.
Four years after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group (ISIL, also known as ISIS) seized large areas in Iraq and Syria, it appears the group has been defeated militarily, and has now lost 99 percent of the territory it once controlled.
According to a University of Maryland study, 2017 was the third consecutive year in which the number of "terrorist" attacks around the world went down.
Joining Mehdi Hasan in this episode are: John Mueller, a professor of political science at Ohio State University and author of "Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We Believe Them"; Mia Bloom, a professor at Georgia State University and author of "Dying to Kill: The Allure of Suicide Terror"; Renad Mansour, a fellow at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani and a Middle East research fellow at Chatham House; and Nicolas Henin, a former war correspondent, former ISIL captive, and author of "Jihad Academy: The Rise of Islamic State."
A look at the #MeToo campaign, which has been criticized for excluding certain voices, is being received outside of the West.
In 2006, the slogan #MeToo started as a movement by American activist Tarana Burke as a way to show solidarity with victims of sexual assault. That slogan went viral overnight in the wake of Hollywood's Harvey Weinstein scandal last October, which prompted women around the world to break a lot of the silence around sexual assault and harassment and began to share their stories, with more than 12 million posts on Facebook in just 24 hours.
In this week's UpFront, Hassan challenges author and Harvard professor Steven Pinker on his new book, "Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress," in which he argues that data shows the world is becoming a better place.
And in the Arena, journalist Afua Hirsch and Claire Fox, author and director of the U.K.-based think-tank the Academy of Ideas, discuss racism in the United Kingdom, and the kind of conversations needed to address it.
Scientists and doctors are embracing alternative concepts that Indigenous peoples have practiced for thousands of years, by using medicinal plant knowledge that informed much our pharmacopeia.KCET Original
"Cinemondo" will premiere a new season on Link TV, Thurs., Dec. 5.KCET Original
After a violent confrontation at home, Anna asks Nicky for help.KCET Original
A documentary about the burning of wood at an industrial scale for energy.KCET Original
A senior Israeli officer tries to smoke Abu Ahmed out of hiding. Ali fights suspicions of duplicity, and Boaz joins the squad on a risky ambush.KCET Original
Alf confronts Nicky and starts a series of raids in an attempt to find evidence against Nicky and Marco.
Blamed for the disastrous ambush, Doron takes matters into his own hands.
The U.S. abandons its position on Israeli settlements, saying it no longer considers them illegal.
Two young inventors in Sudan pursue tech innovation to combat desertification amidst sanctions, war and destruction.
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