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Cyber-War; Two Films: "The Attack" and "My Afghanistan"; Bretton Woods

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Vanity Fair’s Michael Joseph Gross explains how America’s bid to stop the 20th-century threat of nuclear proliferation may have unleashed a unexpected 21st century threat—cyber-war! Then the director “The Attack” talks about the film, about a Israeli-Palestinian surgeon whose life is shattered after he discovers secrets his wife has kept from him. Plus, a powerful documentary from the forbidden zone of Afghanistan. And how a new geopolitical order was hatched at Bretton Woods, when representatives of 44 nations gathered there in July 1944.

Cyber-War

Michael Joseph Gross talks about the first cyber-war, taking place now. He explains that America’s attempts to stop nuclear proliferation may have unleashed the greater threat of cyber-war. Gross writes in his article “Silent War,” in the July issue of Vanity Fair, that Washington and Tehran are ramping up their cyber-arsenals, enmeshing such high-tech giants as Microsoft, Google, and Apple.

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"The Attack"

Ziad Doueiri discusses directing the film “The Attack,” an intense drama about an Israeli-Palestinian man whose life is shattered after discovering the secrets his wife has kept from him. The film is adapted from Algerian writer Yasmina Khadra's international bestselling novel The Attack. It opens June 21 at the Angelika Film Center and June 28 at Cinemas 1, 2 & 3.

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“My Afghanistan: Life in the Forbidden Zone”

Director Nagieb Khaja talks about his documentary “My Afghanistan: Life in the Forbidden Zone.” Khaja, a Danish journalist of Afghan origin, travels to Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province in Afghanistan, and gives people mobile phones equipped with cameras and asks them to film their daily lives, providing a rare glimpse into the war-torn existence of ordinary Afghans. “My Afghanistan” depicts how Afghans struggle to live in the constant shadow of violence. It’s playing at Film Society of Lincoln Center's Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

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Bretton Woods

Benn Steil gives an account of the historic Bretton Woods accords, named for the New Hampshire town where representatives of 44 nations gathered in July 1944, in the midst of WWII, to prevent economic disorder and defuse political conflict. In The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order, Steil shows that Bretton Woods was part of a much more ambitious geopolitical agenda. At the heart of the drama were John Maynard Keynes, the renowned and revolutionary British economist, and Harry Dexter White, the self-made American technocrat.

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Guest Picks: Chris Hayes

MSNBC host Chris Hayes was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his book Twilight of the Elites. He also told us about the film he thinks everyone should see...

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