Screenings of Al Jazeera’s “Wisconsin’s Mining Standoff” are scheduled in Madison and Milwaukee

If you missed the broadcast of this Wisconsin documentary on Al Jazeera (I did) you can still catch it in the company of others at a screening in Madison Sunday 6/29 or Milwaukee Saturday 7/19 – or in one of the following communities:

Ashland, WI – Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center, date TBD
Beloit College, WI – TBD
Eau Claire, WI – TBD
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, MI – TBD
La Crosse, WI – TBD
Madeleine Island, WI – TBD
Menominee County, WI – TBD
Milwaukee, WI – TBD
Stevens Point, WI – TBD
UW-Milwaukee – TBD
West Bend, WI – TBD

Go to the 371productions page for updates and more details.

I’m listening to this WUWM interview of the film directors right now. They say that most of the Wisconsinites they talked to had never seen anything from Al Jazeera at all and they thought “stigma against Middle Eastern culture” gave people an idea that Al Jazeera was “bad”.*

Hmm. In any event, I for one am happy that Wisconsin’s mine troubles are getting global attention.

“On March 11, 2013, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed legislation that rewrote the state’s iron mining laws, paving the way for Gogebic Taconite (GTAC) to dig a $1.5 billion open-pit mine in the pristine woods of the Penokee mountain range. The mine, which could eventually reach 22-miles in length, provoked an immediate standoff. On one side is GTAC and its supporters anxious for jobs in an area with unemployment double the national average. On the other stand the tribes, residents, and political leaders intent on preserving the land and protecting the water from contamination.

Fault Lines follows the unfolding battle on the ground and traces the way money and power have influenced the laws that will determine whether and how this mine gets built.”

Here’s the trailer:

* My own impression of the news network (after I took a few days to really dig into their stuff a couple of years ago): one should add a grain of salt to their coverage of events in the Middle East. One will not be getting the full story from them on their own funders, the emirs of Qatar. Their reporting on the U.S. for years WAS quite weak. Even bad. But Al Jazeera opened up new offices in the U.S. in the past year. Things are probably improved (I haven’t re-evaluated).

I get the impression that instead of being too harsh on Al Jazeera liberals in these parts are too lenient on the network. I suspect there are two reasons for this: 1) Liberals want to compensate for U.S. anti-middle eastern sentiment 2) the British accents of their reporters and anchors are enticing. Yes, that’s right. The force of Anglophiia is still shockingly strong here in the colonies. Let’s be aware of that predilection and keep thinking caps firmly in the “on” position at all times, fellow Yanks.


One thought on “Screenings of Al Jazeera’s “Wisconsin’s Mining Standoff” are scheduled in Madison and Milwaukee

  1. Much appreciated.

    It’s exactly this kind of coverage that can force the rest of the Wisconsin media onto this more aggressively.

    Wisconsin has abundant biomass reserves (cow manure, wood,….) which (with a lot of federal dollars) yield renewable natural gas, hydrogen,….

    “Google Ventures-backed Cool Planet Closes $100M Series D Round ”

    Cool Planet, which is based in Greenwood Village, uses biomass such as corn cobs and dead or dying trees to create green fuels it says are chemically identical to conventional fossil fuels. The fuel can then be blended with conventional fuels and lower their carbon dioxide emissions.

    National security doesn’t exist without water security, food security, and energy security.

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