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Louis Theroux Documentary – African Hunting Party

Louis theroux is known for tackling sensitive subjects head on. He approaches and questions with a casual innocence more alike to a regular citizen rather than an investigative reporter. This allows him to often get inside the defense of his human targets and get answers to questions we all want answered. The African hunting party is yet another documentary in the long line of penetrating documentaries involving louis Theroux, which answers questions but also raises more questions. Louis’ questions are an attempt to find a personal view from those running game park hunting and often angry and borderline violent reactions shows somewhat a level of guilt felt by those running these parks. Louis tackles the sensitive subjects in his interviews without fear but yet so innocently that most of the time the subject being interviewed isn’t aware of it and sometimes made to look like a complete fool.

Along with the instigators of game park hunting are the insights to those that pay good money for the opportunity. Mostly coming form the United States, the prospect of big game hunting is too big to ignore for the rich who can afford the lofty price tag of taking down rhino or an elephant. The bigger the game the bigger the price tag. To see the mind set of these people is truly saddening and this documentary will shock you in many ways. This documentary along with any other louis Theroux documentaries is a must watch.

Being a BBC production the documentaries such as this don’t take that next step. These kind of docos are more of a subjective view than presented as a way to get involved, help and stop the ridiculous practices that are being carried out for the sake of some cash. I find it a big let down with such well made documentaries could go much further and actually make a difference as opposed to just telling the story and presenting facts. The impact of this doco is incredible but I only wish Louis and the BBC crew would take more of a stance. I guess though that make things literally impossible if they were openly against some of the subjects of these documentaries as opposed to finding and presenting the facts.

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Egypt’s Moral Police

The world watched as the Arab Spring unfolded online. Many of us had hoped that the revolution would bring progress and much-needed economic stability. It was widely considered a success when former President Mubarak stepped down from power. It took a mere two weeks to topple the regime. Those two violent weeks left at least 846 dead and more than 6,000 injured but it filled the nation with hope. After the chaos settled, President Morsi came to power. There were mixed feeling during his June inauguration but it seemed that the future could only be brighter.

It has been almost two and a half years since the Egyptian Revolution and hope is fading. Morsi, the former member of the Muslim Brotherhood, seems to be intent on dragging the country backward. Rumors are swirling about the violence brought by an omnipresent moral police force. While Morsi has publicly condemned the vigilantes who are attempting to enforce Sharia law, they continue to patrol neighborhoods.

The idea of having a group monitoring the behavior of the public is nothing new. Saudi Arabia has a Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice as well. The one major difference between the Saudi Arabian group and the Egyptian group is that the Saudis are controlled and monitored by the state. Many Egyptian leaders have come forward insisting that any policing group must be state-run. If state monitoring of the police force would actual improve anything is questionable.

The Saudi Arabian police are responsible for enforcing the strictest codes of Sharia law. Any native Saudi who doesn’t obey the laws is harshly reprimanded. These laws pertain to public as well as private life. Some laws are obvious- Saudis are forbidden from drinking alcohol and women must cover their hair in public. Others have left even the locals baffled. Earlier this year, the Saudi moral police abruptly closed down a dinosaur display for children in a local mall. The display had been traveling the Gulf states for decades until one day the police stormed a mall in the middle of the day, leaving families angry and confused.

The Egyptian moral police have also taken it upon themselves to instruct businesses on how to comply with moral code. Local barbers have reported receiving strict instruction not to shave men’s beards and clothing shops have been lectured on what exactly constitutes appropriate clothing.

The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice isn’t concerned with their rejection from Al-Azhar, the head of the Sunni Muslims. According to them, the majority of Egyptians welcome their services. They claim that they received approval by proxy when the Salafist Al-Nour Party won the election.

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Like every country, Egypt has their extremists and the now-infamous preacher Hisham el-Ashry clearly fits the bill. He recently created a wave of controversy when he appeared on a major television station saying,

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