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Published on Dec 7, 2008
On "Scream Bloody Murder," Christiane Amanpour takes up perhaps the hardest subject of all: genocide. In the two-hour documentary, she examines how the world has fallen short of stopping genocide since the Holocaust.
The program looks at atrocities in Cambodia, Iraq, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur. Amanpour balances the horror by focusing on stirring figures who spoke out -- and spotlighting the way the Internet is changing the way the world responds. The program is timely: President-elect Barack Obama's choice for United Nations ambassador, Susan Rice, is a fierce advocate for taking action against genocide.
A highlight is Amanpour challenging President Bill Clinton on "constant flip-flops" on Bosnia. He was furious, and that's the point. "Scream Bloody Murder" is about speaking truth to power. And Amanpour's stirring, instructive style is the main reason to enrol in this difficult history course.