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ClandesTime 062 Homeland Season 5 ep. 6

From SpyCulture:

Today Pearse and I discuss the latest 6th episode of Homeland, ‘Parabiosis’ which saw the return of the classic spies vs jihadis type of storyline. We looked at the two halves of the story – Quinn holed up in a refugee hostel/terrorist halfway house and ultimately him killing the Reel Bad Arab Hajik, and Saul’s rediscovering that he is actually a skilled secret agent. Both of these storyline are less about inducing a state of hyperreality and much more about shaping our perceptions of the real world. We discuss, for example, why it is that Russia is portrayed in Homeland as a patient, sneaky, intelligent people, but in news media supposedly reporting on real life events they are portrayed as brutish thugs. In the other storyline we dissect the fight scene between Quinn and Hajik as a metaphor for the struggle between Western military-intelligence establishments and Islam.

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Homeland Season 5 episode 6

Israeli military warns its soldiers against recruitment attempts by CIA

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The CIA and Hollywood episode 7 Argo

Pearse and Tom round off season 1 looking at the 2012 Oscar winning historical drama Argo, which is based on a real life exfiltration operation during the Iranian revolution.  We discuss the CIA’s almost too-obvious involvement in the film, the background of how the story was declassified and turned into a movie including the shadowy figures of producer David Klawans and writer Chris Terrio.  We stick the boot into Ben Affleck and his film, not just for its ‘Reel Bad Arabs’ racism but also its outrageous and possibly intentional historical inaccuracy.  We analyse the weirdest Oscars ceremony ever, where Argo producers Affleck, George Clooney and Grant Heslov won the Best Picture award, before wrapping up by reflecting back on season 1 of this series and briefly looking forward to season 2.

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Show Notes:

Argo (full film)

Argo Declassified

The CIA and Hollywood connection – Argo making of

Argo: Inside story

A Classic Case of Deception

How the CIA used a fake sci-fi flick to rescue Americans from Tehran

Jimmy Carter on Argo film

Ben Affleck changes postscript for Ken Taylor

Ben Affleck’s new film ‘Argo’ upsets British diplomats who helped Americans in Iran

New Zealand’s role in Iran crisis tainted in Affleck’s new film

Argo commentary and Q&A with Tony and Jonna Mendez

Ben Affleck Oscar speech

Porkins on ClandesTime 033 True Lies and Reel Bad Arabs

I joined our good friend Tom Secker once again on ClandesTime for a very entertaining and in-depth conversation on the documentary Reel Bad Arabs and the Hollywood blockbuster True Lies.

From ClandesTime:

Pearse Redmond of Porkins Policy Radio joined us again to talk about the  the portrayal of Arabs in Hollywood.  We talk about the documentary Reel Bad Arabs, which details much of the stereotyping of Arabs in popular movies, and also the film True Lies as an example of these trends.  We look at some of the limits in the analysis offered by Reel Bad Arabs, the military involvement in making True Lies, and the careers of the actors who played the two main Arab characters in the film – Art Malik, who seems to specialise in playing terrorists, and Grant Heslov who won an Oscar for producing Argo.

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