Wild Wild Mideast

Shadow Company, a new documentary, covers modern private security forces in Iraq and around the world. I haven’t seen it yet but it comes highly recommended from all over, including media guru Ze Frank.

We traveled the world — from Iraq to Washington, from England to Sierra Leone — talking to politicians, journalists, soldiers and contractors themselves. While exploring the blurred lines between soldier and mercenary in today’s conflict resolution, it became clear: The Rules of War Have Changed. The modern US army cannot go to war, cannot even have dinner without these civilian contractors and their role is unlikely to go away any time soon. War is more and more in the public eye and yet held more and more in private hands. This sort of trend without the right legal framework and more open business practices has dire implications. It is vital for the general public to better understand the risks and rewards of operating this way.

Nick Bicanic, director

Screenings are limited but the DVD can be purchased now on the film’s website.

Rural China

A beautiful photo collection of rural China. If you read a billion feeds a day like I do you’ve probably already seen this, but if not …

Rural China

A beautiful photo collection of rural China. If you read a billion feeds a day like I do you’ve probably already seen this, but if not …

Green My Apple

We love Apple. Apple knows more about “clean” design than anybody, right? So why do Macs, iPods, iBooks and the rest of their product range contain hazardous substances that other companies have agreed to abandon? A cutting edge company shouldn’t be cutting lives short by exposing children in China and India to dangerous chemicals. That’s why we Apple fans need to demand a new, cool product: a greener Apple.

In a recent independent study, various laptops were tested for their levels of toxic chemical contamination and among them Apple’s MacBook Pro scored as one of the worst. The “Green My Apple” campaign is in response to this, and although targeted at Apple will no doubt shed light onto the greater issue of these chemicals being used in abundance regardless of manufacturer. With their recent trend-setting track record, if Apple can be moved to change others will be far more likely to follow suit. Visit the site for more info, video and promotional materials.

Update: then there’s the other side …

Green My Apple

We love Apple. Apple knows more about “clean” design than anybody, right? So why do Macs, iPods, iBooks and the rest of their product range contain hazardous substances that other companies have agreed to abandon? A cutting edge company shouldn’t be cutting lives short by exposing children in China and India to dangerous chemicals. That’s why we Apple fans need to demand a new, cool product: a greener Apple.

In a recent independent study, various laptops were tested for their levels of toxic chemical contamination and among them Apple’s MacBook Pro scored as one of the worst. The “Green My Apple” campaign is in response to this, and although targeted at Apple will no doubt shed light onto the greater issue of these chemicals being used in abundance regardless of manufacturer. With their recent trend-setting track record, if Apple can be moved to change others will be far more likely to follow suit. Visit the site for more info, video and promotional materials.

Update: then there’s the other side …