Fight for Oil: 100 Years in the Middle East, 9-12

This series of three DVDs profiles the social and political impacts for the Middle East and the rest of the world. Available for checkout.
Part 1 (#073511)
This program describes the discovery of oil in Persia in 1908, the claims placed on Middle East territories and concludes with the British being sent home from Iran in the 1950s.

Part 2 (#073512)
This program explains the history of Middle East oil beginning in the early 1970s, the oil embargo and the resulting rise in import prices as foreign leaders attempt to negotiate. Tensions in the Middle East begin to heighten as conflicting groups become more violent. Assassinations, hostage situations and torture are tearing the region apart. American female soldiers fighting in the Gulf War sparks interests in women's rights in Saudi Arabia.

Part 3 (#073513)
This program explains the after-effects of the second gulf war. Iraq, which once played a major role in the Middle East oil trade, is struggling to gain stability. Exemplifying this is the city of Kirkuk, one of the two largest oil regions in the country, where oil brought destruction and discrimination against the Kurds. In Iran, controversy surrounds the Sunni and Shiite's and the struggle for everyday life. This episode also shows the disparity between north and south Tehran and the south's disappointment with failed promises by president Ahmadinijhad. In contrast lies Kuwait and Saudi Arabia where modernization is far beyond that of Iran and Iraq.