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VICE 14: A Syria of Their Own & White Gold
Summary: "A Syria of Their Own" (correspondent: Thomas Morton) - The ongoing civil war in Syria has been covered extensively in the media. While the Free Syrian Army, Bashar Al-Assad's forces and the myriad of jihadi groups have dominated the headlines, one group, the Kurds, remains largely unmentioned. The Kurds are an ethnic group trying to carve out their own state in the four countries where its population lives: Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. While they've had some luck in gaining autonomy in Iraq, Kurds in the Western-most tip of Syria are using the chaos of the civil war to gain their own little statelet. Thomas Morton goes to the frontline of the battle for a Kurdish state to follow the story of Syria's forgotten ethnic group. "White Gold" (correspondent: Vikram Gandhi) - Believed to cure a spectrum of ailments from colds to cancers, rhino horn has been coveted in Eastern medicine for centuries. While demand curtailed in the wake of international efforts to curb the wildlife trade, recently there's been a severe resurgence in rhino poaching. Over the past seven years, killings have increased 5,000%. Pound for pound on the black market, rhino horn now goes for more than the price of gold and cocaine. Vikram Gandhi traces the trade from Southern Africa to Vietnam to understand this illicit phenomenon. (TVMA) (AC,AL,GV)
PRODUCER : Bill Maher,Shane Smith,Eddy Moretti,BJ Levin
CAST : Shane Smith,Suroosh Alvi,Ben Anderson,David Choe,Vikram Gandhi,Gelareh Kiazand,Milene Larsson,Thomas Morton
Genre : Drama