Syriana (2005)


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Syriana is a 2005 geopolitical thriller film written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, and executive produced by George Clooney, who also stars in the film with an ensemble cast. Gaghan’s screenplay is loosely adapted from Robert Baer’s memoir See No Evil. The film focuses on petroleum politics, and the global influence of the oil industry, whose political, economic, legal, and social effects are experienced by a CIA operative (George Clooney), an energy analyst (Matt Damon), a Washington attorney (Jeffrey Wright), and a young unemployed Pakistani migrant worker (Mazhar Munir) in an Arab country in the Persian Gulf. The film also features an extensive supporting cast including Amanda Peet, Tim Blake Nelson, and Christopher Plummer, as well as Academy Award winners Chris Cooper and William Hurt.

As with Gaghan’s screenplay for Traffic, Syriana uses multiple, parallel storylines, jumping from locations in Texas, Washington D.C., Switzerland, Spain, and Lebanon.

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Terror on Wheels: History of the Car Bomb

Forget about nuclear missiles – the decisive weapon of the twentieth century is the car bomb. After Iraq we now know you can defeat a Superpower, start a civil war or just blow up your own government with a trunk load of homemade explosives and a battered old car. Former CIA agent Robert Baer investigates the hidden history of the car bomb in the 20th century, from the little known but devastating car bomb attack on 1920s Wall Street to the present use of car bombs in Iraq.

Robert Baer was in Lebanon in 1983 when the US embassy and marine barracks were hit by this most inconspicuous yet deadly weapon. Robert Baer’s life was depicted by George Clooney in the Oscar-winning movie Syriana.

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