The IFC Media Project

Season 3 Episode 2


Aired Unknown May 25, 2010 on TELETOON
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Journalist Nir Rosen returns to Afghanistan (where he was once kidnapped by the Taliban) to unravel an unspoken angle of America’s strategy for winning the war: Reconstruction. Doing what the media so rarely does, Nir follows the money, traveling first to a massive new power plant just outside Kabul. Built with $300M in U.S. taxpayer money, the investigative journalist learns that the plant was ill-conceived and unsustainable and, as it turns out, the company that built it – New Jersey-based Louis Berger Group – is one of America’s top recipients of reconstruction money, despite their consistently faulty dams, roads, schools and clinics. After talking with Afghan Parliament members and Afghani people, Nir returns to Washington, D.C. to get answers. Why has America poured $51 billion since 2002 into rebuilding a country with such miserable results? He confronts Louis Berger and the U.S. Government officials who keep signing their checks.moreless

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