At the G8 Conference on Diamonds in Belgium, members of each nation discuss how to address the blood diamond situation in Sierra Leone. Some contend that they should prohibit the import of diamonds from conflict zones, while others bring up the economic significance of such diamonds.
Ernest Hemingway narrates the opening of a The Spanish Earth, a film he wrote with John Dos Passos to bring the realities of the Spanish Civil War to a worldwide audience. It was created with the support of the left-leaning Republican, democratically elected government in Spain who were in conflict with Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy backed Nationalist forces under Francisco Franco.
Colonel Chamberlain delivers a speech to a large group of men to redevote them to the cause of the Civil War. He explains that they are fighting for social justice: to set other men free rather than conquer land or loot. He desperately needs them to join his Northern Maine regiment for the battle, which became the turning point of the war and ultimately supported the outcome for the North.