PROFESSOR JOSEPH STIGLITZ INTERVIEW - 3 May 2009
This week, George speaks with Nobel Prize laureate Joseph Stiglitz
world's descent into recession. As well as discussing that nasty "R"
word, we assess US President Barack Obama' attempts to save his
crippled country from more economic carnage.
Undoubtedly one of the world's best and brightest economists, Joseph
Stiglitz has his doubts. He says the package is "flawed" and is a win
for the banks that caused the problem in the first place - ultimately
placing more burden on the poor taxpayer.
To date his predictions about the size and shape of financial crisis
have been unerringly accurate. He says it's time for a major rethink.
ANNIE LENNOX INTERVIEW - 10th May 2009
This week George Negus speaks with acclaimed musician and humanitarian
activist Annie Lennox.
Lennox, the most successful British female recording artist in history, made headlines of a different kind earlier this year, copping criticism for her stance and calls to stop the violence and bloodshed of the Israeli offensive in Gaza.
Following the protest, Lennox was savaged by Israeli critics for her stance - which they labelled both anti-Semitic and misinformed. Was it a harsh lesson for the idolised diva who has brushed shoulders with the movers and shakers at Davos and sung for Nelson Mandela? Lennox is well known for her campaign work on the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. Her SING Campaign, a nonprofit initiative which provides much needed help in the continent's struggle against the deadly virus, has attracted the support and voices of the likes of Madonna, Celine Dionne and Pink.
On her activism, Lennox says: "I feel that when I see injustice or something that needs to be highlighted, I can speak out. I cannot be complacent and sit back and ignore it."
C.B. WALGAMPAYA PC
(Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Australia) INTERVIEW - 29th March 2009
This week, George speaks with the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to
Australia, His Excellency Mr. Senaka Walgampaya, PC.
Following the alleged death of Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai
Prabhakaran, Sri Lanka's government has declared victory in one of the
world longest-running civil wars, but it faces fury from a Tamil
diaspora which had wide sympathy for the rebels.
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) launched a campaign in 1972 to create a separate Tamil homeland in the Sinhalese-majority island, with much of the group's funding coming from Tamils overseas. There is now speculation that the territorial ambitions of the Tamils may re-emerge in guerilla-style attacks in Sri Lanka or overseas.
(TAMIL ACTIVIST, SRI LANKA DEMOCRACY FORUM) - 24th May 2009
This week, George looks at the aftermath of Sri Lanka's civil war and
speaks with Tamil activist Nirmala Rajasingam, a former LTTE member now
in exile in London. With the Sri Lankan government having declared
victory - and with the leader of the Tamil Tigers now reported to be
dead - Dateline looks at whether Tamils will now end their quest for
And what will become of the thousands of civilians displaced by the
C.B. WALGAMPAYA PC
(Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Australia) INTERVIEW - 31st May, 2009
In last week's program, George Negus interviewed the Sri Lankan High
Commissioner, Senaka Walgampaya, in the aftermath of the defeat of the
Tamil Tigers after a quarter of a century of awful conflict.
It was decided to ask His Excellency whether or not his Government
would grant Dateline a visa to travel freely in the earlier embattled
north of the country.
He said he thought it wouldn't be a problem, so Dateline has lodged
visa applications and is waiting to hear the outcome.
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