MADELEINE ALBRIGHT INTERVIEW- Wednesday 26th March, 2008
US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is on a mission - to make sure
the next president knows exactly what he or she is getting into.
The title of her latest book, Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership, says everything about her take: The 44th president of the United States has a mighty task to fix the world and fix her country's tattered reputation. Albright held the highest post (from 1997 to 2001) of any American woman in history when she was US Secretary of State.
DALAI LAMA INTERVIEW - Wednesday 19th March, 2008
China has deployed more troops across Tibet to quell spreading
protests, as dramatic new footage emerged of Tibetans rampaging a
remote town on horseback and destroying a Chinese flag.
As China deployed a massive security force to quash the uprising and sealed off flashpoint areas from foreign media, activists and a rights group warned hundreds of Tibetans believed arrested could now be at risk of torture.
DAVID KILGOUR INTERVIEW - Wednesday 19th March, 2008
Negus interviews Candian human rights lawyer and former member of
parliament David Kilgour about the unrest in Tibet.
LOUISE ARBOUR INTERVIEW - Wednesday 19th March, 2008
Canada's Louise Arbour is saying farewell to one of the world's
toughest jobs: United Nations high commissioner for human rights.
After serving only one term, the former Canadian Supreme Court Justice
and UN prosecutor who secured the indictment of Slobodan Milosevic,
will leave the position in June.
During her tenure, the "forceful and formidable" Ms Arbour has been a mighty thorn in the side of the Bush administration which she has repeatedly criticised over its counterterrorism struggle which she says has put the human rights cause back "decades".
As well as regularly locking horns with the US, Arbour - described by her supporters as a "human shock absorber" has borne the brunt of some pretty ferocious criticism - from a flank of countries including Zimbabwe, China, Israel to name a few.
No, hers is certainly not a job for the faint hearted.
REBIYA KADEER INTERVIEW - Wednesday 5th March, 2008
With the Olympics fast approaching, China's human rights record is,
more than ever, in the spotlight.
George Negus catches up with Rebiya Kadeer, known as the mother of the Uyghur people, a little-known repressed Muslim minority living in far north-west China. She's here to raise awareness of the plight of her people.
PROF JOSEPH STIGLITZ INTERVIEW - Wednesday 5th March, 2008
to the US invasions of Iraq, officials in the Bush administration
estimated that the war would be between $100 and $200 billion.
This month, it is five years on from that invasion and George W. Bush's America looks no closer to reaching a withdrawal from a conflict it has now spent more time in than either of the world wars.
And while many Americans have been counting the social and political cost to their country, others are beginning to tally the frightening economic costs of the Iraq war.
Enter, Joseph Stiglitz - Nobel laureate and former chief economist of the World Bank.
While the Bush administration is currently tallying the cost of that war at $500 billion, Stiglitz this week upturned the apple cart, putting the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan at more than $3 trillion in a new book with Linda Bilmes,
None of this is, of course, welcome news as the world stands perched on the nervous brink of economic slowdown, a slowdown Stiglitz says has been created by the war and its role in creating the sub-prime and credit crunch crisis in the US
NAOMI WOLF INTERVIEW - Wednesday 12th March, 2008
Wolf shot to fame from her first book, The Beauty Myth, which became an
international best seller.
She's also written Fire with Fire (1993) which was on politics, female empowerment and women's sexual liberation, Promiscuities (1997) on adolescence and female sexuality, and Misconceptions (2001) on childbirth and the challenges of feminist motherhood.
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