Waiting for the Colonel
- 18th February 2010
It’s very rare to secure an interview with Libyan leader
Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi.
It involves turning up in the capital Tripoli and waiting… and waiting. We were told a three or four day wait isn't unusual and no one is ever given the time, date or location of the interview.
COLONEL MUAMMAR AL-GADDAFI - INTERVIEW 21st February 2010
George Negus travels to Tripoli to meet the controversial Libyan leader
Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi , who, in 40 years of absolute rule, has
sponsored terrorists and revolutionaries and earned the status as world
pariah. But perhaps with the wisdom of years, or having seen his once
rich oil-producing country crippled by UN sanctions and isolation,
Colonel al-Gaddafi recently seems to have come in from the desert and
begun courting Western approval.
CHRISTINE LAGARDE – INTERVIEW 23rd February 2010
Is Europe on the brink of economic implosion? With the Eurozone
‘pigs’ – Portugal, Ireland, Greece and
Spain – grappling with economic instability,
Dateline’s George Negus talks with France’s Finance
Minister, Christine Lagarde, about the precarious state of
Lagarde, ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the most powerful women on earth, and voted Europe’s Finance Minister of the Year by the Financial Times, takes a hard line.
She tells Negus that excess is to blame for the Global Financial Crisis, and that it could happen again. She warns that banks will never do business in the same way again, and that she has hope that countries traditionally opposed to banking regulation will see the light.
She is tough on Greece, a country she says has lied and deceived the European community over its financial problems. Yet she gives the strongest indication so far that the ‘Eurozone’ stands ready to bail Greece out, once it shows commitment to change. And she proposes that the way forward is backwards – no more hubris, no more making money for the sake of making money – but that sensible and balanced policies is the way to go.
RICHARD DAWKINS - INTERVIEW 7th March 2010
Richard Dawkins is an ethologist, evolutionary biologist and popular
science author, known as probably the world’s most famous
atheist. He made his name back in the 1970s with his landmark book, The
Selfish Gene. Since then a trail of evolutionary bestsellers have
followed, including his global bestseller, The God Delusion. UK-based
Dawkins maintains simply that religion is incompatible with science and
is the greatest source of conflict in the world. George Negus speaks to
him in Brisbane during his current tour of Australia about his
controversial stance and the rising influence of atheism.
You could call him lots of things - an evolutionary biologist, the world's most militant atheist, a pot-stirring, ignorant bigot, or favourite, "Darwin's Rottweiler". Professor Richard Dawkins has written any number of books fanning heated debate between believers of any faith and non-believers like himself. His best-seller 'The God Delusion' caused a real stir and he's at again in his latest effort, 'The Greatest Show on Earth', his boots-and-all scientific argument for evolution and against creationism. In Australia for an atheist conference, George Negus caught up with Richard Dawkins in, of all places, his quite God-fearing home town of Brisbane.
(US AMBASSADOR TO AUSTRALIA) - INTERVIEW 14th March 2010
So how is Obama coping with political discontent at home?
George Negus talks with the President's long-time friend and colleague, Jeffrey Bleich, who was recently appointed as the new United States Ambassador to Australia.
Bleich is a top lawyer from California, who has known Barack Obama for 20 years, and played a major role in his campaign for the White House. Bleich understands better than most just what the President is thinking and how he's feeling right now.
Please Note: More interviews will be added as time permits.