YOSSI BEILIN, FORMER ISRAELI MINISTER
– INTERVIEW 28th March 2010
The disagreement between Israel and the United States over the building
of Jewish settlements in disputed East Jerusalem has left relations
between the two countries at the lowest point since 1975.
So, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton prepare to meet in Washington, Dateline speaks to one of the key Israeli politicians involved in trying to solve the Middle East conflict.
Yossi Beilin took part in years of negotiations, which ultimately led to the 2003 Geneva Initiative proposing changes to the borders of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Israel as a solution to the dispute.
He ultimately left government in 2008, but is still pursuing his mission for peace and advises the United States on the conflict.
George Negus asks what now for the Middle East peace process, and can Beilin's work with America help heal the political wounds between the two countries?
– INTERVIEW 21st March 2010
interviews the boldly outspoken Fatima Bhutto, the 20-something niece
of Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan's former prime minister, assassinated in
late 2007. A former journalist, now a writer, clearly Fatima is the
black sheep of one of the best-known, albeit ill-fated, political
dynasties in the world. You could never accuse her of pulling her
punches. Her late aunt and her aunt's husband, Asif Ali Zardari -
currently Pakistan's President - are her prime targets. But not even
Barack Obama has escaped her lash - "Bush-like" is her insulting
write-off of his approach to Pakistan and its unabating troubles. Her
new memoir, ominously is entitled 'Songs of Blood and Sword'. George
Negus spoke to her from the Bhutto family's ancestral home, on the
outskirts of Karachi.
FATHER TOM DOYLE (DOMINICAN PRIEST) - INTERVIEW 4 April 2010
While millions of Catholics celebrate Easter, ongoing child sex abuse
issues continue to plague the church.
With the scandal now engulfing Europe and the United States, many are demanding stronger action from the Vatican, accusing the highest levels of the Catholic church of preferring to protect the church rather than pursue allegations of widespread child sexual abuse. George Negus interviews US-based Dominican Order priest and Canon Law expert Father Tom Doyle, who’s been speaking for victims of clerical abuse for more than a quarter of a century.
He asks if the Vatican has been a law unto itself for too long, what the Catholic Church needs to do to overcome the scandal and if the Pope can recover from what’s seen as a campaign to smear his reputation.
FEINBERG (US CORPORATE WATCHDOG)
– INTERVIEW 11th April 2010
Since the United States government bailed out banks to the tune of $700
billion last year, America has seen a backlash against the
bonus-loving, risk-taking bankers and corporate executives that nearly
led the country to economic ruin. But the backlash was largely ignored
on Wall Street itself, until Ken Feinberg was brought in by the US
He has the task of working out how much these high-flyers actually deserve to be paid, especially now they’re answerable to the American taxpayer.
George Negus interviews Ken Feinberg, who has been described as the most hated man on Wall Street, and asks if he has a ‘mission impossible’ to rein in corporate greed and what hope there is of averting another financial crisis.
QUEEN NOOR OF JORDAN - 18th April 2010
‘Nuclear terrorism is now one of the most challenging threats
to international security’, according to US President Barack
Obama, and this week he gathered representatives from 47 nations in
Washington to discuss how to tackle the threat.
They agreed to work together on securing nuclear equipment and information to stop it falling into the wrong hands, but the fight against so-called ‘loose nukes’ will be no easy task.
George Negus interviews one of the dignitaries who attended, Queen Noor of Jordan. She’s the widow of the late King Hussein of Jordan, and co-founder of the anti-nuclear weapons proliferation campaign Global Zero.
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