ROBERT REICH INTERVIEW - Wednesday 22nd August, 2007
political bind that the Bush Administration is in is also becoming
increasingly negative with the Republicans themselves squabbling over
the need for an exit strategy. Recently in this country on a speaking
engagement was Professor Robert Reich, formally a senior member of the
Clinton Administration and now a sought after International
commentator, and George Negus spoke with him from Adelaide, starting by
asking him how come Iraq was such a boiling issue in the US right now
but pretty much off the political radar here in Australia.
JOHN MARTINKUS INTERVIEW - Wednesday 22nd August, 2007
Martinkus embedded with a bunch of obviously war-weary Americans on the
Iraqi front line. Since John filmed, seven of the guys in that 82nd
Airborne unit have gone very public with their stories in the
International Herald Tribune. Among other things, they say claiming US
troops are winning the war isfar-fetched, and to suggest they were in
control of the battlefields in Iraq was a flawed American Senate
IMRAN KHAN INTERVIEW - Wednesday 15th August, 2007
is in political turmoil. Far from the dream of peace and harmony of its
traumatic birth as a separate Muslim identity back in 1947, for six
decades Pakistan has been an unholy mess that many fear with India
remains a time bomb waiting to explode. Even as it rumbles towards a
national election later this year, a military dictator ship under
Pervez Mushareff since 1989, it's recent history has been punctuated by
rising Muslim extremism.
Some see it as the nursery of anti-western terrorism. Huge street protests against the increasingly unpopular dictator, the judicial backlash and threats of military intervention by its long time ally the US, if Pakistan won't take out al-Qaeda, it will or make for a particularly volatile mix. Now there is serious talk after a power sharing deal between Mushareff and the self exile former Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto. Acknowledged as one of world cricket's greatest ever all-rounders, Imran Khan is no slouch when it comes to politics. These days he is an MP and leader of his own Movement for Justice party. Lately he has been extremely vocal on his country's precarious future so George Negus spoke to the legendary Lion of Lahore from Islamabad.
ISHMAEL BEAH INTERVIEW - Wednesday 8th August, 2007
the West African nation of Sierra Leone, a special court recently found
three members of the rebel armed forces guilty of war crimes. They each
got 50 year sentences for the recruitment and use of child soldiers.
The first convictions metered out by the UN backed tribunal for a
hideous practice that's rife in conflicts around the world. Former
child soldier Ishmael Beah is one of the lucky ones. He made it through
the Sierra Leone conflict alive. His best selling memoir tracks his
path to becoming, at 13, a drug-fuelled killer. Since his
rehabilitation he has become something of a global poster boy for the
UN and the whole issue. George Negus talked with Ishmael from New York
along with Jo Becker, the Children's Rights Advocacy Director of
International Body, Human Rights Watch.
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