VIP CRISIS MANAGEMENT INTERVIEW - Wednesday 28th March, 2007


To be honest, it is not often one get’s a stellar gathering of former world leaders, foreign ministers, and disgustingly loaded philanthropists captive, as it were, under the same roof. But that's precisely what Dateline has got here at the International Crisis Group's meeting here in Vancouver. But a bit of background mightn't go astray. The ICG has 130 staff spread across five continents, field offices in 17 countries and analysts working out in the field in something like 60 crisis spots scattered around the globe from Darfur to Iraq.


JEREMY LEGGETT and  CATHY ZOI INTERVIEW - Wednesday, 21th March, 2007

Unless you have been holidaying on Mars, you would have noticed that, of late, there have been a few major developments in what many regard as the greatest environmental challenge of them all - cutting greenhouse gases. The Europeans have really bitten the bullet, agreeing to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20% below 1990 levels by 2020. Meanwhile, Tony Blair has committed the UK to cutting their emissions by as much as 60% by 2050, with 20% of all their energy to come from renewable sources. Over in the US, states are sidestepping what they regard as the Bush Administration's "flat-earth" inertia on the whole issue and have set up carbon trading schemes among themselves.

George Negus spoke with two leading figures in the global warming debate. Jeremy Leggett - in London - has been described by 'Time' magazine as "one of the key players in putting the climate issue "on the world agenda." These days, he heads up Britain's largest solar energy company. Cathy Zoi is CEO of Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection. She recently returned to San Jose in the States after working here in Australia for 12 years.


AYAAN HIRSI ALI INTERVIEW - Wednesday, 14 May, 2007

When Dutch film-maker Theo van Gogh was brutally assassinated in Amsterdam in 2004, following his film about the abuse of Muslim women, a 5-page death threat was impaled on his chest addressed to his Somali-born co-producer, Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A one-time Dutch MP, Hirsi Ali fled to Holland 14 years ago to escape an arranged marriage. She's subsequently styled herself as a "Muslim infidel", hell-bent on highlighting the plight of Muslim women. Curiously, she has become the darling of the right for her condemnation of Islam and popular with the left for her stance on abuse of women - all of this under 24-hour protection and security surveillance.

Unperturbed, Hirsi Ali's book 'Infidel' continues to trumpet her one-woman campaign. On a recent Dateline assignment in Washington, George Negus spoke with her. 


WASHINGSTON INSIDERS - Wednesday 7th March, 2007

In Washington D.C. where George Negus found himself two weeks ago, it's still freezing but the political temperature there is definitely on the rise. The leading contenders for the White House have already hit the campaign trail, despite the fact that the US elections are still 20 months away While Dateline were there, George Negus had a pleasant dinner with a bunch of senior correspondents and analysts - two from the Republican side of the political spectrum, two from the Democrat side, plus a couple of "free spirits. Over a glass or two, they chewed the fat on US politics, Iraq, Iran, Hillary versus Barack Obama and of course - how could you not raise it? - Barack Obama versus, of all people, John Howard.


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