MIKHAIL GORBACHEV INTERVIEW- Wednesday 26th July, 2006

There are very few individuals around who deserve an over-the-top description like this one - "the person who has changed the world more than anybody else alive". Big call, but that is precisely what it says here about the former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. These days, the man who has also been described as the worlds first "anti-communist communist" who 16 years ago ended the Cold War and changed the destiny of not just Russia, but also Europe and arguably the world, is still sought-after on the international lecture circuit. He is in Australia at the moment and George Negus caught up with him in Brisbane where, as an environmental activist these days, he was co-chair of the Earth Dialogues Forum at the 2006 Brisbane Festival.


NADIM HOURY INTERVIEW - Wednesday 26th July, 2006

Earlier today, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed shock at Israel's "apparently deliberate targeting" of a UN post in Lebanon in which four UN observers were killed. The Israelis have denied deliberately targeting the UN, but what does this latest outrage say about the conflict? Human Rights Watch has a group of dedicated individuals in both Lebanon and northern Israel documenting the alarming human rights toll. Do they believe civilians are being targeted? Nadim Houry is the Human Rights Watch representative in Lebanon and George Negus spoke to Nadim earlier this evening from Beirut.


THE WAR ON THE BORDER - Wednesday, 26 July, 2006

To the consternation of many around the globe, the war in Lebanon and northern Israel rages while the rest of us gape, unable to do anything to curb the carnage. What can only be described as mutual madness has been going on now for two weeks, tearing apart innocents on both sides with the blame game being played out behind the shelling. We have seen plenty of images like these of the demolition of Beirut and something of the Hezbollah bombing of Haifa. But precious little has been seen of what is happening in the far south of Lebanon on the Israeli border.

As it turns out, one of Datelines Arabic translators here at SBS has a brother-in-law living close to the border. Loutfullah Daher also happens to be a professional cameraman, and since the conflict began, he has been travelling throughout that part of Lebanon, regularly coming under fire.

Dateline got in touch with Loutfullah and asked him to send us some of his footage. A warning is probably apt - some of what you are about to see and hear is not exactly pleasant.


PRINCE HASSAN INTERVIEW - Wednesday, 19 July, 2006

Is that what it's ultimately all about - the annihilation, whatever it takes, of both Hamas and Hezbollah by the Israelis? For his perspective on this and any possibility of a cessation in the violence and fighting, earlier this evening George Negus talked from the Jordanian capital, Amman, with an old contact on these matters, Crown Prince Hassan, King Abdullah's uncle.


DR AMAAL-GHORAYEB - Wednesday, 19 July, 2006

As if Iraq and Afghanistan weren't enough, now more death and destruction in the Middle East itself with innocent civilians on both sides, including kids, bearing the brunt. In this eye-for-an-eye contest, Israel has sent in the troops and says it will keep up its bombardment of Lebanon, destroying much of the country in the process, while Hezbollah is showing no sign of letting up on their rocket attacks into northern Israel. A short time ago, George Negus spoke with Dr Amaal Saad-Ghorayeb. A professor at the Lebanese American University, she is regarded as an expert on Hezbollah. We were to interview her in a Beirut studio but because of an escalation in the Israeli attacks on the city, we found ourselves talking by phone as the professor was watching local television news.


EFRAIM HALEVY INTERVIEW - Wednesday, 12 July, 2006

For an Israeli point-of-view earlier this afternoon I spoke with Efriam Halevy, for 30 years an operative with Israel's intelligence agency, Mossad, and for five years, up until 2002, he was head of the agency. Mr Halevy is certainly no dove - he unapologetically defends Israel's hardline approach to the Palestinian leadership, and under his Mossad reign Hamas leaders were selectively assassinated and Yasser Arafat, the former Palestinian leader, was kept under siege in his Ramallah compound. These days Mr Halevy is head of the influential Center of Strategic and Policy Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.


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