HAIFA ZANGANA INTERVIEW- Wednesday 24th May, 2006

Haifa Zangana is an Iraqi, she is also a writer and an activist for women's rights in her savagely battered homeland. Before the 2003 invasion, or liberation, depending on your point of view, she was an opponent of Saddam Hussein and his regime; indeed, she was imprisoned and tortured by the dictator. Haifa Zangana's currently in Australia for the Sydney Writers' Festival. Her most up-to-date contribution to the global debate on Iraq is a piece in "Not One More Death," a collection of essays on Iraq from a string of prominent writers including the likes of Harold Pinter and John La Carre. Earlier today, George Negus caught up with her at her Sydney hotel. 


WINSTON PETERS INTERVIEW - Wednesday 17th May, 2006

Earlier today George Negus recorded from Brisbane, an interview with New Zealand Foreign Minister, Winston Peters. The interview was recorded before a shock, late afternoon announcement by Solomons Prime Minister, Sogavare, that he’d postponed indefinitely appointing the two goaled Solomons MP’s to his ministry. Clearly the Solomon's leader has been under enormous pressure, both from within and outside the Pacific Island nation over those controversial appointments. Among other things, Dateline’s interview with the New Zealand Foreign Minister, a controversial politician in his own right, puts the issue in perspective. 


JAMES NAUGHTIE INTERVIEW - Wednesday 10th May, 2006

One of Galloway's staunchest enemies, Tony Blair, who's in big trouble. In fact, the British New Labour Prime Minister, coalition-of-the-willing ally of George Bush and John Howard, has been under almost constant attack, with calls becoming more raucous by the day from the media, the British public and from within his own party for him to fall on his political sword. To bring us up to date on the Blair crisis, George Negus spoke earlier this evening to British broadcaster and political journalist James Naughtie in London. 



In Australia, as we speak, is the Reverend Socratez Sofyan Yoman, the head of the Baptist Church in Indonesia's Papua province. The Reverend was in the province last week and is visiting here to speak about what he describes as the "climate of fear and intimidation in West Papua" right now. Also in the studio is the Convenor of Sydney University's West Papua Project, Professor Peter King. 


DR JOSE RAMOS-HORTA INTERVIEW - Wednesday 3rd May, 2006

In recent days, the violent goings-on in Dili, our northern neighbour's capital, have seen a serious blast from its horrible pre-independence past - burning vehicles, vandalised buildings, street violence and fatal shootings. On the face of it, the rioting, which led to at least five deaths, sprang from resentment within the fledgling nation's 1,800-strong army over recruitment discrimination, including many soldiers who fought as guerrillas in the 24-year resistance to Indonesian rule, until Australian-aided independence finally came to the former Portuguese colony in 1999.

But there are any number of observers who believe there's much more to the current unrest than meets the eye. Is it, they ask, an indication of much deeper socio-economic problems, even the basic stability of the world's newest nation and Asia's poorest Jose Ramos-Horta - the East Timorese Foreign Minister and 1996 Nobel Peace Prize Winner - has been here in Australia this week and George Negus spoke with him at the East Timorese Consulate in Sydney.



The local Internet lobby group GetUp launched a new television ad condemning the Federal Government's plans to alter Australia's immigration laws so that all unauthorised boat arrivals - aka asylum seekers - will be transferred to offshore detention centres where their claims for refugee status will be assessed. The main spark for the GetUp protest is that this harsh new law includes the detention of children. The dramatic change was prompted of course by last month's granting of temporary protection visas to 42 West Papuans - a decision that's sent the Indonesian Government into political paroxysms. Dateline takes a look at the GetUp ad and then an interview George Negus recorded late this afternoon with the Minister for Immigration, Senator Amanda Vanstone


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