MANESSEH SOGAVARE INTERVIEW- Wednesday 26th April, 2006
to the Solomons, where today the rioting and looting might have
subsided, but the political turmoil in the troubled Pacific island
nation took yet another dramatic turn. As you will have heard, minutes
before the Prime Minister-elect, Snyder Rini, was about to face a
no-confidence motion in the Parliament this morning, apparently without
warning, four ministers from his government coalition defected to the
opposition benches and Snyder Rini resigned. It was Rini's election as
Prime Minister that last week sparked those two days of anti-Taiwanese
violence in Honiara.
SIR PETER KENILOREA INTERVIEW - Wednesday 19th April, 2006
saw that violent protest against the new Prime Minister, the unpopular
former deputy PM Snyder Rini. Today apparently, things have got worse,
Rini's gone into hiding. The capital, Honiara, is in lockdown and most
of the city's Chinese commercial district has been looted and burned.
This afternoon, more than 100 Australian troops flew out of Townsville
for the Solomons to help restore order. Earlier this evening, George
Negus spoke with Sir Peter Kenilorea, the Speaker of the island
FRANCIS FUKUYAMA INTERVIEW - Wednesday 12th April, 2006
the name Francis Fukuyama? Surely you do?! He was the American
political economist who, back in '92, caused a real stir around the
world with his controversial work, 'The End of History'. This huge
tome. At that particular post-Cold War time, as Fukuyama saw it,
ideology was dead, or at least Marxism, communism and socialism were.
He became something of a guru for the so-called neo-cons - the
ultra-right-wing activists in Washington, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle
and co - who've had such a commanding influence on the policies of the
Bush regime, including the decision to invade Iraq after 9/11.
Well, recently, Fukuyama has been at it again, causing another stir, this time, though, by dramatically defecting from his former neo-con mates and coming out against George Bush, the invasion of Iraq and the war on terror. This is his latest political bestseller - not the end of history but 'The End of the Neo-Cons - America at the Crossroads'.
Earlier today George Negus talked with Professor Fukuyama via satellite from Washington.
BOB GELDOF INTERVIEW - Wednesday 5th April, 2006
Bob Geldof started out as as Irish rock'n'roller who hated Mondays but
these days he's a global figure - a so-called celebrity activist -
who's convinced he can make world poverty history. Next week he's on
his way here with his guitar and his band, to perform. But if he bumps
into John Howard, you can be guaranteed the Australian PM will get an
earful about our substandard commitment on aid to the world's 3 billion
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