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"Channeling Brussels", hosted by journalist Teri Schultz, gets newsmakers, movers and shakers to lose the lingo, burst out of the Brussels bubble and have real conversations about the critical foreign and security policies shaping our world. it's the rest of the story, beyond the few seconds of soundbites that make it into the news.
 
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Mary Ann Sieghart asks what it takes to be a powerful woman and what holds so many back. Sexism, appearance and encouraging fathers are all up for discussion as Mary Ann talks to former Prime Ministers Jadranka Kosor and Julia Gillard, former Chair of the US Federal Reserve Janet Yellen, architect Yasmeen Lari, author Bernardine Evaristo and many o…
 
Nagorno-Karabakh, the ethnic Armenian enclave within Azerbaijan, became the frontline of a war again this autumn. This resulted in Azerbaijan regaining some of the territory lost in previous conflicts – and with it, homes and landmarks that are precious to Armenians. Peter Oborne was there just as the current Russian-backed peacekeeping deal was an…
 
The arrival of winter for many countries brings the threat of increased infections as people gather indoors to escape the cold. It’s also a time for celebrating religious festivals and holidays. Host Nuala McGovern shares conversations with an American family in Indiana about Thanksgiving, and two young women in Gaza relate their experiences of cur…
 
Vaccines offer the best way out of the COVID-19 pandemic (we are told) and they are perhaps just weeks away for some people… developed in record time. But will everyone have faith in the science - and if not, could it hurt our chances of beating the virus? This is RTGuests: Melinda Mills University of Oxford Mark EmalfarbFounder and CEO of Dyadic J…
 
18 fishermen from Sicily are in jail in Benghazi, accused of fishing in Libya’s waters. And in this part of the Mediterranean rich in the highly-prized and lucrative red prawn, these kinds of arrests are frequent. Usually the Libyans release the men after negotiations. This time it’s different. Gen Khalifa Haftar – the warlord with authority over t…
 
The Mapuche are Chile’s largest indigenous group – a population of more than 2 million people. And, they are fighting for their right to heal. They want Chileans to value their unique approach to healthcare and give them control of land and their own destiny. But, it’s a tough sell when there’s so much distrust and violence between the two communit…
 
Because of its war history, Germany remains frightened of being assertive on its own. Yet it holds the key to enabling Europe to become the third global pole to China and America. This programme looks at Germany’s current place in the world: the facts, the psychology and the consequences. John Kampfner visits Duisburg in the gritty Ruhr area with i…
 
Police in France may soon be given more protection from those who want to expose allegations of brutality. It could become unlawful to show the faces of security officers, leading to complaints that journalists will be unable to report on police wrong-doing.GUESTSPauline Ades-MevelReporters Without Borders Anne Elisabeth MoutetColumnist Philippe Ma…
 
Throughout the pandemic Alan Dein has been hearing inspiring and moving accounts of how people’s lives have been transformed by the pandemic. Today, Alan connects with Sakie in Myanmar, who tells of a heroic 24-hour journey from his remote village in order to save his mother’s life. He also catches up with Maria Ester in Ecuador, who he first spoke…
 
Money as they say talks, and in the case of two EU countries it’s shouting NO very loudly. Hungary and Poland are blocking the release of billions of dollars to other member nations. What’s going on?Guests:Andras LaszloAdvisor to FideszMichael TaylorSenior Analyst at Oxford AnalyticaPieter CleppePolicy Analyst at Property Rights Alliance Roundtable…
 
Just a little more than 100 kms off the coast of West Africa and the Canary Islands are a new favoured route for people smugglers trying to get migrants into Europe. And it’s one of the deadliest crossings there is. GUESTS:Graham Keeley Freelance Journalist Lina Vosyliute Centre for European Policy Studies Thamsanqua Zhou Africa Analyst Roundtable …
 
This is the story of Chido Govera aka The Mushroom Woman. It is a story about her home, Zimbabwe. And it is also a story about mushrooms. It never should have happened. Chido, an orphan, became the provider in her family aged seven. At 10 she was destined to marry a man 30 years older than her. But a chance encounter led her to discover the almost …
 
Women in Ecuador, Peru and Brazil reveal the frightening effect of the pandemic and lockdowns on women in Latin America. Many are living with their aggressors and are unable to escape to a safe place. Many countries are now dealing with a new rise in coronavirus cases. Host Nuala McGovern hears from medical professionals from Madrid, Paris and New …
 
In the United States, President Trump still hasn’t conceded that he has lost the election. His campaign is doubling down making claims of voter fraud. But without evidence. Meanwhile, the election winner, Joe Biden, is preparing to become president while being denied access to the briefings he is entitled to as President-elect, as Anthony Zurcher r…
 
If Joe Biden’s election is the end of an isolationist US, then Europe will be looking at the Presidents elect with as much interest as any corner of the world. Who’s got the most to gain- and lose - from a new relationship with the world’s most powerful man?Paul Poast University of Chicago Pieter Cleppe Policy Analyst Anthony DworkinEuropean Counci…
 
“First we were enslaved. Then we were poisoned.” That’s how many on Martinique see the history of their French Caribbean island that, to tourists, means sun, rum, and palm-fringed beaches. Slavery was abolished in 1848. But today the islanders are victims again – of a toxic pesticide called chlordecone that’s poisoned the soil and water and been li…
 
“First we were enslaved. Then we were poisoned.” That’s how many on Martinique see the history of their French Caribbean island that, to tourists, means sun, rum, and palm-fringed beaches. Slavery was abolished in 1848. But today the islanders are victims again – of a toxic pesticide called chlordecone that’s poisoned the soil and water and been li…
 
As governments around the world rethink their economies and societies after Covid, addressing the environment, towns and cities and the way we live, is it possible that Germany is closer to finding the answers?In this programme, John Kampfner looks at where they’re getting it right, and where they are going wrong. The contradictions are many. Why i…
 
Maybe it’s being an island nation, perhaps it’s all that old Britannia Rules the Waves stuff, but whatever the reasons for not so far landing a deal, fishing rights could yet prove the breaking point - yet this is an industry that accounts for just one tenth of one percent of the UK’s GDPGuests:Barrie DeasChief Executive at the NFFOBryce StewartMar…
 
Obesity is a growing problem in Thailand. As the country becomes more affluent, its citizens are working more and cooking less which means that they are buying more convenience foods containing high levels of fat and sugar. In the Thai population at large, one in three men is obese but the numbers are worse in Thai temples where one in two Buddhist…
 
Is there more hope or less for peace between Serbia and Kosovo now that the Kosovar President has stepped down to face charges of war crimes? Will the case bring more entrenchment and resentment or could it pave the way for a long-lasting deal between two unhappy neighbours? Guests:Ivana ZanicHumanitarian Law CenterSerbeze HaxhiajInvestigative Jour…
 
At dusk on a warm evening in 2016, two men arrive, unexpectedly, at a remote South African farmhouse. The frenzy that follows will come to haunt a community, destroying families, turning neighbours into "traitors", prompting street protests and threats of violence, and dividing the small farming and tourist town of Parys along racial lines. Corresp…
 
For Hindus, Sikhs and Jains it's Diwali - the festival of lights. But this year there's the pandemic. What impact is that having in India, asks Rajini Vaidyanathan in Delhi.In Azerbaijan, the decades-long intermittent war with Armenia over the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh flared up again in September. Earlier this week, Russia brokered a de…
 
Joe Biden is the projected winner of the race to be the next president of the United States. Donald Trump, however, refuses to concede the election and many of his supporters continue to believe that he will remain in power after the inauguration in January. Host Ben James shares conversations among Trump supporters in Georgia, Florida and Washingt…
 
As if Chinese bats that brought Covid aren’t bad enough, now there are Danish Mink carrying a mutation that’s already infected people. Is the disease changing so rapidly it’s impossible to keep up? This is RTGUESTS: Part 1: COVID-19: Mutation danger?Dr Bharat PankhaniaSenior Clinical Lecturer Ann Marie KimballEpidemiologistWim van der PoelZoonotic …
 
In the US, lots of eyes are still on the outcome of the election in Georgia. Joe Biden appears to have to have narrowly won the state, but the margin is so narrow that local law requires a recount. Suzanne Kianpour hails from Atlanta, Georgia, and found herself back there as the votes were being counted.Parts of South East Asia’s largest remaining …
 
Indonesia is the world’s largest exporter of palm oil, a product found in everything from shampoo to soup; in the last two decades vast areas of forests have been cleared to make way for plantations. The remote province of Papua, home to Asia’s largest remaining rainforests has escaped fairly untouched...until now. It's the new frontier for unfair …
 
After attacks in France and Austria, the UK raised its terror threat alert to highly likely; so what are we looking at here - the prospect of more random acts of violence, or an overreaction by authorities? GUESTSRichard McNeil Wilson Counter Extremism Researcher Lewis Herrington Author of ‘Understanding Martyrdom Terrorism in Europe’ Rizwaan Sabir…
 
A year ago, many Germans were dismissing Angela Merkel as beyond her sell-by date. Her motto, "langsam aber sicher" (slow but sure), was seen as outdated. Covid has transformed that. It is not that she has particularly changed, it is just that the world has come to respect traits that had previously been derided. Germany has now dealt with three cr…
 
Is Poland’s government ready to back down on a court ruling that would ban pretty much all abortions? The scale of protests has set the scene for a confrontation between hardliners and those on the streets.Guests:Krystyna KacpuraFederation for Women and Family PlanningProfessor Anita PrazmowskaProfessor at London School of EconomicsTomasz OciepkaAn…
 
In India, a child goes missing every eight minutes. BBC South Asia Correspondent Rajini Vaidyanathan meets the family of one of those children and follows their attempts to trace their daughter. It’s a journey that takes us into the murky world of human trafficking, where children are bought and sold as commodities – forced to work long hours in fa…
 
Four countries - four different cures for Covid. Today we examine the different ways in which Sweden, Italy, France and the UK are tackling the pandemic. Does anyone have the right answer? This is RTGuests: Stefan Swartling Peterson Professor of Global Health Dr. Flavia Riccardo Epidemiologist Viviane Kovess-Masfety Professor of Public Health Misha…
 
A brutal assault on Kabul University, the biggest and oldest in the country, left at least 35 dead and 50 wounded. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State group, but the Afghan government and the Taliban are blaming each other for it, when the two sides are meant to be focusing on peace talks. Lyse Doucet speaks to one University lecturer about…
 
The US election has amplified political and racial divisions across the nation, so how do voters feel about the splits in their society?Host Nuala McGovern is in Reno, Nevada, speaking to people across the political spectrum to hear how they feel about the vote and the state of their nation. In this election assumptions have been overturned and exp…
 
France’s president remains at odds with Muslim leaders in Europe as his authorities respond to attacks: closing down mosques, shutting rights organisations. What is Emmanuel Macron’s issue with Islam? Idriss Sihamedi Founder of Muslim Charity Baraka CityYasser Louati Human Rights AdvocatePeter AllenFreelance JournalistNacira Guenif Sociologist Roun…
 
Nigeria's EndSARS demonstrations have ground to a halt following the fatal shooting of at least 12 people, although that number is disputed. Investigations into the incident are underway and a panel has been hearing evidence in Lagos. But as Mayeni Jones has found out, the search for the truth in Nigeria, involves a great deal of theatre.In China, …
 
Eighteen fishermen from Sicily are in jail in Benghazi, accused of fishing in Libya’s waters. And in this part of the Mediterranean, rich in the highly-prized and lucrative red prawn, these kinds of arrests are frequent. Usually the Libyans release the men after negotiations. This time it’s different. General Khalifa Haftar – the warlord with autho…
 
America First was Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan - we will look after ourselves, not other countries. How have the last four years changed America’s approach to foreign affairs - and indeed changed the world at large?GUESTSKlaus W. LarresProfessor of History & International AffairsScottie Nell HughesPolitical CommentatorGina Yannitell Reinhard…
 
Just as millions of Americans will be eyeing the result of their Presidential election, so too will world leaders; nowhere more so than in Europe - where the result will shape politics on this side of The Atlantic for the next four years; or more.Paul PoastUniversity of ChicagoPieter CleppePolicy AnalystNicolas BouchetGerman Marshall Fund of the Un…
 
Will Robson investigates the impact climate change is having on human security in Central and Northern America. He examines how global warming is leading to mass migration across the region, and how a spike in freak weather events is undermining basic social infrastructures. He also hears why the avocado has become a “conflict commodity” in Mexico,…
 
Native American women are trafficked, murdered and raped at five to ten times the national rate of other American women. The figures are gruelling. Each year, hundreds of girls and women go missing. Many end up dead. A complex system of tribal, state and federal law means many of these women are often failed by law enforcement when it comes to inve…
 
Finally crossing a border into the European Union if you are a migrant can be a difficult enough journey on its own. But who’s there to protect you from physical and sexual abuse at the hands of those patrolling the borders? Guests:Arafatul IslamJournalist, Deutsche Welle Bengali Nidžara AhmetaševićJournalist & Scholar Christian Kaunert Professor o…
 
Record numbers of Americans have already voted early in the US elections. The country has become more polarised under President Trump, but it remains to be seen whether the high early turnout is due to heightened political feelings, or concerns about catching the virus on polling day. Nick Bryant reflects on the political state of the nation, and o…
 
As the presidential election campaign nears its conclusion, another American city witnesses protests for racial justice after police officers shoot dead a black man on the streets of Philadelphia. Host Nuala McGovern shares several conversations on the prominence of race in this election campaign including two police officers from New York and Miss…
 
Did DAESH die with Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi in Syria a year ago? Look 6,000 kms south and the answer is NO.Mozambique has seen as many as 300,000 people displaced in a violent insurgency. On this RT, how to stop IS destablising southern AfricaGuests: PART 1:Zenaida MachadoMozambique ResearcherPART 2:Alex VinesDirector of Africa Programme at Chatham Hou…
 
Five days before the American election, record numbers have cast their ballots already, making use of the expansion in early voting due to the pandemic. Naturalised US citizens make up one in ten eligible voters this year. Among them Laura Trevelyan, who voted in the presidential race as a US citizen for the first time, joining the queues in New Yo…
 
Ahead of the US presidential election on 3 November, two socially distanced views of the pre-election political landscape of America, explore different perspectives on key issues and themes from the last four years of the Trump presidency and a campaign curtailed by Covid-19 restrictions. Susan Glasser writes a Letter from Trump’s Washington column…
 
The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report identified the Sahel as a ‘climate change hot spot’, a region where human security is particularly threatened by the effects of global warming. Will Robson explores the area’s war-torn history and investigates how climate change is acting as the catalyst to migration, violent disputes over…
 
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