Tuesday, March 20, 2018

What Impression Is Saudi Crown Prince Making Globally? - Inside Story

The Saudi Crown Prince is promoting himself as a social and an economic reformer - reinventing his Kingdom for the modern era. But since his rise to power last year, Mohammed bin Salman has been a controversial figure. He has put together a range of reforms at home, including easing restrictions on women's rights, and a more open policy on entertainment and public performances. And he is behind a major anti-corruption drive targeting the Saudi elite, which critics say also removes domestic rivals.

The United Nations says the Saudi bombing campaign in Yemen has contributed to one of the world's worst humanitarian crises. And the Crown Prince has hit out at Iran, comparing the country's Supreme leader to Adolf Hitler. And now reports have emerged of a plan to reshape the political map of the Middle East and fracture the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Presenter: Laura Kyle | Guests: Joe Macaron - Policy analyst at the Arab Center Washington DC; Rami Khouri, a Senior Public Policy Fellow and adjunct professor of journalism at the American University of Beirut; Sami Hamdi, Editor-in-Chief of International Interest

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

What Do Russian Voters Expect from Their Leader? - Inside Story

About 110 million voters are given the chance to choose a President for Russia, and the spotlight is on one man - Vladimir Putin. He has led the country for almost two decades - either as President or Prime Minister.

Many voters credit Putin, a 65-year-old former KGB spy, with standing up for Russia’s interests. But others say there's no alternative. The election comes at a time when relations with the US are compared to the Cold War and Moscow's accused of poisoning a spy in Britain.

So what do Russians expect from their leader?

Presenter: Laura Kyle | Guests: Pavel Felgen-haeur - Columnist with Novaya Gazetta; Anna Borsh-chevskaya - Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; James Nixey - Head of the Russia and Eurasia programme at the foreign affairs think-tank, Chatham House

Saturday, March 17, 2018

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Overthrow: 100 Years of US Meddling & Régime Change, from Iran to Nicaragua to Hawaii to Cuba

As special counsel Robert Mueller continues his probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, we take a look back at Washington’s record of meddling in elections across the globe. By one count, the United States has interfered in more than 80 foreign elections between 1946 and 2000. And that doesn’t count U.S.-backed coups and invasions. We speak to former New York Times reporter Stephen Kinzer, author of “Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq.”

Thursday, March 15, 2018

How Will a Divided West Tackle a Resurgent Russia? - Inside Story

The rhetoric of the Cold War appears to be back - with strong words at the UN Security Council and the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats from Britain.

The US, France and Germany along with the UK have issued a joint statement blaming Moscow for the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK.

The apparent unity in the West though comes at a time of friction over Brexit and an unpredictable White House. Russia says the accusations are 'insane' - and that Britain is refusing to cooperate with Moscow in the investigation of the incident.

Is there a rush to judgment by western powers on Russia?

Presenter: Adrian Finighan | Guests: Vyacheslav Matuzov, a former Russian diplomat; Matthew Goodwin, Senior Visiting Fellow in the Europe Programme at Chatham House; Fabrice Pothier, Former Director of Policy Planning for NATO

Monday, March 12, 2018

What Does the Anti-Qatar Quartet Exactly Want? - Inside Story

When the blockade against Qatar began in June last year, the question on everyone's lips was: why!? A new Al Jazeera investigation suggests the answer does not lie in events of eight months ago, but those of more than two decades ago.

The report reveals new evidence of an attempt by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, to overthrow the Qatari government in 1996. It includes interviews with coup leaders who conspired to remove the Emir of Qatar at the time - Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. He is the father of the current Emir.

The investigation implicates leaders from all four blockading countries. It says the committee formed to organise the 1996 coup was led by many who are the helm of power in some of the blockading countries On Inside Story, an in-depth discussion on why the anti-Qatar quartet has been targeting the regime in Doha.

Will Trump Help Saudi Arabia Build a Nuclear Program?

Media reports say the U.S. is considering selling nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia. Analyst Ali al-Ahmed is skeptical, and says Trump has just removed the fig leaf of concern for human rights abuses by the Gulf dictatorship.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Why Is Britain Rolling Out the Red Carpet for the Saudi Crown Prince? | Inside Story

The red carpet has been rolled out at Buckingham Palace and Number 10 Downing Street in London for Mohammed Bin Salman on his first trip abroad since he became Saudi Crown Prince.

The 32-year old became heir to the throne after a palace crisis last June. Since then, he's continued his country's involvement in the war in Yemen, launched the blockade of Qatar and began what his government calls an anti-corruption drive. Dozens of high profile princes and businessmen were arrested and held in a hotel accused of corruption.

His country is accused by human rights organisations of widespread abuses, and has been criticised for its conduct of the war in Yemen, a conflict which has caused a humanitarian catastrophe. So what will be the impact of his visit, both for Saudi Arabia and the UK?

Presenter: Richelle Carey | Guests: David Hearst - Editor-in-chief of Middle East Eye; Khalil Jahshan - Executive Director of Arab Center Washington DC; Anas Altkriti - President of the Muslim Association of Britain