Friendly dictators, hostility to homeless, & Gaza Mon Amour (E183)
Afshin Rattansi goes underground on Britain’s relationship with Syria. The UK’s former ambassador to Syria, Henry Hogger, describes Assad as someone ‘there was a feeling you could do business with’ and argues the so-called Islamic State should be a ‘uniting factor’ and closer collaboration between all nations is needed to tackle the threat. Alex Andreou, an actor and writer who has faced the challenges of homelessness firsthand, warns of an ‘anti-human’ environment, leveled against rough sleepers and questions the frame of mind of people stepping over rough sleepers in front of their warm flats asking ‘how does their homelessness affect me for the 10 seconds it takes to get into my building?’ World-famous jazz saxophonist Gilad Atzmon discusses Israel and Palestine, when one of his gigs was canceled due to ‘safety concerns’ after the venue was ‘blitzed with a lot of extremist and threatening messages’ from a pro-Israeli group. With another fracking protest happening today, we see if there is any difference between Labour and the Conservatives on the issue. And a challenging question for David Cameron in PMQs – do he and his ministers know what a question – or an answer – really is?
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