Sputnik Orbiting the World

  • Democrat blues and the legacy of Khashoggi (E253)
    What’s changed in the American political landscape? After the midterm elections, although polling was up more than a third on the last midterms, there was no fireworks barge on the east river for Democrat celebrations – and no blue wave...
  • Sputnik Orbiting the World
    Sputnik orbits the World with George Galloway, looking behind the stories which made the news, as well as unearthing the ones that didn’t. Expect debate and discussion between George Galloway and authoritative, influential, but most importantly, informed, guests. Topics may differ from politics to social concerns, but Sputnik will remain true to its aim – bringing a new perspective, a different view.
  • Democrat blues and the legacy of Khashoggi (E253)
    Democrat blues and the legacy of Khashoggi (E253)
    What’s changed in the American political landscape? After the midterm elections, although polling was up more than a third on the last midterms, there was no fireworks barge on the east river for Democrat celebrations – and no blue wave...
  • Autumn budget and Windrush voices (E252)
    Autumn budget and Windrush voices (E252)
    Budgets were once a “straw hats and Pimms day” in parliament – though, to be fair, that was when they were held in the spring. Now they take place in the early chill of autumn. Chancellors were arguably bigger figures back then...
  • The populism of populism in Italy and Philippines (E251)
    The populism of populism in Italy and Philippines (E251)
    The Italian government, already in trouble over its budget with the EU, is the personification of populism: a hybrid of left and right working together on a populist programme. In Hungary, Poland, and many other European countries, lines of left and...
  • The fall of the House of Saud and Britain at the crossroads? (E250)
    The fall of the House of Saud and Britain at the crossroads? (E250)
    Quentin Tarantino wouldn’t have dared to produce a scene like the one described by the New York Times regarding the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. They claim that a Glasgow University-trained surgeon put his earphones in, turned his music on, and...
  • Neverendum referendum and a look behind enemy lines (E249)
    Neverendum referendum and a look behind enemy lines (E249)
    The Brexit pot is heating up causing cleavages in both Conservative and Labour Party camps. This week even saw Tony Blair pop up to tell us the way forward. He wants MPs to vote down any Brexit deal and then vote for yet another referendum with...
  • Kavanaugh unchartered waters & Shameless star Kearns on shameful events of the past (E248)
    Kavanaugh unchartered waters & Shameless star Kearns on shameful events of the past (E248)
    Once again, we are in unchartered waters with President Donald Trump. His decision, presumably conscious, to mock the Senate testimony of an alleged rape victim at a rally in Mississippi was a big gamble, apart from anything else, coming just weeks...
  • The Miami Showband Massacre (E247)
    The Miami Showband Massacre (E247)
    On the night of July 31, 1975, the Miami Showband were travelling back from a gig in County Down, in the north of Ireland, when just outside of Newry they were stopped at a military roadside checkpoint. Out of the five band members travelling back...
  • Crime writing, fracking, to the moon and beyond (E246)
    Crime writing, fracking, to the moon and beyond (E246)
    Murder mysteries are a very British phenomenon; from Miss Marple to Midsomer Murders, nothing packs them in or shifts the books off the shelf like a ‘who done it?’ Pearl Nolan is joining the genre now, she is a detective that is to...
  • Attica prison uprising, 1971 and America today (E245)
    Attica prison uprising, 1971 and America today (E245)
    He’s a working class council houseman from Edinburgh with not much in the way of formal education. Yet his reach is phenomenal: from a critique of Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables” to a new work on the epic Attica Prison...
  • A week in British politics: Corbyn, Salisbury and the welfare state (E244)
    A week in British politics: Corbyn, Salisbury and the welfare state (E244)
    It’s been another tumultuous week in British politics. At the beginning of the week, we have seen the humiliation of Jeremy Corbyn by his own comrades on Labour's National Executive Committee followed by his enemies refusing to take...