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Revolution in Sudan and predicting the future (E288)

As the French revolutionary Saint-Just said, “He who half makes a revolution, digs his own grave.” Revolution is a process not an event, often taking years to complete its course as in the case of the French and Russian revolutions. Sudan must be seen in these contexts. If the masses succeed only in removing the dictator General Bashir, they will merely replace one dictatorship with another. If they don't complete the course, they will dig their own graves. So, to discuss these turbulent events we invited Ahmed Kaballo, broadcaster, journalist and son of a prominent Sudanese revolutionary, into the studio to tell us just what is happening.

There used to be a wonderful BBC series called ‘Tomorrow's World’ in which from a ‘70s perspective they tried to predict what life would be like in the then-distant 21st century. Not much of it proved accurate, which taught us that prediction was a risky business. Undeterred however, Keith Mansfield, a publisher, scientist and mathematician from Cambridge University, now working at Oxford University's Future of Humanity Institute, and with the University of Berkeley, has produced a digest of 200 futuristic concepts all explained in an instant. We invited him to the studio to tell us what he predicts.

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