Persian Gulf tension and the Scottish question (E298)
‘Locked and loaded,’ says Donald Trump. ‘Bring it on,’ say the Iranians. Are we really on the brink of all-out war in the Persian Gulf? The proximate cause is the aerial attack on Saudi Arabia’s biggest oil refinery; it cut the kingdom’s exports by half and reduced world supply by five percent, causing a shockwave in prices at the pump. But in whose interest was this attack? Robert Carter is a broadcaster, journalist and Iran expert, so we invited him into the Sputnik studio to discuss the repercussions of the attack.
Although one million Scots voted for Brexit, the clear majority voted to remain. But will Scotland agree to remain in the union with Britain when we leave the EU on October 31? It’s a political, even philosophical, debate as to why Scotland, or at least its governing party, would leave one union only to rejoin another much larger union that’s much further away. So, we invited veteran Scottish journalist Ron McKay into the Sputnik studio to help us understand why, and examine this uncharted terrain.