Renaissance Man and Haiti chaos (E393)
England’s Euro hopes have collapsed, in some ugliness it must be said, but what does Gareth Southgate’s football run mean for the future of the beautiful game in this country? Michael Knighton is a Renaissance Man, but he is not an Italian. He rarely gives interviews, so chances are you won’t have heard from him, but for 62 days, he was the chairman of Manchester United, and for three years after that, a club director. If he hadn’t parted company with United, you’d never have heard of the Glazers, the American billionaires who now own the club. So, what happened to him after football? We invited him onto Sputnik to tell us more about football, art and… coal mining.
Haiti, the first country in the world to overthrow slavery, has been sinking for many years. All the metrics of a failed state are present there. Rampant criminality, rigged elections, gang supremacy, foreign meddling, drug-trading, oligarchs, and, now, the assassination of their president. Who did what and why is still hazy, but here’s what we know: a president past his mandate was murdered in his home in a commando operation involving at least 22 people, two of them Americans and the rest Colombians. The prime minister, who had already resigned, is now in charge of an island that’s in a state of siege. Beyond that, few people know, so we turned to someone who does. Journalist, editor, and documentary maker Kim Ives is also an editor at Haiti Liberté. She came onto the show to explain just what is happening.