Afghan crisis and Manchester joy (E400)
This week, a US drone killed six Afghan children in a house in Kabul, presumably not the putative suicide bombers indicated on the US computer. The child-killing didn’t even make most news bulletins. If everything else has changed in Afghanistan, some things never change: the killing goes on. Widely recognized as the greatest of all Arab journalists, Abdel Bari Atwan has millions of followers online. In a long career he has seen it all, including interviewing Osama bin Laden in the mountains of Afghanistan. He joined Sputnik to discuss the ongoing crisis.
After tense negotiations, news finally broke that Manchester’s prodigal son, Cristiano Ronaldo, was returning to his spiritual football home. Arguably the greatest footballer in history, “the GOAT” returned at the ripe old age of 36. A snip at around £25 million or so, it’s the wages that are a problem. Half a million a week at 36, when most players are hanging up their boots. Barry Silkman was a football star himself in England and in Israel, but he never earned more from kicking a ball than Ronaldo spends on breakfast. Now that he is a football agent he earns an undisclosed fee for negotiating serious money for his clients. So we invited him aboard Sputnik to share his football secrets.