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Sputnik Orbiting the World


Sputnik Orbiting the World, 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.

Mar 28, 2020 12:55

World economies and ‘Smart Power’? (E325)

President Trump thinks it will all be over by Easter, even though evidence suggests that the US is rapidly becoming the epicenter of the pandemic. But are we all paying the price for an American economy driven by instant gratification, and are we all prepared for a future society where we can’t get fast food, fast deliveries, fast returns? Max Keiser knows a thing or two about brokerage, banking, finance, and world economies, so he made a virtual appearance in the Sputnik studio to talk, amongst other things, about paper gold, paper oil and, of course, cryptocurrency.

Professor Tim Anderson lectures on political economy and is also an activist who has written widely on conflicts around the world, particularly those which rely on proxy armies and with the intent of regime change. A strategy euphemistically called ‘Smart Power’ and originating in Latin America, there appears to be a doubling down on countries such as Venezuela and Iran now under the cloak of the coronavirus. But could this be the last days of empire with a new system set to emerge, constructed by the people, or will it be business as usual when we come through the crisis? He came into the studio to give his insights.

Mar 21, 2020 11:18

Covid-19 and justice for Harry Dunn?

What’s in a name; Spanish flu had nothing to do with the Spanish; swine flu had nothing to do with pigs; so, is it fair to call Covid-19 the Chinese flu? As we brace ourselves for this pandemic sweeping through communities, we put the name calling to one side and speak with Dr. Margaret Harris, spokesperson for WHO; an organization which has 194 member states all equally represented and with equal votes and, more importantly, an increasingly trusted organization.

Last August, Harry Dunn was riding his motorcycle along the proper side of the road. He was struck by a car being driven on the wrong side of the road and he died forty minutes later. Harry’s parents were told by authorities that no one would ever be held to account for his death. However, they had not reckoned on the tenacity of his parents. Radd Seiger lived a few doors away from Harry.  As a retired lawyer, he approached the family and offered his services. He came into the Sputnik studio to tell us about the latest developments in this tragic death and how the fight still goes on for justice.

Mar 14, 2020 10:11

Irish Politics and New Film talent (E323)

It’s official — St. Patrick’s Day is canceled. When one of the most gregarious peoples on Earth cancels such an iconic celebration because of Covid-19, you know it’s serious. When Sinn Féin  leader Mary Lou McDonald suggested the cancellation, she was ridiculed. Now everyone agrees with her.

She called it right, and now there’s a growing feeling in Ireland that following her extraordinary victory in last month’s Irish elections, it’s time to put a woman in charge. So, to discuss the rise and rise of Sinn Fein, we invited Ruairí Ó Murchú, TD for Dundalk, County Louth, to join us on the show.

In the shortest time imaginable Marc Zammit has gone from protégé to prodigious award-winning talent as an actor, producer, and film director. Unbelievably, he’s only 31, brought up on a council estate from a poor background, he’s not from the usual luvvy classes. He acted for 20 years, starting as a child in theater school, and has been directing for only two years. His crowdfunded directorial debut feature, Homeless Ashes, telling us the story of the homeless people we see all around us. “They’re not pigeons, they’re not dogs; they’re human beings,” he says. So, we invited Marc into the Sputnik studio to tell us more.

Mar 7, 2020 18:58

Special for International Woman’s Day (E322)

As International Women’s Day dawns, debate rages around the question some of us never imagined we would be asking: what is a woman? The dictionary definition is clear enough: an adult human female. Left-wing and liberal thinking think it is not so clear. For many, just like Alice, words mean exactly what I say them to mean. But people are losing their jobs, even being arrested by the 900 ‘hate crime officers’ of the Metropolitan Police over pronouns and over misgendering. One woman with forthright views on the matter is a broadcaster, journalist, and social commenter. She is Sonia Poulton. So, she came into the studio to help us try to understand the debate.

FGM, female genital mutilation, is a hate crime manifesting the fear and loathing in some male supremacist societies of complete, sexual women. So, there could hardly be a better time to discuss this matter of cutting women down than International Women’s Day. Hibo Wardere came to UK from Somalia in the late 80s, and through her own testimonials and lobbying she has become one of Britain’s most prominent campaigners about FGM. Her ambition is to see this awful practice eradicated in her lifetime. We invited her Into the Sputnik studio to tell us about her memoir ‘Cut’, her work and her tireless activism.

Feb 29, 2020 09:59

Julian Assange trial and Nicaragua now (E321)

The Julian Assange case has finally broken into the mainstream as he sits in a bulletproof glass box in Woolwich Crown "Fort”. The publisher of WikiLeaks has been wanted by successive US administrations and, according to Assange's council, Edward Fitzgerald, the US had not just filmed every aspect of Assange's life in the sovereign embassy of Ecuador in London, but had actively considered his death. There are signs of increasing anxieties about Assange's case stretching from NGOs through the New York Times to the leader of Her Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition in the British Parliament. A steady stream of prominent American writers has been heading to the unlikely London destination of Belmarsh. One of the more distinguished of which is Joe Lauria, Editor-in-Chief of Consortium News, formerly of the Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe. So all the way from Virginia via Belmarsh, he came into the Sputnik to tell us more.

The Sandinistas overthrew one of the worst Latin American dictators, Somoza, way back in 1979 and began re-building a country in which thousands had died, where over half a million were left homeless and there was a devastated economic infrastructure. They stood and were defeated in 1990, but their re-election in 2006 was a major blow to US Latin American policy. Under their leadership, the economy grew, poverty was reduced and, according to the UN, the country now ranks fifth in gender equality! But it seems the regime change machine in Washington is back and hard at work again. With crippling sanctions in place, could Nicaragua be following in the footsteps of Venezuela? Professor Daniel Kovalik teaches at the Pittsburgh School of Law as well as works as a labor and human rights lawyer. He is also a supreme authority on Latin America and its tortured relations with the "giant” to the north, so we invited him into the Sputnik studio to tell us about his documentary on Nicaragua and his latest book on Venezuela.

Feb 22, 2020 11:50

Democrat dilemmas and an American in Moscow (E320)

A spectre is haunting American politics. He began as a cloud no bigger than a man’s hand. The sole independent member of the US Senate, a self-proclaimed socialist in the land of Joe McCarthy. Arguably robbed of the democratic nomination in 2016, he has come back like a political Muhammad Ali and is now the front runner to face Donald Trump in November. Everything from Bloomberg’s billions to ‘Bernie bro’ smears, labelling him too white, too male, too old fashioned, too blue collar to carry the banner of FDR – none of it has stopped him. Inderjeet Parmar has been writing about this with crystal clarity. He’s professor of International Politics at City University, London, so we invited him into the Sputnik studio to help us forecast what might happen over the next few weeks in the race to be the Democratic presidential candidate.

Peter Lavelle is a legend in his own lifetime. A conservative American in Moscow, he presents the unmissable. He pretends that Crosstalk rules, but in truth it’s the one and only Peter Lavelle that rules. He has lived in Moscow since 1998 and his show has for many become the embodiment of freedom of speech. He was beamed by satellite into the Sputnik studio to tell us how the West looks from the East, Julian Assange, current journalism and much, much more.