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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.

Oct 16, 2021 10:40

Australia in turmoil and a political Nobel Peace Prize (E406)

Things are upside down ‘Down Under’, and the special relationship between Australia and Britain appears to be in turmoil. But just how bad is the political situation in Australia at the moment? A state premier forced to resign due to allegations of bribery; sex scandals in the parliament house itself; and, of course, reneging on a deal with the French. So who better to ask than retired professor and distinguished research fellow Steve Keen.

The Nobel Peace Prize is increasingly a controversial choice. Picked by a committee appointed by the Norwegian parliament, it is ultimately politicians who decide just who has striven the hardest for peace in any one year. When it was awarded to Henry Kissinger it was said satire had died; it was controversial when it was awarded to the OPCW at the height of the agitation of the alleged weapons of mass destruction in Syria; and when it was awarded to Barack Obama before he had even begun work as president, you could say that satire had died once again. This year is no less controversial, so we invited Damian Wilson, former Fleet Street editor, aboard Sputnik to hear his views.

Oct 9, 2021 10:35

Pandora’s box and police in crisis (E405)

First we had the Panama Papers, then we had the Paradise Papers and now the Pandora Papers; the latest batch of leaked financial information detailing offshore accounts. Three hundred political leaders and public officials have been exposed as offshore wheelers and dealers, revealed to be up to their necks in “filthy lucre” which, although not illegal, certainly tarnishes their political image. The president of the Czech Republic was revealed to have a chateau in the South of France valued at 22 million; Tony Blair and his wife avoided over £300,000 of taxation by helpfully buying through an offshore company which Mrs. Blair now uses as her legal practice HQ. So, with the help of the financial expert’s expert Max Keiser, we took a peek into Pandora’s box. 

The Metropolitan Police is in a state of crisis and Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick is under increasing pressure to stand down. So far, the politicians are standing by her even though the bad news keeps on coming. Following the whole life term sentence given to the atrocious murderer Wayne Couzens, a former parliamentary and diplomatic police officer, for the rape and murder of Sarah Everard, another officer from the same unit has now been charged with rape. The policeman’s policeman is Norman Brennan, and he is Sputnik’s go-to-expert in police matters, so we invited him onto the show to discuss just how long the commissioner can stay in her job and just what should the police do under the shadow of these terrible recent events.

Oct 2, 2021 10:14

Russian elections and breast cancer awareness week (E404)

Last week, we took a deep dive into the German elections and everything we predicted came to pass: Angela Merkel could well still be in office this time next year when negotiations are finally concluded – if they ever are. This week, we examine the Russian elections – largely because nobody else has. And here’s the reason why: the vast majority of Russian voters prefer either President Vladimir Putin or the Communist Party of Russia. So, the oracle of all things Russian, Bryan MacDonald, our RT colleague based in Moscow, joined Sputnik to shed light on events there.

There was profound sadness throughout the land when Sarah Hardy of Girls Aloud died of breast cancer at just 39 years of age. October is breast cancer awareness month, so we are doing everything we can to draw attention to this killer. Early diagnosis is crucial and Rebecca Hartley, a survivor of breast cancer herself, now travels around the country alerting women of its importance and how to look out for the first signs. She joined Sputnik to tell us about her inspirational story and the work she now does.

Sep 25, 2021 10:24

Germany post-Merkel and Britain post-riots (E403)

It’s “auf wiedersehen, pet” to Angela Merkel as her era comes to an end after an extraordinary reign. She has seen come and go five British prime ministers and four American presidents, with four election victories, and she now leaves the world stage – if not to a standing ovation, then at least to a very polite round of applause. She has stabilized Germany, largely keeping out of international confrontations, welcoming a huge flow of refugees, and has kept the country as the economic powerhouse within the EU. So, what next for Germany and for the woman they call Mutti? We invited on Peter Oliver, RT’s Europe correspondent based in Berlin, to ask him this and other questions.

Ten years ago, Britain was in flames, with scenes reminiscent of the Blitz. Communities began to break apart during the countrywide riots of 2011. In Birmingham, Asian people gathered outside their mosques and businesses to protect them from marauding rioters. One of them was Haroon Tariq Jahan who, along with two friends, was callously mown down and killed by a car that drove into a crowd standing on the side of the road. His father was seen at the time across our screens trying to calm the situation: “If you want your sons to die, carry on rioting; if you don’t want your sons to die calm down and go back home.” In the decade since, the Haroon Tariq Jahan Foundation was born and now does very important work helping others, both here and abroad. Tariq Jahan joined Sputnik to tell us what he was able to rescue from the ashes of those terrible fires.

Sep 18, 2021 10:23

A new Canada and an old Cold War (E402)

Canada, the apparently nicer, gentler country in North America, seldom makes it into the news in Britain, which is surprising, given the Queen is on their bank notes and there's a long colonial history. They appeared happy to be a little boring, content to get on with creating a prosperous society at ease with itself and the world (unlike their behemoth neighbor to the south). They are now, however, riven with controversy: wading into wars like Afghanistan; digging up mass graves of indigenous children; arresting, at Donald Trump’s insistence, the daughter of the founder of Huawei on highly contentious charges. And, as if that wasn’t enough, prime minister Trudeau has, like the UK's Theresa May did, triggered an unnecessary general election which he may very well not win. So, we invited RT’s North America correspondent, Alex Mihailovic, to help us understand the new and changing character of Canada.

There are several frontlines in the often-tense East/West confrontations. The Persian Gulf, the South China Sea and, perhaps the most fraught, the contentious lands between Russia and the Ukraine. They’re not up for debate in law, of course, they are part of the Ukraine. But, in practice, the eastern part of Ukraine, Russian in language and character, lies within the control of the Ukrainian government. Whilst it is an urban myth that Russia has military forces in the Ukraine it is undoubtedly true that blood is thicker than water and there is a developing bond between eastern Ukraine and Russia. Into this tangled web the United States secret state puts in some hard work, too – sometimes it all reads like a Cold War drama from the 1950s. So, security expert Mark Sleboda joined Sputnik to try and disentangle the many strands.

Sep 11, 2021 11:41

Guinea Coup and 9/11 Anniversary (E401)

Once upon a time there was a scramble for Africa. The great European powers frantically seized colonies and looted them. In the new scramble, most of the competitors are not European – though France still tries – but the competition is just as fierce. Military bases, puppet governments and military coups provide a changing of the guards. One such change appears just to have happened in Guinea. So, the expert of experts, professor Stephen Chan of SOAS, joined Sputnik to help understand what is going on in this resource-rich and currently unstable country.

Two decades ago today, the heartland of the United States came under sustained terrorist attack. Thousands of people were killed, landmark buildings toppled. The President George W. Bush had to take shelter and from then on a great 20 year war ensued on the other side of the world. To paraphrase Michael Moore’s ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’, “Was it all a dream?” So on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack we invited, from the front line in Kabul, RT’s intrepid senior correspondent Murad Gazdiev.