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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.

Jan 16, 2021 12:26

Uprisings in America and Algeria (E367)

Tremors continue to be felt across America, and in particular Washington DC, as it emerged that the storming of Congress appeared to have been planned for weeks. We have seen these events in many countries around the world – most recently in Hong Kong and Ukraine, cheered on by the United States – so how will the US administration deal with insurrection on their own soil? With security ramped up for the presidential inauguration next week, and with Trump facing a second impeachment, what of the many Trump supporters who claim, just like General Custer, it was their ‘Last Stand’. Rachel Blevins is the RT America correspondent based in DC, and she joined us on Sputnik to discuss what is next for this fast-unfolding story.

From trouble on the streets in America to trouble on the streets in Algeria. It is a country rich in history, oil and gas. It gave more than a million lives in the struggle for independence and freedom from France, but the army, which led the revolution, has stayed in power ever since. It now appears the people are not having it anymore and they are revolting against the government, which has ruled for over 60 years. So we invited Hacene Zitouni onto Sputnik to tell us what is going on there now.

Jan 9, 2021 12:03

China relations and Labour grandee (E366)

Donald Trump’s administration will be remembered for many things, not least the last days of his leadership. He will also certainly be remembered for the relationship with China, which started with trade deals and ended with a threat of unleashing “the dogs of war.” Joe Biden, on the other hand, hated Russia more than he hated China, but such is the atmosphere in the USA now that the Biden administration might be notable for a hostility to both Russia and China at the same time. So, against the background of riots at home, we asked Tom McGregor in Beijing what he thought relations between the new administration and China might be once Biden moves into the White House.

James Callaghan was the British prime minister between 1976 and 1979, and he was notable in many regards: a leader who never went to university, a leader with ties to the trade unions, and a leader who never won an election, instead taking over after Harold Wilson stepped down. Dr. Kevin Hickson of Liverpool University has compiled a book of memories of the life and times of the late James Callaghan; he joined Sputnik to tell us about a Labour leader committed to the principles of the Labour movement.

Jan 2, 2021 11:36

What’s the future and how do we stay sane in it (E365)

As we say goodbye to 2020 we have a choice as to whether we look back over one of the strangest years or forward to a future in the hope of something better. So, we asked John McTernan, political strategist and former adviser to Tony Blair to give his thoughts on what to expect. And how do we stay sane in an uncertain future. Of the many challenges we faced last year, it was the struggle to stay sane. So, we asked Dr Shaun Davis to help us think about a new year, a new start and positive mental health.

Dec 26, 2020 14:12

Christmas charity edition (E364)

Performed everywhere from the biggest theatres in the land to the smallest village halls, the pantomime is a British tradition at Christmas. This year, in the time of pandemic, the panto has moved to the virtual stage. We invited Scottish football legend Colin McGowan and panto producer Garry King Junior to tell Sputnik about the challenges they’ve faced putting on a virtual panto, as well as the more serious reason: to raise awareness and funds for the charities they support. 

In addition, TV personality and social media star Leanne Brown tells us about her humanitarian work in Kenya, as well as the ways she hopes to empower young girls – and how we can all get involved.

Dec 19, 2020 14:26

Strikes in India and remembering Robert Fisk (E363)

The biggest strike in the history of the world is taking place at the moment in India. However, little is known about it here in the West. Some 250 million workers, the vast majority not unionized, came out on one day for a demonstration. Alongside this, there is an ongoing farmers’ revolt too. They marched on to New Delhi, made barricades using their tractors, and clashed with the police and army. So, why hasn’t it been covered by the media in the West? We asked Vijay Prashad, Director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, who joined Sputnik from his base in New York.

The grand old man of English journalism, Robert Fisk, has recently passed away. Lionized in his lifetime, he wrote in the British mainstream media from 1979 until his death in October 2020. No sooner had he been buried, however, than his reputation was dug up and desecrated by a whole raft of people who began to criticize him by committing the worst sin of all in journalism: fabrication. Joe Lauria is Editor-in-Chief at Consortium and he joined Sputnik from Sydney, Australia, to help us remember Robert Fisk.

Dec 12, 2020 10:54

Soldiers in court and Dylan in London (E362)

Most people would think that former commonwealth soldiers serving in the British armed forces would be the first in line for British citizenship. But for eight Fijian veterans, this is just half of the story, as they fought and lost a battle in the British courts to waive thousands of pounds in visa fees. Many people felt these issues had been resolved after the very successful campaign run by British actress Joanna Lumley on behalf of the Gurkha soldiers; however, with visa fees running into tens of thousands of pounds, many do not have the resources to pay for the right to stay. So, we invited Dave McMullen, himself a former British serviceman, to tell us about the campaign on behalf of the rights of British commonwealth service personnel.

Bob Dylan, the Nobel Laureate, gave himself an early 80th birthday present this week by selling his entire song book for a rumoured $300 million, beating the $80 million record set by Stevie Nicks. He has been at the top for over 60 years, but little has been written about the importance of London in his early career. Back in 1962 and barely out of his teens, Dylan came to the British capital and immersed himself in the thriving folk scene of the time. Keith Miles has co-authored a book with Jackie Lee on this period and he joined Sputnik to tell us about the troubadour’s London tales.