Hardtalk

Hardtalk

Interviews with the world's leading politicians, thinkers and cultural figures. In an in-depth, hard-hitting, half-hour discussion, Stephen Sackur talks to some of the most prominent people from around the world. Broadcast on the BBC World Service on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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  • Yasser Abed Rabbo: Monday 1st September

    Mon, 1 Sep 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Hardtalk is in the West Bank to talk to Yasser Abed Rabbo, the Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s Executive Committee. He was a senior member of the Palestinian negotiating team in the years after the Oslo Peace Accords were signed with Israel. In wake of 50 day conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, where does the Palestinian quest for statehood stand?

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  • Xiaolu Gou August 27th 2014

    Fri, 29 Aug 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    It's the twenty-fifth anniversary this year of the Tianamen Square Massacre in Beijing that saw hundreds killed and many more detained. One award-winning British-Chinese writer and film-maker Xiaolu Guo was a teenager at the time. Decades earlier during the Cultural Revolution her fisherman father had spent more than ten years in correctional labour camps for painting a picture that had angered the authorities. What should the role of the artist or writer be in China today?

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  • Bishop Angaelos 25th August 2014

    Fri, 29 Aug 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Do Christians have a future in the Arab world? It's a question raised with a new sense of urgency as an extraordinarily violent brand of jihadi extremism sweeps through Syria and Iraq. Tens of thousands of Christians, along with other minorities, have been forced from their homes, hundreds murdered. Right across the region Christians are fearful. HARDtalk speaks to Bishop Angaelos of the Egyptian Coptic Church about what can be done to protect the Arab Christian tradition.

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  • Ali Khedery Friday 22nd August 2014

    Fri, 29 Aug 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    American warplanes are once again attacking targets in Iraq. Ordered into action by a President who made it his business to end US military involvement in Iraq. To his critics it's one more piece of evidence pointing to an incoherence of Barack Obama's strategy in a region becoming ever more unstable and dangerous. HARDtalk speaks to Ali Khedery, a former adviser to a number of US ambassadors in Baghdad.

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  • Yuval Steinitz: Friday 29th August

    Fri, 29 Aug 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    With a ceasefire now in place in Gaza, the Israeli government faces a simple question: what exactly did Operation Protective Edge achieve? For all the death and destruction in Gaza, has Israel's position been strengthened or weakened? Stephen Sackur speaks to Israel's Minister of Intelligence, Yuval Steinitz. Does Israel need a strategic rethink?

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  • 20 Aug 14 Abdullah Abdullah

    Wed, 20 Aug 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Afghanistan's presidential election was supposed to mark the country's progress, instead it threatens to inflict new wounds. The long drawn out process appeared to deliver a second round victory to Ashraf Ghani; but his rival Abdullah Abdullah alleged massive fraud and the vote count is under review. The Americans are urging the two rivals to share power. Stephen Sackur talks to Abdullah Abdullah. Is he currently acting in Afghanistan’s interest, or his own?

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  • Dr. Mads Gilbert: Monday 18th August

    Mon, 18 Aug 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The Hamas/Israeli ceasefire in Gaza has allowed Palestinians time to assess the cost of the Israeli offensive both in human lives and damage to buildings and facilities. HARDtalk speaks to Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian doctor just back from Gaza where he works as a volunteer at the main Al-Shifa Hospital. He is also an outspoken political activist on behalf of the Palestinian cause. Does this interfere with his work as a medic and humanitarian?

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  • Masrour Barzani 15 August 2014

    Fri, 15 Aug 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The United Nations has declared its highest level of emergency in Iraq as a humanitarian crisis follows the rapid advance of Islamic State militants. There have been eye-witness accounts of people beheaded, of whole families buried alive, and there are an estimated 1.2 million Iraqis internally displaced. Hardtalk speaks to Masrour Barzani, the head of intelligence and security in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region. He is also the son of that region’s President. Is it the Kurds who can rescue the state of Iraq and how much outside help do they need to defeat the jihadists of the so called 'Islamic State'?

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  • Andrei Konchalovsky: Friday 8th August

    Thu, 14 Aug 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In August 1914, the five great powers of Europe declared war on one another. For countries like Britain, Germany and France the significance of World War One is regularly debated and commemorated. But what of that other great power, Russia? It also fought against Germany, but by the end of the war Tsar Nicholas II and his family had been murdered and the Bolshevik Revolution had brought Lenin to power.How far does what was happening in Russia then, help explain what is going on today? Zeinab Badawi talks to the renowned Russian theatre and film director Andrei Konchalovsky.

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  • Anders Fogh Rasmussen: Wednesday 13th August

    Wed, 13 Aug 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    NATO is sixty five years old – does it lack the vigour, resources and political will to be an effective military force on the world stage at a time when conflicts across continents in Iraq, Syria, Ukraine and West Africa present ever greater dangers to global security? HARDtalk speaks to NATO’s Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Can NATO make the world a safer place and, if not, is it time the alliance went into retirement?

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