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Worlds Apart: Iron Iran? Javad Zarif, Iranian foreign minister
There’s an old Persian saying – “when there’s fire, dry and wet burn together.” It could be an apt description of the Covid-19 pandemic, which affected every country on the planet, but Iran and the United States more than others. Could this new invisible adversary, which upended so many things in our lives, shake up their sworn and tired enmity? To discuss this, Oksana is joined by Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif.
On Contact: Origin of white supremacy
On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses the origin of white supremacy and how it plays out in contemporary society with historian Gerald Horne. Horne is the John J. and Rebecca Moores Chair of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston, Texas. Horne’s new book is ‘The Dawning of the Apocalypse: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, Settler Colonialism, and Capitalism in the Long Sixteenth Century’.
Sputnik Orbiting the World: The industry of fashion and a multimedia artist
Dedicated followers of fashion were aware that this week was Fashion week not just in London but globally – just one of the consequences of the coronavirus. But the pandemic has also highlighted a toxic side to this lucrative industry; fast fashion, unregulated supply chains and an unsustainable 50s business model based on vast growth and turnover. It is a fragile infrastructure but there is a growing movement to raise awareness of these issues. TRAID is a charity working to stop clothes from being thrown away and Maria Chenoweth is the organisation’s CEO. We invited her onto Sputnik to tell us more about what they do and how they are working to tackle the problem of clothes waste.
Not many artists from Nelson in Lancashire end up exhibiting in Doha, Qatar, neither do they find success writing novels. With work in private and public collections worldwide, Shahida Ahmed is truly a multimedia artist. She joined Sputnik to tell us about her road to success and amongst other things we find out why her paintings are all signed “She”.
The World according to Jesse: SCOTUS too powerful?
Jesse Ventura and Brigida Santos talk about the US sending troops and weapons to Syria as President Trump claims that “we’re out of Syria,” and the fate of the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Professor Richard Wolff discusses the economic fallout from Covid-19.
Boom Bust: WeChat in the crosshairs & airlines on the edge
Officials in the US Justice Department have placed Chinese messaging app WeChat in the crosshairs as the Trump administration has sought to crack down on technology from the People’s Republic. We analyze the ongoing China-US tech fight and what the plans mean for transpacific tensions with the US election looming. Then we take a spin around the globe for a look at the state of world markets following a week of twists and turns, especially in the technology sector. Plus, the growing tensions with China come at a time when several major sectors in the US economy are on edge in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. We bring you the latest on the state of the ailing airline sector and whether or not the industry could see major stimulus in the coming weeks.
Watching the Hawks: Did Coca-Cola pay scientists to downplay health impact?
The unemployment numbers and Americans facing hunger continue to rise as the election drama rages on. New revelations suggest Coca-Cola paid scientists to downplay the impact of their products on people’s health. Incarcerated people are fighting California wildfires with no return.