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The Newsmakers is TRT World’s flagship current affairs programme, featuring in-depth reports and interviews with the drivers of the biggest stories of the week. Hosted by award-winning journalist Imran Garda, we go to the heart of every issue, offering unfiltered debates, context and commentary that disrupt conventional perspectives on international affairs. We generate discussion, drive the news agenda and demand accountability from people in power. The Newsmakers is an honest and relevant take on the events that impact people around the world, and challenges the status quo.

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The Newsmakers is TRT World’s flagship current affairs programme, featuring in-depth reports and interviews with the drivers of the biggest stories of the week. Hosted by award-winning journalist Imran Garda, we go to the heart of every issue, offering unfiltered debates, context and commentary that disrupt conventional perspectives on international affairs. We generate discussion, drive the news agenda and demand accountability from people in power. The Newsmakers is an honest and relevant take on the events that impact people around the world, and challenges the status quo.

    US - China A New Cold War

    US - China A New Cold War

    The US-China rivalry has intensified in recent months. They’ve clashed over the coronavirus, Beijing's treatment of the Uighurs and Huawei. The US believes the Chinese are using the telecoms giant to spy on behalf of its government, but China denies the allegations. Bad blood between the economic giants isn’t new, but right now, each day appears to throw up another dispute. Now many fear we could be heading for a new Cold War.

    Guests:

    Ian Bremmer
    President of the Eurasia Group and GZERO Media

    Ann Lee
    Author of 'What the U.S. Can Learn from China'

    Joseph Bosco
    China Director for the US Secretary of Defense under George W Bush​

    • 26 min
    Lebanon's Economic Implosion

    Lebanon's Economic Implosion

    In Lebanon, fuel shortages, power outages and skyrocketing prices have created a perfect storm of chaos. Observers are calling Lebanon a failed state, but can't seem to agree on who to blame for the country's problems. Now, as talks that could free up billions of dollars in aid have stalled, angry citizens and the international community are demanding an overhaul of the system. But would a bailout only be throwing good money after bad?

    Guests:

    Alain Aoun
    Lebanese MP, Member of Free Patriotic Movement

    Nizar Ghanem
    Director and Co-Founder of The Triangle

    Jamal Ghosn
    Columnist at Al Akhbar Newspaper

    • 26 min
    Has Security Law Changed Hong Kong Forever Democracy Activist Nathan Law Speaks To Us From Exile

    Has Security Law Changed Hong Kong Forever Democracy Activist Nathan Law Speaks To Us From Exile

    China's new Hong Kong national security law is raising alarms in the former British colony. Within hours of the law going into force, pro-democracy groups disbanded and activists fled the territory. Beijing says it will return stability to a city beset by violent protests​. But will the new measures help protect the territory or be used to crush dissent? We speak with the former chairman of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Demosisto party Nathan Law, who went into exile once the law came into effect.

    Guests:

    Lo Kin-hei
    Vice Chairman of the Democratic Party of Hong Kong

    Xu Qinduo
    China Affairs Analyst and Senior Fellow at the Pangoal Institution

    Nathan Law
    Former Chairman of Demosisto

    • 26 min
    Nile Dam Dispute Can Egypt And Ethiopia Strike A Deal

    Nile Dam Dispute Can Egypt And Ethiopia Strike A Deal

    The Grand Renaissance Dam on the River Nile will have cost almost $5 billion dollars once construction is completed. Ethiopia believes the dam will revive its economy, and pull millions of people out of poverty. But Sudan and Egypt are concerned. Cairo fears if Ethiopia fills the dam too quickly, they’ll be left without enough water. For years Egypt and Ethiopia have held tense talks over the issue but have failed to reach a solution. Now, Ethiopia says it’s going to start filling the dam next month with or without a deal. So, could this spat over water lead to war?

    Guests:

    Gedion Asfaw
    Chairman of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Negotiating Team

    Ashok Swain
    UNESCO Chair of International Water Cooperation

    Mostafa Ragab
    Founder of the UK Egyptian Association

    • 26 min
    A Tipping Point in Libya’s Long-Standing Conflict

    A Tipping Point in Libya’s Long-Standing Conflict

    Africa's most oil-rich nation has turned into a battleground for half a dozen foreign states. In the west, is the UN-backed Government of National Accord and NATO. In the east, is warlord Khalifa Haftar. Russia, Egypt, Turkey, the UAE and France are all involved. But why is Washington staying out of it? And what is Moscow's endgame in the war-torn country?

    Guests:

    Jonathan M Winer
    Former US Special Envoy for Libya

    Anas El Gomati
    Director of the Sadeq Institute

    Samuel Ramani
    Russian Foreign Policy Researcher at Oxford University

    Marco Carnelos
    Libya Adviser to former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi

    • 26 min
    Is America Facing A Racial Reckoning

    Is America Facing A Racial Reckoning

    In 1963, a quarter of a million Americans marched on Washington calling for equal civil rights. Today, the movement has a name: Black Lives Matter. It's been fueled by a string of killings at the hands of White police and citizens. We speak with American philosopher George Yancy who said the killing of unarmed man Ahmaud Arbery would not be the end, and that more black bodies would follow. So, can systemic racism be demolished? Plus, a Trump supporter and a constitutional lawyer join us to debate police brutality and America’s political response to the protests. ​

    Guests:

    George Yancy
    Author of 'Across Black Spaces'

    Gloria J. Browne-Marshall
    Civil Rights Attorney and Constitutional Law Professor

    Adolfo Franco
    Attorney and Member of the Republican National Committee

    • 26 min

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