The World this Week brings you the latest news from around the globe.
Broadcasters Carolyn Scott and Jack Foster have teamed up with Scottish media outlet CommonSpace to deliver a weekly global news digest. Subscribe on iTunes and never miss an episode.
24th November 2017
First, the Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was placed under house arrest in what we were told was not a coup, then sacked by his own Zanu-PF party, but refused to step down, only to step down a day later. We’ll be getting you up to speed on the twists and turns of the Zimbabwean Coup d'etat, as well as asking how history will judge the ousted President.
The UK Chancellor delivered the autumn budget on Wednesday, and despite Philip hammond’s best attempts to lighten the mood, there’s not really much to laugh about given the projections of Britain's economic growth.
Thursday was ‘Thanksgiving’ in the United States, the annual celebration of the country’s colonial beginnings - and of course food, family, football, and a presidential “turkey pardon”… But huge swathes of the US population don’t see the day as a celebration, rather a “national day of mourning”.
In all the news about the UK budget, you’d be forgiven for missing the vote earlier this week on ditching EU human rights post Brexit… A move which critics of Theresa May’s government say is nothing short of a sop to hard brexiters, riled up at the prospect of a potential 80 billion divorce bill.
The former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladić, nicknamed the ‘butcher of Bosnia’, was this week sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
His name is synonymous with insanity and violence - cult leader Charles Manson died this week at 83… We look back at the infamous killings carried out by the “Manson family”, and the strange fascination Charles Manson has inspired in popular culture over the years.
The former leader of Scottish Labour Kezia Dugdale, has sparked a bonfire of controversy in the corridors of Holyrood this past week, with the announcement that she’ll be a contestant on ITV’s ‘I’m a Celebrity Get me out of here’. We try to understand what all the fuss is about
All that and more on this week's programme.
17th November 2017
In the early hours of Wednesday morning, a Zimbabwean military official made that announcement after troops occupied the state broadcaster and placed President Robert Mugabe under house arrest. We take a look at events as they’ve been unfolding, and ask what this coup - which supposedly isn’t a coup - means for Zimbabwe.
The UK Government has been accused of economic murder - one hundred and twenty thousand counts of economic murder - as a new landmark study analyses the impact of austerity measures.
On Wednesday night, Donald Trump returned from his two week tour of Asia, but how did it go? We’ve got a detailed report on the US President’s Asia tour, as well as analysis of what it all means.
Calls for an industrial strategy for Scotland as over 1000 jobs are at risk as engineering firm BiFab faces potential administration.
And we take a look at the 16th Annual Carrying Stream Festival, this year paying tribute to two late greats of the Scottish folk and traditional music community.
10th November 2017
Another mass shooting in the US prompts renewed calls for tougher vetting on Gun ownership - but President Trump doesn’t agree. We take a look at the reluctance, not just to take action, but even to talk about reforming US firearm regulations amongst the country’s lawmakers.
This Sunday is remembrance day - We look back at the conflicts which gave birth to the Poppy appeal, and ask whether that symbol has been politicised in recent years. We speak to the columnist and trade unionist Cat Boyd about what she calls “compulsory poppy lobbyists”.
Edinburgh’s usher hall was indeed full to the brim last Saturday, with members of the Scottish independence Movement, and we’ll have a special report on the Scottish independence convention’s building bridges to yes event.
Another week, and another cabinet minister down for Theresa May - where does the sharp fall from grace for Priti Patel fit into the ongoing disaster that is Theresa May’s premiership?
And… Could BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Archers’ Parish council election POSSIBLY be referencing real world events? A recent General election perhaps?
All that and more on this week's programme.
3rd November 2017
Reports emerged this week of sexual harassment and abuse in UK Politics both at Westminster and Holyrood. We speak with the 50:50 campaign and ask if equal representation could play a role in combatting sexual harassment in politics.
It’s been another tumultuous week for the Catalan independence movement, just hours after the autonomous Spanish region declared independence, high ranking elected officials were arrested or faced charges - the Catalan President travelled to Brussels seeking support from the EU.
Protests earlier this month in Australia are expected to be repeated this weekend following the Australian government’s closure of the manus island offshore detention centre, leaving over six hundred men there with no water, food, electricity or medicine.
Remember, remember, the 5th of November The Gunpowder Treason and plot… We look at the BBC mini series, starring Game of Thrones’ Kit Harrington, on the failed gunpowder plot of 1605.
All that and more, on this week's programme.
27th October 2017
We attempt to bring you up to speed with the concerns being raised over the protection of EU citizens' rights, we’ll be joined by former SNP MSP Christian Allard.
The Scottish Green Party’s conference was in Edinburgh last week, under the banner of “leading the change” - Scotland’s (other) pro-independence party claimed it was behind more than a few major policies implemented by the SNP government.
As the Israeli Government announces plans to roll out thousands of new settlement homes in the occupied west bank - we ask what’s prompted this aggressive shift in gears, as well as where it leaves the process towards peace between Israel and Palestinians.
The Welsh pro independence party Plaid Cymru met in Caernarfon for their conference last week, we talk to party leader Leanne Wood.
Donald Trump has faced criticism this week from two republican senators, but given his low approval ratings and public opinion - we ask if this headline should really be - Donald Trump has faced criticism from only two republican senators.
And what happens when the man behind landmark comedy series like The Day Today, Alan Partridge and The Thick of It, turns his hand to an altogether darker subject matter? Armando Iannucci’s latest film offering has been met with a mixture of praise and skepticism, and Russia’s present day communist party want it banned - we’ll be taking a look at ‘The Death of Stalin’.
20th October 2017
Daphne Caruana Galizia, a Maltese Investigative journalist, was killed this week by a bomb placed under her car. Galizia was well known across Malta and around the world for uncovering major corruption scandals at the highest level of government. We speak to Transparency international about the dangers faced by journalists.
The UK government faces defeat in the house of commons over its controversial universal credit scheme, losing by 299 votes to ZERO as tory MPs boycott the vote.
As the Spanish government gears up to suspend Catalonia’s autonomous status, we look at what that means, how it’s likely to be implemented - and the historical context of this constitutional crisis.
The Hashtag MeToo has gone viral around the globe this week, shedding light on the extent of sexual harassment and abuse that women face in all walks of life - we’ll be taking a look at the discussion around sexual harassment with Scottish Women’s Aid’s Dr Marsha Scott.
And it's been a rather busy week for US President Donald Trump, we’ll bring you a round-up of the latest controversies from across the Atlantic where, amongst other things, Trump is coming under fire for telling a widow that her husband, a serviceman who was killed in Niger, knew what he had signed up for.