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Our guest on this month's podcast is Eric Alterman, CUNY Distinguished Professor of English at Brooklyn College and author of We Are Not One: A History of America's Fight Over Israel (2022). In the February edition of the paper, Alterman writes on the latest phase of that long-running fight in an article entitled ‘Biden's lonely stance on the war i…
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Taipei-based journalist Alice Hérait is our guest on this second podcast of the month on significant elections. Alice has a piece in the January edition of the paper entitled ‘Taiwan's divided loyalties' in which she writes about the disagreements over the island's history that still shape its politics and its people's view of their future. In this…
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With the US primary season now under way, in this month's podcast we turn the spotlight on the electoral contest in South Carolina, home state of prominent Trump challenger Nikki Haley and the state that ended Bernie Sanders' hopes of the 2020 Democratic nomination. Our guide to its political landscape is journalist Julien Brygo, who visited South …
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In this month's podcast, our guest is Vicken Cheterian, who teaches history and international relations at the University of Geneva. In the December edition of the paper he writes about Azerbaijan's recent military offensive to seize control of the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh (‘Armenia stands alone'). When war last broke out between Armeni…
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In this month's podcast, journalist and South East Asia specialist Christine Chaumeau discusses how the Cambodian capital has been transformed over the last 20 years, with a mushrooming of skyscrapers and private, gated developments, which she writes about in the October edition of the paper (‘Phnom Penh: rising skyline, disappearing lakes'). Under…
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The tally of coups in West Africa currently stands at six, after the recent military takeover in Niger (which was followed by another in Gabon in Central Africa). In this month's podcast, Anne-Cécile Robert, director of international editions at Le Monde diplomatique, talks about the conditions in which generals step in, offering simple solutions t…
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On this month's podcast, culture critic Maya Jaggi talks about an exhibition currently on at the National Museum of Archaeology Naples (MANN), which she reviews in the July issue of Le Monde diplomatique in a piece entitled ‘Alexander the Great, between Asia and Europe'. As Alexander the Great pushed ever further east in the late 4th century BCE, h…
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In this month's podcast, Ukraine-based journalist Glen Johnson discusses his article in the June edition of Le Monde diplomatique, ‘Moldova's stark choices about its future'. The key choice this landlocked former Soviet republic faces is over whether it should maintain its hitherto strict neutrality or seek protection under the NATO umbrella. Johns…
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China has designated it a ‘national priority' to become ‘the world's premier artificial intelligence innovation centre' by 2030. OpenAI's release of ChatGPT suggests China may have some catching up to do. In this month's podcast, Gabrielle Chou of NYU Shanghai University discusses some of barriers to China achieving its goal, including a brain drai…
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In the second of two podcasts this month, Glasgow-based journalist Jamie Maxwell discusses Scotland's change of leader after Nicola Sturgeon's surprise decision to stand down after eight years as Scotland's first minister. As Humza Yousaf takes on her role, Jamie discusses the Sturgeon legacy and the challenges ahead for her successor, both in term…
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