Political and social events from the Middle East. The program is recorded under live conditions with exclusive reports and interviews, hosted by Tom Burges Watson. Watch the show on FRANCE 24 Mondays at 6.40 pm Paris time.
As the bombs continue to fall on Homs, Syria organises a referendum on a new constitution. The government says it will pave the way to a new democratic era, but Western powers dismiss the vote as a charade. Meanwhile, the Syrian strife sends ripples through Lebanon. We report on sectarian tension in the northern city of Tripoli. Finally, Iran triumphs for the first time at the 84th Academy Awards as the divorce drama "A Separation" wins an Oscar.
France 24 investigates prostitution in the Gulf Emirates, and why Iraq's big oil auction didn't go as planned. Also the buzz surrounding French President Nicolas Sarkozy's alleged call for the head of Israel's anti-Arab foreign minister.
This week: a trip inside the struggling Israeli diamond business, an industry that makes up a quarter of the country's exports. Also, the Shiah-led Hezbollah are poised to gain ground at the upcoming elections thanks to Christian voters.