Every Friday night, at 11pm sharp, 30 million Egyptians drop whatever they are doing and, in their homes or in packed cafes, watch “El Bernameg”, a satirical show that has bulldozed powerful men in Egypt. Douglas Herbert talks to Bassem Youssef, the anchor of the programme and one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people.
As Warsaw marks 70 years since the ghetto uprising against the Nazis, Gulliver Cragg meets one of the last survivors, Irena Boldok. She recalls her ordeal during World War II, including life as a child in the Warsaw ghetto and her risky escape from deportation.
In his latest book, historian Eugene Rogan traces five centuries of Arab history from the Ottoman era to the Cold War period, when outsiders determined the destiny of the region. But with the Arab uprisings, the people of this complex, complicated region are finally determining their own destiny. Eugene Rogan speaks to Leela Jacinto about the challenges facing Arabs in a changing Middle East.
According to recent polls, many Turks have given up on EU membership. But Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arinç is determined as ever to revive EU talks. Even if Turkey’s regional influence in the Middle East is on the rise, he still thinks his country should be part of Europe’s destiny.
Over the past few years, Burma has shown some willingness to open up the country to foreign business and investments. The military regime has also demonstrated some efforts towards freedom by releasing hundreds of political prisoners. But our guest, dissident Win Tin, who spent 20 years in jail, is reluctant to believe in the junta’s recent change of hearts. He tells Cyril Payen why.