Iran threatens to close the strait of Hormuz and effectively shut down the transit point for over a third of the world's oil, a scenario some analysts have described as Armageddon. Is Iran ready to go all the way and hold the global economy at ransom in order to avoid further sanctions? Or is it just bluffing, an empty threat made by a regime with dwindling options?
Iran threatens to close the Strait of Hormuz and effectively shut down the transit point for over a third of the world's oil, a scenario some analysts have described as Armageddon. Is Iran ready to go all the way and hold the global economy at ransom in order to avoid further sanctions? Or is it just bluffing, an empty threat made by a regime with dwindling options?
The latest spike in unemployment grabs headlines with just four months to go before the presidential election. It's extra fuel for partisanship on the front pages of two of the main papers: Libération knocks Sarkozy for placing his supporters in key positions, while Le Figaro slams Hollande for groping in the dark. That's the focus for this look at the French papers, Wednesday 28th December 2011.
What is the role of intelligence today? How has it developed since the days of the Cold War? In this edition of the programme we explore the murky world of spying with documentary film maker David Korn-Brzoza. Throughout his documentary David explains to us how business and industrial espionage are taking centre stage.
A few months ago, a complex computer worm called Stuxnet was identified by IT security professionals. The virus is designed to exploit five different security weaknesses, making it stronger than most other computer worms. It has reportedly infected the personal computers of staff at Iran's first nuclear power station and it continues to spread and multiply.
ENVIRONMENT dips into dyes to look at the true colours of our clothes. Travelling to cowboy city in China where a devil in blue jeans has turned Pearl River a worrying shade of indigo, and to India where cotton fields are poisoning farmers and turning children’s hair grey.
Pierre Briançon tells us about French austerity, which is still in the news even during the government's summer break; a wave of consolidation among large industrial groups; and a new battle which is looming between internet giants Facebook and Google.
Strikes by workers in China are becoming increasingly frequent with high profile stoppages across the country in the last few weeks, making headlines across the World. China's labour force is developing, and with that development comes increasing calls for better wages and working conditions.