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Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk

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Monocle foreign editor Steve Bloomfield tackles some of the world’s biggest issues, featuring in-depth analysis and interviews with global leaders.

Monocle foreign editor Steve Bloomfield tackles some of the world’s biggest issues, featuring in-depth analysis and interviews with global leaders.
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Monocle foreign editor Steve Bloomfield tackles some of the world’s biggest issues, featuring in-depth analysis and interviews with global leaders.

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English


Episodes

The price of inaction: Syria and what happens when we do nothing

4/21/2018
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When the US, the UK and France decided last week to launch airstrikes in Syria reactions were predictably divided. But has the idea that we shouldn’t intervene in other countries’ problems actually made them worse? Andrew Mueller is joined by Haid Haid, Simon Adams and Leslie Vinjamuri.

Duration:00:29:25

Explainer 111: The Summits of the Americas

4/18/2018
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The meetings wrapped up last weekend – but there was a certain leader noticeably missing from the attendees. Monocle's Toronto bureau chief Tomos Lewis asks if the lack of US involvement has left the door open for others to take the lead in the region.

Duration:00:06:22

The Commonwealth: a members' club worth joining?

4/14/2018
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As the Commonwealth Games draw to a close, and the Commonwealth heads of government meeting opens, Andrew Mueller asks if the Commonwealth is a happy family of democracies or just a ghost of Empire past. With Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Shruti Kapila, Bis

Duration:00:29:14

Explainer 110: Why has Trump sent troops to the southern border?

4/11/2018
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Donald Trump’s decision to send National Guard troops to the border with Mexico has provoked a mixed reaction. But, as our New York bureau chief Ed Stocker explains, he’s by no means the first US president to do so.

Duration:00:05:19

Who wins in a trade war?

4/7/2018
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As the tariff spat between the US and China continues, Andrew Mueller asks if winning a trade war is even possible and, out of all the opponents in the world, why has president Trump chosen China?

Duration:00:29:30

Explainer 109: What does China’s recent success mean for Taiwan?

4/4/2018
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Since Chinese president Xi Jinping asserted his power in the Communist party, the country has gone from strength to strength. But what does this mean for Taiwan and are Chinese power plays causing unrest on the island?

Duration:00:04:58

Anti-semitism: the eternal lunacy

3/31/2018
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It would be wrong to describe anti-semitism as resurgent: it never went away. But it has become more voluble – and, in certain circles, more respectable. This episode looks at how the ancient conspiracy theory of furtive Jewish power has been amplified and legitimised by social media and by modern populism around the world, on the left and the right. Andrew Mueller is joined by Deborah Lipstadt, Daniella Peled and David Aaronovitch.

Duration:00:29:12

Explainer 108: Not cricket

3/28/2018
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As a seemingly small on-field kerfuffle grips his home nation, Andrew Mueller asks why Australia is dropping its bundle over a scratched cricket ball.

Duration:00:05:46

Dropping the gun?

3/24/2018
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For decades US schools have fallen victim to deadly attacks and nothing has changed. However after one of the more recent and most deadly the mood has changed – and it’s the pupils, not the politicians, who are leading the way. Could this finally mark a shift in attitudes? Andrew Mueller is joined by Alexandra Glorioso, Robert Spitzer and Columbine survivor Austin Eubanks.

Duration:00:28:52

Explainer 107: Will Shinzo Abe become Japan’s longest-serving prime minister?

3/21/2018
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A few months ago it was as though nothing would stop Shinzo Abe from becoming Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, a title he would gain in November 2019. But now there’s a scandal on the front pages and pressure is mounting within his own party. Kenji Hall ponders Abe’s political survival.

Duration:00:05:16

The Russian threat to democracy

3/17/2018
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This weekend Russians head to the polls in what might be one of the least-contested presidential elections in history. Not content with fixing his own country’s election, Vladimir Putin has been making a habit of influencing others. So what should the international community be doing to try to stop this meddling – and what responsibility falls to social networks?

Duration:00:29:26

Explainer 106: Why does Bolivia want the world's biggest flag?

3/14/2018
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This past weekend Bolivians displayed a flag that stretched over 200km. Andrew Mueller explains why this has little to do with an attempt to break the world record for the biggest flag and rather more to do with a longstanding maritime dispute with Chile.

Duration:00:05:47

Explainer 105: Why Canada doesn’t have budget air travel

3/8/2018
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In most of the world’s major economies, hopping on a budget flight is as common as getting on a train or a bus. But in Canada ultra-low-cost air travel is a sector that largely doesn’t exist. Is this about to change? Our Toronto bureau chief Tomos Lewis explains. The full episode of ‘The Foreign Desk’ is back on Saturday. This week we look at the issue of immigration. Be sure to subscribe to get each new episode.

Duration:00:04:42

Why Italy’s election matters

3/3/2018
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As Italians head to the polls this weekend, Andrew Mueller is joined by Gianni Riotta, Enrico Franceschini and Stephanie Kirchgaessner to discuss what’s at stake for Italy and Europe, and why Silvio Berlusconi is back in the political limelight.

Duration:00:28:36

Explainer 104: Who’s who in Hong Kong’s by-election?

2/28/2018
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Hong Kong’s legislative council is gearing up for a by-election on 11 March. But with so many key players, some of whom are currently on bail from jail terms, it’s difficult to know who’s who. Our Hong Kong bureau chief James Chambers breaks things down. The full episode of ‘The Foreign Desk’ is back on Saturday. This week we look at Italy’s upcoming election. Be sure to subscribe to get each new episode.

Duration:00:06:30

Korea opportunities

2/24/2018
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As the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics draw to a close, Andrew Mueller asks if the cross-border goodwill between North and South Korea can last.

Duration:00:28:32

Explainer 103: Why are Portugal and Angola arguing again?

2/21/2018
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Angola’s recent corruption purge, after a 38-year rule by José Eduardo dos Santos, should have led to even better relations between the country and its former coloniser, Portugal. But, as Monocle’s Carlota Rebelo explains, one trial that should have been simple has had ramifications on both sides. The full episode of ‘The Foreign Desk’ is back on Saturday – this week looking the legacy of the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Be sure to subscribe to get each new episode.

Duration:00:05:00

South Africa after Zuma – what next?

2/17/2018
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After Jacob Zuma was eased out of office by his own increasingly embarrassed party, is President Cyril Ramaphosa the right person to rebuild the African National Congress and revive South Africa? Andrew Mueller is joined by Desné Masie, Martin Plaut and former ANC MP Melanie Verwoerd.

Duration:00:28:40

Explainer 102: Why is US infrastructure in such a mess?

2/14/2018
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Donald Trump announced this week he wants Congress to authorise $200bn (€161bn) to spend on roads, highways, ports and airports. New York bureau chief Ed Stocker asks how US infrastructure got into this mess and if president Trump’s plans are really going to solve the problem. The full episode of ‘The Foreign Desk’ is back on Saturday: this week we’re looking at South Africa and the ANC after Jacob Zuma. Be sure to subscribe to get each new episode.

Duration:00:05:00

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