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The Newsmakers is TRT World’s flagship current affairs programme, featuring in-depth reports and interviews with the drivers of the biggest stories of the week. Hosted by award-winning journalist Imran Garda, we go to the heart of every issue, offering unfiltered debates, context and commentary that disrupt conventional perspectives on international affairs. We generate discussion, drive the news agenda and demand accountability from people in power. The Newsmakers is an honest and relevant take on the events that impact people around the world, and challenges the status quo.

The Newsmakers is TRT World’s flagship current affairs programme, featuring in-depth reports and interviews with the drivers of the biggest stories of the week. Hosted by award-winning journalist Imran Garda, we go to the heart of every issue, offering unfiltered debates, context and commentary that disrupt conventional perspectives on international affairs. We generate discussion, drive the news agenda and demand accountability from people in power. The Newsmakers is an honest and relevant take on the events that impact people around the world, and challenges the status quo.

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The Newsmakers is TRT World’s flagship current affairs programme, featuring in-depth reports and interviews with the drivers of the biggest stories of the week. Hosted by award-winning journalist Imran Garda, we go to the heart of every issue, offering unfiltered debates, context and commentary that disrupt conventional perspectives on international affairs. We generate discussion, drive the news agenda and demand accountability from people in power. The Newsmakers is an honest and relevant take on the events that impact people around the world, and challenges the status quo.

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@trtworld

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English


Episodes

The Battle For Tigray

11/23/2020
Hundreds of people have been killed and thousands displaced as a result of fighting between Ethiopia’s military and Tigrayan rebel forces in the north. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration alleges that the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, the TPLF, led a surprise assault on a federal army base, which forced the government to retaliate. Now, the army is making a final push on Tigray’s capital, Mekelle. With neither side looking to back down, how can this conflict be resolved? Guests...

Duration:00:26:37

How Biden Beat Trump

11/13/2020
More than 150 million Americans voted in the US election and the majority voted for the former vice president. Joe Biden became the first candidate in history to receive more than 75 million votes and counting. But victory was not as sweet as the Democrats had hoped. Pollsters predicted a landslide, but the elections revealed just how bitterly divided the nation still is. But despite Trump's claims of voter fraud, Biden will most certainly take office in January. So, how did he pull it off?...

Duration:00:25:53

US Election 2020

11/5/2020
In an election night speech, US President Donald Trump claimed he secured another four years and accused Democratic rival Joe Biden of trying to steal the election. But as ballots remain to be counted in key battleground states, did the president call it too soon? And could this divisive US election end up being decided in the Supreme Court? Guests: Harry Litman Former US Deputy Assistant Attorney General Michael Johns Co-founder the US Tea Party Movement Charles Kupchan National Security...

Duration:00:26:59

Muslim World's Falling Out With France

10/30/2020
The Muslim world is in uproar after French President Macron criticised Islam and defended Charlie Hebdo caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. Across the Middle East and South Asia, the backlash is expressing itself not just in the streets but in supermarkets and shopping malls. The hashtag 'Boycott France' is trending on social media and everything from cheese to perfume is being pulled off store shelves. But will these protests aimed at hurting French pocketbooks have any effect? Guests:...

Duration:00:26:27

What Will It Take To End Anti - Police Brutality Protests In Nigeria

10/23/2020
The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was formed to protect Nigerians, but it may have been doing the exact opposite. The notorious police squad is accused of murder, extortion and torture, and the Nigerian people have had enough. Mass protests have spread across the country demanding an end to police brutality. President Muhammadu Buhari gave in to demonstrators' initial demand and scrapped SARS. But many protesters say that's not enough and want those responsible to face justice. So, will...

Duration:00:26:24

Prosecuting The Far-Right

10/15/2020
Golden Dawn, once the third most popular political party in Greece, committed murder, assault, and even human trafficking. A court has now found the neo-fascist group guilty and its leaders have been sentenced to more than a decade behind bars, but what about its far-right thinking? Will this guilty verdict have any kind of impact or will the ideology continue to rise across Europe? Guests: Dimitrios Papadimoulis European Parliament Vice President Daphne Halikiopoulou Author of ‘The Golden...

Duration:00:26:52

Discussing Khashoggi Documentary 'The Dissident' With Oscar Winning Director Bryan Fogel

10/8/2020
Jamal Khashoggi's killing two years ago inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul sparked international outrage and demands for answers and justice. To this day, the exact details surrounding the journalist's death are still shrouded in mystery. Now ‘The Dissident’, a new documentary by Icarus director Brian Fogel sheds light on Saudi Arabia's role in the murder. We asked him what he uncovered while making the film. Guest: Bryan Fogel Writer, Producer and Director of 'The Dissident'​

Duration:00:25:12

Will The EU's New Migration Pact Solve The Crisis

9/29/2020
The EU unveiled a proposal to overhaul its migration policy. This comes on the heels of a catastrophic fire that ripped through Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesvos. The pact calls for 'mandatory solidarity,' meaning each state in the union shoulders a share of the crisis. But while all EU member states think the current situation is a mess, can they all agree on how to fix it? Guests: Catherine Woollard Director of European Council on Refugees and Exiles Dominik Tarczynski...

Duration:00:26:20

Battling For The Balkans

9/23/2020
After a history of conflict and failed talks, Kosovo and Serbia seem to have taken a step towards peace. US President Donald Trump has taken the credit, but has he really brokered a breakthrough? And does a cold war with China have anything to do with it? We look at the battle for influence in the Balkans. Guests: Darko Trifunovic Former First Secretary of Bosnia's Foreign Service at the UN Victor Gao Vice President of the Center for China and Globalization Klaus Jurgens Political Analyst...

Duration:00:25:15

Will Trump's Law And Order Message Win Him The Election

9/17/2020
President Donald Trump's re-election campaign's has had a significant focus on crime, law and order, especially in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Trump has referred to some of those involved in the demonstrations as rioters, agitators and even domestic terrorists. But will this rhetoric get him re-elected? Guests: Dawn Blagrove Executive Director of Emancipate NC Oscar Odom III Former First Deputy Sheriff of New York City Brandon del Pozo Former Chief of...

Duration:00:25:55

Global Race For A Coronavirus Vaccine

9/5/2020
The world’s brightest minds are doing everything they can to find a vaccine to bring the coronavirus pandemic to an end. Now Moscow says it’s succeeded and made the world’s first working coronavirus vaccine, but health experts outside and in Russia are skeptical warning the vaccine hasn’t been properly tester. The Kremlin claims it’s just sour grapes. So how far is the world’ from finding a solution that works for everyone? Guests Dr Benhur Lee Microbiologist at Icahn School of Medicine at...

Duration:00:26:12

Mali Mutiny

8/31/2020
Last week soldiers seized control of the government of Mali as the military forced President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to resign. The coup leaders have vowed to restore democracy and have met with mediators from West Africa's regional bloc, called ECOWAS, in the capital Bamako. The delegation has called for Keita to return to power while the coup leaders said they want to appoint a transitional president, who could be civilian or military. So will the people get what they have been asking for...

Duration:00:24:52

Disputed UAE-Israel Deal

8/21/2020
A US-brokered deal to normalise diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates has drawn both applause and condemnation. Israel calls it a new era of relations with the Arab world, but the Palestinians call it a betrayal. And while plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank have been deferred, they're not off the table entirely. So, what endgame is at play? And is the plight of Palestinians being brushed aside? Guests: Sultan Barakat Founder of the Center for Conflict and...

Duration:00:26:01

Is Zimbabwe Cracking Down On Dissent

8/17/2020
Zimbabwe has arrested the organisers of a protest against government corruption that had been planned on July 31st. President Emmerson Mnangagwa is accused of stifling dissent by detaining journalists and opposition members. Mnangagwa claims he’s fighting outside forces trying to destabilise his country, but is he just silencing anyone that disagrees with him? Guests: Tsitsi Dangarembga Booker Prize Nominated Novelist Who Was Arrested During Anti-Corruption Protests in Zimbabwe Mordecai...

Duration:00:25:25

Ending The Nuclear Era

8/10/2020
When images spread of a giant mushroom cloud rising over Lebanon's capital, the timing could not have been more ominous. Nearly 75 years ago to the day, a much larger cloud rose above the city of Hiroshima and three days later, Nagasaki, ushering in an age of nuclear weapons. As Japan remembers those events, the two superpowers capable of unleashing that kind of destruction are at odds with each other. Russia and the United States hold ninety percent of the world's nuclear arms, and the...

Duration:00:25:57

US - China A New Cold War

7/29/2020
The US-China rivalry has intensified in recent months. They’ve clashed over the coronavirus, Beijing's treatment of the Uighurs and Huawei. The US believes the Chinese are using the telecoms giant to spy on behalf of its government, but China denies the allegations. Bad blood between the economic giants isn’t new, but right now, each day appears to throw up another dispute. Now many fear we could be heading for a new Cold War. Guests: Ian Bremmer President of the Eurasia Group and GZERO...

Duration:00:26:22

Lebanon's Economic Implosion

7/21/2020
In Lebanon, fuel shortages, power outages and skyrocketing prices have created a perfect storm of chaos. Observers are calling Lebanon a failed state, but can't seem to agree on who to blame for the country's problems. Now, as talks that could free up billions of dollars in aid have stalled, angry citizens and the international community are demanding an overhaul of the system. But would a bailout only be throwing good money after bad? Guests: Alain Aoun Lebanese MP, Member of Free Patriotic...

Duration:00:26:18

Has Security Law Changed Hong Kong Forever Democracy Activist Nathan Law Speaks To Us From Exile

7/13/2020
China's new Hong Kong national security law is raising alarms in the former British colony. Within hours of the law going into force, pro-democracy groups disbanded and activists fled the territory. Beijing says it will return stability to a city beset by violent protests​. But will the new measures help protect the territory or be used to crush dissent? We speak with the former chairman of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Demosisto party Nathan Law, who went into exile once the law came into...

Duration:00:26:12

Nile Dam Dispute Can Egypt And Ethiopia Strike A Deal

7/8/2020
The Grand Renaissance Dam on the River Nile will have cost almost $5 billion dollars once construction is completed. Ethiopia believes the dam will revive its economy, and pull millions of people out of poverty. But Sudan and Egypt are concerned. Cairo fears if Ethiopia fills the dam too quickly, they’ll be left without enough water. For years Egypt and Ethiopia have held tense talks over the issue but have failed to reach a solution. Now, Ethiopia says it’s going to start filling the dam...

Duration:00:26:12

A Tipping Point in Libya’s Long-Standing Conflict

7/7/2020
Africa's most oil-rich nation has turned into a battleground for half a dozen foreign states. In the west, is the UN-backed Government of National Accord and NATO. In the east, is warlord Khalifa Haftar. Russia, Egypt, Turkey, the UAE and France are all involved. But why is Washington staying out of it? And what is Moscow's endgame in the war-torn country? Guests: Jonathan M Winer Former US Special Envoy for Libya Anas El Gomati Director of the Sadeq Institute Samuel Ramani Russian Foreign...

Duration:00:26:09