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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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English


Episodes

Europe's Slow COVID - 19 Vaccine Roll - Out

1/18/2021
91-year-old Margaret Keenan was, for one day last December, quite possibly the most famous woman on earth. Millions watched as the British grandmother from Coventry, dressed in her Christmas jumper, became the first person to receive the coronavirus vaccine. As people around the world breathed a collective sigh of relief they would soon be next, hopes rose that an end to the pandemic was in sight. But since then, optimism has turned to desperation as the number of dead and infected across...

Duration:00:26:07

Trump’s Presidential Pardons

1/11/2021
From the recent storming of the Capitol building to his decision to pardon convicted war criminals, Donald Trump’s final few weeks in office have been shrouded in controversy. On this episode of The Newsmakers we look at some of the president’s more questionable acts of clemency, including the pardoning of four security guards who were found guilty of manslaughter after the Nisour Square massacre in 2007, where more than dozen Iraqi civilians were shot and killed. It took years for the...

Duration:00:28:30

Was 2020 The Worst Year Ever

12/30/2020
The past 12 months have brought fires, protests, panic and let's not forget supermarket brawls. If Google search trends are anything to go by, ‘Coronavirus’ and the US ‘Election results’ are the chart-toppers. With a year that brought mass change to how we socialise, work and live. We look back at how the world coped, in what many believe is the worst year in history. Guests Denis MacShane Former UK Minister for Europe Brad Evans Curator of 'The Quarantine Files: Thinkers in Self-Isolation'...

Duration:00:26:22

Morocco-Israel Reconciliation Deal

12/21/2020
In a deal brokered by the Trump administration, Morocco has normalised ties with Israel, making them the fourth Arab League member to do so. In return, Morocco requested the US recognise its sovereignty over the disputed Western Sahara region; an area claimed by the Polisario Front, a nationalist movement backed by Algeria that has pursued independence for more than 40 years. So will this deal bring stability to the region? Or will it further fuel the conflict? Guests Yasmine Hasnaoui Board...

Duration:00:25:52

Are Saudi Arabia And Qatar On The Road To Reconciliation

12/14/2020
The Arab world was rocked by a bitter diplomatic rift that erupted between Doha and Riyadh in 2017 after Saudi Arabia and its regional allies imposed a crippling blockade on Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism. But it appears a deal to end the dispute is now within reach, and a lot of credit is going to the Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner. His recent trip to the region is reported to have helped negotiations between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, but while many are...

Duration:00:25:42

France’s Security Law | Interview with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's Press Secretary

12/8/2020
Following nationwide protests, the French government has backtracked on a controversial security law. Article 24 would make it a criminal offence to film, post online and share images of police officers on duty if the state believed it could cause them harm. Emmanuel Macron’s party will now do a ‘total rewrite’ of the bill. Plus, we challenge the Prime Minister's Press Secretary over the government’s claims that there were no civilian casualties during the military offensive, ask why there’s...

Duration:00:26:08

Trump Orders Partial US Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

11/30/2020
Donald Trump pledged to bring home US troops from foreign wars, and in the final few weeks of his presidency he’s trying to do just that. The US President has ordered the withdrawal of 2,500 soldiers from Afghanistan. But have they left the country worse off than when they entered all those years ago? Guests: Javid Faisal Former Deputy Spokesperson for the Chief Executive of Afghanistan Adam Weinstein Research Fellow at the Quincy Institute Jeffrey Stacey Former State Department Official...

Duration:00:26:11

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