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How much do you know about the world?
This week, test your knowledge on questions about the largest national investor in green energy, Kate Middleton's new coat of arms and the tweet that can land you in a Canadian jail for five years.
Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan called it perhaps Britain's greatest gift to the world but Britain is now taking part of that gift away thanks to budget cuts.
I'm talking about the BBC's Foreign Language radio service. At one time it broadcast news of the world in an astounding 69 different languages.
As a kid in Mumbai I grew up listening to the BBC World Service getting my first sense of the world around me. Around the globe, millions of others listened too. But the BBC has now decided to stop broadcast services in Hindi, Mandarin, Russian, Turkish, Albanian, Vietnamese and many other languages. The BBC says for many of the languages their radio broadcasts will become internet webcasts.
But to take two examples: China has only 20 percent Internet penetration and India, just 5 percent.
Maybe there is a billionaire out there who could fill this budgetary gap.
This week President Obama laid out his vision for how to fix America’s fiscal problems. Fareed called it "an intelligent, important speech with one major failing.” In Fareed’s Take, he'll explore where Obama's vision falls short.
Then an exclusive interview with the woman Fortune has called the “most powerful women in business” for the last five years running. PepsiCO’s CEO Indra Nooyi sits down with Fareed to discuss America’s economic future, Washington politics, PepsiCo’s move towards “healthier” foods, and women in the workforce.
The battle of the 2011 budget has been the hot topic in DC this week. But, amazingly, the battle for the 2012 budget has already begun.
This week Rep. Paul Ryan laid out his plan for next year and beyond. Fareed's take is that Ryan is to be commended for trying to tackle entitlements, but says unfortunately the plan just won’t work.
So with the United States facing both fiscal and foreign policy turmoil, who better to talk to than a man who helped guide American policy in both those arenas? Fareed has an exclusive interview with one of America’s elder statesmen, James Baker.
Iran threatened to pull out of the 2012 Olympics in London due to what they called a "racist logo." Iran believes that the numbers 2012 in the logo resemble the word "Zion," the biblical name for Israel.
The U.S. and the Soviet Union boycotted each other’s Olympic Games when they were held in Moscow (1980) and Los Angeles (1984). The U.S. was protesting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and the Sovietsreciprocated the boycott when the Olympics were held on U.S. soil.
This could be the first time a country has threatened to pull out over a logo.
Iran's resolve didn't last too long, though. After British Prime Minister David Cameron told them they could stay home in 2012, the Iranians decided to send a delegation.
As the UN's Security Council meets to draft a text on whether, when, and how to establish a no-fly zone over Libya, spare a thought for the scenes unfolding at London's House of Commons.
According to the Guardian;
William Hague, the [UK] foreign secretary, approved the botched plan to send a team of armed diplomats and SAS [Special Air Service] soldiers into eastern Libya in an effort to build diplomatic contacts with anti-Gaddafi rebels.
The eight M16 officers and SAS soldiers were arrested then deported after only two days in the country.
The prime minister's official spokesman was reluctant to reveal details, partly due to the involvement of special forces, but told a briefing Hague had approved the operation "in the normal way".
The New Machiavelli: How to Wield Power in the Modern World by Jonathan Powell
The author is the highly intelligent former Chief of Staff to Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair. This is actually two books in one: an insider's view of life at 10 Downing Street and the decisions to go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan and a sort of a super self-help book on how to wield power, as the title suggests. Very intelligent.
Remembering Richard Holbrooke, the man that Fareed calls “maybe the most important American diplomat of the last two decades.” A great GPS panel will discuss what makes a great diplomat…and what’s the way forward in Afghanistan and Pakistan after Ambassador Holbrooke.
Also, Fareed’s take on the President’s recent Afghanistan review and the challenges that lie ahead for the United States and its allies in the region.
Britain’s austerity measures have sparked protests and violence. Fareed sits down with the architect of the austerity, Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.
And then for the other side of the story, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who also served as the U.K.’s finance minister, tells Fareed why he thinks the budget cuts are the wrong move.
Also, what in the world? Why are China and Russia renouncing the almighty American dollar?
And finally a last look at the Pentagon powered by…a Playstation?
Read the transcript here.
World leaders converged on New York this week for the United Nations General Assembly and we’re bringing three of them directly to you.
First up, the Presidents of Turkey and Israel. They were once friends, their nations were once unlikely allies. But this week in New York, President Shimon Peres of Israel and President Abdullah Gul of Turkey were unwilling to meet with each other. But they each sat down with Fareed Zakaria – so they will virtually “meet”, only on GPS.
Also this week, a year ago he was virtually unknown, and now he’s the second most powerful man in Britain. Fareed sits down with England political superstar – Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to discuss Britain’s economic woes, his coalition government and what the U.S. might be able to learn from the U.K’s newfound bi-partisanship.
Then, what in the world is Ahmadenijad saying now? A look at his latest attempt to stir the pot.
And finally a last look at who’s really leading the Middle East peace process.
Read the full transcript here.
This week, three of the most fascinating interviews GPS has ever aired.
First up, a real-life Russian thriller. The amazing tale of William Browder, once the largest foreign investors in Russia. His money made him a target and someone close to him paid the ultimate price. It certainly sounds like a Hollywood movie, but it isn't – it's real life.
Then, have you ever met a jihadi? Despite Britain’s serious crackdown on radical Islamic activity over the last few years, homegrown jihadis continue to preach their message in the U.K. Fareed sits down with one of London’s own radicals, Anjem Choudary.
And then, hers is a story of rags to ultimate riches. Zhang Xin grew up in the slums of Hong Kong and is now worth billions of dollars. Zhang, one of China’s biggest real estate developers, speaks candidly about what she finds wrong with the Chinese system that made her so rich.
And finally, the Last Look: a golf course where the water hazards could be truly deadly.
Read the full transcript here.