Daily Archives: July 8, 2010

In this week’s podcast: Gideon Rachman returns from his travels and gives us his reflections on South Africa, and his feelings about the impact of the World Cup on the country. We also look at the first conviction at Guantanamo Bay under the Obama administration and finally we turn our attention to Europe and the trouble that politicians in both France and Italy find themselves in as they approach their summer break.

Fiona Symon asks Ben Hall, the FT’s Paris correspondent, how Sarkozy is coping in the light of the recent scandal concerning France’s richest woman Liliane Bettencourt and Helen Warrell talks to FT correspondent, Anna Fifield from Guatanamo about the conviction of Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard.

Presented by Gideon Rachman, with Helen Warrell and Hugh Williamson.

Produced LJ Filotrani


With the news yesterday from the government that 1,000 UK troops are to be redeployed away from the most dangerous part of Helmand province, Fiona Symon asks James Blitz, the FT’s diplomatic correspondent, whether this is going to be interpreted as a sign of failure.

Produced by LJ Filotrani