Monthly Archives: November 2014

By focusing on the personal rather than the political, Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski created a quietly subversive masterpiece, Peter Aspden says

 

Zimbabwe’s veteran president Robert Mugabe has tightened his vice-like grip on power as his ruling Zanu-PF party gears up for a critical conference next week. His vice-president Joice Mujuru has been sidelined amid allegations that she was plotting against him, and the party has amended its constitution to give him sole power to appoint a deputy – or de facto heir apparent. Many people think he is lining up his wife Grace for the role. Fiona Symon spoke to Andrew England about the country’s murky politics.

 

The first Ebola vaccine to be tested on humans, developed by GlaxoSmithKline and the US National Institutes of Health, has shown promising results in early trials, paving the way for it to be tested on healthcare workers in west Africa in the new year. Fiona Symon spoke to Andrew Ward about the potential of the vaccine to address the Ebola crisis

 

This week Chuck Hagel stepped down as US defence secretary at a time when doubts are growing about the administration’s ability to manage growing threats in the Middle East and Europe. Gideon Rachman discusses what the resignation means for American foreign policy with Geoff Dyer and Ed Luce.

 

Iraqi forces have begun to challenge the control of Islamist militants over parts of the Sunni province of Anbar west of the capital Baghdad. Fiona Symon talks to Borzou Daragahi, Middle East correspondent, about the new tactics being deployed by Iraqi forces in their battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

 

Jonathan Eley and guests discuss whether an FCA investigation will make it harder to get a credit card, if booming returns for buy-to-let landlords can be sustained, and how investors can profit from pet animals

 

Russian and Saudi Arabian telecoms companies have been targetted by a sophisticated cyber snooping operation reminiscent of the Stuxnet worm that was developed by US and Israeli government hackers to target Iran. Fiona Symon talks to Sam Jones and Hannah Kuchler how the operation – known as the Regin malware – came to light and who is thought to be behind it.

 

We sometimes envy the trappings of other people’s jobs. But the work itself? Never, says Lucy Kellaway

 

Patrick Jenkins is joined by Sam Fleming, Emma Dunkley and Michael Stothard to discuss the UK decision to drop its challenge to the EU bonus cap, the latest developments at BNP Paribas, where top executives are being investigated for alleged insider trading, and a torrid week for RBS which was fined for an IT systems failure and revealed it got its figures wrong in the recent stress tests

 

20 years after the launch of the National Lottery, Jan Dalley celebrates how it has become the most successful form of cultural crowd-funding ever