In this edition of Debating Russia, Peter Lavelle and his panel of distinguished guests discuss Russia’s brokerage of an agreement over the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria, which is now underway. It has been widely viewed as a diplomatic victory for Moscow, yet Russia faces challenges implementing the agreement.
The Arab Spring has brought about huge changes in the political and social landscape of the Middle East. Reports from Egypt indicate that life for Coptic Christians has become particularly difficult. They form the largest group of Christians in the Arab world. VoR's Tim Ecott speaks to Bishop Angaelos, who was born in Cairo and is from the Coptic Orthodox Church but is now based in Britain.
The UK Independence Party hit the headlines on Monday after its leader Nigel Farage said that he would consider a deal whereby UKIP and the Conservatives did not put up rival candidates at the next election. We asked outspoken backbencher Peter Bone if he would risk such an alliance with UKIP, given that the current Lib Dem/Conservative coalition seemed to be working well.
Clothes decorated with animal print motifs have been all the rage in recent years. But if you are heading off to one zoo in Britain, you might want to change: Chessington World of Adventures says its animals are getting confused by all the humans dressed like animals. VoR’s Tim Ecott talks to Linda Berggren, animal training supervisor at Chessington.
British workers are suffering stagnant wages, redundancies and less generous terms and conditions - but official data from the Office for National Statistics seems to show that they are happier in their jobs today than they were before the recession struck. VoR's Brendan Cole spoke to Glen Everett, director of measuring national wellbeing at the ONS.
Two well-known US bloggers have been barred from entering Britain. Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller have been accused of writing material which is offensive to Muslims. They were due to speak at an English Defence League march this weekend. But Home Secretary Theresa May has issued an order refusing them leave to enter the UK. VoR talks to Robert Spencer.