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Frost Over the World
Abhisit Vejjajiva
Sir David talks to the leader of Thailand's main opposition party, plus Angelique Kidjo.
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2008 09:50 GMT

The leader of Thailand's Democratic party, talks to Sir David Frost
In 2006, Thaksin Shinawatra, the prime minister of Thailand and one of the country's most influential figures, was removed from power in a military coup, throwing the Thai political system into crisis.

This month, Samak Sundaravej, the new prime minister elected to replace Thaksin, was ordered by the Thai Constitutional Court to resign for hosting a cookery show on TV. This followed weeks of protests by the People's Alliance for Democracy, which was trying to force the pro-Thaksin prime minister to resign. 

Sir David Frost speaks to Abhisit Vejjajiva, the leader of the Democratic Party, Thailand's main opposition party, about the state of Thai politics and how the present crisis can be resolved. 

Watch the interview with Abhisit Vejjajiva here:

Angelique Kidjo

Grammy-award winning singer Angelique Kidjo performs on Frost over the World

Grammy-award winning singer Angelique Kidjo, was born and raised in Benin, West Africa. At the age of six she started performing in her mother's theatre troupe.

Since then, Angelique has accumulated a high profile fan club, collaborating with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Annie Lennox, Santana and Alicia Keyes.

Alongside her music, Angelique is a Unicef ambassador and has her own educational foundation.

Watch the interview with Angelique Kidjo here:

 

Knox Chitiyo

Knox Chitiyo discusses the implications of the power-sharing deal in Zimbabwe
After 28 years of rule and seven weeks of hard negotiations, President Robert Mugabe agreed on Thursday night to share power with opposition leader and long-time rival, Morgan Tsvangirai. Under the deal, Mr Tsvangirai will become
prime minister and Robert Mugabe will stay on as president.

Knox Chitiyo, an expert from the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), joins Sir David to discuss what this deal means for Zimbabweans and the future of their country.

Watch the interview with Knox Chitiyo here:

Donald MacLaren

Donald MacLaren discusses the South Ossetia conflict and its regional impact
After a summer of fighting, an uneasy peace appears to have been reached in Georgia. But this is no return to the pre-war situation – Russian troops will remain in the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and the Kremlin refuses to drop its recognition of the sovereignty of these two disputed regions.

Sir David is joined by Donald MacLaren, the former UK ambassador to Georgia, to discuss what went wrong in South Ossetia and the effect of this conflict on future international relations.

John Ellis

 John Ellis describes Cern's Large Hadron Particle Collider 'Big Bang' experiment
On September 10, the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest particle collider, was switched on. This enormous experiment will recreate the conditions moments after the Big Bang. Scientists hope that it will provide answers to some of the most fundamental questions in physics.

Sir David talks to Professor John Ellis, a leading scientist from CERN, the laboratory where this experiment is taking place. He explains how the collider works and why this experiment is so important.

Watch the interviews with Donald MacLaren and John Ellis here:

This episode of Frost over the World aired on Friday, September 12, 2008.

Frost over the World airs at 1900GMT every Friday on Al Jazeera English and is repeated during the week.


 
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