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FROST OVER THE WORLD
Trouble in Thailand
Thaksin Shinawatra's former deputy talks about the red shirt protests in Bangkok.
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2010 10:27 GMT
Red shirt protests have been broken up, but is this a lasting victory for the Thai government? [AFP]

On this episode of Frost over the World: Red shirt protests in Thailand; the first Muslim woman in the UK cabinet; actor John Hannah; and renowned foreign correspondent, John Simpson, on how the UK was transformed by its free press.

This episode aired from Friday, May 21, 2010.

Chaturon Chaiseng



The two-month long protest in Thailand was broken up this week by the Thai army amid scenes of shooting, bloodshed and fires.

The red-shirted supporters of Thaksin Shinawatra, the former prime minister, have been subdued but it is unclear whether this will be a lasting victory for supporters of the government.

Chaturon Chaiseng, Thaksin's former deputy prime minister, joins Sir David to discuss.

Sayeeda Warsi & Alain de Botton



Baroness Sayeeda Warsi is the chairman of the UK's Conservative party and the first Muslim woman to serve in the cabinet. She talks about the global reaction to her appointment and her hopes for the new coalition government.

Plus, Alain de Botton is a bestselling author whose most recent work, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, explores the joys and perils of the modern workplace. Last year he was London Heathrow airport's first ever writer in residence.

His latest project is called Living Architecture and he will be talking about it at The Guardian Hay Festival on the Welsh-English border. For more visit www.hayfestival.com.

John Hannah



Actor John Hannah is best known for his roles in Four Weddings and a Funeral, Sliding Doors and the hugely successful Mummy franchise.

His latest part sees him starring in the hit US television drama Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

John Lipsky & John Simpson



John Lipsky is the deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He talks about the 750 billion euro stabilisation fund agreed earlier this month between the EU and the IMF to prevent financial meltdown in Greece.

Plus, renowned foreign correspondent, John Simpson, talks about his new book, Unreliable Sources: How the 20th century was reported, which tells the story of how Britain was transformed by its free press.

In 40 years at the BBC, he has reported from more than 120 countries, including 30 war zones, and somehow also found the time to write a number of books.

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