Mark Stephens

Following the arrest and imprisonment of WikiLeaks editor-in-chief, Julian Assange, his lawyer, Mark Stephens, discusses the case against him and the impact of the whistle-blowing website on world politics.

Plus, as the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to jailed dissident, Lui Xiabo, his friend and fellow activist, Yang Jainli, talks about the impact the award will have in China where the authorities have strongly opposed it - and on Xiabo himself.

And, Harry Shearer, the actor, comedian and voice of many of the characters in the Simpsons, talks about his new documentary, The Big Unease, which investigates the causes of the devastation of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit the city five years ago.

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The future of Silvio Berlusconi

The London correspondent of L'Espresso magazine, Annalisa Piras, discusses next week's vote of confidence in the Italian parliament and what will happen next with Italy's controversial prime minister.

Plus, the last year has seen large scale public protests take place all over the world. So how effective are marches against spending cuts, bank banking bailouts and capitalism? The former British MP and seasoned protester Peter Tatchell discusses this with the head of the Africa programme at RUSI, Knox Chitiyo and student activist, Claire Solomon.

And, Luka Tombakena Monoja, South Sudan's health minister, discusses the upcoming referendum in which the people of South Sudan will vote on whether to permanently break away from the North to become the world's newest nation.

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This episode of Frost over the World aired from Friday, December 10, 2010.

Source: Al Jazeera