Frost Over the World
Can the internet deliver democracy?
We look at the role of the internet in the Tunisian uprising and ask if Lebanon is on the brink of civil war.
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2011 10:25 GMT
Tunisia's internet revolution?

Following the upheaval in Tunisia over the last few weeks, Sir David discusses whether the internet can play a role in bringing about freedom and democracy around the world. He is joined by Evgeny Morozov, the author of The Net Delusion - how not to Liberate the World, and Noureddine Miladi, a Tunisian academic and media expert.

Plus Rene Castro, the foreign minister of Costa Rica, speaks to Sir David about Google wars with Nicaragua.

And as Lebanon awaits the findings of an international inquiry into the 2005 assassination of ex-Lebanese prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri, Sir David talks to criminologist and advisor to the Lebanese government, Omar Nashabe.

Stammering, Sudan and bankers' bonuses

Adventurer, comedian and actor, Michael Palin talks to Sir David about why the Golden Globe winning film, The King's Speech, has put the issue of stammering back into the public eye and why this subject is close to his heart.

Plus, it seems clear that the people of southern Sudan have voted to separate from the north. But still no-one can work out what to do with the disputed border region of Abyei. Sir David talks to Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed, the Sudan negotiator on Abyei, and Arop Madut Arop, MP for Abyei in the parliament of southern Sudan.

And finally Sir David talks to journalist and economist Will Hutton about the thorny issue of bankers’ bonuses.

This episode of Frost Over the World aired from Friday, January 21, 2011.

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