Trucks loaded with aid for Gaza’s civilians waiting at the Rafah crossing in Egypt, October 21, 2023 (BBC)
I joined BBC World Service’s Weekend in the studio, alongside political analyst Celia Szusterman and host Julian Worricker, to analyze the week’s developments such as the killings in Gaza and Israel, paralysis in the US House of Representatives amid the vacant Speaker’s position, and forthcoming elections in Argentina.
Much of the program is devoted to the latest from Gaza: can the pursuit of humanitarian aid take priority over Israel’s threatened ground invasion to accompany its bombing? We offer commentary amid interviews with former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Rula Jamal of the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy, European Union foreign policy head Josep Borrell, and Israeli and Palestinian parents pursuing peace after the loss of their children.
As well as the discussions of US and Venezuelan politics, we speak with Timothy Cho, a defector from North Korea who works for Open Doors NGO, about China’s return of hundreds of North Korean refugees to Pyongyang’s grip.
And we ask: is it possible, amid the conflicts and 21st-century social media, to find the decency of conversation rather than the division of shouting?