Beset by its longest recession in 20 years, Russia is losing the economic prosperity that many Russians had regarded as the hallmark of Vladimir Putin's rule. But the Russian leader, who was heavily implicated in the Panama tax papers, remains hugely popular and a strong figure abroad. Robert Van Egghen examines whether further economic issues could unravel Putin's rule.
From Libya to Daesh, and the debate over the future of Trident, there always seems to be money for war. But are there better ways to spend it? Marc Shoffman speaks to Andrew Smith, from the Campaign Against Arms Trade, looks at whether action against military spending is necessary, while Shuaghan Dolan, from Conscience, explores how the government could deal with global issues such as Isis. Reverend Mark Woods, contributing editor of Christian Today, also explains whether you are pacifist if you are religious.
As Apple turns 40 this week, Adrian Day, Independent brand consultant and Associate Consultant for Brand Consultancy, explains to Nick Peters how the brand constantly reinvents itself, while also sticking to core original principals. Adam Reynolds, from Intermarketing Agency, also discusses Donald Trump’s marketing tactics to advertise and promote himself and his campaign during the US election. Finally, Nick speaks to Richard Armstrong, Chief Strategy Officer and Founding Partner of Kameleon, looks at brands and the crossover between branding and advertising in online content and how this could potentially mislead the customers.
The leak of millions of documents from a Panamanian law firm has drawn further attention to the use and abuse of tax havens. But how would you explain tax havens to a five-year-old? Share Radio’s Fenella Fudge, with the help of a Reddit post from Dan Gliesack, tells you all about those Piggy Banks that were hidden in the cupboard.
An overhauled state pension, being paid to new rather than existing pensioners, has begun. Meanwhile it's been a year since pension freedoms came into force. Matt Cox spoke to former pensions minister Steve Webb, Director of Policy at pension provider Royal London, about how the pension freedom act has affected the UK, pensioners and providers one year on.
According to a recent research by the Pew Research Center being an atheist remains one of the biggest liabilities that a presidential candidate can have. Half of American adults say they would be less likely to vote for a hypothetical presidential candidate who does not believe in God. So how big an issue is religion when it comes to choosing a Presidential candidate? Marc Shoffman is joined in the studio by Christian author Steven Sylvester, Chartered Psychologist and Author of DETOX YOUR EGO, and Ben Ryan, from Christian think tank Theos, over the phone.
The World This Week with Pascale Davies - April 3rd
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The World This Week with Pascale Davies. This week we find out about the problems with the EU migrant deal with Turkey, by talking to Oz Ketaji, project coordinator for Help Refugees in Lesbos, A troubled Brazil calling for the resignation of president Dilma Rousseff and Fiona Norman talks to Mustafa Qadri from Amnesty Internatioal on their new report "The ugly side of the beautiful game" in light of the alleged human rights abuses coming from the Qatar world cup.
Mustafa Qadri, Oz Ketaji, Fiona Norman, Pascale Davies, Riordan Roett
There are concerns that companies could get workers to pay for the wage increase out of their own pockets, either by offering less hours or by reducing bonuses and perks that do not come out of direct wages. Charles Cotton, from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, looks at the National Living Wage from a staff perspective.
Brazil is due to present its budget, but with GDP forecasts due to shrink by 4% for the second consecutive year, and the unemployment rate rising sharply, the country is struggling to deal with the end of the commodity boom. The biggest party in congress has now also voted to abandon President Dilma Rousseff’s ruling coalition. Robert Van Egghen looked into the country's struggles.
The latest "poll of polls" for the EU Referendum shows the Remain side's lead is narrowing. The poll by NatCen Social Research shows just 51% of voters want Britain to stay in the EU. But another recent poll by the ORB shows that if only those likely to vote are counted, it is actually the Leave side who are ahead.
Earlier Share Radio's Robert Van Egghen spoke to Fraser Nelson, Editor of The Spectator magazine. They began by discussing whether with the more committed supporters the Leave campaign could win the referendum.