Saddam Hussein was toppled as Iraq’s head of state in 2003 after US-led forces invaded the country. World Questions is in Iraq with a public audience and a panel of politicians and thinkers to mark the 20th anniversary. They address today’s issues and there is passion and excitement as Iraqis debate openly whether life is better now than it was under Saddam. Foreign influence, corruption, the rights of women and Iraq’s potential as a tourist destination are all discussed by a panel facing questions from the public.
Mohamed Al Daraji: Senior Advisor on Technical Matters to the Prime Minister of Iraq
Suadad Al Salhy: Senior Reporter for Middle East Eye
Tara Berhan Shwani: Senior Associate International Republican Institute
Dhiaa Al Asadi: Former leader of the Sadrist Bloc in Parliament
Presenter: Jonny Dymond
Producer: Charlie Taylor
World Questions: Iceland
Iceland is known for its rugged wilderness, booming tourist industry and a high standard of living. But this small nation in the North Atlantic is not immune from the challenges facing the rest of the world. Rising inflation is making it harder for young people to afford a home of their own. And as the globe warms, glaciers are melting and the landscape that draws so many visitors is changing.
Jonny Dymond is in Reykjavik with a public audience and panel of leading politicians and commentators to debate the big issues facing this ancient democracy, including whale hunting, immigration, sustainable tourism and how to protect Iceland’s unique culture from increasing globalisation.
Producer: Steven Williams
World Questions: Indonesia
The rights of indigenous peoples, the practicalities of imposing a ban on sex outside marriage, public education and how Indonesia can boost its economy to reach its full potential are some of the issues brought up for discussion by the Indonesian public.
Indonesia, which is made up of over 17,000 islands stretching from Asia to Australia, faces many challenges including demands for independence in several provinces, environmental degradation, food insecurity and a capital city that is slowly sinking into the ground. In this virtual edition of World Questions, Jonny Dymond asks Indonesians how they see the future of their country.
Sandiaga Uno: Minister for Tourism and the Creative Economy
Rukka Sombolinggi: Secretary General, Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN)
Yenny Wahid: Director of Wahid Institute
Andreas Harsono: Human Rights Watch, Indonesia
Producers: Steven Williams and Helen Towner
World Questions: Italy
Georgia Meloni has been sworn in as Italy’s first female Prime Minister and leader of a new right-wing government. She has committed to reducing immigration, helping families in difficulty with high energy prices and supporting Ukraine with arms and aid.
Jonny Dymond, with a public audience and panel of leading politicians debate big issues facing this European democracy, including trust in politics, war in Europe and LGBTQ rights.
On the panel:
Nicola Procaccini MEP: Head of Energy and Environment for Fratelli D’Italia
Christian Di Sanzo MP: PD Deputy for North and Central America
Senator Alessandra Maiorino: Deputy Leader of Movimento 5 Stelle in the Senate
Paola Tommasi: Economic Advisor to Forza Italia and Columnist for Il Tempo
World Questions: Malawi
Fuel shortages, electricity cuts, food security, climate change and corruption: Jonny Dymond presents a public debate in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, on these issues of national importance.
Malawi is one of the poorest nations on earth with over half the population living on less than a dollar a day. How to move the country forward?
The panel includes some of Malawi’s senior politicians and campaigners who answer questions posed directly by the audience.
Gospel Kazako: Minister for Information and Government spokesman
Marie Mainja: Of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)
Chikondi Chijozi: Lawyer and a commissioner on the Malawian Human Rights Commission
Charles Kajoloweka: Founder and Executive Director of Youth and Society (YAS)
BBC World Questions is a series of international events created in partnership with the British Council, which connects the UK and the world through arts, culture, education and the English language.
(Photo: Women and Children in Lilongwe, Malawi)