Tuesday, May 08, 2007

BBC - Radio 3 - Night Waves - Charles Glass and A R Norton

BBC - Radio 3 - Night Waves - Cannes at 60
The radical Islamic movement that emerged in Lebanon in the early 1980's, is attempting to reinvent itself as a political party. Isabel Hilton examines the influence of a group dismissed as a terrorist organisation by America and Israel.

How might it change the political make-up of Lebanon? What is its real relationship with violence and with its backers in Iran? And how do we explain its meteoric rise to power?

Augustus Richard Norton, who has written a new history of Hezbollah, joins the American journalist Charles Glass - who was once kidnapped by the group in Beirut - to discuss the ambitions and the future of Hezbollah.

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