Behind our democracy lurks a powerful but unaccountable network of people who wield massive power and reap huge profits in the process. In exposing this shadowy and complex system that dominates our lives, Owen Jones sets out on a journey into the heart of our Establishment, from the lobbies of Westminster to the newsrooms, boardrooms, and trading rooms of Fleet Street and the City.
"Frightening on many levels"
On his first working day as President, Donald Trump has signed a document withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Trade Deal. Also in the programme: the death that has shocked Iceland, the tiny MRI scanners being used for premature babies and why Tokyo's oldest fish market is relocating.
Wikileaks data dump details hacking tools allegedly used by spy agency. The so-called cyber-weapons include malware that targets phones, computers and even televisions. Also on the programme: the American legal model for Hitler's race laws and Felix Mendelssohn's sister's secret sonata.
China announces plan to create 13 million jobs in clean energy technology, as smog in the north of the country reaches crisis levels.
US Secretary of State John Kerry defends US approach to Israel after UN vote on settlements and warns that a two-state solution is in serious jeopardy. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expresses deep disappointment over the speech and condemns it as biased. Also on the programme: Russian anti-doping agency denies admitting to existence of doping operation; starvation threat in Nigeria; and a Congolese musical journey.
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In this acclaimed investigation, Owen Jones explores how the working class has gone from 'salt of the earth' to 'scum of the earth.' Exposing the ignorance and prejudice at the heart of the chav caricature, he portrays a far more complex reality. The chav stereotype, he argues, is used by governments as a convenient fig leaf to avoid genuine engagement with social and economic problems and to justify widening inequality.
Iraqi special forces have captured Mosul airport in their latest offensive against the so-called Islamic State...
British ex-Guantanamo detainee became IS suicide bomber near Mosul. How many former Guantanamo detainees are no longer being tracked? Also in the programme, NASA announces new exoplanet discovery; and is late night TV depriving Spanish children of sleep?
A new law passed in the Israeli parliament has retroactively legalised almost 4000 settler homes built on privately-owned Palestinian land...
An Israeli soldier who killed a wounded Palestinian attacker in a high-profile case that split opinion across the country has been jailed for 18 months, but the father of the man says the sentence is not long enough. Also on the programme: why one in five people smuggled in Europe are from Albania; and the perfect antidote for self-help books.
Key Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny has been found guilty of embezzlement, barring him from running against Vladimir Putin in 2018's presidential election. Hear from a fellow opposition figure who believes that revolution is now more likely than elections to bring about political change in Moscow. Also in the programme, the Catholic Church in the Philippines speaks out over extrajudicial killings. And could a new variety of quinoa help feed the world?
Malaysian police have named a senior embassy official they want to question in connection with the killing of the half-brother of North Korean leader...
In only his second major news conference as president, Donald Trump attacked the media and said they've failed to portray the successes of his first four weeks in office. Also on the programme: The UN warns that more than 20 million people could face starvation in a series of famines. We hear from Somalia, already in the grip of a severe drought. And the man who thinks he's found the publishing industry's holy grail: Mick Jagger's autobiography.
The UN's humanitarian chief, Stephen O'Brien, tells us that the warring factions in Yemen are preventing him from accessing those most in need of help. He says seven million Yemenis do not know where their next meal is coming from. Also in the programme: 150 years of the Blue Danube waltz; Metal detecting enthusiasts unearth hoard of Iron Age gold.
Dutch voters discuss integration, one of the biggest topics ahead of Wednesday's parliamentary elections. Also in the programme: The head of the U.S. Marines, General Robert Neller, has called the recent nude photos scandal one of the 'darkest moments' in the corp's history; European Court of Justice rules that a workplace 'headscarf ban' is legal.
The US justice department confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions met Russia's ambassador during the election campaign...
Angela Merkel has told the German parliament that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Nazi comparison is unacceptable.
Mexican government voices concern over U.S. immigration policy during talks with senior members of the Trump administration. Also in the programme, Syria's warring sides meet at Geneva peace talks; and Leicester City sack Premier League-winning manager.
Russia's most prominent opposition figure, Alexei Navalny, has been handed a five-year suspended sentence after being found guilty...