Insight

Sunday 25 January 2015, with Philippa Tolley

Former jihadist, Aimen Dean gives a unique insight into the workings of Islamic State.

ShababFlag svg sharpenedWith the rise of al-Qaeda,  he became disillusioned with his comrades’ drift towards terrorism.

(Image: Islamic State flag)

He joined the group – but working undercover for the British government

Despite his defection,  he retains a deep network of contacts within Islamic State and shares that knowledge with the BBC World Service's Peter Marshall .

 

Coming Up on Insight

8:12 am Sunday 1 February: Insight: Queenstown's Alcohol Fuelled Tourism

police and dancersPolice survey a downtown bar as they clamp down on alcohol issues in the resort " Photo:  RNZ / Steve Wilde

Queenstown's reputation as a party town is pretty undisputed and with more licensed premises per capita than any other place in New Zealand, it's on the front line when it comes to selling alcohol.

Since changes to the Sale and Supply of Act in 2012, many local authorities are introducing Local Alcohol Polices, which aim to give each community a say in how alcohol is sold.

But while other local authorities are trying to tighten up the rules, Queenstown's council is shying away from stricter regulations.

Instead the Queenstown Lakes District Council is allowing the liquor and hospitality industry to take the lead.

Radio New Zealand's Tourism Reporter, Steve Wilde, takes a look at drinking in Queenstown and asks whether the bar industry has too much power.

 

8:12 am Sunday 8 February: Lessons from Japan About Earthquake Recovery

JAPAN KOBE ANNIVERSARYCommemoration of 20 years since Kobe was hit by a massive earthquake. Photo RNZ / Rachel Graham

 As the fourth anniversary of the earthquake which devastated Christchurch approaches, the slow pace of the rebuild has surprised many.

But how quickly have other earthquake hit cities returned to their former glory?

Radio New Zealand Christchurch reporter, Rachel Graham, has visited Japan to compare how much progress has been made in the Sendai area, almost four years after it was hit by a magnitude 9 earthquake and a mega tsunami with waves over 30 metres tall.

She also visits Kobe to look the impact on that city, and the lessons learned, in the 20 years since it hit by a major earthquake.