Windows On The World

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14 - 17 April 2014

Monday 14 April 2014: The Violins of Cremona

Global Business comes from the musical city of Cremona in northern Italy. It’s the original home of the Stradivarius violin and now several centuries later master craftsmen are still producing hand-made violins and exporting around the world. Peter Day finds out how such a niche industry can survive in the modern world of mass production.

Tuesday 15 April 2014: Vikram Patel: mental health

Jim al-Khalili talks to psychiatrist Vikram Patel about the global campaign he is leading to tackle mental health. He reflects on his early career working in Zimbabwe, when he doubted any western diagnosis or treatments for peoples' distress would be of much use. However, his subsequent research made him question this and come to the realisation that some conditions, like depression and psychosis, could be tackled universally. Now based in India, Vikram's research guides the public health approach he is taking. Yet critics question the application of Western categories for diagnosis and treatment to other parts of the world.

Wednesday 16 April 2014: A Good man in Rwanda

A Good Man in Rwanda is the story of Mbaye Diagne, one of the unsung heroes of Rwanda’s genocide. Mark Doyle came to know Diagne whilst covering events in Rwanda for the BBC in 1994 and credits Diagne with saving his life at a checkpoint. Now he travels to Rwanda, Senegal and Canada to talk to the people who knew Diagne. He meets General Romeo Dallaire, who commanded the UN preacekeeping force; Diagne’s wife; one of his closest comrades in arms; and some of the people whose lives Diagne saved – some of whom have never told their stories before.

Thursday 17 April 2014: Faith in Oman #1 of 2

In the Islamically conservative Gulf region, Oman stands out for its religious tolerance. Members of other faiths – Christians, and Hindus, Buddhists and others – enjoy freedom of worship. Interfaith dialogue is a government priority. All this puts the country in sharp contrast to its neighbour Saudi Arabia, where the public practice of any religion other than Islam is banned. In the first of this two-part series Mounira Chaieb, a journalist from Tunisia, examines what is at the root of Oman’s unusual attitude to other faiths, and questions whether the country’s tolerant attitude to religious minorities is a matter of true religious conviction, or merely a way of keeping powerful allies like the United States on side.