Jeremy Bowen on the Middle East – First Honkers then Pekers

Jeremy Bowen
Jeremy Bowen

Jeremy Bowen speaking at Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC) this evening. Sponsored by City Books of course. He spoke for around half an hour on the middle east to promote his new book The Arab Uprisings and then took questions. No great surprises but a listenable speaker with a good mix of political opinion and light hearted observation. Political power in the Middle East is now The Muslim Brotherhood’s to lose, lose they could if they don’t provide jobs, education and healthcare and Gaddafi‘s inner circle were connoisseurs of sophisticated fashion and design. Also he told a nice little anecdote that gave a glimpse into the oh so enviable life of a foreign correspondent. Woken by a phone call he was told to get going: “First Honkers, then Pekers” and the caller hung up. Mr. Bowen had to ring a BBC official for clarification, “First Hong Kong, then Peking”. Now why don’t I get calls like that?
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