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Insight, wit and analysis from BBC correspondents, journalists and writers from around...

Insight, wit and analysis from BBC correspondents, journalists and writers from around the world.

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Insight, wit and analysis from BBC correspondents, journalists and writers from around the world.

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Insight, wit and analysis from BBC correspondents, journalists and writers from around...

Insight, wit and analysis from BBC correspondents, journalists and writers from around the world.

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Insight, wit and analysis from BBC correspondents, journalists and writers from around...

Insight, wit and analysis from BBC correspondents, journalists and writers from around the world.

Challenging Preconceptions Of The Middle East, In Lebanon And Gaza20140224

Hezbollah's heartland in Beirut; journalists in Gaza with more to discuss than politics

The Beirut district of Haret Hreik is a stronghold of Hezbollah, a group listed by some as a terrorist organisation, with links to Iran and the Syrian government. In Lebanon's fragile patchwork society, it is considered a no-go area. Jane Beresford visits a family there, and discovers there's more to Haret Hreik than Middle Eastern conflict.

Palestine faces many challenges - continuing friction with Israel, a blockade, economic worries, to name a few. Simon Cox travels to Gaza to train journalists there, but finds they have far more to talk about than doom and gloom. Indeed, some of them are determined to entertain their audience.

Presenter: Owen Bennett Jones

Producer: Ben Weisz

Photo: A Palestinian child helps farmers harvest strawberries from a field in Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip, on December 10, 2013.

Photo credit: MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images

Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe At 9020140221

Looking back on 34 years in power as Robert Mugabe turns 90.

Kim Chakanetsa looks back over 34 years of Zanu PF rule in her native Zimbabwe, on the 90th birthday of its leader, Robert Mugabe. Some still see him as the great African liberator, who ended white minority rule and became the country's first black president. Others, though, blame him for hyperinflation, violence and falling living standards. How has this controversial figure held on to power for so long?

Presenter: Owen Bennett Jones

Producer: Ben Weisz

Photo: Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe cuts his birthday cake with the first family, his children Chatunga Mugabe and Bona Mugabe and his wife Grace Mugabe during a 21st February Movement celebrations rally held in honor of his 89th birthday at Chipadze stadium in Bindura on March 2, 2013.

Photo credit: JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images