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Newsnight 13 January 2005
Jeremy Paxman

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Thursday's programme, presented by Jeremy Paxman, covers the following stories:
How potent is the past?

After the furore over Prince Harry's fancy dress outfit, we look at how powerful a symbol the swastika is and could it ever be used in an appropriate situation. When if ever does the past lose its power to shock the present? And in the 21st century as Europe tries to build a new future how potent is the past?

Labour's election campaign

The Prime Minister gave us a taste of Labour's election campaign when he promised an "unremittingly New Labour third term" aimed at providing "personal prosperity for all". But he said Labour would have to work hard to earn a third term. Our Political Editor, Martha Kearney, was in Kent to hear the Prime Minister, and assesses these opening gambits of the campaign.

Educational tool

A school in Edinburgh is the first in Britain to pilot a new media educational tool that has its roots in the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Sixteen year olds are testing a computer simulation called "Pax Warrior" that puts them in the role of a United Nations military commander trying to stop the carnage.

Iraqi elections

With Iraqi elections just over 2 weeks away what influence is Iran exerting over the elections. Iraq's Defence Minister has said the Shia front-running party was controlled by Tehran and that Iran wanted to build an "Islamic dictatorship". And from Qatar we speak to Dr Muthanna Al Dari Spokesman for the Association of Muslim Scholars about the forthcoming elections.

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Mark Doyle reports on the computer game that makes you a peacekeeper tackling genocide in Rwanda

Blair stresses prosperity goals
13 Jan 05 |  UK Politics


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