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BBC TwoNewsnight
Last Updated: Thursday, 17 August 2006, 16:31 GMT 17:31 UK
Thursday, 17 August, 2006
By Martha Kearney
Presenter, BBC Newsnight

Presented by Martha Kearney

Yes, no?

Rick Wakeman
Mr Wakeman - no Yes man
There was a moment at this morning's team meeting when the generation gap on the programme became all too apparent.

We are having a discussion tonight on the baby boomer generation and we were wondering whom to invite. One of the younger producers suggested Tracey Emin. I guess she thought anyone over forty counts.

In fact the technical definition is anyone born between 1946 and 1954. We have ended up with some great guests - Arianna Huffington, Stephen Pound, Christine Hamilton and Rick Wakeman (he led to another sad exchange. "Yes" suggested the editor. "What do you mean yes?" our younger producers replied). Anyway that will all come towards the end of the programme.


We are planning to lead tonight on a film from Gaza which provides a shocking insight into the minds of Palestinian children growing up in the shadow of the cult of martyrdom.

Paul Martin meets young boys intent on becoming "Shahid" - a martyr for the cause. With the seeds of hatred planted at such a young age what are the chances of peace in this troubled region ?


The main news from the Middle East today is the deployment of the Lebanese army to the South of the country and discussions at the United Nations over which countries will contribute troops to a multi-national force.

The French are expected to lead the operation but it is still not clear what the remit of such a force will be -- particularly in relation to the disarming of Hezbollah.


And we have an interview with the Archbishop of York John Sentamu who began a hunger strike on Sunday in protest against Middle East violence.

He's living in York Minster for a week, fasting and leading prayers for peace. What does he hope to achieve and why protest over the deaths in the Middle East rather than the thousands more in the Democratic Republic of Congo for example?

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