This week, The Blender covers televised tussles in Russia and Pakistan, and a challenge to the very foundation of modern physics.
The big story this week was the on-air angst between Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his finance minister, Aleksei Kudrin.
Kudrin said he wouldn’t serve under Medvedev if the president assumes the premiership next May. In a very public confrontation, Medvedev didn’t like that one bit and said so. Kudrin was out of a job by the end of the day.
We talk to "The Guardian’s" Moscow correspondent, Miriam Elder
, about the unusual public cracks in the Kremlin’s façade and the political fallout from the high-level clash.
One of the most popular and commented-upon stories on our website recently was the revelation that a subatomic particle might possibly travel faster than the speed of light. The experiment with neutrinos, if repeated and verified, would challenge Albert Einstein’s century-old theories on relativity.
Correspondent Ron Synovitz gets an explanation of the experiment and its implications from a spokesman for the Swiss lab where it was carried out.
And a Pakistani reality TV star takes on a Muslim cleric in an explosive televised clash. Veena Malik took heat from Mufti Abdul Qavi for her actions on an Indian reality TV show. She gave him a fiery response, standing up for herself and attacking attempts by Muslim clergy in Pakistan to vilify women for exercising their rights.
We have a report produced by Kristin Deasy and Farishte Jalalzai that includes an exclusive interview with Malik.
This week’s host is Bruce Jacobs
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