Will – nice one and thankyou to Bob and Jonathan too for making me smile about the BBC and the language we use.All fair points. And Jonathan, one day you’ll “call” a WHYS – it just takes practice !
here’s how it’ll work today…
Ros will be in Johannesburg and present from there but that doesn’t mean it will necessarily be a programme “about” South Africa – the big one will be from Robben Island on Friday.
He says a big issue there is “Americanisation” – particularly in films and music. Do you think American culture enriches your own or is it something that prevents the development of your own ?
So you had a good chat about internet security last night, and i see that Guantanamo came up too. If you’ve watched the film what did you think ? and i wonder about the public reaction in Canada (Will, where are you ?). Here’s what columnist Mindelle Jacobs made of it…
The deck was stacked against Khadr right from the beginning. What chance did he have of growing up normal when his parents despised the West (although quite content to have Canadian citizenship)?
If Khadr’s a killer, he must be held accountable. But bring him home. There has been enough tragedy all around. “
My colleagues on the BBC’s Asian Network used their man phone in slot yesterday to talk about relations between India and Pakistan and whether they are improving. The peg was the simultaneous release - i.e in both Pakistan and India- of a film called “Ramchand Pakistani” , which is set on the border between the two.
Here’s what their listeners had to say :
Indians can never b friends with pakistanis, we indians respect all religions, pakistani want 2 impose their religion 2 everybody that is where the tenson comes in, we can never trust any pakistani or muslims they will always b enemies. Pakistani myself and have many Indian friends – both Hindu and Muslim. We watch Indian and Pakistan cricket together, and are equally proud and critical of our respective countries too. Indian and pakistani will never get alone because when it comes to marridge then its one way only and that is you become a muslim either you are a boy or a girl and there is no compromise. I have never felt or noticed any tension between me and my Indian friends. As for the relationship/izzat fear: that is utter rubbish in my opinion as it doesn’t stop people from dating anyone! The Backward Mentality sucks!. Im a sikh mum off 2 boys. I wouldnt like them to go with a muslim girl. My father always told us we could marry anyone but not a muslim. My son is 7, aft er 911 + 77 he says he doesnt trust muslims. “
and here’s an article i just liked. have we reached the tipping point for tipping points ?