Good Morning from Priya in London. Thank you ZK and Katharina for the weekends massive blank page.
A few ideas for today’s programme:
2 explosions in Istanbul have killed 16 in what was already going to be a tense week for the country. The Turkish Constitutional Court begins deliberating today on whether the ruling AK Party has engaged in Islamist activities and should be closed.
The issue is whether the popular, democratically elected government is too religious, too Islamic, and therefore anti-Turkish. If found guilty, the party currently in power could be banned.
Arguably Turkey has taken it’s biggest leap forward since it was founded by Kemal Ataturk in 1923. Prime Minister Erdogan has forced through legislation improving individual rights, womens rights and the rule of law in country once notorious for its coups, all this despite being an ‘Islamist’.
So, is it true that religion is incompatible with democracy? Are religious governments better or worse than secular ones?
More die in blasts in Iraq. With talk of withdrawals of foreign troops, and attention turning to Afghanistan, what is it like to live in Iraq? If it is safer, is it safe enough? We’ve talked about it before, but I’d like to hear from Iraqis all over Iraq…
This US journalist complains that the truth is still being hidden…
Is downloading music for free immoral? Should culture be free? Or is it stealing? And from whom?
Should the healthcare you receive be dependent on your lifestyle?
If you smoke, or drink, or eat junk food or if you engage in high risk activity (be it free running, mountain climbing or promiscuous unprotected sex), should you be entitled to the same healthcare as the people who do make efforts to look after themselves?
Karadzic and al Bashir, both accused of genocide, both got very different reactions… here is an article on the subject that I thought was interesting.
And if the Karadzic himself is no longer at large, has he ultimately succeeded in his separatist dream? While they rejoice that the “Osama bin Laden of Europe” is caught, how culpable is the international community for keeping his dream alive?