It was difficult not to be moved by the stories that we heard on yesterday’s programme. Not just by the situations some of you found yourself in during the attacks in Mumbai, but also the calm and understated way that you explained them to us. I’m sure anyone listening appreciated your coming on the show. Today’s programme will simply carry on where we left off yesterday, hearing your stories and reactions to what’s happening in Mumbai. Continue reading ‘On air: More of your Mumbai reports’
Archive for November, 2008
Mumbai has come under attack. The city will never be the same.
Continue reading ‘Urban Warfare’
It’s sobering stuff following the situation in Mumbai. We’re going to hear as many of your accounts and comments as we can, as well as taking live updates from BBC correspondents in the city. If you have first-hand accounts, or have spoken to people involved, or simply want to share your reaction, please post here. There are twitter reactions coming in all the time here.
Gunmen have carried out co-ordinated attacks on high-profile locations, including two luxury hotels, across the Indian city of Mumbai, killing over 100 people. Events are still unfolding – you can read live updates on the situation here. But there are reports that foreigners, particularly British and American passport holders, were being singled out by the gunmen. Can terrorism stop tourism and bring a country to its knees? The Indian financial markets were shut after yesterday’s attacks. Are there places you now wouldn’t go on holiday?
Egypt, by far the most populous country in the Arab world, is engaged in a fraught debate about relations between the sexes. The country has been transfixed by a wife swap scandal; recently police arrested hundreds of teens for what they said was “flirting” in the streets of Cairo; and last month, a man convicted of groping was sentenced to three years in jail with hard labour. Continue reading ‘Egypt’s battle of the sexes’
He’s been labelled the British Josef Fritzl. Yesterday a man was given 25 life sentences for repeatedly raping his two daughters over more than two decades, fathering nine children by them. Continue reading ‘On air: Should you be snooping on your neighbours?’
Hello pet, love, dearie, bro, duck, Xingan (darling in Mandarin), Habibi/Habibiti (‘my love’ in Arabic), draga (‘my dear’ in Romanian), Khriso mou (‘my treasure’ in greek)….apologies if I’ve just mangled the terms of endearment in your language but do I need to apologise for being over-familiar? Continue reading ‘Are we too familiar?’
Hundreds of Thai protestors have taken over Bangkok’s international airport demanding the removal of the current government. The escalating protests have disrupted thousands of passengers from around the world and but have lead to a quick response from army chiefs. Are disruptive protests effective? And are violent protests are justified? Continue reading ‘Talking Points 26th November’
It’s the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. That’s not the only reason we’re talking about this today though. It’s the number of current stories that highlight the range of physical threats that women around still face (see links below).
We’re going to try and understand why the level of violence against women in all forms remains so high. Is it because of a lack of education, a lack of legal measures to stop it, or a willingness among some women to tolerate it? Continue reading ‘On air: Why are women still under attack?’
A US jury has convicted a prominent muslim charity of funding a terrorist organisation after the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation sent more than $12 million to Hamas. The US government is claiming the guilty verdicts for the ex-leaders of the charity are a victory in the war against terror, but supporters of the charity say the charity was only guilty of helping Palestinians in need. Continue reading ‘Talking Points for 25th November’