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Nato and Afghan forces are contining their biggest offensive since the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. Military commanders say they’re making progress in Taliban strongholds in the south. But they know enduring success depends on keeping promises to local communities to bring them a better, safer life. Will this new strategy of counterinsurgency be able to win hearts and minds? On Saturday on Newshour, Nato’s top civilian representative in Afghanistan and the number two in the US military command tell Lyse Doucet about their plans to turn the tide in Afghanistan. Then we put their case to our panel of experts. But what do you think? Can this strategy ever work?
Putting the final touches to tomorrow’s Newshour show at 1200, 2000 and 2100GMT, when Claire Bolderson will be taking an in-depth look at old age, which, as someone once quipped, is a high price to pay for maturity. It’s also a more explosive political issue than ever. In Spain, there have been mass protests this week over plans to raise the retirement age; and right across the industrialised world, the economic downturn has intensified the debate about how best to support people in old age. Occupational pension schemes face an uncertain future, government finances are in crisis, there’s a rapidly ageing population, and many young people have no retirement plans at all. So we’ll be asking: what is the best way to look after our older citizens? Does the idea of retirement have a future — or does it need a far-reaching and radical rethink? Is it right for younger workers who don’t have pensions to support older colleagues with generous retirement plans? Or should the industrialised world learn to value the elderly more, whatever the cost?
Quick heads up about tomorrow’s Newshour … Lyse Doucet (who’s now on Twitter — here) will be looking at the excitement in Egypt, as Nobel Peace Prize winner, and former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohammed El Baradei, prepares to return to the country of his birth. 60,000 people have joined a Facebook campaign urging him to stand as president, and some very prominent Egyptians — including the author of the international bestseller, the Yacoubian Building, Alaa al-Aswani — are backing him too … though Dr El Baradei himself says he’ll only run if there’s a fair playing field. Could this mark a new beginning for Egypt — after almost 30 years of President Mubarak? And is El Baradei — who has little direct political experience — really the right man for the top job?
Will mountains of rubbish always be with us or could we move towards a zero waste society?
The concept of zero waste has been around since the 70s but more and more companies are shunning land fill and incinerators in favour of recycling, composting – or of getting rid of waste altogether.
But is this just wishful thinking on behalf of a few idealists or could the notion of a society without waste one day be reality? And what about the effect on the economy? Is it worth the sacrifice?
Thank you from the Newshour team for all your brilliant comments on the United Nations’ sex education guidelines. Saturday’s on air discussion is now over, but we’ve continued to receive many interesting views on whether it’s appropriate to learn about sex at an early age. We appreciate your willingness to delve into what can be a very sensitive topic.
Teenagers around the northern hemisphere are coming to the end of their summer holidays. The credit crunch, working parents and other factors will have meant that many of them will have been stuck at home for much of their time off school. And lots of them will have been on the internet. For hour after hour. Some parents feel that it’s safe – they’re at home and all is well. Others are concerned about over-use of the internet. At 1230 GMT this Saturday, Newshour will be asking whether this concern is justified.
Continue reading ‘Are young people becoming addicted to the internet?’