Merry Christmas to all our listeners

There’s a few stories around today, despite the fact it is quiet on the news front in many countries. My colleagues have already started work on at least two things:


 The Kenyan elections, which are predicted to be the closest in the country’s history, are set to take place on Thursday.

Campaigning isn’t allowed on Wednesday so today seems a good day to talk about them. What are the hopes of the elections helping rid the country of corruption?


There is also a set up on how people cope with tragedy at Christmas.


In Iraq, at least 20 people have been killed in a bomb attack in the north of the country. Baghdad has been relatively calm in recent times, but is this a sign that the insurgents are striking back?


Turkey says its armed forces have killed hundreds of Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq over the last 10 days.

Turkey blames rebels from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party for launching attacks on Turkey from bases in Iraq.  The president of the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, Massoud Barzani, has condemned Turkey’s raids and warned Ankara to stop the strikes.

Is Turkey right to be carrying out the raids against an organisation which is classified as a terrorist group by the US, EU and Turkey?  

23 Responses to “Merry Christmas to all our listeners”

  1. 1 bjay
    December 25, 2007 at 15:54

    To Ross & to the BBC. YE! NO BULLshit JUST SIMPLY
    Bjay connotation with accent.

  2. 2 Will Rhodes
    December 25, 2007 at 16:55

    Thanks for all the hard work over the last year – Happy Christmas to all!

  3. 3 Chernor Jalloh
    December 25, 2007 at 17:15

    Dear BBC WHY, Ros Atkins peter and Ben including the editor without distinctions,I wish you a very merry,merry Christmas and a prosperous new year too.For some of you that are celeberating Christmas with friends and families,please never let them carry you away and forget that your fans are still waiting to hear your voices again in the WHY office.I hope you will have a nice holiday.Greetings to your families and friends where ever they may be spending their Christmas holiday.Cheerio! I also want to send my best wishes to those WHY listeners together with their families,who are celeberating Christmas.May you have a good time and many thanks.

  4. 4 Tedla Asfaw
    December 25, 2007 at 17:37

    Tedla Asfaw

    The United States occupation of Iraq and all its implications squarely rests on George Bush and the public is informed daily on the casualties of this occupation and its cost to the tax payers and the 2008 election will much be determined on who will bring the troops back home safely.

    Today is the first anniversary of occupation of Somalia by “Ethiopian” soldiers and in direct opposite to the occupation of Iraq, let alone the public the so called parliamentarians do not now the number of “Ethiopian” soldiers who died in this adventure and where the money is coming for this war, and how much this occupation has cost so far?

    We have not heard debate in the Ethiopian “parliament” similar to the USA Congress to fund the war and this surely proves that this money is not coming from tax payers of Ethiopia and it is probably tied up with the so called counter terrorism agreement with the USA administration.

    Do we have the names of the dead ? Is that also a military secret like most things in Somalia? Can anyone tale me how many Somalis were killed? we are hearing sometimes hundreds of dead Islamic fighters and does anyone believe that Somalia is much stable and is free of “terrorists” than it were a year ago?

    It is in fact the opposite. After one year of illconceived adventure the Islamists have many Somalis on their side fighting for their “national” pride and one thing this occupation did is to bring all Somalis together.

    The impact of this occupation for the future instability is great. Somalia either will go to the 1990s clan fight or Islamists will capitalize on the current Somali nationalism and rally the people and establish an Islamic state hopefully which has no ambition for neighbores territories.

    I have no doubt, like the Hamas of Palestine and Hezbollah of Lebanon tested in war times they will also be popular in Somalia. However, the Somali Islamists should not miscalculate and call for Jihad on neighboring countries especially Ethiopia encouraged by outsiders who are now only giving lip service to their resistance.

    The “Ethiopian” army unceremonious departure by next year will be filled possibly by India and Muslim countries to stop the killing and Somalis have to be ready to live with the Islamists and the Islamists have to realize their dream in their own territory and declaring “jihad” across the border against Ethiopia will sabotage Ethiopian people struggle for freedom and equality and be an excuse for the dictatorial regime of Melese Zenawi to stay in power.

    Ethiopians are true friends of Somalia and the hundred thousands of Somalis displaced by war never felt as foreigner living in Ethiopia and no matter who comes to power in Somalia that should be the foundation of our future relationship.

  5. 5 Chernor Jalloh
    December 25, 2007 at 18:13

    This is the time for all Kenyans to get their act together and vote for change and put away all their ethnic differences.Africa needs change and we can only do so when we realise our Presidents are deceiving us whereby corruption has become way of life and they no longer fit to rule us.

  6. 6 Anon
    December 25, 2007 at 18:38

    Kenyans should know that development is not an overnight affairs. Development is a gradual process and it starts from household. Stop blaming the individual.

  7. 7 Anon
    December 25, 2007 at 18:38

    I remember last time when we had so much hope for a fresh start for our country and corruption being swept away. But the government has turned out to be just as corrupt. And I don t think the opposition will behave differently. We have a second rate, self serving, hugely overpaid political class in Kenya.

    December 25, 2007 at 18:39


  9. 9 Mark, Uganda
    December 25, 2007 at 18:39

    Africans should beware their compatriots in de diaspora. From the protection of their liberated adopted homes, they spread their tribalistic acid at home.

  10. 10 Carwolo Pewu, LIBERIA
    December 25, 2007 at 18:40

    C’mon BBC, you can do better at selecting debators. These guys have no idea what they are talking about. Please try and tell them to keep cool heads and on tribal line other than platform. When will African begin voting wisely?

  11. 11 Silas Nyambok, Nairobi
    December 25, 2007 at 18:40

    Elections in sub-Saharan Africa is a simple mathematical formula that is always the same, mark by violence , allegations of vote raking and voters voting to satisfy the Kenyan dream of 2002.

  12. 12 Betty from Nairobi.
    December 25, 2007 at 18:41

    Sorry to have to say this but am not too sure about the ability of your debaters. They dont sound too knowledgeable.

    December 25, 2007 at 18:41

    Corruption & triballism are the main problems in Kenya. I m sure the elections will be based on tribes & affected by corruption.

    December 25, 2007 at 18:42

    Hi dear BBC We want free election we don t triple we want good leadership for this country god! Pless my country

    December 25, 2007 at 18:43

    Kibaki is a triblist. He has appointed his kikuyus tribesmen.

  16. 16 steve
    December 25, 2007 at 18:44

    Listening to Christmas Tragedies now, and it reminds me of a MASH episode where a soldier died on Christmas, and the doctors falsified the death report so that he died at 12:01AM on December 26th so the family didn’t have to have sad associations with Christmas.

  17. 17 Adam in Portland, OR USA
    December 25, 2007 at 18:45

    Kenya could be a true leader in Africa if they could elect a less corrupt government.

  18. 18 Jacob Masiga
    December 26, 2007 at 14:18

    In 2002 we voted as one tribe -Kenyans.But Kibaki divided & reminded us that we are many tribes.

  19. 19 Khdar Mohamed
    December 26, 2007 at 14:18

    I am in Saint paul,Minnesota. If I were in Kenya,I would have voted for Raila becouse he stands for change and spent half his life fighting for change.

    The current president gave important portofolios to his kinsmen and Garissa town does not have a running water yet Tana River passes through the town.
    Also there is no a tarmac road from the town to other parts of the province. How long people have to wait to get services they are entitled?

  20. 20 Lubna, in Baghdad
    December 26, 2007 at 14:19

    Hi….. When you lose someone you love, then your celebrations will never be as they used to be before losing him/her…. When anything happy happens to you, then you’ll say to yourself “If he/she was here now, then he/she would’ve felt happy for me”. When anything bad happens to you, then you’ll say to yourself “If he/she was here now, he/she would’ve stood by my side”. During every Eid, every Xmas, every birthday, you’ll turn your head looking for him/her; wondering why he/she isn’t here with you…. He/she will always have that “empty chair” and no one can ever fill that chair up! With my love! Yours forever Lubna!

  21. 21 yahya
    January 3, 2008 at 04:13

    hi,i have some relatives in kenya (nairobi)that i lost contact with a long time ago, their names are habib sidbrahim and ali sidbrahim, i wish if any one of your readers who knows them to contact me by e-mail, my full name is yahya ould naasse, originally from mauritania living in the US right now, i’m really woried about them after the recent events.
    i really apriciate your help.
    thank you again

  22. 22 Dennis Young, Jr.
    May 9, 2008 at 03:46


    Dennis from Madrid, United States of America

  23. December 4, 2008 at 20:01

    Have a dream,desire of YOURS FULLFILLED BY JESUS CHRIST WHO LOVES YOU UNCONDITIONALLy,remember it is about Him,reach out in love,forgive,pray for enemies,go the distances for GODS PEOPLE FOR JESUS CHRIST NAME SAKE,love moves mountains,ilove you all ,i desire the same thing for you all,as Jesus Christ does,i desire dare to believe in Jesus Christ i have Gods passion flowing through me,His love for all,i cry out for all in labor,i have hopes for the nations,i will go the distances for you,because i love Jesus Christ most of all,my true prince,all i ever asked,ask you know is for me to see the man prophet peter popoff in person,whome i went the distances for also,for JESUS NAME SAKE,JESUS DESIRES THIS,DESIRES YOU TRUST HIM<ME<KNOW ITS TRUE,go the distances to make it come true for HIM,ME CAUSE THIS IS ALSO BENIFITING ALL THE NATIONS SAYS THE LORD OF HOST,she will never die,she shall dare to beleve in me,go the distances for all for my name sake,give her restoration in full that she may continue my will,for the nations,that noone shall perish,i love thee says your God,inmy name amen.

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