Archive for December 27th, 2007

27
Dec
07

The assassination of Benazir Bhutto

We’re off air now, but you can podcast the programme here  

 Pakistani opposition leader and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto has been killed in a presumed suicide attack at an election rally in Rawalpindi near the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. So that’s what we’ll be talking about today – talking to terrorists will have to wait for another day (possibly tomorrow).

As for today – how will you remember Benazir Bhutto? With elections due on January 8 what does the killing mean for Pakistan? Join the discussion at 1800 GMT.

27
Dec
07

TALKING TO “TERRORISTS” – A GOOD IDEA?

Hello there. My name’s Jo Fidgen, and I’ll be with you for World Have Your Say from 1800 GMT this evening.

Lots going on today. There are the two officials from the UN and the EU who’ve been thrown out of Afghanistan for “talking to the Taleban”. It seems they were having conversations with all sorts of people opposed to the Afghan government to try to calm the situation down. But some government officials didn’t like it.

Then the Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chavez, has said he’s negotiated the release of three hostages held by the FARC rebel group in Colombia. They could be out in the next day or so.

And Sri Lanka’s war is picking up again. The military says it’s bombed a naval base of the Tamil Tiger separatists. The President says he sees no point in discussing a political settlement until what he calls ‘terrorism’ has been defeated.

Which begs a big question: SHOULD GOVERNMENTS BE TALKING TO GROUPS CONSIDERED TO BE TERRORISTS?

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