11
Feb
08

From Baghdad to Jerusalem

We’re planning to talk today to WHYS regular Lubna, in Baghdad, and Rabbi David Rosen in Jerusalem. They struck up a friendship via email and have been corresponding over the last few months about issues such as Middle East politics and religion.

Already, a number of you have posted on the blog about this and you will have the chance to speak to them live in today’s programme.

Headscarves and Turkey 

Other topics we could talk about today are the vote in the Turkish parliament to ease the ban on women wearing Islamic headscarves in universities.   

It’s attracted more than 1,500 comments on the BBC web site. Maybe we should talk about whether the state should have a say in whether religious symbols can be worn in a secular environment such as schools and universities.

Sport and politics 

The British Olympic Committee has said it is to review its requirement that British athletes going to the Beijing Olympics must sign a clause in their contracts prohibiting politically sensitive remarks or gestures during the games.

It follows criticism that the clause would prevent the athletes from speaking out against things such as alleged human rights abuses in China. Should sport and politics be kept completely separate? 

Mills versus Heather

The former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills are due to face each other in a London courtroom as they try to reach a financial settlement in their divorce.

The former Beatle’s fortune has been estimated at £825m and there’s speculation that the settlement could reach £60m.  Is that in the right ball park after four years of marriage? Can divorce settlements ever be fair? Has divorce become too expensive for men? 


3 Responses to “From Baghdad to Jerusalem”


  1. 1 steve
    February 11, 2008 at 12:08

    I guess to get Heather off his case, $120 million is a small price to pay. But is that fair? Only if marriage has become legalized prostitution. What did she do to earn any of that? How much of the marriage was actually together? I wish celebrities would learn that they have even higher divorce rates than the general population, so I guess we have plenty more celebrity divorces to look forward to. I predict the Sarkozy one will last as long as his Presidency does.

    As for the British Olympics, I think that athletes are there to compete, and nothing more. Just because you’re getting some attention doesn’t mean you have a platform for political statements. People, if the news covers you, wants to hear what you have to think about your event, nothing else. However I don’t think they should have any kind of oath to enforce this, but it’s funny to watch how people are bending over backwards to not offend china, despite all of the horrible things they do, yet you’ll say America is the devil, because you know we won’t financially punish you, like how China and Russia does if you don’t do what they want you to do. So in short, who really cares what some swimmer has to say about politics?

  2. 2 Kelly D
    February 11, 2008 at 15:03

    If the Brits (and all nations) do not require the traditional political abstainance from their athletes at the Olympics, then this will become the norm. The spirit of the Olympic Games will die a horrible, painful and public death that even crooked judges and crying for the gold could not inflict on it.

    Kelly D.
    Lebanon, OR

  3. 3 Chernor Jalloh
    February 11, 2008 at 17:50

    Headscarves and Turkey:

    I see no reason why the Turkish Parilment shouldnot vote in favour of the wearing of headscarves at university.Those women have chosen to wear them when they saw it written in the Holy Qur’an and many Islamic books.Iam sure many of them who prefer to stay at home and study in private were not forced by their family to wear them.I donot think headscarves can harm secularism in Turkey and any other Muslim country.

    Sport and politics:

    Athlets,that are going to China for the Oliympic games must mind their Ps and Qs about the gross human right violations.China,like any other of its sister communist country cannot tolerate outsiders to have a say on the negative sides of their country.So,sports and politics are to be seperated while in Chine if not those that will be caught are going to pay at a higher price.I wish all those that are going to take part,a very nice time in Beijing and a good chinese food.

    Mills versus Heather:

    Women have always been complaining over how men are maltreating them,and when the matters reach the courts too the court often rules against the men which is unfair.The men are bullied by their women.If these rumours of such an amount comes true,that will be another disaster for those men who would want to divorce their wives even if their marriage lasted for a night.What a sad news for the men of today!


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