Archive for February 18th, 2008

18
Feb
08

Should young people take responsibility for their anti-social behaviour?

There’s been fire-starting and rioting for days now in Denmark (primarily in neighbourhoods with high immigrant populations) and the Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen isn’t interested in excuses. This is what he said this weekend.

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18
Feb
08

How important is Russia to you, and why?

Hi, I’m Anna. I help produce the BBC World Service’s website and am looking ahead to the national elections in Russia on 2 March. I’d like to hear how has your perception of Russia has changed during Vladimir Putin’s presidency?

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18
Feb
08

Do supermarkets make our lives better?

A piece by well-known British food critic Jay Rayner caught my eye in the Observer newspaper yesterday. There’s been a raging debate about supermarkets in the UK for the last few years, with many people accusing them of ripping off food-producers, wiping out independent shops and selling too much┬ájunk food. But Jay says they are ‘bloody convenient’ and that working families like his can’t do without them. Have supermarkets improved your life?

18
Feb
08

Keyboard bullies ?

Last week, i was sent this, and judging by the responses at the bottom of the post, i wasn’t the only one.
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18
Feb
08

Pakistan votes

Good morning from London, the big international news today is the people of Pakistan voting in a crucial parliamentary election overshadowed by violence and fears of fraud. If the count goes as usual, initial results should be announced about the time we are on air, with a good idea of the final results beginning to come in around 2200 gmt. Should we talk about the elections or wait until tomorrow when we’ll have a better idea of what has happened?

Here in the UK the top story is the nationalisation of Northern Rock. The bank’s troubles are tied to the subprime lending problems in the US and the global economic downturn, which we discussed last month, but could they herald a geopolitical sea change in the world economy, as Martin Jacques argues in The Guardian, that will be more fundamental than that brought by the oil shocks of the 1970s?

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