Archive for February, 2008



26
Feb
08

Obama, Prozac, and the dangers of consumerism.

Barack Obama in traditional Somali dressMorning. Ben here at Television Centre. I think the sun’s out, but our office here has no windows so it’s hard to tell. Some early morning things to thing about…

Barack Obama’s camp has accused Hillary Clinton’s staff of circulating a photo that could damage his campaign. Clinton’s aides deny any involvement. So called ‘happiness pills’ might not make you happy after all. And does commercialism damage children?

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26
Feb
08

Should we all be on a DNA database?

A British police chief has called for a nationwide DNA database, after two high profile murder cases were solved with the help of DNA evidence.

Is it time that each person’s DNA is stored on a government database, to assist future investigations?

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25
Feb
08

Can global trade be fair?

Quick aside: Have a look at this picture of Barack Obama on The Drudge Report and tell us what you think. It’s already spraking a war of words between his and Hillary’s campaigns…

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It’s Fair Trade Fortnight in the UK. Tate&Lyle has just announced all its sugar will be ‘fair trade’. But is the notion of global trade being ‘fair’ a realistic one? And should we even aspire to capitalism that is ‘fair’? Might trying to achieve that actually disrupt the market economies that some argue are the best way of providing for all of us?

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25
Feb
08

Welcome Mr. Nader

He’s thrown his hat into the Presidential ring. Are you glad and will you support him?

25
Feb
08

Not so fair trade?

Here’s some of a press release we’ve been sent by the Adam Smith Institute. A new report claims to highlight ‘inconvenient truths about ‘Fair’ trade’. See if you agree with it…
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22
Feb
08

Should luring developing world doctors be a crime?

A group of international medical experts has said that so many African health professionals are being recruited by Western countries that the practice should be viewed as a crime.

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22
Feb
08

I live in Ohio and this is who I am voting for and why

Tuesday 4 March 2008 is the day that I’m dubbing Super Tuesday The Second. Ohio and Texas are both hosting primaries for the Democratic primaries, and if you believe the pundits it’s make or break for Hillary in her battle with Barack.

Now thanks to WCPN in Cleveland, Ohio, there’s a fair few Ohioans who tune to WHYS. Between now and March 4 I’d be interested to hear who you’re shaping up to support and why. So please start with the headline of the post and we’ll read on with interest.

22
Feb
08

‘People will think we are all wild animals’

Good morning from West London…

There are a number of stories that have caught my eye today. Serbia and the attack on the American Embassy in Belgrade, immigration controls, alcohol controls and controlling teenage pregnancy.
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21
Feb
08

Has George Bush been good for Africa?

There’s no shortage people who like to criticise George Bush but he’s popular in Africa and his supporters point towards the increase in US investment and aid in Africa since he arrived at the White House. Does he deserve credit for what he has done for Africans? We’re looking to talk about this while the President is in Africa.

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21
Feb
08

Is the Western media biased against Fidel?

Miriam who took part in our programme on Fidel Castro complained after the show that I wasn’t neutral and was anti-Castro. Rabin in Kathmandu said much the same in an email.

‘You were constantly trying to imply that Castro is not a hero or worse Castro is a bad ruler. I don’t think that’s what we call neutrality,’ is some of what she said.

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