Hi it’s Karnie with you again today. Thank you to Maria in the US for keeping the debate flowing over night. Today’s stories have got you all talking already, so let’s continue the conversation…
The global financial crisis continues and it still has you talking on the blog. The US federal government bailed out AIG yesterday BUT Asian stock markets still took a hit, here in the UK one of it’s biggest savings bank is being rescued from the brink of collapse…we have discussed this before. Analysts say shares are taking a tumble because people are afraid. What should today’s question be? Is it about greed or is just a matter of the way in which the financial markets work..is it purely about taking risks? And are risks worth it?
Maria posted this on the blog:
Is it okay or not to pursue wealth at the potential expense of the free market. Some people here in the U.S. believe that it’s okay to build wealth however you can as long as you’re not breaking the law. But others believe there should be regulations and even ceilings on the bonuses that financial brokers receive. Is it healthier to just let the market do what it’s doing right now and eventually correct itself?
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has won the leadership of the governing Kadima party, putting her on track to succeed Ehud Olmert as prime minister. What can she bring to the table? Is Livni best placed to improve Israel’s relationship with its neighbours?
Whilst Rwanda basks in the glory of being the first country in the world to have a female majority in parliament, Uganda is seeking to ban mini skirts. How can two African countries be so different? The continent is perceived to be male dominated, yet we see an emergence of “girl power” in Rwanda. Liberia stands equally as proud with it’s female president – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Can Africa change it’s attitude towards women?
Ramah from Kenya posted this question on the blog:
What does this vast divergence in attitudes towards gender mean for the future of governance in African countries?
Anti Jewish and anti muslim attitudes are on the rise in europe, that’s according to a recent survey. Negative views of Muslims were also strong in several Asian countries: Half or more of the Japanese, Indians, Chinese and South Koreans surveyed said they had negative impressions of Muslims. Can the world rid itself of cultural prejudices and old attitudes against race?