Hello, this is Helen. First of all, I saw that there were some questions about clock changes over the weekend. Here in the UK we switched from “summer time” back to GMT (which means it gets dark an hour earlier – winter is on its way). For this week, the show will be broadcast at 5-6pm GMT for the US, and 6-7pm GMT for the rest of the world. In America, the clocks change next weekend, and from then on we’ll switch to our winter schedule which is 1 hour, from 6-7pm GMT, for the entire world. Confused?
Syria has condemned a US helicopter attack inside its territory, which it says killed eight civilians. If confirmed, the raid would be the first known attack by US forces inside Syrian territory. And Pakistani officials say a suspected US military strike has killed twenty people, including a Taleban commander. So far, there has been no official US response to either event. But, if confirmed, is it acceptable to disregard national boundaries in the fight on terror? Or is this precisely the kind of action that stokes anti-American sentiment?
A court in Niger is expected to rule today on a case of alleged slavery, which could have implications across West Africa. Hadijatou Mani says she was sold at the age of 12 and was forced into ten years of domestic and agricultural work, as well as being raped at the age of 13 and forced to bear the man’s children. Slavery was outlawed in Niger five years ago, but the government is being accused of doing too little to bring the tradition to an end. Is it enough to outlaw slavery? Or is more required to change deep-rooted traditions?
And the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has said that he has given up on his attempts to persuade China to grant greater autonomy to Tibet. Does this represent a victory for China’s hardline approach to Tibet, which was evident in the crackdown on pro-Tibetan demonstrations earlier this year? What does this mean for the future of Tibet – and indeed the Dalai Lama?