Talking Points: 16 April

talent2Is it ever too late to pursue a dream? Blogger Mark Daniels thinks not. At what age is it too late to quit chasing a dream? Susan Boyle is a 47 year old singer from Scotland who has turned into an overnight sensation after appearing on a British talent spotting TV show. She refused to give up…here’s why dreams matter.

Another lady to watch out for is Kumari Mayawati, the Dalit Queen. The politician fights for the rights of India’s lowest castes and has been attracting a great deal of attention as India takes to the polls today. This will be the world’s largest democratic exercise, but not all feel like democracy works for them. Election violence has already begun and a recent mass suicide of 1500 farmers demonstrates that for some, the right to vote is just not enough.

President Obama’s special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell goes in pursuit of a two state solution when he visits Israel today. But isthe two state solution out of the date? This article believes that we are reaching a new stage in US-Israeli relations – the two are growing apart…

Afghan women showed fresh courage as they endured stone throwing when protesting against a new law that legalises marital rape. Their efforts have been praised by the West, but many Afghan women are asking the West to back off and not interfere in their cultural debates. Here’s why.

8 Responses to “Talking Points: 16 April”

  1. 1 gary
    April 16, 2009 at 13:28

    Hurrah for Ms. Boyle! Pursuit of dreams, achievable or not, has gotten us where we are today. Early application of “reasonable” always withers creativity.

  2. April 16, 2009 at 14:07

    She’s an inspiration to me to look for that ‘dream’ again…

  3. April 16, 2009 at 14:25

    It is never too late to follow your dreams. With out them, life is dull, and there is very little to look forward to.
    It doesn’t matter how big or small your dream is, you still need to go for it. If you quit dreaming, some one else might gert there in your place. The rest of your life you’ll be kicking yourself , wondering “What if”.

  4. 4 Syed Hasan Turab
    April 16, 2009 at 15:34

    No doubt Susan Boyle is a great singer, this morning I listin her talent in Good Morning America, I really like her voice.

  5. 5 Jessica in NYC
    April 16, 2009 at 17:45

    Come on WHYS!

    I really hope you are going to do a show on the Afghan women protesters and activist who are fighting for their right NOT to be raped while they are being spit at and stoned risking repercussions such as death. It seems to me a much more BBC news worthy item than some inflammatory story with a PR tag line such as the Age of stupid. I’ll pass on today’s show and instead go out for lunch to enjoy the good weather.

  6. 6 Jennifer
    April 16, 2009 at 18:22

    I think Susan is to be admired for pursuing her dreams and never giving up. 🙂 Nothing worth having in life comes easy.

    Congrats to the women in Afghanistan for showing courage to stand up against marital rape. I for one am very proud of them for taking that step because ALL women deserve better than to be someone else’s property.

    I think we in the west are aware that even though something is occurring in a far off land it could happen here. If we didn’t show concern; then we’d be the snotty, mean U.S. who cares only for her own people!

    Before you know it, some peabrain will get the idea to make a similar law here in the U.S., too!

  7. 7 Lynn
    April 17, 2009 at 13:59

    What a delight to hear Susan Boyle sing, and what an inspiration to know that at the age of 47 she has not given up on her personal dreams. Way to go, girl! As for her making worldwide news with her performance, I hope that what people come away with after watching her is a reminder to NOT JUDGE OTHERS BY THEIR APPEARANCE BUT BY THEIR MERITS.

  8. 8 Dennis Junior
    April 27, 2009 at 03:44

    Is it ever too late to pursue a dream?

    No, it is never too late to pursue a dream…Good luck on the dream, Susan Boyle…..

    ~Dennis Junior~

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