Archive for June, 2009

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Jun
09

Raping a woman: one man’s story

Dumisani Rebombo “When I was fifteen years old,I look part in a gang rape”

One in four South African men has raped a woman, according to a survey out this month. It’s a saddening, but not suprising statistic for Dumisani Rebombo to learn. When he was fifteen, he joined in the gang rape of a woman, under pressure from his friends to prove that he was ‘a man’. Dumisani has written about the experience for the BBC website. Read his story here. Continue reading ‘Raping a woman: one man’s story’

30
Jun
09

On air: Are you celebrating Iraq’s National Sovereignty Day?

Baghdad partiesHere’s a quote from the first e-mail i opened today :

“the atmosphere down here is feverish and electric, like a huge celebration or something, there’s a mixture of joy, pride, fear, and apprehension.”

The e-mailer is Lubna, our long time WHYS friend and contributor, studying medicine in Baghdad. For many of the WHYS community we’ve seen the story in Iraq through Lubna’s eyes. Continue reading ‘On air: Are you celebrating Iraq’s National Sovereignty Day?’

30
Jun
09

Are symbolism and revenge part of justice?

madoff2Extraordinary evil. That’s how the judge described the actions of Bernard Madoff, before sentencing the convicted fraudster to 150 years behind bars.

There’s no doubt that Madoff has ruined countless lives with his litany of lies over decades. There have even been suicides attributed to the damage he caused.
Continue reading ‘Are symbolism and revenge part of justice?’

29
Jun
09

On air: Does it matter if Michael Jackson was black or white?

_45984819_ap_bet_foxxgloveThis is what Jamie Foxx said at yesterday’s Black Entertainment Awards in LA. “We want to celebrate this black man. He belongs to us and we shared him with everyone else.” Just a couple of sentences, but it’s brought to the boil a heated debate that was already simmering. Continue reading ‘On air: Does it matter if Michael Jackson was black or white?’

29
Jun
09

Madoff: did the judge get it right?

madoff150 years for Bernard Madoff. Is that the right figure? His lawyer had complained before the sentence about a sense of “mob vengeance” in the way victims were campaigning? If that’s proved to be the case, would you mind?

29
Jun
09

Michael, Neda, and us.

nedaThe death of two people last week has got you talking – and some of you making comparisons between the two.

Neda Agha-Soltan was shot dead in the street in Tehran, and Michael Jackson died after a cardiac arrest at the age of 50.jacko cds

When the Iranian protests began, we spent 7 of the next 8 days discussing the issue on-air, and here on the blog.

When Michael Jackson died, it was a huge story (i realise that’s a massive understatement ) but for some of you it wasn’t worth spending any time on.
Continue reading ‘Michael, Neda, and us.’

29
Jun
09

Are we rewriting history over Michael Jackson?

MJ tributeAt the Black Entertainment Television awards on Sunday night, there was one comment that got a bigger cheer than any other. To screams of support, host Jamie Foxx yelled, “We want to celebrate this black man. He belongs to us and we shared him with everybody else.” Isn’t this the same identity that Michael Jackson rejected as his skin became lighter and lighter? With his death are we rewriting the history of Michael Jackson’s life?
Continue reading ‘Are we rewriting history over Michael Jackson?’