Archive for November, 2009

30
Nov
09

On air: Has President Obama got it right on Afghanistan?

US President Barack Obama has issued new orders for the US military in Afghanistan, he is set to formally announce that a further 30,000 troops are to be sent to Afghanistan in a televised address on Tuesday. Continue reading ‘On air: Has President Obama got it right on Afghanistan?’

30
Nov
09

On air: Switzerland bans minarets

‘In Switzerland, we feel more that this minaret ban is a symbol that we are a well-run direct democracy. It also allows us to keep the presence of our cultural identity. However, I fear that Islamic nations may react wrongly to this,’ so says Charles-Alexander from Switzerland. And he’s one of thousands of you, who’ve got in touch about this ban. What’s your reaction? Continue reading ‘On air: Switzerland bans minarets’

30
Nov
09

Should this man be on trial?

John Demjanjuk is old and ill, and here you can see him arriving in court accused of helping to murder more than 27,000 Jews at a Nazi death camp. Is Germany right to pursue these charges? Is there still a value in going back over what happened in those death camps and trying to ascertain this man’s role? He is of course guilty until proven otherwise and what might the reprecussions if he is acquited?
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28
Nov
09

Is there a role for vigilantes in society?

When it comes to low level crime is it sometimes better to have a respected member of the community deal with trouble makers? Do we rely too much on the long arm of the law these days?

On one public housing estate in Darlington in northern England, a former boxer, “Fearless” Francis Jones, charges around six dollars a week – to deal with trouble makers. Shop keepers call him when rowdy teenagers gather outside their stores intimidating customers or throwing things at passing cars.  They say he responds immediately while the police force can take hours.  Continue reading ‘Is there a role for vigilantes in society?’

27
Nov
09

Tired traditions

Aaaaaaaargh – sprouts! Now I love Christmas as much as the next hyper-active 10-year-old but just keep me away from those small, sour, green beasts of doom. Then there is turkey, that most tasteless of meat, and all the thoughtless, tacky, useless presents (admittedly mainly from me).
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27
Nov
09

On air: Should Dubai be helped out of its financial crisis?

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Dubai, or to be exact the state-owned Dubai World, wants to delay repaying some of its debt. This comes after story after story has detailed how projects there have not been hitting targets. If you’re a golf fan you’ll be aware the final tournament of ‘The Road To Dubai’ was played on a course where some building weren’t completed. And of course there are examples on a far greater scale.

Now, you only have to look at the markets for evidence of how worried the money men are about this. So what to do? Continue reading ‘On air: Should Dubai be helped out of its financial crisis?’

27
Nov
09

On air: Your questions about Dubai

We’re aware that you’ve a lot of questions about what could happen next in Dubai and what it’ll mean for the world’s economy. We’ll have a number of experts ready to give you some answers. Please post your queries here.