Archive for January, 2010



28
Jan
10

Taliban off the blacklist: a price worth paying?

Mullah Omar, leader of the Taliban, is on this UN blacklist.

It seems the Afghan government and its allies in the US, UK etc, increasingly realise they’ll need to negotiate with him at some point.

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28
Jan
10

What future Afghanistan?

The talking goes on, as the search for solutions to Afghanistan’s problems go on. And as World leaders gather around the table in London, a few miles down the road we’re getting around the table with young Afghans.

28
Jan
10

What future Afghanistan?

28
Jan
10

What future Afghanistan?

28
Jan
10

WHYS team arriving at Afghan cafe

27
Jan
10

On air: Should you pay more for being fat?

UPDATE 27/1/10: We’ve had an incredible response to this post since it went up on Friday – twice as many hits as the next most popular story! So we’ll take it on air today, with the question above as our lead…

Comment pieces here, here and here and blog posts here, here and here continue to add fuel to the debate.

The sheer breadth of comment may tip the scales in favour of talking about this on World Have Your Say tonight …

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26
Jan
10

On air: Have the French done Muslim women a favour?

UPDATE 1115GMT: the report has now been published.

So it looks like there won’t be an outright ban on wearing the burka and niqab in France after all.

One senior lawmaker had suggested there should be a 750 euro fine for people caught in the street wearing the full covering, worn by an estimated 2,000 Muslim women in the country.

A report due out today is expected to recommend a ban limited to “public services” only.

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26
Jan
10

Haiti: 2020

“You can see opportunities in awful situations”.

The view of one senior man from the UN on the rebuilding of Haiti, as politicians from around the world gathered to talk about it.

Continue reading ‘Haiti: 2020’

25
Jan
10

At what age should you leave home?

In Italy they call them bamboccioni – big babies. In the UK, they’re called KIPPERS, kids in their parents’ pockets. So who are they? Adult children that are still living at home in their twenties and sometimes thirties. Continue reading ‘At what age should you leave home?’

25
Jan
10

On air: Google, China and the nature of free information

Here is a link to our original blog post asking “Should Google pull out of China?” , published on the 13th January. 

Surprisingly, when I check this morning there had been almost 200,000 blogs about the story in the past 24 hours and nearly 6,000 in the past hour.  The developing story is featured in the most read of many popular news sites. Continue reading ‘On air: Google, China and the nature of free information’