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08
Jan
10

On air: Should you be able to call your God whatever you want?

UPDATE: Three churches have been torched in Malaysia as religion tensions rise. Churches are bracing themselves for further attacks.

God’s just been to court. Well in Malaysia anyway.

The Malaysian government has filed an appeal against a court ruling that allows non-Muslims to use the word  Allah  to refer to God.

Protests by Muslim groups are breaking out across the country and online. The blogs are going mad over this asking whose God is Allah anyway?

Continue reading ‘On air: Should you be able to call your God whatever you want?’

07
Jan
10

On Air: Are the bailouts working?

The past year has seen the global economy on a life support machine, otherwise known as the bailout. Just as the scars seemed to be healing, Iceland’s decision to hold off repaying billions of dollars owed to the British government has reopened last year’s wounds.

If they don’t pay it back, it may well become yet another bailout – even if that wasn’t the intention.

Should Britain cut the noise and accept that whilst this might be the bailout they never wanted, it succeeded in calming things down?

Likewise, with the dust settling and things not looking as bleak as we might have predicted- should we accept that the bailouts did work? Continue reading ‘On Air: Are the bailouts working?’

07
Jan
10

What anti-social behaviour bothers you?

It’s the blog post  you’ve been waiting for. It’s time to get it all off your chest.

The Chinese city of Guangzhou is considering issuing a penalty system for anti-social behaviour in government housing. The offences could include spitting in public, parking illegally or drying laundry on fences. Gather too many penalty points and you could be evicted.

China’s been on the case of anti-social behaviour for some time. Have a look at this 1950s campaign to stop spitting in public places. It certainly made me smile.

Earlier today our sister programme Newshour  discussed this story. We’ve since been overwhelmed with emails from listeners sharing examples of anti-social behaviour that gets up their nose. Continue reading ‘What anti-social behaviour bothers you?’

05
Jan
10

If a bank goes bust is it obliged to pay everyone off?

The Dutch want answers and the Brits – well they just want their money back. But it looks like they’re both just going to have to wait if Iceland has anything to do with it.

The President of Iceland has refused to sign a bill to repay  more than $5 billion dollars worth of lost bank deposits to Britain and the Netherlands until the Icelandic people vote on it in a referendum.

Should a struggling economy be made to pay back what it’s borrowed? Or is a deal a deal? Continue reading ‘If a bank goes bust is it obliged to pay everyone off?’

29
Dec
09

On Air: Should all drugs smugglers be executed?

China has defended the execution of British man Akmal Sheikh, the first European citizen to have been executed in over 50 years.

Despite  much global condemnation , China’s decision to stand it’s ground has also attracted praise – from outside China.

“Sorry not to join the liberal wailing: heroin traffickers deserve to die,” writes Leo McKinstry. Continue reading ‘On Air: Should all drugs smugglers be executed?’

28
Dec
09

Who do you blame for the “syringe bomber” ?

His family contacted security agencies two months ago to raise concerns and his teachers say he was showing signs of extremism from a young age.

 He was even on a terrorism watch list.

So how did Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, the Nigerian man suspected of plotting to blow up a  plane from Amsterdam to Detroit get so close to fulfilling his goal?

Continue reading ‘Who do you blame for the “syringe bomber” ?’

28
Dec
09

Why isn’t the world supporting the democratically elected government of Iran ?

Anti-government protests  in Tehran over the weekend have left at least eight people dead and over 300 people  arrested.  

 The bloody images splattered across the world’s media say it all. This is Iran’s next revolution in the making say Des Pardes  . 

For other’s it’s the start of civil war.

Broadly speaking, the tone of the editorials is one of supporting the plucky protesters over the “ruthless” Ahmedinejad regime.

The President himself insists the country is “united”, but just because many outside  Iran find his views and statements unpalatable, why is there such unflinching support for the demonstrations ?  Continue reading ‘Why isn’t the world supporting the democratically elected government of Iran ?’

25
Dec
09

On Air: Christmas away from home?

WHYS is getting festive.  Whether you’re a troop in Afghanistan, a migrant worker or an international  student, we’d like to hear from you. This Christmas day, we’re aiming to get WHYS listeners talking to their loved ones live wherever they are in the world. The Brownsville Herald have launched a ‘Letters Home’ campaign for troops stationed abroad – we’ll see if we can hook up with them in some way. So if you are away from your loved ones this Xmas and would like to speak to them live on WHYS, get in touch.

21
Dec
09

Did China hijack Copenhagen?

Whilst talks on who’s to blame for climate change might be over for now, talks on who’s to blame for Copenhagen failing are just beginning.

“China is at the heart of Copenhagen’s failure,” says the editorial in Le Monde Continue reading ‘Did China hijack Copenhagen?’

21
Dec
09

Should you get pregnant in the army?

“I have female soldiers in absolutely critical specialties and becoming pregnant takes them out of the fight…And so that’s my message to the females – think before you do something, because I need you.” Continue reading ‘Should you get pregnant in the army?’




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