Author Archive for Peter van Dyk



04
Apr
08

Talking points for 4 April

Good morning, BBC World news has just told me that this is likely to be a momentous day in the history of Zimbabwe. Certainly things seem to be coming to a head with the crackdown on the opposition and foreign journalists and it’s hard to imagine not getting to Zimbabwe at least for part of today’s programme. But we have an hour so here are some other topics that might get you going as well.

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03
Apr
08

Talking points for 3 April

Good morning, today a question posed on the Today programme’s Thought for the Day by Professor Mona Siddiqui is “Why can’t Muslims take a joke?” You can listen here (if you try hard enough, and are reading this on Thursday). That was sparked by British comedian Ben Elton saying the BBC is too scared of jokes about Islam. What do you think?

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28
Mar
08

Talking points for 28 March

Good morning, some questions on kidnapping, Islam and Zimbabwe to get us going today. And Iraq, where the government has extended by 10 days a deadline for Shia militiamen in the southern city of Basra to hand over their weapons. Is the extension proof of the government’s weakness or a sign of a desire for time to find a political solution?

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27
Mar
08

Talking points for 27 March

Good morning, Tibet is still leading the news on the BBC web site, with protesting monks disrupting a tour by the first foreign journalists to visit Lhasa since demonstrations erupted two weeks ago.

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20
Mar
08

Talking points for Thursday 20 March

Good morning, as anyone who’s listened, watched or read any news today will know, it’s the fifth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq. There’s no shortage of coverage on the BBC and elsewhere and we’ll probably join in this evening. But what question would you like us to ask?

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14
Mar
08

Talking points for Friday 14 March

Good morning, it’s election day in Iran. We know – broadly – what the result will be since so many reformist candidates have been banned but are there times when “managed democracy” right for some countries? After all, the electoral college that still elects the US president could (in theory) introduce an element of management to the process, as could the superdelegates in the ongoing Democratic party primary.

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13
Mar
08

Talking points for Thursday 13 March

Good morning, as Ros said today’s programme is a special broadcast on multiculturalism, but there are still issues around to discuss online and perhaps on tomorrow’s programme.

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10
Mar
08

Do Israelis and Palestinians really want peace?

Of course they do is the reflexive response, but when you look at the events of the past two weeks, does that answer hold true? Do we see real evidence that either side really wants peace?

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06
Mar
08

Stories for Thursday 6 March

Good morning, here are the top three stories on the BBC web site: Gaza’s humanitarian situation is at its worst since Israel occupied the territory in 1967, according to human rights groups; Kenyan power-sharing era starts today with the opening of parliament; and the International Whaling Commission aims to find common ground between pro- and anti-hunt factions at a meeting in London.

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04
Mar
08

Stories for Wednesday 5 March – OH, TX primaries

Iain here updating Peter’s post.. We find ourselves in the WHYS office¬†this morning mulling over whether to devote the whole of today’s programme to the US election campaign, or to look for something else to¬†talk about…

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