Author Archive for Shaimaa Khalil



19
Oct
09

Does Africa have any good leaders?

mo ibrahimThe Mo Ibrahim Foundation , set up to award a $5m as an annual prize for African ex-leaders who have shown good governance , has said there will be no winner this year because it could not find anyone to award it to. Continue reading ‘Does Africa have any good leaders?’

14
Oct
09

Should oil rich countries be compensated for reducing carbon emissions?

oilSaudi Arabia, along with other petrol producers, could be badly affected by emissions targets.

So, the oil producing country has an idea.

Saudi Arabia wants other oil producers to join it in asking for compensation  from wealthy countries that reduce energy consumption to combat global warming.

So, the rest of the world cuts back on dangerous emissions, and pays the oil-rich countries for the privilege !

Continue reading ‘Should oil rich countries be compensated for reducing carbon emissions?’

14
Oct
09

Have we lost all perspective on smoking?

ciggiSmoking indoors is banned in England, Scotland, Greece, Holland, Spain and now Syria to name but a few countries where you can’t light up in an enclosed area. This of course is to protect non-smokers from second-hand smoke. Continue reading ‘Have we lost all perspective on smoking?’

14
Oct
09

Should young children be banned from watching TV ?

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That’s what a research by the Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital suggests . The study recommends that children under the age of two should be banned from watching TV or using other electronic media, including computers and DVDs.

Continue reading ‘Should young children be banned from watching TV ?’

14
Oct
09

“Maybe we can buy our way to victory in Afghanistan”

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These are the words of Lieutenant-General Sir Graeme Lamb,the British general charged with pulling fighters away from their extremist leaders. He says Afghan insurgents should be offered amnesty and should be removed from the coalition’s “wanted” list if they lay down their arms. Do you agree with his suggestion?

13
Oct
09

The Hip Hop effect


I’m so tempted to write a long post about this as I’m such a fan and it’s a perfect excuse to reminisce over my Hip Hop DJ’ing days but I won’t. I’ll keep it nice and short. Hip Hop turned thirty, with three decades since the release of the of the Sugar Hill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight.

Since then Hip Hop has grown from an underground artistic movement in the Bronx in New York in the 1970’s, to a mainstream industry that crossed over not only to millions of Americans but to people arround the globe. But has it all been good? Continue reading ‘The Hip Hop effect’

09
Oct
09

Does President Obama deserve the Nobel Peace Prize ?

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The Nobel Committee said President Obama was awarded for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples”. Continue reading ‘Does President Obama deserve the Nobel Peace Prize ?’

09
Oct
09

Do mothers really want to work?

woman&childWell…not really. At least not according to this report titled ‘What Women Want and How They Can Get It’.The “overwhelming majority of women do not want to commit full-time to a job” says Cristina Odone the report’s author.

Ms. Odone also said notions of women’s progress over the past decade have been measured by the “wrong” things, such as more women in top jobs, a shrinking earnings gap and better state-funded childcare. Continue reading ‘Do mothers really want to work?’

07
Oct
09

Is the Niqab un-Islamic?

niqabGrand Sheikh Mohamed Tantawi the dean of Al-Azhar University and one of the highest Islamic authorities in Egypt and the Muslim world says so. He told a young female student to take the Niqab off when he was on a visit to one of the schools affiliated to Al Azhar (one of the most prestigious Islamic institutions) Continue reading ‘Is the Niqab un-Islamic?’

05
Oct
09

Should children in Gaza learn about the Holocaust?

gaza“No human-rights curriculum is complete without the inclusion of the facts of the Holocaust, and its lessons.” This is what John Ging, the UN Relief and Works Agency’s (UNRWA) director of operations in Gaza,says. The UN’s refugee agency is planning to include the Holocaust in a new human-rights curriculum for Gaza’s secondary-school pupils. Continue reading ‘Should children in Gaza learn about the Holocaust?’




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