Archive for the 'Human rights' Category



25
Dec
08

On air: Is direct action the only way for young people to get noticed?

On Christmas day we’re handing WHYS over to a panel of young listeners from Kenya, Bangladesh, India, Canada, Zimbabwe, Greece and the US.  We gave them the chance to set the agenda and this is what they want to ask you:

How should young voices be heard . .. .and taken seriously? Continue reading ‘On air: Is direct action the only way for young people to get noticed?’

08
Oct
08

On Air: Do we have a gypsy problem or just a problem with gypsies?

They’re probably the most reviled ethnic group in Europe – Romany Gypsies. But do we have a gypsy problem, or just a problem with Gypsies?

Continue reading ‘On Air: Do we have a gypsy problem or just a problem with gypsies?’

07
Oct
08

A gypsy problem or a problem with gypsies?

Always wanted to talk or ask questions of Gypsies but didn’t know how?  Now is your chance.   On Wednesday WHYS will be coming from the home of an English Gypsy.  Here’s an email from our host…
Continue reading ‘A gypsy problem or a problem with gypsies?’

17
Jun
08

On Air: Has President Bush made the world a better place?

Today we’ll be discussing what’s very much on George Bush’s mind at the moment… how he’ll be remembered. On his farewell trip to Europe, President George W Bush has been thinking about his legacy

At the weekend, in an interview with the Times, he expressed regret of his legacy as a man who wanted war. And wonders if his “gun-slinging rhetoric” didn’t help him be thought of a man of peace. Today Max Hastings in the Daily Mail says that Bush has been the most disastrous president of modern times.

What will his legacy be? Is he the most disastrous president of modern times?  Or has President Bush made the world a better place?  

Continue reading ‘On Air: Has President Bush made the world a better place?’

06
Jun
08

Talking Points for 6 June

Thanks very much to Steve for being our night editor: lots of new ideas in there, including a discussion of secularism and the headscarf in Turkey, and whether PDAs (public displays of affection) by lesbians should be allowed.

Meanwhile our debate on vegetarianism is still raging, and it looks likely that we’ll dive in today and talk about it on air.
Continue reading ‘Talking Points for 6 June’

28
May
08

On air: Human Rights at 60. Whose rights? Whose responsibility?

On today’s show, the Secretary General of Amnesty International, Irene Khan, is joining us to talk about human rights. What they are, whether they are universal and if organisations like her own have an impact on our lives. She’s already in the news today, as Amnesty’s annual report has been released and it lambasts the world’s commitment to human rights. She’s written this post for you to read and respond to, so please do and you can talk with her live at 1700GMT. Leave your phone number if you want to come on air – we won’t publish it we promise. Here’s what Irene has to say…
Continue reading ‘On air: Human Rights at 60. Whose rights? Whose responsibility?’

13
May
08

Should first cousins be allowed to have children together?

Change of plan. We’ve had a string of problems getting the guests we need to set this discussion up. Some people won’t come on air to talk about their experience, others are simply unable to make today’s show. We may return to it another day when more people are available. We’re definitely going to speak to people affected by the Chinese quake, and we may go for another subject. I’ll update here when we decide. Continue reading ‘Should first cousins be allowed to have children together?’

28
Apr
08

Is the fashion industry racist?

The next issue of the Italian edition of Vogue is to feature mainly black models. The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Franca Sozzani,  says she is doing it because not enough people in the fashion industry use black models.

Ms Sozzani is the latest person to suggest that the fashion industry is racist.  Is she right? Does it promote a white world?

11
Apr
08

Which pop song best sums up the Olympic torch saga?

Hello Jon here. In the corridors of the BBC in London today we’ve been trying to come up with the pop song that tells the tale of the much embattled Olympic torch….our efforts are none too clever….China in Your Hand by Tpau, Candle in the Wind by Elton John, Eternal Flame by the Bangles…can anyone do better? Continue reading ‘Which pop song best sums up the Olympic torch saga?’

11
Apr
08

Talking Points for 11 April

Good morning, Zimbabwean opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai has met with South African president, Thabo Mbeki ahead of an emergency summit on Zimbabwe this weekend. But what does he expect him to do and is he strong enough to do it?
Continue reading ‘Talking Points for 11 April’




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