Archive for the 'Middle East' Category



02
Jul
08

On air: Iran and Israel..The World Have Your Say debate

With relations never good, suspicion defining what each country thinks about the other, we’re trying today to get a sane and rational debate going about Isreal and Iran. With Isreal having what many believe was a dry run at a military air strike against Iran, how can these two countries now NOT head towards some sort of conflict, proxy or otherwise. The best up-sum of where we are now, for me, appeared a while back in the magazine New Republic: Continue reading ‘On air: Iran and Israel..The World Have Your Say debate’

30
Jun
08

The biggest armed robbery in history?

Be honest, how many of you have heard of the Iraqi Oil Law? And how many of you can tell what it is?

The Hydrocarbon or Oil Law is, according to President Bush, designed to “share oil revenues among all of Iraq’s citizens” – Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds – and to help unify the country.
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25
Jun
08

Talking points 25 June

Goodmorning it’s Karnie…

Thanks to Chloe and Raffles in Singapore who took care of the blog for us overnight..

Thoughts for today…
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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?  

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16
Jun
08

Talking points June 16

Good-morning it’s Karnie…

Big Congratulations to Mark, who finished his charity bike ride (for Leukaemia research) from London to Brighton in just over 4 hours!

Thank you to rafflesofsingapore and selena for looking after the blank page over the weekend…

First up…you all want to talk about today’s planned topic which focuses on Gaza: A year after Hamas gained control of the Gaza strip WHYS will bring a group of young people together from Gaza, the West Bank and Israel to talk about what’s life been like for them so far? Keep those questions, thoughts and suggestions coming in.. Continue reading ‘Talking points June 16’

13
Jun
08

Gaza: a deepening gulf?

It’s been a year since Hamas took control of the Gaza strip, effectively splitting Palestine in half: Hamas in Gaza and Fatah in the West Bank. We received this suggestion for Monday’s programme:

I’m from Gaza, and I have spent the last 8 years of my life in the West Bank city of Ramallah. My family still living in Gaza City, but I can’t imagine the life over there after all the internal fighting and the Israeli siege there.

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15
May
08

On air: Do Palestinians need to accept there can never be a ‘home-coming’?

We talked about Israel’s declaration of independence with Israelis last week. They mark their country’s 60th birthday according to the Jewish lunar calendar. Palestinians mark the anniversary they call ‘nakba’ today, May 15th (the actual declaration was on May 14th) and we’ll talk with them.
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08
May
08

On air: Happy Birthday Israel?

Israel is 60 today. Are you celebrating? Do you think Israel has justified its creation? And how would you like Israel to evolve?

23
Apr
08

On air: Do Muslims treat women badly?

This is an issue that has come up many times during WHYS discussions but we’ve never looked at it head-on. Here are some examples of articles, events and discussions on the topic.

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17
Apr
08

Should the US talk to “terrorists”?

Former US President Jimmy Carter is set to meet with senior Hamas officials this week despite strong criticism from his own government. Is he right to do so?
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