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08
Apr
08

Talking points for 8 April

Many thanks to all of you that took part in last night’s programme on the Olympic torch relay.  Over 200 comments on the blog and collectively you helped produce a sparkling on air programme which is well worth a listen on the podcast if you missed it.

Today we’ll be focussing on whether women should tell their employer if they want a baby? You’ve been talking about it and Chloe’s blog post yesterday already has great comments. Are you affected?  Let us know by the usual channels or post on the blog.

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26
Mar
08

Iraq – over to you…

The Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, has given Shia gunmen in the country’s second city, Basra, a deadline of seventy-two hours to lay down their weapons.

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24
Mar
08

Is the Western media biased?

Official Chinese newspapers have been attacking Western media coverage of the recent unrest in Tibet. They’re quoting Chinese journalism experts and editorials in the international press on what they see as the bias and distortion of various reports in the British and American media. Continue reading ‘Is the Western media biased?’

21
Mar
08

Letters from Baghdad

There are several of you in Iraq who subscribe the WHYS Daily Email. I asked you all if you’d send me your feelings on the 5th anniversary of the war. These are the replies I’ve received. The rest of you are welcome to leave comments or questions for Rania, Lubna and Zainab. They’ve promised to reply.

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20
Mar
08

Has the Iraq war been worth fighting?

This needs no introduction. Have those who have died, lost their lives helping to create a safer Iraq and a safer world over the past five years? Or have their lives, and the money that’s been spent, been wasted on the wrong cause? President Bush sees a safer world, a strategic victory, and the first large-scale Arab uprising against Osama Bin Laden. Do you?

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19
Mar
08

Talking points for 19th March

Two weeks ago in Gaza there were celebrations that a gunman had infiltrated a Jewish seminary in West Jerusalem and killed eight people.  The Palestinian President condemned the attack, but according to a new poll an overwhelming majority of Palestinians support it and other acts of revenge against Israelis.

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12
Mar
08

Stories for Wednesday 12 March

Some morning musings for you all to think about..

Most read and emailed story right now on BBC news online is about a TV advert deemed offensive to Christians. Also knocking around today is the resignation of a top US military commander, the cost of war and being cleaner than clean in public life. And when should you stand by your man?

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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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10
Mar
08

How do you recover from a violent loss?

It’s hard enough to lose a loved one, but does knowing that they died in a senseless, violent way make it harder for those left behind.  A number of you have been responding to Lubna, since she wrote to us about her neighbour Ali being killed by a bomb. It followed her almost being killed herself, by a roadside bomb a few days earlier. Some of you have written about how you’ve dealt with extreme trauma, and we’d like to pick up on this.

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07
Mar
08

Testing times for Iran’s Ahmadinejad?

Hello from Newshour. Iran is holding parliamentary elections next week, and on Saturday 8th March at 1230 GMT we’re going to be taking a look at what this means for the country’s populist president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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