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18
Apr
08

Should polygamy be legal?

Thanks to the raid at the Yearn for Zion ranch in Texas and the subesquent chaotic custody hearing, polygamy has been front-page news this week. And the press hasn’t been good for adherents of plural marriage. But is that fair?

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01
Mar
08

Is Turkey re-interpreting Islam?

Hello from Newshour. Is there a move to radically reform Islam in Turkey? This Saturday at 1230 GMT, we at Newshour will be reporting on work in progress in Turkey to reinterpret some of the Hadiths – collectively the second most sacred texts in Islam. We’ll have a panel of Islamic experts to discuss this project. Continue reading ‘Is Turkey re-interpreting Islam?’

29
Feb
08

Are we getting dumber?

Susan Jacoby says we are in her book ‘The Age of American Unreason’. She argues her point in this article in the Washington Post. She’s ready to come on to the programme on Monday to talk about her views.

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28
Feb
08

Personal data held by the state

A landmark case is being heard in the European Court of Human Rights today. Two British men who were arrested for a crime but later released without charge are challenging the police’s legal right to keep samples of their DNA and their fingerprints on file.

It’s a huge debate here in Britain this week since DNA evidence was crucial in securing the conviction of two murderers.

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28
Feb
08

Stories for Thursday 28 February

Good morning everyone, sorry for the unexciting headline, but in order to make the processes of the programme clearer, and to help you tell us what you want to talk about, we’ll be using this format every morning from now on.

So what’s on our radar today? Something we’ve been talking about in the office for a day or two is Turkey’s re-examination of the Hadith – a collection of sayings attributed to the Prophet Muhammad and the second most sacred text in Islam.

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26
Feb
08

Obama, Prozac, and the dangers of consumerism.

Barack Obama in traditional Somali dressMorning. Ben here at Television Centre. I think the sun’s out, but our office here has no windows so it’s hard to tell. Some early morning things to thing about…

Barack Obama’s camp has accused Hillary Clinton’s staff of circulating a photo that could damage his campaign. Clinton’s aides deny any involvement. So called ‘happiness pills’ might not make you happy after all. And does commercialism damage children?

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21
Feb
08

Bush fires up Africa

Good morning. George Bush is wrapping up his five-country African tour today in Liberia. We’ve already asked you if the US president deserves praise for his policy in Africa. It’s fair to say the response has been mixed (which is probably far better than if we’d asked you if he deserves praise for anything else).

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20
Feb
08

Has Pakistan turned its back on extremism?

Hello Chloe here,

You may have heard at the end of last night’s programme two Pakistani commentators arguing that their country has turned a corner this week. One of the things they argue is that victory for the two main opposition parties suggests that voters are moving away from the Islamist parties. The party of the late Benazir Bhutto, the PPP, says it is ready to form a coalition with Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N after winning the majority of the vote. Yet President Pervez Musharraf says he has no plans to stand down and will try to work with any new government. Continue reading ‘Has Pakistan turned its back on extremism?’

19
Feb
08

Castro retires

Fidel CastroSo I turned on the news this morning and find out Fidel Castro has announced his retirement. My first reaction was that’s what we have to talk about today. But do we? Do you want to talk about him?

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18
Feb
08

Do supermarkets make our lives better?

A piece by well-known British food critic Jay Rayner caught my eye in the Observer newspaper yesterday. There’s been a raging debate about supermarkets in the UK for the last few years, with many people accusing them of ripping off food-producers, wiping out independent shops and selling too much junk food. But Jay says they are ‘bloody convenient’ and that working families like his can’t do without them. Have supermarkets improved your life?




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