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205 Responses to “Ros’ Daily Email & Tweets”

  1. December 19, 2007 at 16:12

    Happy Birthday to the BBC! My English daughter-in-law is teaching me all things British.
    As a Presbyterian minister I feel the creeping elements of being “Politically Correct” entering, unwanted, through the backdoor of freedom. I do not have to agree with you or you to agree with me, but the right to speak from your heart must not be stopped.

    • February 3, 2010 at 17:10

      I agree with you but how do you identify an invisible ghost and hold a discussion upon what we used to believe were our democratic rights. Unfortunatly political parties see it as being more importent to retain power than to allow democracy to flourish.
      Apparently your son showed good taste. Well done lad.

  2. 3 Craig Leventhal
    December 19, 2007 at 16:23

    On the subject of government censorship of media outlets, I feel that a government that is insecure about its’ own mandate to govern, tries to suppress the media as a measure to maintain its’loosening grasp on power. The need for a government to take these measures should serve as a sign that it needs to re-examine its own internal policies or step down especially if it cannot tolerate even constructive criticisizm. This speaks volumes about the power of the media, even a suppressed media. CRAIG

  3. December 25, 2007 at 07:07

    well done entire team ,for yet another excellent year of broadcasts i enjoy thru XM rado here in southern california

  4. 5 Muhammad Asim Munir
    December 26, 2007 at 12:45

    Dear BBC and WHYS TEAM!
    Congratulations to you all over 75th birthday of World Service and updated blog.
    I would say that i’m addicted to your programme since last year when i first heard it then. I participated in your several programmes and feel that you listen to a common man where ever he may be in the world.
    I appreciate your efforts.
    Well done!

    December 28, 2007 at 01:48

    BBC, you are doing great at 75, guess you will do greater at 150. Keep up we are with you. sign me up for the daily email

  6. December 29, 2007 at 11:40

    Dear Ros,

    I have been a regular listener of the BBC Radio since 1980. It imbibed in me the interest to be a journalist. I’m in my 20th year as a professional journalist, and today, the BBC sustains my interest and inspires me during my work, right now in Bangalore, India.

    I used to listen to the forerunner of World Have Your Say, the Live Phone-In programme that the BBC used to broadcast as early as mid-1980s. I remember how I used to enjoy listening to the heads of government like Margret Thatcher and Rajiv Gandhi (India’s former premier) on the programme.

    Even before today’s interactive tools, BBC, through that programme, introduced to us how we, listeners, could participate in a broadcast. As a student, I used to dream of talking to a Prime Minister through this programme! Alas, I didn’t have international phone connection at that time; moreover, it was expensive too. Today, inspite of my tight work schedule, whenever I get time, I listen to the programme. Or follow it on the Internet.

    I would be grateful if you could please send me details of your talking points each day.

    Wish you and the BBC all the very best.

    Wish you all a great New Year 2008!

  7. 8 T. Kootee KORVAH
    December 31, 2007 at 18:55

    Dear BBC World Have Your Say,

    I would like for the International Community to make sure that the will of the people of Kenya be taken into considerations. That is, let there be recount of all the votes and make sure that the rightful candidate who won the elections in Kenya be allowed to rule Kenya.

    This is the way I believe the world power can insure that demoncracy take it course.

    If this issue remain like this, it means the world is not serious about demoncracy eventhough they pretend to be promoting it accross the globe.

  8. 9 Abida Hassan
    January 5, 2008 at 11:05

    Can anyone tell me what this “International Community” is? Is it another mythical entity dreamed up in order to win political points over others? Does it mean America, with all its obedient satellites chipping in?

  9. 10 George
    January 9, 2008 at 07:51

    Diebold NH Primary win-

    Diebold voting machine election fraud is out of control in the USA.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m from South Texas with its history of vote early-vote often and everyone in the graveyards of some South Texas counties vote, sometimes twice in the same election.

    But voting/election fraud have reached the point of crippling the USA –

    swinging Geopolitics like a field rat run out of a prairie fire, stomped then a long string tied to it’s tail-

    to swing in circles.

  10. 11 Ivan N. Pachl
    January 11, 2008 at 14:46

    Thanks Ros for the interesting WHYS debate yesterday (Tata car). It’s interesting that we want other nations to do what we are ourselves incapable of doing here in the western world – i.e. getting up off our backsides and walking.
    The roads in the Czech Republic are on the verge of collapse, but we still prefer to sit in our cars and wait for “someone else to do something about it.”
    Cars will stay until: a) we wake up to the futility of them, or 2) find a better fuel.
    Please sign me up for the WHYS Daily Email.


  11. January 17, 2008 at 18:28

    Hi Ross

    I have become a great fan of World have Your Say. I live in New Zealand but ever since the change to summer time WHYS has disappeared.

    At first I thought I was just out of sync and the other morning I was overjoyed to hear that WHYS was on after the news but it never materialized.

    After a long search to find the schedules it appears that we in Australia region can only receive WHYS on Friday Morning at 18.30 GMT which is 7.30 am here.

    So it seems only on a Friday. I think this is a great pity because WHYS is one of the more interesting programmes.

    So if you are wondering why you no longer hear from this part of the globe blame the schedulers.

    Till we return to winter time.


    • 13 Paul Baak Anyaar
      April 27, 2009 at 19:49

      Dear Ros,
      I’m particularly pleased with your daily presentation.
      I must be categorical in this case. I really like your choice of topics for discussion. Sometimes I feel that at least someone is talking about what I have always wanted to talk about but could not find someone to discuss it with.

      So I just want to say that you people of WHYS deserve a pat at your backs and please keep on.

  12. January 17, 2008 at 18:46

    “Where there’s a will” Having at last discovered it was not me waking up at the wrong time and missing WHYS I discovered the podcast!

    Wonderful! So easy and better reception and I can listen when I like. Brilliant!

    It was good to hear your voice again.

    Now why did I not think of that weeks ago.


  13. January 24, 2008 at 17:57

    Ros Atkins goes to Ghana!

    I hope you and your friends @
    B.B.C. have a nice time in Ghana…..

  14. 16 Krish
    January 28, 2008 at 06:35


    I accidently subscribed to the podcast among other podcasts I wanted to give a try. Believe me, this program retained me spell-bound when I heard it for the time time. From then onwards, I don’t want to miss out any episode of it.

    My understanding about ‘the people and the way they look at their lives’ is definitely maturing with help of this program.

    I thought I would also participate in the discussion.

    Please sign me up.


  15. 17 yogendra guragain
    January 29, 2008 at 09:07

    hi email me

  16. 18 Dennis Young, Jr.
    February 7, 2008 at 03:06

    I love the BBC…..

  17. 19 Henry Agwanda
    February 8, 2008 at 14:36

    Hi, been listening to your CLASSIC WORLD HAVE YOUR SAY,please include me in your MAILING LIST.



  18. February 16, 2008 at 08:17

    Dear BBC
    Im a great fan of world have your say.Im from Nairobi.
    Well im addicted to your hot disscussions which goes around the the world and i would like to be included among the participaters.
    Im a student from a local campus from a riftvalley province but due to post violence i’ve not yet reported back.
    On the other hand im dreaming to make uk my homeland, i need any assistance from any good samaritan.Thank you

  19. 21 David Malinda
    February 16, 2008 at 15:01

    All the criticism of China is rooted in fear of the mounting competitive threat that China poses economically. I think the criticism is not unfounded, but that ultimately it is rooted in fear of their economy, not in a sense of justice. That’s human being for you (to quote from within).

    Why would China be concerned with helping African nations without strings attached? I think it is a world first and the Chinese Government and its people should be congratulated for this.

    What has America done about the suffering of the Sudanese Darfur people that China has not? Is America caring about the bountiful people of Darfur? The answer is NO.

    I think Spielberg is just Spill bag. The way he behaved is not conducive to his character and I am not sure who was his advisor.

    Was it China who started slave trading, partitioning of Africa, rush for African wealth? Africa has been milked to death, was it by China or was it by the west?? You can see the necked consequences of the Western “democracy” in Africa. No African country is really stable. Africa has been and is being partitioned into little groups. Is China the culprits here? When china comes with no strings attached, the West is not impressed. African leaders wake up.

  20. 22 Fitzwanga Dalla
    February 18, 2008 at 11:45

    Hi Ros Im a Kenyan residing in Uganda.Ive just completed a degreee.in Economics.I have awide range of knowledge on international affairs especialy concerning East Africa.and have akeen inirest on Russian affairs.I am also probably your most loyal listener and enjoy allthe debates.I would like to ask for the daily E mail or rather to subscribe for it.I would also appreciate if you could take more callers from Uganda.and not concentrate on Ghananian and Nigerian callers.

  21. 23 andrew
    February 21, 2008 at 18:35

    Africans shouldn’t look to America, or whichever great power, to solve their own problems. Why rely on the world when one can’t clean up one’s own house? Asia had significant help, so did Western Europe, but their remarkable improvement was more due to their own efforts.
    Andrew from Singapore

  22. February 23, 2008 at 04:47

    iam journalist in somalia iam very close this website program iwant to takin all news in the world whin one minits your thanks

  23. 25 Alexandra Andreasson
    March 6, 2008 at 19:08

    An open email to the BBC:

    We (listeners of Mississippi Public Broadcasting Radio), recently gained access to the BBC World Service — thank God (if there is one)!

    To feel I’m finally connected, on a regular basis, to a truly global news source has been the most uplifting turn of events I can imagine — until Barack Obama is sworn in as the next president of the United States!

    It is MY hope, that if he IS elected, the conservative establishment in this country will begin to collapse, and therefore, the reestablishment of the United States as an inclusive and civilized nation will be free to begin!

    Keep up the good work, and thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation!

  24. 26 Gilles Musinga-Njele
    March 7, 2008 at 11:26

    What is the western world really thinking about the african crisis?Why are they so hypocritical,talking about democracy and what not,when all they are really interested in are the mineral deposites in the different african states.Do the western countries not know that so long as they help maintain those maonarchical dictators,such as Paul Biya of Cameroon,Idris Derby of Chad,Omar Mbongo of Gabon…etc,they are simply looking for problems for themselves? Forsoon Europe and France in particular will be so filled with African immigrants so that our toubles will be carried over there.Leave us to seek solutions to our problems and Europe will remain the beautiful place it is.

  25. March 7, 2008 at 12:17

    i do not believe that a country have the right to invade another for whatever reasons because if we allow that then it means placing the weaker nations at the mercy of the stronger ones. if there is any need for inversion i beleive the united nations is in the best position to enforce that. it is high time the UN as the world’s police has a standby force just like NATO.
    Chimezie from Nigeria.

  26. March 11, 2008 at 20:48

    its good 2 have WHYS…bravo 2 BBC, ur timely action saved the crying nation of Kenya en ur continued surveillance keeps our hope sustained

  27. 29 Magoola Moses
    March 13, 2008 at 13:02

    Hi Ros,

    Iam Moses Magoola a regular listener of your programme in Kampala Uganda. I would like to subscribe to your network because I find your programme special in a sense that, many get the platform to air their concerns on current topical issues. Iam sure their input informs policy formulation and review in their different contexts.

  28. March 14, 2008 at 13:52

    Keep it up Ros and the rest of the crew!

  29. March 27, 2008 at 14:59

    i would like to be receiving daily updates on whys.

  30. 32 Ana Gongora
    March 27, 2008 at 18:38

    Hi! 🙂
    This is Ana, from Colombia.
    My sister and me truly love your discussion programme, as it keeps us up-to-date with the latest issues around the world. Sadly, most of the media is dreadfully biased – at least in my country. It’s good to know what many worldwide events and issues are dealth in an impartial way by you as well as by listeners around the world.

    You’re a brilliant crew, never change your way! 🙂

  31. 33 mark arnold odeke
    March 31, 2008 at 11:07

    Hi ros,
    Am glad that i can finnaly communicate to you.i love your programme and i just didnt know how best i was going to contribute to it.but am glad that i can finnaly here from you and the joy of contributing to the most listened to programme in the world thrills me.
    kind regards

  32. 34 mark arnold odeke
    March 31, 2008 at 11:18

    With the final peace pact between the government of uganda and the LRA due to be signed on 5th of aprill,the government of uganda has to be considerate.the government wants the rebel leader to sign the peace deal himself if possible from juba were the negotiations are taking place,with the view that they will provide enough security for him and the rest of his contigent.when has arat ever been safe with a cat even if people are there,what will always be on the mind of the cat is to get that rat.this is exactly what the government has to consider.you cannot invite him to juba when you are armed then you say you will cater for his security.we all want peace and please do not blow it away by playing those old monkey tricks.people in the north have suffered alot and this is our only chance of having peace

  33. 35 Snadra Patricia, Colombia
    April 11, 2008 at 02:45

    Hi, there! 🙂

    Congratulations to the WHYS team! I’m from Colombia and I love listening to the programme with my sister Ana :):). We take a time to discuss different topics from all around the world that are never mentioned in my country, what seems interesting to me. It’s also nice to listen to people from different countries expressing their point of view about the topics without being censored or manipulated, as usually happnes in Colombia where media tends to favor the government. Thanks indeed for this wonderful programme, and I wish the best for all of you and your listeners.

    All of you are doing an excellent job!!! 🙂

  34. 36 Adewole
    April 15, 2008 at 03:43

    I wonder why blacks think they are whites. The problem is blacks are not ready to face challenges perculiar to the africans. They forgot that the white stayed in their continents finding solutions to thier problems. But the case is reverse for blacks. they only need food, shelter and security from the white without stress. They want to enjoy life without developing africa and contributing meaningfull to her development. Let the blacks stop this nonsense!They are looking for cheap food. That’s why blacks are slaves in other continents looking for ready made solutions. So, let the blacks stop pretending as if they are white. How can they be white when it is conspicous that they are blacks.

  35. 37 BRENDA
    May 9, 2008 at 13:19

    hi Ros’ am a great fan of yours down in kampala, uganda,my sisters and i love listening to you,and it looks like you love AFRICA ,When are you coming back, you inspire me to be a presenter at times and you are very knowlegable about current affairs.

  36. 38 Abdi In Mandera Kenya
    May 9, 2008 at 16:13

    Ros,WHYS without you is truly like Tea without Sugar and Tea.You Bring alot of Sweetness and liveness into the Programme.You attract everyones attentions into the radio and you speak as if you r directly communicating to me.Please enclose a copy of your Completed CV on this website.

  37. May 10, 2008 at 04:44


    Whatever he says or claims, Mr. Fritzl exists in an alienated world– inner and outer–of his own making. Is it madness? The convenient madness that allows, condones and justifies monstrous self-serving deeds? The nazis also were guilty of that, weren’t they? Is he a monster? In his true higher self, no, except that alienation does breed ego-monsters. Mr. Fritzl IS a very sick person. But mad, sick, perverted, or what have you, he KNEW his deeds to be wrong, even criminal. The death penalty? No. Sooner or later, he’ll face his Maker and handle affairs on THAT SIDE. His crime, however, was committed and sustained on THIS SIDE and it is on THIS SIDE his failed growth must be redeemed. The death penalty, as an act of retribution that feeds on vindictiveness, solves no earthly problems, teaches nothing of any value to anybody, even as it deepens alienation and fear. No, not death. But the man hopes for redemption, he says, and redemption is sourced in and requires responsibility, “responsibility TO others and FOR self.” Responsibility, however, is the antithesis of and is denied and negated by alienation. As all criminals, Mr. Fritzl perceives himself and operates in a space outside, beyond and alienated from the human realm. So I sentence him to be castrated. Radical castration: “If you misuse it, you lose it!” You have what you have only as long as you have responsibility for it. He misused it long enough, wrongly enough, and did untold harm to seven children and to the world beyond. So I sentence him to the direct experience in his own flesh of the despair, the agony, the cruelty and deprivations to which he condemned seven human beings. So I sentence him to be locked up in that same bunker, in safe and solitary confinement and peaceful isolation. That he may read, listen to and study the books and tapes of mankind’s great Teachers and Mentors; that he may meditate on and contemplate their Thought and Teachings. Until death do they part! That he may, hopefully, derive from them what his life failed to provide: a sense of himself as ONE with the human race.

  38. 40 PETER
    May 17, 2008 at 13:31

    Hi Ros, your presentation of WHYS has aggrevated my desire of becoming a Radio presenter. It is a pleasure for me and a luck for the BBC to have you in that post. It is through you that i became much interested on all the programmes of the BBC. By then, I was only specialized to focus on Africa and it’s sister programme “Network Africa.” You really knowledgeable in all aspects of human beings, politially, socially, economically to mention afew. I am a Sudanese in Khartoum-Sudan. I am a student of Law in the University of Juba and highly interested in Journalism. And the BBC presenter like you are my role model including Peter Okoche, Komla Doumo, Peter Doby among others. I know most of the presenters of the BBC because of your attractive presentation. sometime i write text messages during your programme but seems they don’t reached you, I am afraid I don’t know how to sent it may be. Many thanks Ros Arkins.

  39. 41 emerson christoff
    May 20, 2008 at 18:54

    I think we are missing a major idea here. I feel sex is an amazing, intimate, passionate, and magical way of communication between two people. This communication occasionally generates a child. Why kill the fetus that symbolizes such an event of intimate communication and true magic between two people. The world needs more communication, not less, more magic, not less.

  40. 42 Mich
    June 3, 2008 at 14:08

    Can I get something off my chest here? And really this doesn’t have much to do with World have your say, except that I have to tell the world this. I’m not an ardent Hillary Fan, nor am I an ardent Obama fan (I’m not a die hard for either party really, and I’m disappointed in this race) …but I think it’s a little unfair that Hillary got so much crap about making up a story (which I’m not saying wasn’t wrong…because that was stupid on her part), but nobody seemed to pay attention to the made up story that Obama said. At the beginning of this rat-race for the Whitehouse, he was giving a speech about members in his family that fought in World War II, saying his Uncle had freed Auschwitz in Germany. Except no one in the audience (and not many people in the US) seemed to realize that Auschwitz was in Poland (NOT Germany) and that unless his uncle was part of the red army…they never would have set foot in Auschwitz, since it was freed by the Soviets…not to mention that his mother is an only child…
    And we’re so adamant about equality? That’s just an example of the candy-and-puppies-love-affair that the media in the US is having with Obama. What happened to the integrity of the press to report the mistakes of all candidates? I listen and watch the BBC because A) there are fewer commercials (hurray consumerism), B) Because this really in no way has anything to do with your lives, you generally report the news in the United States with an unbiased approach. I turn on CNN and it is all claptrap-super liberal-all talk-jargon or Paris Hilton; I turn on Fox and it’s ultra-conservative-afraid-of-everything-around-you-and-blame the modern age-jargon. Has the media become so in tuned to the average-schmoe that they’ve become disconnected to reality?

    Pardon the rant. By the way, I think your show is amazing.

  41. 43 PETER
    June 4, 2008 at 15:01

    Hi Ross, I think the victory of Barak Obama is important for me as an African. And I believe it is of great concern to the rest of the world including Americans and Europeans. He is the hope of almost everybody in the world. As the first black American, it has not mandated him to be pro black Americans, but have brought to life the dreams of his ancester Martin Luther King Junior and Obama has a remakable history in the life of Americans. He has turn the thing people think is impossible possible. His being the first black does not mean he will change the policies of the USA, I am of the hope that he will skillful perform his job if finally elected to the post of presidency of the US to the expectation of the Americans and the rest of the world. Being a young man means he will be more active in his duty and do it with enthusiasm and effectively since he is also intelligent.
    However, it is not yet time for his supporter like me around the world and in America itself to rejoice, instead let us pray for him and support him in all ways possible to succeed in the final election. He is the only one who will Unite the diferent parties in America and all the American citizens. My God bless his effort to the end. Amen.

  42. 44 meshach ikwegbu
    June 4, 2008 at 19:56

    i want to comment on the ban placed on tobacco. i have thoughts or definitions of tobacco or drug in relation to the effects it has on those who take and this out of experience.

  43. June 9, 2008 at 18:44

    Hi. Least polite..Give u guyz credit for tryin to REACH out, analyze, not kneejerk,etc.U do come from a certain background,etc.etc. ON OIL..40 GAL tank. 40galsX$5/gal=$200 PER fill up.. $10,400 MINIMUM PER yr… 38 cents/MI. IF lucky (14MPG est.)

  44. June 14, 2008 at 01:38

    I tried to send several articles I wrote to relatives abroad for them to read eg: ‘Is it an honour to die for your country’, and filed attatchments but they were unable to download attachments. Am I unable to send articles I wrote?. Elias.

  45. June 14, 2008 at 01:59


    Just send them the links to the pages it is easier. Select, copy, and paste the information from the Address bar above to the email you are writing . It is the one that starts with “http://Worldhaveyoursay”. They can see them that way. I am not sure what you mean by “filed attachments”. I hope that helps. I do not know if Ross reads this page on the weekends. So i figured I wold try to help.

  46. June 14, 2008 at 04:28

    Email Address Daily send me All Country

  47. 49 Navid
    June 16, 2008 at 16:18

    Thank You.

  48. June 20, 2008 at 19:08

    hi i recently started listening to the programm and i fing it very interesting. I would love to be a part of it in any way i can. It’s a pity we don`t have something like this in Germany where i currently live now. Oh i come from Zim.

  49. 51 jeje iruke
    June 24, 2008 at 18:47

    Zimbabwe crisis is a enough
    my name is jeje a nigeria living cote d’ ivoire,i think that a enough is a enough to mugabe,please i beg you people uk,us, un and au to stop mugabe crisis against mr Tsvangirai and zimbabwe people.

  50. June 24, 2008 at 18:49

    How many lives is it going to take for the worlwide community to realise the magnanimity of the atrocities being commited in Zimbabwe,this is time for intervention.When did God appoint murderers and rapists over his creation.It is an abomination that Mugabe even talks about God.Does sovereignty mean rape, torture and maiming people.No need to redefine sovereignty,we all know what it means.Dignity for all mankind.Zimbabweans cannot wait for for the international community to come to their rescue.Remember the 20000 people of Matebeleland.How many more?

  51. June 24, 2008 at 19:04

    It is a mockery of the christian faith that the likes of Mugabe talk about God.He is a beast.Genocide such as is happening in Zimbabwe justifies intervention.What is the purpose of this election if only God is going to remove him? Why should he call upon the masses to be involved?Or is God contesting this election in Mugabe’s madness.

  52. July 2, 2008 at 11:57

    Dear Ros,
    Am from India, and donno whether I’ll be hearing the same.. any way all the wishes..
    Inspired by all the conversation happening here 🙂


  53. 55 crazy dog kenny
    July 4, 2008 at 18:25

    i have tried to enter the dialogue a number of times, but each time it tells me it can’t reach “world have your say”
    & to check my spelling, can1 really get through?

  54. 56 kennedy makulika
    July 9, 2008 at 10:16

    hi, am ken from Zambia, i want to express my gratitude to the bbc for being so informative. we love you and want to join your in your excelencies. thanks for opening up this avenue through which listeners are able to contrbute to the progrms they love so much.

    NB: life is a mystery – the pain from those we love very much goes deeper than those we deslike.

  55. 57 stanley gitari
    July 10, 2008 at 17:48

    hi bbc
    am so grateful to bbc for all u do in driving a connected world as far as bradcasting is concerned.Am a big fun of world have your say prog’ that i so much like listening to. your brave broadcasting leaves one wondering if you are really touchible-bravo!
    in the run up to last year’s elections in kenya-our media became so poralized or shaken.we really had to depend on you-bravo!!!!

  56. 58 Abdulazeez Barnabas Isa
    July 12, 2008 at 12:04

    I think the whole world of the exploited states are still been expectant of positive devidents, that is why they talk about the G 8 summit either being a talk show or absurd. they are wrong, because this G8 knew what the future probably holds for them: they are aware that the so-called developing countries must be stagnated at all aspect for their markets to triump, they knew that when every state is selfsurficient, self-relient and true self-governance achieved, they (the industrialised ones) might start looking for markets to sell and test their weapons or dumped their toxics elsewhere, might be in the other planet where non-living beings will not be ready to purchase them. They exploited countries need to do a lot. As a history student in my country Nigeria, we are aware that the solution lay within our own hands if their puppets are removed from the helms of leaderships, and we know the antithesis to such solutions remained (them). We are just waiting for the right time when all injustice imposed on us from within and without will have completely saturated so that it will rain revolutionarily. The G8 summit is not a talk show or absurd because no matter their ideological differencess, that summit will always provide an avenue for them to sort out some of their differences and to agree on the best policy to use in the continued neo-colonizing the exploited countries of the world.

  57. 59 Livia Varju
    July 15, 2008 at 13:06

    Dear Ros,

    I still don’t understand where I have to look for the subjects to be discussed at 5pm GMT every day.

    I found something yesterday where it was written, “latest” and the messages were from Nov. 2007!

    Thanks for your help, Livia

  58. July 18, 2008 at 14:57


  59. 61 Michael T. Salia Jr.
    July 22, 2008 at 12:25

    Hi am very much interesting in your programs most especially the 1700HRS edition but actually I do not know where to subcribed to I would like you to connect me on your daily programs.

  60. 62 Michael T. Salia Jr.
    July 22, 2008 at 12:28

    Moreover,I want you to be also sending me the latest world news including pictures and other relevant materials.

  61. 63 Hanif Parkar
    July 23, 2008 at 16:46

    I want join your website to listen and give opinion about the current political affairs as well as to make new friends around the world.Also interested to different types of experience of life.Mostly I will be available at 5:30 pm GMT.

  62. 64 Ishaya
    August 8, 2008 at 17:16

    DearProgramme Director,
    I am listening to you now on the internet though the network is poor.
    I have been trying to locate this news item of the 86 year old man from Bida who has married 86 wives with over 170 children claiming it is an injunction from the prophet. Please kindly post the news to my e mail box.
    Thanks and bye.

  63. August 12, 2008 at 18:20


    I am disturbed by the recent military actions that have taken place in Russia and Georgia. I am a born and raised United States American and I feel that we are not being given the full picture or all the details. I have heard reports that Georgia was delibertately atognizing Russia and provoking Russia and even possible threw the first punch.

    I find it hard to trust any of the USA news sources because they are slanted towards a goverment that has little credibility in many USA citizens.

    The question I pose to all is: “If a state in the United States of America, such as Nebraska for example were to claim independence, wouldn’t the goverment of the USA try and take back the state? What if that state was deliberately provoking the goverment?” I look forward to your replies from your distinguished guests.


    Noah Creamer
    Traverse City, Michigan USA

  64. 66 John LaGrua/New York
    August 18, 2008 at 21:38

    I would be most pleased to parrticipate in your discussions as media in the US has failed in its responsibility to the public as the “Fourth Estate”opening the door to biased information ,censorship and an increasingly authoritarian government.An uninformed people are easy victims for dictatorship particularly as the world enters a period of economic and political adversity.BBC offers a life line to those who are seriously concerned about the trend toward suppression of dissent with all its’ fearful consequences.

  65. 67 Jagesh Maharjan
    August 23, 2008 at 19:11

    I am jagesh maharjan from Nepal,kathmandu. our country is facing pressure from our neighbour country India. they tend to rule our country as their own. As our country is landlocked all the imports comes from all the way from india and they have been delay to arrive the goods on time. and India is giving more political pressure to us and our federal repbulic has been estlablished. and they even blame tis to china coz china is also repblucian cuntry. but china have no role in this. but this Indain are too much and even talk too much of their own. I absolutely hate what Indain government are doing.

  66. August 28, 2008 at 19:06

    I’ve been listening to your program. The big difference between the two candidates involves the one who is most willing to learn,listen, and to have dialogue, and the other who wants to immediately act, and has preexisting opinions and perspectives! The Republican candidate has a “hair-trigger finger” ready and willing to pull the trigger…notorious for a hair trigger temper as well and …witness his comments about Iran, and Russia, and his votes on Iraq. He’s very risky…especially in an era of flashpoints and cold war.

  67. August 28, 2008 at 19:10

    Research what Senators Barbara Boxer and Dick Durbin have said about instances they have encountered with McCain’s temper! There are many others….

    The difference from this American’s opinion anyway is one of leadership…one believes in dialogue first, while retaining the possibility of force, while the other would rush to war….interesting considering the latter experienced the devestations of war.

  68. August 31, 2008 at 15:26

    Mr. Editor,
    I am aware that you have journalists/reporter worldwide.
    I know that your reprters are stationed in all cities of the world. As far as I am concerned that you are fully aware that a serious but unreasonable agitation
    is going on at Singur , a semi rural town near Kolkata
    in West Bengal, a under-industrialised State of India.
    The place is surrounded by village and has been alloted
    by the regional Government to Mr. Ratan Tata ,
    a world famous industrialist and steel magnate who has taken over Corus, a foreign steel company.A political
    group is agitating over the misconception that Mr. Tata
    is building up the factory by depriving the farmers who
    owned the lands earlier and sold them to Mr. Tata at a very reasonable price.West Bengal need investments from
    the Indian and foreign industrialist. The agitators have put up huge blockade on the highways near the
    factorysite which has created not only law order problem but stopped supplies of essential commodities.
    The regional Government is helplessly witnessing the
    situation as any lawful action will turn the situation
    into a violent consequence. I think that all investors
    who have come over to West Bengal with enthusiasm will
    flee away in fear of being intimidated. The situation
    demands a debate to be organised by the BBC with Nobel
    Laureate, Mr. Amartya Sen in the chair along with
    reputed jounalists of foreign and Indian press to discuss the situation indepth so that foreign and
    Indian industrialists feel encouraged.
    Sudarsan Sen Gupta

  69. September 1, 2008 at 07:38

    Mr. Editor,
    I am grateful that you have finally published my opinion on 31. 8. 2008.
    Now I shall be happy if you organise the debate in your studio in New Delhi as
    suggested with all aggrieved people as a divine duty of the media like the BBC,
    Thank you very much and regards,
    Sudarsan Sen Gupta

  70. 72 John in Germany
    September 1, 2008 at 11:05

    Hi Ross.

    Sorry but i cant subscribe to the elite club, the entry fee is to high.

    There was talk about long articles, and that they would be reduced, it did not take long for them to return.

    There is no feeling of belonging, except for a selected few.

    Beeb will still be my source of informative news.

    Best wishes
    John in Germany.

  71. September 3, 2008 at 08:54

    Mr. Editor,
    Mr.Dmitry Medvedev , Russian leader is today a happy
    man since European Union has not imposed sanction for
    the Russia’s crime against humanity in Georgia.
    May I ask you that is it not double standard on the part of the European Union? Has this crime been commited by any other small European country or even by
    India,would EU have treated them in this way ?
    I want a rational answer from a reasonable leader.
    Sudarsan Sen Gupta

  72. 74 Mahat Abdow
    September 6, 2008 at 10:24

    Dear BBC World have Your Say,

    My name is Mahat Abdow in Somalia

    I would like to register for the online programme where you read out suggestions of people a cross the globe, am interested simply because am a regular listener of your progammes on daily basis.

    Hope i will be an asset as far as am concerned since i listen to the programmes on regular basis.

    Precisely me Mahat Abdow believe that the indepth analysis you give regarding the spectacular topics you always choose in your programme is absolutely amazing.


  73. September 8, 2008 at 18:40

    What would be so bad about NOT bailing them out and instead, letting everyone who holds a mortgage be relieved of that expense?

    If you want to stimulate the economy, take us out of the usurious lending most Americans find themselves in. If we didn’t have these mortgages hanging over our heads for such lengthy periods of time, we’d be far more likely to be “stimulating the economy.”

  74. 76 bill Ndungu
    September 9, 2008 at 13:11

    hi Ros

    Am From Nairobi and everytime in the evening am enthralled by the talk on world have your say and would like to subscribe so that i can contribute to this trully global forum.

  75. 77 Thea Winter - Indianapolis IN, USA
    September 11, 2008 at 18:29

    Hi Ros,
    I hope you are have a good time here in the US.

  76. 78 Mary Eboigbe
    September 16, 2008 at 14:22

    Hi Chloe, i would like to subscribe to WHYS, so i can receive dailiy mails on the topic and contribute daily to the discussions which i greatly enjoy.

    Mary from Nigeria(Naija).

  77. 79 Rafay Kashmiri
    September 22, 2008 at 20:35

    @ Hello there,

    I suggest a debate on the following :
    Al-Qaidah, Talibans “invisible ” myth or mystie ?

    ” Do we all realize, who is exactly behind
    Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan’s civilian victim’s
    disaster ? ”

    two remarks for the debators :

    a)its more than five years Iraq’s civilians been
    systematically targeted, hundreds of thousands
    of casualties. !
    b)The same scenario in Afghanistan, and now in
    Pakistan !

    my recommendations

    Iraqis, Afghanis and Pakistanis be also invited who
    should speak about the other “un-official” version
    of the disaster.

  78. September 25, 2008 at 07:24

    Dear BBC World have your say

    My name is William Mawien Matiok from Southern Sudan.
    I suggest the debat on the the Dafur crisis of which 2.5 million displaced,many women were raped and killed more than 2000,000 people that is a very big crimes

  79. September 25, 2008 at 07:44

    Daer bbc world have your say, i suggest thewarrant of Sudan president to continuo debat in the ICC and i thank the Lusis Mareno for is series calling him.

  80. 82 LORD ADUSEI
    October 21, 2008 at 18:32

    I do not think using aid as camouflage to preach to people is not right.Whereas evangelising to people about Christ is a welcoming thing it should not be mixed with aid otherwise one may be tempted to give aid to only those who will allow themselves to be converted.

    Again we all know what Europeans in name of preaching to the poor did to the very poor that they were preaching to.The Anglican Church is known to have several thousands of slaves in the Carribean.

    Aid should not be mixed with religion.And by the way if European and American Aid Agencies would want to convert people to Christ they shoud start from Europe and America.

    The historical importance of Europeans preaching to the so called poor and needy people should not be lost.We should not forget how slavery and the continue stigmatisation of people of colour started.

  81. 83 Kelechi
    October 31, 2008 at 19:32

    Dear BBC.

    The problem in Africa is our course, till the day our African leaders will wake up from the deadly sleeping they are is the time our continent will be alrigh.i am a Nigerian based in malaysia. our continent has been mess up by the so called leaders. i am not blaming those that are fighting them because people are suffering while the government are enjoying packing money for their own use only.let them keep fighting them.



  82. 84 Kelechi
    October 31, 2008 at 19:37

    It is a shame for our continent, our leaders are mess up.all they know is to steal and killing. the UN have to try as they can, Africa leaders can not be there and someone else will come and build up peace in their land. it is a shame for africa in general.but i am not in support of the militant killing innocent masses.let them march to the government house and fight them

    kelechi from malaysia.

  83. November 6, 2008 at 21:22

    I am afraid for Americas new president. He is facing a mammouth task, and lets face it,he is a political lightweight,i honestly see him found wanting. History has told us there is nothing like experiance be it in surgery or science, or in engineering. How can he possibly survive this situation he has got himself into. It is not even a good start, when they have to erect bullet proof screens in his homeland. To try and protect him, and he isint even started,on his presidential journey.

  84. 86 tepito o te henua
    November 7, 2008 at 11:41

    viva te rapa nui.
    the bery best wishes to the new president from america:


    from all the people in easter island



    well that is hello in maori luengues.

  85. 87 Natalya Reutska
    November 7, 2008 at 21:17

    Hello Ross,
    I am an EFL teacher from Ukraine. My name is Natalya Reutska and I am going to have my students involved into your interactive program. Today there are so many opportunities to learn English due to Internet. Your program is a wonderful way to become a part of a global conversation.
    To learn English today you don’t need out-of-date books! Get rid of them! Go to WHYS and learn real English of the world!


  86. November 8, 2008 at 18:07

    Dear BBC World Have your Say. I want to know how OBAMA and BUSH running the government of America.And also how OBAMA is going to set up his government.Those he going to involve more Black Americans in is government or not.

  87. November 8, 2008 at 18:16

    British did not deliver in Basra because people are still being killed every now and then.

  88. 90 valini chadee
    November 13, 2008 at 18:06

    I am from the island of Trinidad and Tobago. We have so many economic and security problems. Our prime minister two weeks ago walked into a radio station and had two of the djs suspended because they were speaking about the rising price of premium unleaded gas in our country. he is negotiating with gang leaders, while innocent citizens are dying.
    He has also fired a government minister because that minister spoke about corruption within the Government. Trinidad and Tobago is like a ticking bomb ready to explode.

  89. November 17, 2008 at 18:10

    Conservatives are seriouly concerned with Obama’s philosophical and political views, because; Obama has verbally articulated pure socialist doctrine, “I believe that the tax system was designed to redistribut wealth.” This is a quoate from one of his speaches that I heard. Another thing he has said is that he would, tax out of exsistance the coal industry if any one tries to proliferate clean coal systems, or if the coal industry tries to develope products that will take us in that direction. He opposes the development of Alcohol burning technologies for our trans portation system.
    His commitment to environmental causes and the idea of global warming is a real threat to affordable gas, and oil to carry us over till we can get off the level of oil dependancy we have.
    He is appointing mostly Clinton leftovers to his staff and cabinet. It really looks like four more year of Clinton anti-American business practices.
    Frank in Alabama

  90. November 18, 2008 at 11:28


    I am a Canadian who wants to reach the programmers at the BBC. At home we receive one half hour of BBC news through the CBC channel. We look forward to this every evening. It is welcome relief from the much American news that we are blessed with.
    We are living in Germany for a short while & recive 24 hour BBC. The news receive in Canada is clear & articulate. Not so with our 24 hour channel here. On Sunday I listened to 5 people sitting around a table and I had real difficulty figuring what they were talking about. They were be no means articulate and they seemed quite concerned talking to each other. Surely they must have realized that they were expected to inform their viewers. One of the partcipants was a Dame someone from a news paper, another a Jang or Yang.

    Surely the programmers at BBC, after viewing this would agree how difficult it was rstand these 5 particpants to be understood. Thank you. How do you reach BBc directly? I have tried to find out….another frusttration.

  91. 93 Sam Hobbs
    November 19, 2008 at 22:42

    The Editor
    BBC World Have Your Say.

    I am a Canadian living in British Columbia a few miles inland from the Pacific Coast. I consider B.C. to be one of the most beautiful places in the world with a similar climate to that enjoyed by the U.K. Ours is probably a little more stable.

    I watch your programme on cable, but never does anyone at BBC acknowledge that Canada is on the radar screen. We are, after all, a member of the British Commonwealth. We do exist! The Queen is the titular head of our country. Her picture adorns our currency and postage stamps. Our money is colour coded just like yours. But because we speak with a ‘North American Accent’ we are identified as one with the USA. Nothing could be further from he truth.

    For example, on your news regarding the currency markets, no mention is made of our Canadian dollar and where it stands against other world currencies. Recently Canada’s Great War losses received attention. And rightly so. Generally, however, we fall through the cracks. I have to wonder why this is the case.

    I enjoy the BBC world newscasts. They are informative. The same can not be said about news coming out of the States. One gets the impression that they are circling the wagons and firing inwards. They have become very insulated south of the 49th parallel.

    Anyway, I would appreciate your comments,

    Sam Hobbs,
    4545 220th Street,
    Langley, B.C. CANADA

    P.S. I go back a long way. I picked up my ‘monicker’ from my years in the Palestine Police!

  92. 94 Lawa Sarah
    December 6, 2008 at 17:54

    Hi Ros,
    I enjoy your programme very much they are educative, live touching, always been presented by most brillent and intelegent person (Ros).

    ”Ros”. Why do you take a trip and visit us in Southern Sudan Juba the capital city and set an agenda for debate. please put my request in the list of your programme, we don’t eat people, you will be safe and i would love to be there when u made it.

    I waite for your comment.

  93. 95 Orion
    December 15, 2008 at 19:24

    I would like to congratulate, the staff of World Have Your Say. It is by far the most serious international discussion, broadcast on any frequency, television radio, or on the net.
    This program should be used as teaching material, for children and adults alike. It would definitely teach people how to talk to one another, and that there is no one culture or one trend of thought, but a multitude of ideas and ways of living.

  94. 96 TinnitusFreak
    December 15, 2008 at 21:34

    Hi Ros,

    Thanks for replying, love the blogs, thats what counts now days. If everyone would stop believing in MONEY, and work work work, how can the world say there is no work when its all still around us, the problem is working for free isnt it, what about working for FREEDOM!!!

  95. 97 John in Germany
    December 21, 2008 at 09:16

    Dear Ross.

    I listen with never decreasing enthusiasm to WHYS, and the BEEB. and even though i have little time, read the blogs, and enter some my self.

    My last two entries were not allowed, and i wonder Why. maybe i do not have the right to find out, but it would be interesting to know.

    Or have we got to a point where the BEEB is become over careful with the self control?.

    Please be kind enough to inform me openly, or at my e-mail address

    John in Germany

  96. December 29, 2008 at 16:33

    Dear Ross.

    I’m so much excited with what you were performing I love to listen what you presented to the other continents listeners, such topic related to conflict resolution like the one of Mumbai,Gaza etc.

    And I hope also you can do much more on some others conflict in Africa here such as the conflict in Great Lakes Region, LRA movements in Southern Sudan instead of Northern Uganda.

    Specially these days those Ugandan Rebels are still in the bushes of Southern Sudan randomly fearing to combat Uganda forces and would like to abducts our kids and daughters.

    I hope you can make one day programme about such issues.

    Thank you very much God bless you and your crews and
    Happy new year.


  97. 99 ibrahim jallow(gambian)
    December 30, 2008 at 00:51

    hello bbc,
    I am a gambian studying law at the university of ilorin (nigeria),I want to be share opinions to stories happening in Africa.

  98. 100 Debendra singh(Nepal)
    January 1, 2009 at 07:39

    Hi Ross,

    I am a student and studying in intermediate level. I started listening bbc radio one year ago.I like to listen programs on this radio very much. I like the way which you and your team cover news from all over the world such as attacks on mumbai etc.

    I would love to receive the details of your programs. so please send me details of your programs and of world have your say.

    Happy new year 2009.
    bye… bye…

  99. 101 jackie
    January 4, 2009 at 15:40

    the United Nations aka (new world order) to stand by & do nothing – as they did when the USA ignored their decision & invaded Iraq with false accusations of ‘Weapons of mass destruction’ .. then the UN security council members are no better then those killing the innocent on both sides … its obvious to the world that Israel is using whatever excuse to justify them killing off innocent civilians …

    Hamas was democratically elected to that country, whether we like it or not.

    so the world watches as the palestinian people get wiped out.-

    shame on the USA shame on the UN aka(new world order) & shame on the Arabs nations that stand by & dont help their arabic brothers & sisters

  100. 102 Ghufran
    January 7, 2009 at 23:16

    well Ros i realy glade to see n hear abt it that u and bbc team give us a plateform where we could give our opinion! well ma’am i wana ask that why ? why UN is take a side on the GAZA issue ? didnt they have heart? how cant they feel the pain when they listen n see that how 650 Palistanions were Martied in Gaza against of 10 or 11 Israeliis? how Israelis could justify it? by this i could really feel that Hitler was right that he killed so many Jews becoz these Jews lived in Enemy’s contry….. sorry to say abt it!!! but really… m wid Jackie n really feel ashame that i cant do any thing for GAZA 😥 u cud see that How Israeliis are using weapons against of Innocent Palistinians… i really want to send a SHOE for BUSH n Israeli President upon there Bravery to kil 650 Innocent Civilians along with Childrens and Womens… should i called or world Call it Bravery??? now its a question for u to ask the world….

  101. January 8, 2009 at 18:36

    No rational person would agree that Israel, or in fact any country in the world can do what it wants to do outside of its borders. However, every country has the right, in fact obligation, to defend itself.
    No country has the right to use weapons of mass destruction which are not “conventional” weapons of war. Meaning, no biological-weapons, no-chemical weapons (other than teargas), and no nuclear weapons.
    Having said this, the country that invades another country needs to rebuild, or pay market price for the structures that are destroyed. Loss of live should be addressed as a class action reperations. No amout of money can ever equal loss of life, but those surviving civilian fatalities need to be paid to bury their dead and to replace income loss through military actions in the host country.
    No one wants to have war, unless you are a psychological vampire.

  102. 104 cornelius OP
    January 12, 2009 at 22:07

    The issue, in my own estimate, at hand is not a question of whether the Israel’s military action in Gaza was just or not. Considering the variables available to us, we strongly believe that the action was morally just. Hence, the recent clamour by world leaders and ‘powers’ for a cease-fire is a misguided clamour, irrespective of whatever collateral damage resulting from such military action. However, our concern should whether such collateral damage happened despite honest attempts to avoid or not.

  103. 105 cornelius OP
    January 12, 2009 at 22:13

    the issue at hand, in my own estimate, is not the question of whether Israel’s military action in Gaza was just or not? Considering all the variables involved, we strongly believe that the action was just, irrespective of the collateral damage resulting. Hence, the recent clamour by the world leaders and powers for a cease-fire is a misguided search. However the question should be whether the collateral damage resulted despite honest attempts to avoid them or not

  104. January 14, 2009 at 11:07

    well as isreal conflict is very tense at the moment we are sorry but please tell those medias that also in dafur congo uganda somalia we have similar problems help us as u arehelping isreal we are also dying imean also give us enjoy media since dafur has never ben exposed as isreal yet the people who died are quite very many

  105. 107 Kindi Jallow
    January 18, 2009 at 21:14

    The answer is yes and no. It is one step forward and two steps backwards. They were able to invade the country and capture Saddam. Promise to bring democracy in Irac. Their ability to deliver or not should be measured by that fact. There are divided factions which brings about the question on govern ability. Though there is a government in Baghdad, there is a problem of security and so on.

  106. January 22, 2009 at 15:44

    what should we do about drc and rwanda attacking innocent people in east congo because rwanda has political reasons can any one say some about that we are tried of wars in congo

  107. January 24, 2009 at 22:55

    I dont understand the reluctance of the BBC not to support the aid appeal to help the poor people of Gaza. The aid is too be channeled through respectable charities. Their decision will cost many lives, somebody in the BBC will be responsible for the death of many innocent people.
    I hope the pressure from Israel is worth it

  108. January 28, 2009 at 18:39

    there is two points here.
    The survivors of those who were collateral damage, need to have the arrangements for the funeral taken care of, and the payment for the loss of the male head of household for a year’s wages. This will help the family greave and adjust to have their lives turned up side down.
    Those who are agressors should be made to rebuild all of the property that they are responsible for destroying. then serve out their lives behind bars, or permanent parole where they have to spend 20 hours a week serving the community they destroyed.

  109. January 29, 2009 at 08:24

    Hi Ros,

    I am a regular audience of worldhaveyoursay show. I have been probably listening to it since 10 years! It is aired in the mid- night in Afghanistan. Even though the show is aired late and it would be our bed time, but I do not go to bed until I finish listening to the lovely debates of the show. Please sign me up in your daily e-mails. Thank you in advance.

    Have a nice time.

  110. January 30, 2009 at 07:15

    Hi Ros,

    I would like to ask this question regarding Baraka Obama.

    He seems to be taking the high ground with the Bankers and Industrialists who have taken bonuses for them selves in this time of economic depression.

    Has he considered the millions that was spent by him for his campaign by way of advertisding and his colleagues who went around campaigning for him all over the USA. in tis time of economic depression?

    Has he told those who donated money to his campaign, perhaps they were out of a jobs, that they should first look to their own welfare as they were now out of work due to the economic slow down?

    From his style he likes to put people on the offensive by pointing at their failings, but does not realize that he is thrice guilty as they are!!!

    I know that there will be many who would love to voice their opinions on this whether it is a positive or a negative one.


  111. February 2, 2009 at 08:39

    Hi just to answer all thoose People with comments about the snow delays in England ! I’ve lived in Sweden for 15 yrs and experienced FOG delays when travelling to work in the mornings here, are you so ignorant that they would cope without the same Knowledge and awareness of your own climate I dont think so!

    Notify me of follow-up comments via email.



  112. 114 FAZAL HAYAYT
    February 2, 2009 at 19:38

    Hi Ros,
    I m from pakistan and i love to listen to BBC programmes every day .Through your programme i would like to express my views about the new American president BARAK OBAM .Obam is one of my favorates i love to listen to his speeches and i m realy impressed of his perosonality . He has bring a change not only in America but in the whole world ,his selection has set an example of equality before the world ,which shows that all human beings are equel .
    We the people of Pakistan are expecting a lot form Mr.Obama because Pakistan has suffered much by terrorism and still suffering severly .In these circumstances the people and goverment of Pakistan should encouraged morly and financily by America rather then objections and allegations, because these things will cause bad relation between the to nations and the benifet will go to the terrorist ,so i think both countries should go togather to cope with this threat .

  113. February 5, 2009 at 14:29

    Is execution the only way to solve the terrorist problem? Is Islam really just a political idealogy, and not a religion in the sense that Christianity is. Doesn’t Islam teach to turm from the world and its behaviors and influences, and to seek peace with God and Man?

  114. 116 Ron S. from Ft Myers Florida
    February 6, 2009 at 18:06

    Hi Ros,

    Just wanted to pass by and say hi, and to say I was honored to meet You and Krupa when you came to WGCU a couple weeks ago. I was even more honored to be “Number 1” to start off the show. I hope that you enjoyed your short stay in SW FLorida, and hope you come back again sometime soon. 🙂

    Oh..be glad you aren’t here this week..it has been VERRRY cold..so unlike Florida..lol! (like 39 degrees!)

  115. 117 Kindi Jallow
    February 15, 2009 at 18:17

    It is such an interesting site educative, entertaining, informative. I am highly impressed with the website and all the developments, especially to the BBC news that a day hardly passes by without listening or going through the net. It a wonderful place to be. Pleas keep up the good work.

  116. 118 Sylvester
    February 20, 2009 at 13:47

    Hi I will like you to send me WHYS Daily Email.

  117. 119 pitakenyan
    February 22, 2009 at 08:37

    i listen to the the BBC from kisumu in kenya good work and thanks for all the wonderful topics

  118. February 23, 2009 at 14:47

    Science is not the antithesis of Christianity. Nor is Christianity in opposition to science. When people think this is so reflects their own personal prejudice. Science does not have dominion over all truth, and not every truth is contained in the Bible. However, where they are both true they are correct in their own spheres. There are areas where both are in the grey, and where they both overlap. The areas of conflict are few as I see it, mainly in the area of philosophical spectculation. Such as Darwinism. Darwinism is part science and part belief. The final word on evolution has not been heard, nor has the progressive nature of spiritual revelation reached it fulfillment. There is ample areas of failure for both sides to correct. Faith has been mis-used for many things that are questionable at best. If failure is the point of the professors statement that Science will destroy christianity, then there is lots of failure to point the finger at on all sides.

  119. 121 lasco
    February 23, 2009 at 18:28

    So should we not allowed people to take their 10 min smoke break?

  120. 122 lasco
    February 25, 2009 at 18:06

    On the case of the Priest, he should be free to say what we wants and believe what he wants. But he should be ready for the consequences. We are all free to say and believe what we want, but we should not be crying out foul if the community oppose it and take action against it. If the Argentinians don’t want him there, it is their right. Freedom of speech does not mean freedom of backlash.

  121. 123 asim
    February 26, 2009 at 11:09

    plz send me daily email

  122. 124 Kindi Jallow
    February 28, 2009 at 23:09

    Much has been said about the financial problems in America and Europe and reasons are given for the possible causes. Banks and other financial institutions have management tools for checking liquidity or solvency, for instance the gearing ratio takes a prudent view on liquidity, the Balance sheet, income statements and the cash flow statements of company’s gives us much information about business performance. The International Financial Reporting Standards provides guidance on framework on financial reporting. Now, I want to know how is it possible for businesses be insolvent taking into all these financial management tools into consideration. As I said, the balance sheet, income statement and the cash flow statement at the end of each period tells a lot about business performance. The question is why. Now can BBC take a deeper look on some of these companies and bring us the results.

  123. 125 Vernon Douglas Stokes
    March 9, 2009 at 19:00

    Why does no one ever mention the long lost, well managed, bread-basket that, in happier times was known as Rhodesia? Shall I tell you the answere to this retorical? Here’s a clue…It’s just too embarasing to admit that whenever Europeans leave Africans to there own devices, they shit & fall back in it…the Africans, I mean…as well as the Whites stupid enough to hang around after puting themselves at the mercy of hateful anthropoids!…RSA? meet your future!

  124. 126 Martin
    March 16, 2009 at 18:33

    I don’t know how the photo was chosen, perhaps by a computer program based upon tags, but the following question would generate lots of discussion.

    Does the use of a photo of a person of obvious African descent at…


    …increase the racism of some viewers?


  125. March 19, 2009 at 04:44

    Hi Hello, I will like very much you to send me WHYS Daily Email.

  126. 128 Colin Abbott
    March 27, 2009 at 10:42

    I’d like to sign up … please.

  127. April 1, 2009 at 12:01


  128. 130 mohan mehrotra
    April 1, 2009 at 17:34

    I attch herewith a email sent earlier
    I again are sending this:
    Suggest a wold currency ENTRO
    Convert all currencies to relate to entropy change
    not Carbon trade in currencies
    Conserve energy and trade in entropy
    Relate all economic activity to change in entropy and assign values.
    Power of finance and economic growth is relative and only in perception.
    Let the think tanks reflect and respond

  129. 131 mohan mehrotra
    April 2, 2009 at 14:51

    All activity/work/relates to change of entropy and higher the energy consumed or larger the transformation larger the change in Entropy. The planet earth is a bank for entropy with its environment anf resources

    The Economic think tanks can assign their values to each activity, service, commodities/manufactures/even creative art and craft/artifices/real estate/ and they can become a medium of exchange globally. The value of wealth will relate to the potential of entropy available for transformation and thus more you consume poorer you become and more you save you are richer for it.
    I only request qualified economists to look into this wild idea

  130. 132 Ali
    April 13, 2009 at 18:42

    Thanks for the Piracy debate, it is plain and simple wrong to focibly take what is not their’s. Somalian Pirates are wrong on this issue.

  131. April 22, 2009 at 15:45

    HI ROSE , I am writng in, todays news edition about this somali teenager pirate attack on US ship attack. Although the whole act of hijacking ships in the indian ocean has increased of late, the international community more especially the maritime fleets of EU , US, and china have tried there best to patrol the somali coast and bring sanity to region. Failure to do so would have serious repurcusions in the economy of this region more especially taking into account the state of global recession. But am worried at the of events are unfolding in trying this teenager whose being tried in court of adults. AM dissapointed by the US autho rities who are clearly failng they justice system. To me they should try this case in minor court not adult court, because as we heard this boy must have been misled into this kind bussiness by mature pirates. Cleary in news today we see the boys mother crying for help because the boy was misled. Also taking ito account this region has had lawlessness since the overthrow of siad barre regime. Such place people often lack what to do and hence end engaging themselves into crime. The best thing is for the international community to come to rescue somalia and take it out of mess it has endured all this years.

  132. 134 Tom K in Mpls
    May 6, 2009 at 15:25

    Platial/Google lag is killing your blogs. You should really look into getting rid of it if Google can’t do something to speed it up.

  133. 135 James in Eugene
    May 14, 2009 at 18:37

    One thing I haven’t heard from anyone is that for Bush to deny disclosure is a defense of his own policy, Obama (who I am proud to have for a president) simply doesn’t bear the same onus. Is the administration toruring prisoners? I seriously doubt it. I will acknowledge that with the in depth study of every issue by a cabinet and who knows who else, we don’t know as well who our president is any more, but given the severity of the times, it’s probably for the best that we get it right as often as possible. I think we got it right here

  134. 136 Banky
    May 17, 2009 at 13:55

    Why have my last two posts been removed by the moderators?

  135. 137 T
    May 29, 2009 at 00:09

    Nice job as you continue to set the standard for quality global radio.

  136. 138 alison nienhuis
    June 17, 2009 at 14:52

    While preparing a polenta and meanwhile listening tot the BBC World Service I heard your item about slicing carrots and cancer, tomatoes and the slicing of it……..interesting indeed.
    I’m 59 and a teacher of English here in Holland. What struck me was the remark made by the expert that you better not drink the water in which you just boiled your (slices) carrots (no matter whether all the elements are still retained there).
    Why not drink it? I always drink the water I use to boil any vegetables in: spinach, endive, peas, beetroot, cauliflower, etc. My mom used to use these liquids to start her new soups. Not a scrap of food was ever thrown out by her, so, I am taught from childhood on to pay every respect to food. And I repeat her habits, but since my sons don’t care about soup as much as I do, I started to drink the leftover cooking liquid of the vegetables I cook that day. It is very tasty indeed and as I just learned from your program: healthy.
    Warm greetings: alice

  137. 139 Raydan
    June 19, 2009 at 18:35

    I think the most unfortunate outcome that could happen is “The many suffering for the power of the few” War should be outlawed forever and let the polititians fight it out amongst themselves! Leave the rest of us out of it! He who exalts himself will be humbled. And those who humble themselves will be exalted!

  138. June 22, 2009 at 09:54

    congrate bbc world have your say on behalf mr ROS but i want to ask you why i you not taking serious and immediate take show with the global community on the aggravating and appalling situation in the stateless somali country-as i see it.
    Where are the global human rights defenders why are not talking aganist the daily butchering of the ionnocent children and women.Surprisingly the international cimminal court in the Hague is so dump and goof about the daily suuffering of children and women-the backborn of keeping the society to continously proggresss.

    Ever listener to bbc

  139. 141 khan
    June 22, 2009 at 13:03

    i just want to say that iam soo happy that what is going on in iran becouse they did very bad with afghan people now they will feel the pain ? they did bad with afghanistan now they will see that afghan people also have GOD !

  140. 142 suleiman
    June 26, 2009 at 17:27

    hello every one, am here in south africa, really am so sorry for the family of michael jockson am sending my condolence thru their hearts, about the death of the pop, who did become a muslim, late his life, and i ask forgiveness from his sins, ALLA for give him

  141. 143 IndyDave
    July 1, 2009 at 03:11

    Your program is new to Indpls, IN, I listen often & regret That CJ from Idaho? was the primary representative of the US on the 6/30 program on Iraq. No wonder the rest of the world has such a poor opinion of Americans. This woman’s son gave his life in the war which might have in some way led to her strong feeling that the Iraqis should be very thankful for us coming to their country to bring them freedom. She seemed to have no understanding of the hardships, violence, death and misery that the people of Iraq have endured the past 6 years. Please give the callers more of an opportunity to express a variety of views rather than let a couple of people speak for the millions of others in their country.

  142. 144 Mashal
    July 2, 2009 at 05:40

    Dearest BBC and the Team!
    Very, very happy birthday. I’m so proud for having such a radio station for all the world. BBC is not only a radio for people, but the big part is here that, it’s the best english teacher for the non english speakers. I love BBC and long life to you all plus best of luck.

  143. 145 Rashid
    July 2, 2009 at 12:37

    I love B.B.C….. Simply love it for any music channel.

  144. 146 Rashid
    July 4, 2009 at 16:50

    I dream of working at B.B.C. B.B.C is what is a real organisation.

  145. July 10, 2009 at 16:45

    Obama is coming to ghana because of the new discovered petrol there, If not why did’n him go to his father land first or sudan?

  146. July 10, 2009 at 16:48

    Let him give to the us first before Africa

  147. July 10, 2009 at 16:49

    He is comming to take and not to give,Lord Johnson from France

  148. 150 Ahmed
    July 10, 2009 at 16:50

    I am disappointed that president Obama did not choose Sierra Leone for his first visit to Africa. Sierra Leone is also a practicing democary although she has suffered over a decade of Rebel war. She a had a peaceful democratic transition of Government and is once the Athens of West Africa.

  149. July 10, 2009 at 16:57

    Many ghanais lives better than most Amercan’s

  150. July 25, 2009 at 16:38

    My name is Sahid,am a Sierra Leonian living in sierra Leone.I would like to subscribe for the daily email,so i can start participating in world have your say program,i am 17yrs and i begin to listen to world have your say last month and i really enjoyed it.
    so i would like to contact Madelene so i can begin to receive the daily email.

  151. July 27, 2009 at 17:30

    Selling of human parts and fluids have always seemed to be a goal of mankind; I think it is our drive for immortality, the idea of continuing to “be” after we have passed out of this life. We all want to be remembered, it realy looks like the collective concishousness we all seem to share.

  152. 154 Kindi Jallow
    July 29, 2009 at 21:42

    On financial issues affecting the Afrian continent, my personal view is if the necessary action is not taken to strengthen the African economy and put in place conditions for sustainable growth Africa will be confronted with avoidable unemployment for years to come. Steep bank lending rate is a threat to recovery and to trade.
    The 25% or 30% debt servicing by the banks have provided serious constraints for growth and expansion for both medium and small scale enterprises some who describe the banks as Gates of Hell because their high lending rate with
    severe penalties set for defaulters of their terms and conditions. The same apply to micro finance so many projects fail because of they refuse to take account of the realities on the ground were the two objectives are mutually incompatible and not sustainable.
    I firmly believe, in a rational society the banking system should exist as an arm of public good, a regulated system subject to democratic management. Others try to justify the high rates as a result high operating and financial cost.
    As a result a reconciliation between the banks and the public need to be made to arrive at a common ground.
    As an African born and bred through the thicket of misery that is life on the continent I have seen and suffered it all. As a responsible African, I always feel that we have a part to play in trying to make the world a better place to live in from the perennial course of poverty, disease and squalor that characterise our lives.
    There are well to do African families who are living quite confortably though these are sourrounded by the sad realities of deprivation and symptoms of cronic malnutrition and hunger that generally affect the African populace. And this is the pointers that all is not well on the continent. The widening gap between the rich and the poor is increasing at an alarming rate for individuals, societies and corporations. In a nutshell the banks play a major role in polarising society making the rich richer and the poor poorer.

  153. August 18, 2009 at 03:45

    Dear Ros,
    With reference to the news item that Yahoo has found a solution to the spam problem, I would like to point out that Yahoo is not the only ISP and there are other solutions that are not ISP deoendent and are FREE.

    I have proposed one such as a subject for debate.

    Best Regards,
    Peter Sidwell

  154. August 21, 2009 at 14:56

    The visionary Scottish judge is being criticized because he dares to assert that all of us belong to the same “nation”. It is called humanity.
    If we are to survive as a species it will be because other powerful individuals will summon the courage and integrity of the Scottish judge and shout out for universal human dignity — even in the wake of an unfathomable tragedy like Lockerbie.

    K. Biadaszkiewicz
    Wyandotte, Michigan USA

  155. 157 Kindi Jallow
    August 22, 2009 at 22:02

    The Scottish judge should be praised for using his discretion in line with the constitution and international conventions and in the interest of justice and fair play. After all what is the objective of sending someone in jail? Because the justice system demands an ‘eye for an eye’ or to rehabilitate him, make him a better person, so that in future he is integrated in society and serve humanity in a better way.

  156. 158 David Waln
    August 24, 2009 at 19:02

    Survival units of any size – Tribal too Nation state – are about competition. The ability of individuals to ‘Identify’ with a survival unit, of any size, is dependent on many things. Of these, several stand out as relevant to the discussion of: Why is Africa Poor?.

    1. Necessity – The necessity to Identify with a larger Nation State needs to go through the crucible of many wars over centuries, as it did in many other parts of the world. This is largely what solidifies National Identity over time. This gives you a common history that can be passed on to good effect to the next generation.

    2. Historic Pride – The history of a Nation State needs to contain enough successes, and commonly endured humiliations, (in past competitions), to create a national source of pride/determination.

    3. Climate – All people are tribal by nature. If the climate makes it relatively easier to stay in smaller survival units, they will.

    There are many other factors that are important to why any nation succeeds of fails. Notable is past successes. People can get behind a ‘winner’. Why get behind a Nation that is on the bottom of the heap? “Nothing succeeds like success.”, even in Nation States.

  157. 159 cecil throrth
    August 25, 2009 at 18:37

    911 should have been handled as a law enforcement matter as was done in response to the oklahoma bombing.

  158. 160 sharon vincent
    August 26, 2009 at 14:08

    in ref to tourism in cornwall.
    i am cornish born and breed never had a passport as not wished to travel, i spend my summer holiday time with family within the county as if the sun shines you have got all the beaches you wish for on your door step however if we have inclement weather one needs to find another activity this is were i feel the cornish suffer , to take family out for day whether it be tourist park or a visit to looe for example we have to pay the same price as the tourists there is not discount or consideration to the locals that live here all year round paying some of the highest rates in country on the lowest income , i feel that some consideration could be shown by maybe sending out a identity card with council tax bill just to maybe give maybe 10% discount to locals to ease the resentment on tourists

  159. 161 Kindi Jallow
    August 31, 2009 at 23:35

    I have the same feeling with the Cornish that hotel workers should be given at least discount rates to enable them spend their holidays in the country with their families this will help to boast morale of workers, the more they are motivated the more they work hard. But this is not in line with present day investors especially in Africa whose aim and objectives is not to reinvest on those workers who worked so hard to achieve the global objectives, but are operating on the principles of Self-interest and selfishness and the underlying objective maximisation of profits at all costs.
    In many countries hotel employee earn less than two dollar a day and some work in risky health hazardous environment without any form of compensation in any form. This is a question of human rights issue, who have stationed offices in various parts of Africa but can do little in the light of the present circumstances. This is just the tip of the ice bag more will be revealed if the authorities wants workers to be remunerated in line with international standards and best practices

  160. 162 Gillian Merry
    September 4, 2009 at 02:47

    Hi, Listening from Trinidad,
    Re. today’s show on Lizzi’s picture. I wonder if the people making comments on Lizzi’s possible or potential health problems have any idea how smug and self-righteous they sound. This has nothing to do with her health, since we have no way of knowing how her health might be. And I doubt any one of them is qualified to judge this anyway. What they’re actually saying is that slightly overweight people (whatever that might mean) might be slightly not healthy. Well WHOOPEEDOO! What an earth shattering revelation.

    Rubbish. There are very few people on this earth who are really, really, unequivocally healthy. If someone is identifiably obese, then its obvious that they are probably unhealthy, but a little bit rounded like Lizzi?. Oh For God’s sake. Everyone is a little bit unhealthy. Its just that with slightly overweight people, you can see it. It still doesn’t make it an issue. With other people, maybe they smoke, or drink, maybe they are depressed or eat red meat and well, everybody knows how unhealthy that is for you.

    I know, let’s get a picture of some bloke eating a steak and then post self- righteous, patronising comments about him possibly being a little bit unhealthy.
    Then he can change himself just to please us!

    My guess is that those condescending enough to suggest Lizzi lose weight as her health is at risk, might themselves just be a little bit unhealthy. Perhaps it could be their mental health. Often hard to tell just by looking at people. But then we will go around judging people by how they look won’t we?

    My suggestion however, is to leave Lizzi’s alleged health issues to her doctor and be honest instead about how we’ve all been brainwashed into believing only the exceptionally thin aesthetic is acceptable. It wasn’t always thus. Think back to decades gone by when bigger people were celebrated (might I suggest healthier-looking people?). The brainwashing has been insidious and creeping. Its time to reverse it.

    I for one refuse to buy magazines like Glamour. The people who say “its what the public wants because that’s what they buy” are absolutely right. So don’t buy it. You can refuse.

  161. September 14, 2009 at 16:49

    please add me to your mailing list. thanks in advance.

  162. 164 Valerie Conway
    September 16, 2009 at 15:54

    I really enjoy the BBC team. from day break africa and than world have your say….. just great
    Tumbs up guys

  163. 165 Karamagi
    October 15, 2009 at 08:19

    Please send me the daily e-mail. I love the BBC!

  164. 166 Marsha Branch
    October 16, 2009 at 16:38

    Hi Ros,

    My name is Marsha. I’m from Barbados where we have one of the highest literacy rates in the world at 97% and education is free. Every Barbadian wishing to get an undergraduate degree in Barbados can do so, free of cost. On a small island of 166 square miles and a population of only 275 thousand, you may ask why? How are all of these university graduates finding work? Well, two models have proven very successful in Barbados. We have been earning valuable foreign exchange by exporting our brain power and, we have been able to keep unemployment down by creating more entrepreneurs.

    You can NEVER be too educated. And education should never been seen simply as a means an ends to getting a good job. The key is, to make sure that we educated our children in a practical way.

  165. 168 Kindi Jallow
    November 3, 2009 at 20:15

    I live in a completely different world when compared to Barbados, free education up to an undergraduate degree is a course worthy of praise. I live is a society education is very expensive and no one neither the banks nor my employer is willing to give me loans to pay for my education, over the years I have been saving some money to complete my course in accounting but only to be overwhelmed by other problems which is all about poverty. The inability to complete my course has serious consequencies in my life but I am hopeful one day I may get a loan to finance my education. I have worked in both government and private institutions in high profile but one thing that remain is to put that experiance on paper.

  166. 169 Fela
    November 10, 2009 at 03:48

    How long will whole Africa depend on China and western ? its a great shameful things that Africa cannot develop their are self in terms of infraction and development, Africa has been deplore their treasure valuable things to western for exchanging of helping Africa to develop.

    Them why Africa are sending their children to western to study whereby they go to UK US RUSSIAN GERMANY AU and still they were unable to come back and help the continent to develop so what is the purpose of their are leaning.

    i thought China, i mean the whole Asia did not brought technology to this health when they were coming to this world they lean from The teacher who thought them all what they know today although they them self add more nether white people they learn and develop their self.

    i thought all African study in any part of the world are study for how to steal and lean skill of corruption.

    Chinese contributed to the consolidation of independence in Africa and in some countries like Zimbabwe and Mozambique, they contributed to the liberation struggle. However Chinese products on Africa market are sub standard and this will make them unpopular. They should not make Africa a dumping ground of their products and

  167. 170 TreM
    November 10, 2009 at 11:03

    i quite often appreciate your program and your passionate transmission of what (some in the) world is/are saying. BUT…. I found it absolutely egregious the way you sweep away (and silenced) with a few flabby words – and shamefully lacking in the respect department – those who called in last night (nov 9) to express VALID correlations between the Berlin Wall and the walls that have been (and are continuing to be) constructed in Palestine and along the Mexican border in response to your question trawling for responses of what influence those Germans present that day 20 years ago felt the wall falling might have had on other countries, explaining that the question was very site- day-specific, and thus any mention of the walls in Palestine and along the Mexican border was slapped away like would be a fervent child’s hand by a spiteful old school master. AND YET you went on and on soliciting correlations to China then and NOW – particularly NOW – with great interest, and actually lapping up those responses …
    aren’t you being just a bit unfair and prejudiced?
    such censorship… to such valid correlations and profoundly abhorrent realities.
    shame on you!

    TreM in Paris

    AND WOULD YOU MIND TELLING ME HOW TO READ THE “BLOG” WHEN I’M ON http://worldhaveyoursay.com… seems impossible to find.

  168. 171 Kindi Jallow
    November 10, 2009 at 21:51

    It oftensaid ‘education bewitches the heart but a cannon compels the body’ If you control education, you also control the mind of that individual mentally and psycholocically, determine what they eat, how they behave so on. The colonial system of education is made relevant not for the emancipation of the individual and his society at large but on the contrary it alienates you form your own people and society, you are thought the personal pronoun, my car, my house etc and selfishness.
    Recently I wrote an article titled, PHD ‘Pull Him Down’ in trying to describe individual and societal behaviour and our work places instead of helping one another to progress we supress, oppress, demotivate the very people who work so hard to archieve the global objective, however the PHD was not published for reasons……
    Europe and America have contribute a lot to underdevelop Africa more so Arab imperialism. Africans were always on the run for their lives instead of thinking about inventions, new farming techneques so on, their were tribal wars, rumours of other wars which keeps Africans on the run.
    Ros I thank you for this is a topical issue and from my perspective I try to give my view points. How can we move foreword and look into the future and bring all the broken pieces together as one is the big question yet to be answered. I feel we must have some where to begin, which is African Unity of paramount importance.
    The plague that affect Africa at the moment is bad governance, The pledges made before achieving independence were ‘better lives for everyone’ so people fought so hard, some sacrifice their lives for a better future for their children on all liberation struggles. After indepencence the African head of states behave like those colonial masters they oppose. Since the colonial era it is the same laws, were the colonial adminstrator is above the law, it is still the same today, In the adminstrative area, ‘monkey work baboon eat’ those who toil very hard and work in dangarous places receive less pay and respect. The boss always right and enjoy all types of privilages and fat allowances hires and dismisses anybody and nothing can be done about it.

  169. 172 claudine
    November 11, 2009 at 01:22

    The worldhaveyoursay page seems to be flooded with Berlin youtube movies.
    Is there nothing else going on?
    Maybe the Cadbury sales to Kraft is interesting, too.

    Cadbury was described by the BBC as a British icon.
    Actually, Milka or Lindt chocolate is much more refined and tastes worlds better.
    Cadbury is more a coarse cheap chocolate for children and not for the connoisseur.
    Maybe instead of whining about the loss of an alleged British Icon, we should hope that Kraft makes something better out of it.

  170. 173 Devon
    November 11, 2009 at 19:56

    I’m from Vancouver, Canada

    I see people wearing the same dresses everyday on my campus. As a gay woman, yes I like looking at them, but I would never tell the girls to stop wearing what they want.

  171. 174 George Wehn
    November 18, 2009 at 23:38

    CLIMATE CHANGE PROGRAM: I am very concerned about climate change but it looks like our leaders are going to fail to fix it. Since we will not avoid significant climate change and it’s consequents’ the discussion we should be having is how to adapt to climate change.
    George Wehn
    Portland, Oregon USA

  172. 175 Kindi Jallow
    November 22, 2009 at 16:14

    If our world leaders fail to fix climate change means they are failing their moral obligation and to put financial or otherwise to mitigating the effects of climate change. Africa is more venerable and the most affected of climate change. African leaders and members of parliament can ammend or promulgate laws making it illegal to cut down trees, the world leaders also should help eradicate poverty as this is the driving force for cutting down trees to make a living. If felling of trees is criminalised, then those engaged in it should educated about its implications on climate change to understand and accept and use better and cleaner green energies. As Africa is an under developed continent some of the activities of felling down trees and charcoal production are responsible for environment degratation African governments should take responsibility. As I am writing my child is suffering from sever malaria and is admitted in the hospital because of environmental degradation.

  173. December 14, 2009 at 15:41

    I feel very sorry for the Italean Prime Minister the shock and the pain must have been terible.I would even feel the same if it happenrd to you and I consider you people like Wolves pretending to be sheep and responsible for stirring up trouble. Perhaps if the media took a more concilitory attitude the world would be a more peaceful place.

  174. 177 Kindi Jallow
    December 16, 2009 at 18:19

    I feel sorry for the Italian Prime Minister for the shock and pain caused by this man. It is a barbaric uncivilized and cowardly action in a democratic state. Rather than taking the law in your hands there are institutions of democracy i.e. the judiciary were complaints or queries are brought and administered judiciously rather than resorting to the laws of the jungle. We pray for the Italian PM to have a speedy recovery.

  175. 178 Darin Bowman
    December 17, 2009 at 19:41

    Is rthe real issue emissions or preparing for changes that we predict? Petroleum and coal are finite. The climate is far less so. We should be looking at the things we can do to mitigate the effects of severe weather rather than focus on one small aspect and hope that it addresses the issue. It is not CO2 in the end that will cause us ill but our actions and inactions in dealing with an ever changing world.

  176. 179 claudine
    December 18, 2009 at 01:22

    instead seeing WHYS plastered full with only one issue I would like to say something about whay else I heard on the news.
    Its about that woman who got her veil pulled down.
    Stephen Ard, Leicester, tore a Muslim woman’s veil from her face as he passed her in the street.

    She claims it is a matter of her personal identity and because of Islam.

    My tough was immediately:
    There was a fatwa issued in Egypt saying that covering the face is not required by the Koran. So, it was not necessary for that woman to wear a veil “because Islam demands it”.

    For matters of personal identity:
    Isnt it more to hide the personal identity? If everyone would wear a veil everyone could have something like the same identity.
    It seems more that wearing a veil was more to hide Ms Sidat’s identity than being a part of her personal identity.

    I think that woman, Ms Sidat has other underlying psychological issues that should be addressed.

  177. 180 Kindi Jallow
    December 19, 2009 at 17:54

    Everybody understands the language of Global warming which is severe floods, cyclones, extreme temperatures (too hot or cold) etc. To come to an agreement on the way forward to climate change is difficult, but once the bottlenecks are identified it paves for better understanding and forward planning convincing solutions. My position is Ros the transfer of technology, building of roads bridges, infrastructure development etc. by the donor agencies in exchange for funds pledge to mitigate the effects of climate change. By so doing the funds are recycled back to were there are from. This means directly contributing to the most needy and affected persons who actually wont’s help. As you already know some African leaders are always honest when the funds are under lock and key.

  178. 181 claudine
    December 21, 2009 at 11:59

    U wrote: “As you already know some African leaders are always honest when the funds are under lock and key.”

    how many are some?
    2? 3?
    If there is a chance everyone will grab the money.

  179. 182 claudine
    December 26, 2009 at 01:43

    I was missing the Queens X-mas speech on WHYS.

    The queen said among others:
    “It is important to keep discussing issues that concern us all”

    I disagree.
    KEEPING discussing doesnt solve the issues.
    Issues have to be solved and not just continuously discussed.

  180. 183 Kindi Jallow
    December 26, 2009 at 16:31

    I was not able to give a reply of your letter on time but however its never loo late… Democracy, accountability, freedom of speach and movement and respect for the rule of law go hand in hand. If you accept democracy, you should accept the accompanying or complements of democracy which are the underlying factors. Those african leaders who refuse to apply some of there underlying factors should be subject to scrutiny or exclusion or some form of condition before any amount is disburse to them.

  181. 184 Kindi Jallow
    December 28, 2009 at 22:02

    I agree with the queens x mas speech on WHYS. It is through discussion, cretical analysis of ideas, identify problems and based on the scientific evidence you can draw up a conclusion. In a dogmatic society people tend to follow certain instructions just because they are sacrosanct.

  182. 185 Colin H. Abbott
    December 29, 2009 at 09:36

    So, Iran’s President Ahmadinejad wants guided missiles. That’s a worry, ’cause he himself is completely misguided. You can’t take the ‘mad’ out of Ahmadinejad – the fool has already gone ballistic!

  183. 186 guykaks-nairobi
    January 4, 2010 at 13:53

    Ros,when are you coming to Nairobi?Have you been in the 1st place?

  184. January 6, 2010 at 18:40

    I like to follow you on twitter.

  185. 188 claudine
    January 11, 2010 at 10:56

    Today there is just Immokalee Immokalee Immokalee on WHYS.
    Who selects the stuff going onto the WHYS page?

    There is hardly anything less important than Immokalee and then they bring it FIVE!!! times on WHYS????
    Maybe at WHYS the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand does?

    I think ONE time writing about it is more than enough.

  186. 189 Vee
    January 11, 2010 at 20:13

    I am an african american woman living in Ft Myers, Fl. My Grandfather and Uncle sharecropped and worked as day laborers during the Depression. My Uncle was kept against his will in Clewiston and had to be rescued. My Grandfather was the son of a ‘free slave’ here in America. There is a attitude that permeate’s many who are in positions of power. The attitude is of dominance and oppression, regardless of human rights, legal rights nothing matters to people with this kind of mind and heart.

    They view certain races as sub-human and void of any consideration. Even the children and the elderly, they have no consideration for. That’s why this type of slavish forced labor continues….

    I pray for them constantly.

  187. 190 claudine
    January 20, 2010 at 01:28

    now its all Haiti, Haiti, Haiti on WHYS.
    nothing else happening in the world????

  188. 191 Eric in France
    January 20, 2010 at 15:23

    I do agree 1000% Claudine.

    As well as since it happens you hear about everywhere on BBC, I am afraid that BBC and most of the other broadcasters will forget the disaster as quickly despite the assurance of Ros during yesterday programme.

    I hope that the BBC will soften but not forget to cover Haiti. From now, that country needs a long term effort from inside and outside. They will need true recovery experts, not show business teams or amateurs who might confuse dropping bombs when dropping aid.

  189. 192 lekshak
    January 20, 2010 at 21:18

    I am in love with the bbc because of their wide coverage and sensitivity to matter of world interest. I want give a brief about the jos crises. The indegineous tribe in jos have lost faith in the entire Nigeria state because of the recent handling of the crises that is sparked up by the hausa fulani resident in jos. Let the world know that we still are peace loving people and will not callous to leave our service to GOD and instead kill innocent live that is only GOD who knows the secret behind its existance. Soldiers are sent to assist the hausa fulani’s instead of reconciling the two parties involved. its most unfortunate.

  190. 193 Colin L Beadon
    February 10, 2010 at 16:33

    Why is this site so out of date ? Is it worth writing to, seeing the last letter above, is dated 20 Jan. 2010. Lekshek.

  191. 194 jidda jubril
    February 10, 2010 at 17:34

    i listen to ur progm every day on th radio and am alwz eud.txs and kep the gud job

  192. 195 Colin L Beadon
    February 11, 2010 at 00:44

    Having been a seaman, and then an oil man for most of my life. I have seen, tasted, and drunk, in much of the world.
    But now, or perhaps it is old age that gives me this outlook, I don’t further see much more than the destruction we are causing the Earth, in every way we can.
    I was born in Maymyo, Burma, lived through the war mother and fatherless in England, and then when aged eleven, my father (a policeman), returned after the demise of the Colonial Empire.
    We went to Trinidad in the West Indies. I’m much more a West Indian now, than anything else, though my ancesterage is English and Scotish, and I write from Barbados where I now live, aged 74. I used to write short stories. Some got published on the BBC.

  193. 196 Colin L Beadon
    February 13, 2010 at 01:09

    I see Worldhaveyoursay, has published one of my scripts on the fast- expanding world population, and why everything that is happening to us, is a direct result of this expansion, and we have to find some way to face, and stem it, though all hell will break loose from clerical, banks and business interests.
    If we do not find a way, and continue to dodge the issue, future generations will rightly hold us responsible for Genocide and Destruction of the Earth, if not for the wars that will follow.
    Then again, like the Dodos and the Dionsaurs, perhaps there shan’t be anyone around to blame ?

  194. 197 Colin L Beadon
    February 18, 2010 at 01:12

    Alas, alas, over oil drilling offshore, another Fauklands issue arises, and there is no Thatcher to burn Argentinian fingers once again. So let’s watch the grade of new British blood, on this looming issue. God forbid, we’ve turned wet on the south Atlantic.

  195. 198 Colin L Beadon
    February 20, 2010 at 14:05

    Dear Vee, Jan 11th.
    The same can be said about many places in Africa, and much of the Muslim world anywhere too. Do you really think slavery was started by the British, as modern history books attempt to suggest ?

  196. 199 Ben Vanhees
    March 3, 2010 at 19:40

    I miss Judy Swallow, she was a fine BBC news presentor ! Whatever happened to her ???

    Well, most of the BBC World Service is top notch, but I have to admit I’m sometimes somewhat irritated by the slow way of speaking of Alan Johnston. It’s also a mystery to me, why Lyse Doucet is always over-pronouncing, especially when I heard her talk in a less studied way during the evaluation of 2009 and prognoses for 2010. So she CAN do it in a less… irritating way.

    Don’t get me wrong, both of them are superb journalist, but hey, my musical ears sometimes have an own opinion, which is not always the same as my brain’s 🙂

  197. 200 Samuel
    March 10, 2010 at 13:11

    BBC is the best radio station on earth. I follow a lot of issues with BBC and will want to Join your forum. I have a lot to say in regards to what is happening in Jos Plateau State..

  198. 201 claudine
    March 13, 2010 at 01:24

    How about discussing something globally more important like all those child abuse scandals suddenly surfacing?

  199. 202 Al Bano
    March 14, 2010 at 02:16

    I just want to draw the world attention on the case of Madagascar.

  200. 203 Colin L Beadon
    March 15, 2010 at 01:15

    I agree. The BBC is still the very best station you can hear world wide. It always has been the best, and we hope it always will be, the best.
    But there is too much ‘spin’ creeping in these days, creeping in for a number of years. And, we are giving too much away to the Un- Godly, spilling out imformation the Un- Godly does not need to hear, which will end up doing us grave harm.
    We give all this imformation out, in the name of being moderates, and fair, and because our modern generation feels we need to atone for what they feel are past iniquities in former British Empire dealings.
    Well,… the former British Empire, for good or bad, kick- started the modern world. And there were just as many citizens in its territories who felt they didn’t need an end to it, as there were who thought that they did.
    You can judge today, what came to pass in many countries (and I don’t need to name them ), when they became independent and make up your own mind. But the BBC does not need to rub today, former Colonial Supervisary Faces, in any of it. The BBC needs to cut out the ‘ Spin’ about what they think happened, and read a book like ‘ Empire’. by Niall Ferguson, if they want to know what happened in those days, and how much Great Britain paid, in blood and British pounds.

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