Posts Tagged ‘News



26
May
08

Double Eurovision?

Mock all you like, this year’s Eurovision Song Contest is rapidly becoming one of the biggest stories in town. Where to start? There’s accusations of bloc voting (and that the Pope’s Catholic), claims that eastern Europe is ruining the contest because all of Russia’s neighbours want to keep it sweet, bitter exchanges between spurned artists and calls for Western Europe to set up its own competition. I’m suggesting EuroWestVision as a name. BBC legend Terry Wogan is so unimpressed he says he’s thinking about giving it all up. Is there a danger of everyone taking this a wee bit too seriously?
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23
May
08

On air: Does a child need a father?

This is how The Times reported a vote this week in the British parliament that means fertility clinics no longer need to consider a child’s need for a father. The new law has given new impetus to an issue that’s been burning for years.

Are children brought up lesbian couples or single mothers necessarily worse off? Is the presence of a father always desirable? What can a man bring to a child’s life that a woman can’t?
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22
May
08

On air: When does diplomacy become appeasement?

A number of you have been chewing over issues relating to this here on the blog – tied to a number of stories. We’ll pick them up on air. When should a government talk, when should it refuse to, and in some circumstances does talking always been unacceptbale compromise? Here’s three stories to consider.
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20
May
08

On air: Is it too easy to have an abortion in your country?

Today the British parliament votes on whether to cut the age-limit for abortions from 24 weeks to 20. One newspaper columnist has called it ‘the greatest threat to women’s rights in the past 20 years’. It’s raised the broader issue of whether when women should be able to have an abortion, and under what circumstances. A quick blog and news search shows this issue remains as current as it’s always been. I’d welcome your comments. Do you want new legislation in your country, and if you do, what would would it say?

20
May
08

A day to honour the troops?

Hi, this is Will in Canada. ‘Here remembrance day is a day off work. I believe the same can be said for the USA with veterans day. But what do you think of this?
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20
May
08

I’m from Oregon and this is who I’m voting for and why

Primary time in one of WHYS’ favourite states. If you tune to OPB to hear WHYS, let us know who you support and why. Barack Obama is getting very close indeed to an unassailable lead in the delegate count (that’s not including the super-delegates). If he gets there, should he declare victory?

19
May
08

On air: Is this the new South Africa?

The violence against foreigners that began a week ago has spread. At least twenty people have been killed, some burned alive in scenes horribly reminiscent of the ‘necklacing’ that took place during apartheid.

It’s estimated that 6000 people have been forced to leave their homes. Those carrying out the violence blame foreigners for taking their jobs. If you’re South African, how do you feel about foreigners in your country? If you’re from elsewhere and have been to South Africa, do the sentiments behind this violence ring true with your experiences? Karnie, our South African colleague, wrote about this last week.
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16
May
08

Blank Page No.7

Steadying themselves for the weekend take-over are Bob in Australia and long-time WHYSer Abdelilah in Morocco. Remember Blank Pages have two goals. 1) Talk about what issues and stories in the new that you want to. 2) Come up with suggested stories, guests and questions for next week’s programmes. All yours.

16
May
08

On air: Who has the final say on a child’s medical treatment?

Lydia in Canada has suggested we talk about this, saying ‘it’s huge news story here’. This is it. An 11-year old in Hamilton has leukaemia and does not want to continue with chemotherapy. It’s a decision the child’s parents support. They want to look at alternative therapies, but the doctors treating the child say chemo is by far the best option. So who should decide?
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15
May
08

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

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