Newstalgia World Week - April 4 - 9, 2010
Thanks to the overwhelming response to last weeks feature, it's going to be a weekly post. I've had some requests to do this daily, but sadly there's not enough of me to do it. But I will try and add things on a daily basis when time permits. So here we go with the past week as the world saw it:
(Bibi Netanyahu - sensitive. Who knew?)
Starting off with breaking news (as of Friday morning), Kol Israel reported that Isreali PM Benyamin Netanyahu has abruptly canceled a U.S. visit for the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit to be held next week. News also includes an Israeli Real Estate scandal and security leaks to an investigative journalist.
(Cardinal Angelo Sodono - Cast in the role of Bad Cop)
Back to the beginning of this last week - from the CBC Program The World This Weekend from April 4th. Reports from Rome and the Pope's avoidance of the sex scandal during Easter services - the job left up to Cardinal Angelo Sodono to perform hatchet work. Other reports cover the unrest in Krygyzstan.
(The subject was Tulips)
From BBC World Service, the Global News Podcast of April 8th is juggling two major stories - the Nuclear Arms Reduction treaty signed by President Obama and Russian President Medvedev and the rapidly unfolding story in Kyrgyzstan, as well as elections in Sri Lanka.
(Eugene Terreblanche - old mummies Leaping out of closets)
The other big news story this week, covered by most of the world's press was the story of the murder of South African White supremacist Eugene Terreblance whose alleged murder by two of his employees sparked protests, counter-protests and the feeling that the ugly specter of racism had never been far from the surface in South Africa. Here two reports - one via the BBC World Service's Africa Today program and the other, from South African Talk Radio 702 in Capetown.
Talkradio 702: The tiny farming town of Ventersdorp is preparing itself for tomorrow’s funeral of murdered AWB leader, Eugene Terrre’Blanche, who was allegedly killed by two farm workers, security is tight in the town.
The BBC Africa Today program also reports on the elections in Sudan and allegations of "side deals" between SPLM leader Salva Kiir and the President of Sudan.
(Politics - it's the same all over)
Earlier this week (April 6), British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced elections to be held in May 6th, kicking off what promises to be an insane election, highlighted by the first-ever Political Debates to be televised live in Britain (send them good thoughts, they'll need them). As reports on BBC5 Live, the prospects of another lively election are pretty much a done-deal as the campaign officially kicks off.
(It could have been worse - but it's far from over)
From ABC Radio National in Australia, the PM program of April 8 gave a lengthy report on the tanker Shen Neng 1 running aground on the Great Barrier Reef and the efforts to prevent a 950,000 ton oil spill from turning an accident into a major ecological catastrophe. Also featured are news reports on the ongoing health care debate in Australia (yes, they're having one too) and the mortgage crisis in Australian Real Estate (yes, they're having one of those too) as well as reports on the first parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka since the end of the Tamil Tigers opposition a year ago.
( . . .and lest we all forget)
And finally, from Friday morning - BBC World Service reports on the situation as it stood earlier in the morning in Kzrgyzstan, a rare interview with a Mexican drug lord, the Eugene Terreblanche funeral in South Africa and a remembrance of the Godfather of Punk, Malcolm McClaren who passed away this week from Cancer at the age of 64.
And as they used to say; that was the week that was.