It's over... the meeting that is
We're just finished the Morning Meeting. Click here to find out how the meeting works and how to contribute, or read on to see which stories and under consideration today.
1. Marcy in Detroit's 'school in violence' idea is going to happen today. Have a read of her post and let us know if you want to join her to talk about the issues she raises.
2. Groom shot dead in New York. This story is getting major coverage in the States, as well as here in the UK. We're wondering if this of interest around the world, or is this the kind of incident that occurs in lots of countries, but we notice it more when it happens in the USA. I think this ties in with our discussion of attitudes towards young black men, and the use of a taser on a student at UCLA. Is this kind of violence acceptable in order to keep the majority safe? Are black men being unfairly targeted by police? I think there would be plenty to talk about.
3. Rabiya is in Turkey and so will the Pope be this week. There's also a major stink about Turkey's possible accession to the EU. She'll be joining us to tell us what's being said in Istanbul. Don't forget tomorrow and Wednesday whole sections of the programme will be live from Turkey.
4. Not quite saying sorry for slavery. The British PM has been talking about his 'sorrow' at Britian's involvement in the slave trade. According to one his ministers he can't say 'sorry' exactly because that'd open up Britioan to reparations claims. But that's just what I heard Esther Stanford from the Rendezvous of Victory Campaign demanding on the Today programme this morning. I'd like to hear her explaining her ideas and then have some of you say if people agree with her.
5. Life in Baghdad. It's something we turn to a lot but it makes it no less interesting. I read this comment on the blog from Lee and I'd like to hear more about his experiences. I'll drop him an email.
I am currently in Baghdad working, i was caught up in sniper and gunfire for 2 hours ending in 2 local Iraqis dead.The coalition presence is not the reason for violence right now in baghdad, it is sectarian and dates back hundreds of years we have just seen the close of an era in Northern Ireland (Hopefully) Christianity is 400 years older it took us 30 plus years to get some kind of agreement to the table in NI.It has a long way to develop. US politics is just a sideshow, Saddam was a dictator, but ruled with an iron fist it is how this country was balanced at the time ... progress will be slow , but i hope saddam will not be hanged at this time.. it could tip the scales right now in religous balance.
6. More trouble in Oaxaca. I've never been there, but it by all accounts a beautiful old colonial city in Mexico. But there's been problems there for months, the latest of which happened this weekend as protestors tried to gain control of the city centre (something they had for almost 6 months until the police intervened several weeks ago). It sounds the city centre has taken a battering and Mark's keen to try and speak to people there. If you are, or know people in the city please get in touch.
7. Divas in Nepal says the mainstream media is missing something.
The media instead of only focussing the bloodbaths and highlighting the acts of terrorists which only inflates their power-ego should be more interested in the procedures and difficulties of crisis management. The example of Nepal has hitherto shown than in a war nobody wins, and in negotiations everyone can have their say. For Nepal, it'd be better if you could use your all channels to take a comprehensive interview of the King and the Generals-by-birth about how they're going to adjust in future. At present, much depends upon the the tight-lipped-sly King's stance. If you could contribute in this regard, you'd surely gain a new perspective while looking at conflicts and disseminating the positive news the world over.
We'll let you know in a minute which ones we go for.