Archives for June 2010

On air: Is Nigeria right to suspend the Super Eagles?

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Sheetal Parmar Sheetal Parmar | 19:26 UK time, Wednesday, 30 June 2010

This topic was discussed on World Cup Have Your Say on 30 June 2010. Listen to the programme.

Nigeria's president, Goodluck Jonathan, has suspended the Super Eagles from competition for two years following their poor performance at the World Cup.

What's your reaction? Has he done the right thing to 'punish' poor performance? Is it something you think other countries should consider? Or is this simply an over reaction?

On air: Is breastfeeding 'creepy'?

Claudia Bradshaw Claudia Bradshaw | 10:08 UK time, Wednesday, 30 June 2010

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Note: This blog post was written by Karnie, and her colleague Claudia just posted it up.

Kathryn Blundell, deputy editor of a leading parenting magazine here in the UK has got women all over the the world talking. She refers to breastfeeding as being "creepy".

Describing her breasts as

"part of my sexuality too... seeing your... baby latching on where only a lover has been before feels, well, a little creepy."
It's the question that every mother-to-be asks, discusses, talks about: To breastfeed or not to breastfeed?

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On air: Should sports stars take sponsorship deals before they win anything?

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 06:11 UK time, Wednesday, 30 June 2010

writethefuture226.jpgThis topic was discussed on World Cup Have Your Say on 30 June 2010. Listen to the programme.


What do the following players have in common: Cristiano Ronaldo; Wayne Rooney; Fabio Cannavaro; Didier Drogba; Franck Ribery.

Well, the answer is twofold. Firstly, they were all stars of a hugely expensive advert for the sportswear company Nike: and secondly, they all flopped dismally in South Africa.

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On air: Are your country's spies your national heroes?

Sheetal Parmar Sheetal Parmar | 15:08 UK time, Tuesday, 29 June 2010


russiaspies.jpg They lived seemingly perfect lives, a typical couple in their 40's, pillars of the neighbourhood and their communities. But according to the FBI, they were just covers for the alleged Russian spies that were living in the United States.

The day after 10 people were arrested Russia has, of course, blasted the allegations as baseless:

"In our opinion, such actions are groundless and pursue unseemly aims."

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Is the term 'coconut' racist?

Nuala McGovern Nuala McGovern | 11:09 UK time, Tuesday, 29 June 2010

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In Bristol, a black councillor, Shirley Brown, has been found guilty of racial harrassment for calling her Asian political opponent a 'coconut'.

The term coconut, has been used to accuse someone of betraying their race, or culture, by implying that, like a coconut, they are brown on the outside but white on the inside.

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On air: Are we finally seeing the real Brazil?

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 06:28 UK time, Tuesday, 29 June 2010

brazil386.jpgThis topic was discussed on World Cup Have Your Say on 29 June. Listen to the programme.

From the dismal to the dazzling; the torpor to the torpedo.

Having played out - and this is not hyperbole - one of the most miserable and bad-tempered games in the history of the World Cup against Portugal, Brazil found a bit of rhythm against Chile and gave their South American neighbours a 3-0 beating that included flashes of real brilliance.

And the goals, when they came, were sprinkled with the flair so associated with the celebrated sides of the past.

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On air: Should all sports at the top level embrace video technology?

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 16:23 UK time, Monday, 28 June 2010

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This topic was discussed on World Cup Have Your Say on 28 June 2010. Listen to the programme.

There's passionate debate about video technology in sports following yesterday's disallowed goals in the World Cup. Many sports including tennis and rugby have embraced instant replays for a number of years. Baseball has resisted, as has Fifa, soccer's governing body.

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World Cup Have Your Say On TV

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Ben James Ben James | 16:00 UK time, Monday, 28 June 2010

We've been discussing technology in football in a TV edition of the show too! We're on the BBC World News channel, every week during the World Cup at 1430 - 1500 GMT.

Watch today's edition again here (we've had to take a couple of clips of the actual football out, for rights reasons, in case you were wondering!) ...

... and see the rest of entry for the second and the third parts of the show below.

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What has happened to the Premiership's stars?

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 15:08 UK time, Monday, 28 June 2010

rooney226.jpgDuring the inquest on BBC television following England flopped to their worst ever World Cup defeat, former striker and captain Alan Shearer pointed out that England's players perform amazing feats "week in, week out" in the Premiership, so why could they not do it at the World Cup?

But perhaps the answer is, because they perform week in, week out in the Premiership.

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Black Stars in the quarter finals!

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Ben James Ben James | 06:37 UK time, Sunday, 27 June 2010

We discussed this topic on World Cup Have Your Say on Sunday 27 June. Click here to listen to the programme again.

Ghana fans pour on to Acre Lane, Brixton, London, UK, moments after the final whistle ...This was the end of my night out watching the football last night - an eruption of joy in South London as Ghana beat the USA 2-1, at the end of a tense half hour of extra time.

Hundreds of Ghanaians and other Londoners had crammed into the bars of Acre Lane, Brixton to watch a display full of panache, tricks, flicks and freedom, but also strength and the ability to come back when it seemed the pendulum was swinging away from them.

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Does football make national rivalries better or worse?

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Ben James Ben James | 13:46 UK time, Saturday, 26 June 2010

The Empress Pub in Cambridge, where locals are enthusiastically anticipating Sunday's match - Chris Radburn/PA Wire

OK, so not every pub in England is painted quite like this one at the moment - but you certainly know there is an England v Germany match on the way ...

The tabloid newspapers are harking back to the inevitable, with the front page of today's Daily Star featuring Wayne Rooney in a soldier's tin hat:

IT'S WAR - we will fight jeering Jerries on the pitches

... screams the headline (partly in response to this German newspaper calling Rooney et al "little English girlies") 

So is this all unnecessary, dredging up past conflict and creating tension between nations, or is it just harmless banter?

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On air: Who to cheer for now? Should African fans support Ghana?

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Ben James Ben James | 06:46 UK time, Saturday, 26 June 2010

Thumbnail image for Go Black Stars Go! - AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian

We discussed this question on World Cup Have Your Say on Saturday 26 June: click here to listen again to the programme

So we're in the knockout stages of Africa's World Cup - and Ghana is the sole surviving African team.

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Can you re-write history ?

Mark Sandell Mark Sandell | 17:52 UK time, Friday, 25 June 2010

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The powers- that- be in the Georgian town of Gori have decided that Stalin's statue has to go - even though it is the former Soviet dictator's birthplace..

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On air: Should each continent's World Cup places be changed?

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 13:44 UK time, Friday, 25 June 2010

As the last 16 are finally decided and the World Cup becomes a little more clearer, with Brazil's draw with Portugal confirming the progress of both sides.

We already know that seven of the eight teams from the Americas have made it through, barring a collapse from Chile.

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Guest blog: Christian Schatzle, Germany

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 12:50 UK time, Friday, 25 June 2010

englandgermany386.jpgOver the course of the World Cup, World Cup Have Your Say is running a series of guest blogs by bloggers from across the world.

This is the seventh, by Christian Schatzle who blogs on German football at Der Fussball Blogger.

On Sunday afternoon the world cup game between Germany and England in the round of the last 16 starts - and every German is excited about that.

Here in Germany the encounter of these teams is called the "eternally young duel."

And in fact, for the Germans, there is no other game with that explosiveness. The reason for that is obvious: The Wembley Goal!

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Guest blog: School reporters, Nigeria

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 11:04 UK time, Friday, 25 June 2010

redcard386.jpgOver the course of the World Cup, World Cup Have Your Say is running a series of guest blogs by bloggers from across the world.

This is the sixth, by three pupils from schools taking part in the British Council's Connecting Classrooms project and are working in partnership with BBC News School Report to provide on-the-spot reports from South Africa.

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Why would these people prefer to work for a white family?

Claudia Bradshaw Claudia Bradshaw | 10:52 UK time, Friday, 25 June 2010

Ros presented World Have Your Say from John and Martha's home, a 'shack' in Kliptown, Soweto on Thursday 24th June. During the last few minutes of the programme Ros asked the people gathered there, many of whom are unemployed, if they would consider doing domestic work. Most weren't very keen on the idea but it was the answer to the next question, which really surprised many of us listening. I have edited some highlights of the conversation, which you can listen to here and you can catch the whole show (until 1st July) by listening to the podcast here. The discussion about working as a domestic for black people is in the last 10 minutes of the podcast.

What does this say about post apartheid South Africa? Why do you think these people prefer to work for a white family?

Where are the star players?

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Ben James Ben James | 07:09 UK time, Friday, 25 June 2010

Zidane: unimpressed with the class of 2010? - AP Photo/Martin MeissnerThe group stages of the 2010 World Cup finish today - but still there's no one player who has lit up the tournament.

In the past, the likes of Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, Davor Suker, Hristo Stoichkov have emerged during a World Cup as a consistently good performer, game after game.

But in this World Cup no-one has shot out from the endless lists published in the build-up of those who were expected to shine.

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Why did Italy go from World Champions to 'rock bottom'?

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 17:06 UK time, Thursday, 24 June 2010

cannavaro226.jpgIt's the surprise of the tournament so far - and in the best game too. Italy's 3-2 defeat to Slovakia sent the world champions out - only the fourth time the holders have been eliminated in the first round.

Although they had only been able to scrape together draws with Paraguay and New Zealand, the elimination of the Azzurri was still a huge shock, much more so than their fellow 2006 finalists France finishing bottom of their group.

Midfielder Gennaro Gattuso, who will now retire from international football, declared that Italian football had "touched rock bottom" following a match that had everything good about football: drama, intent, debatable decisions - and, finally, goals.

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What's it like to live in Kliptown, Soweto?

Nuala McGovern Nuala McGovern | 10:45 UK time, Thursday, 24 June 2010

family.jpgMeet Mamiell, Chantal, Sophia and Vanessa. Today, they want to chat with you about how and where they live in Kliptown, Soweto. They're ready to answer your questions on any aspect of their lives. Mamiell is John and Martha's daughter and Ros will be broadcasting from their home.

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Should World Cup fans look elsewhere for proper sporting spectacle?

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Ben James Ben James | 07:39 UK time, Thursday, 24 June 2010

Mahut and Isner: gladiators?!This is John Isner and Nicolas Mahut.

They'll go onto a court later at Wimbledon to begin the third day of the longest tennis match in history.

It's 59 games all in the third set, after more than 10 hours play.

And, while the sports hacks around the world flick through their thesauruses to find word other than gladiatorial, epic and marathon, they might also be thinking whether such words could ever be used to describe the likes of Wayne Rooney ...

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Ghana's Black Stars qualify; Germany top Group D

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 19:04 UK time, Wednesday, 23 June 2010

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UPDATE 2030 GMT: Ghana go through despite losing 1-0 to Germany. The Black Stars will now play the USA on Saturday in Rustenberg - while Germany will play England in Bloemfontein. Australia beat Serbia 1-0 but it was not enough. Africa retain an interest in the tournament - how long can it last?

After the dramatic end to Group C - with the USA snatching top place in the last minute when they looked like going out - it's now the turn of the teams in Group D to take centre stage.

The match-up is similarly tight, with all four teams - Ghana, Germany, Serbia and Australia - theoretically able to go through.

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Rocking the Boatengs: is it too easy to switch footballing loyalties?

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Ben James Ben James | 19:03 UK time, Wednesday, 23 June 2010

STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty ImagesTwo brothers who could be on the pitch together in the Ghana v Germany game later have made plenty of headlines since the nations were drawn against each other.

Jerome and Kevin-Prince Boateng both grew up in Berlin and both have the same Ghanaian dad; they're half-brothers, with different German mums.

Despite the near identical background, Jerome is likely to be on Germany's bench tonight - and Kevin-Prince will start for Ghana.

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On air: Was Obama right to sack Gen. McChrystal?

Krupa Thakrar Padhy Krupa Thakrar Padhy | 17:30 UK time, Wednesday, 23 June 2010

UPDATE: A senior White House official has confirmed that Gen. McChrystal has been fired over his remarks in Rolling Stone magazine. Also, a senior administration official tells the BBC that " it's accurate that the President has chosen General Petraeus to replace General McChrystal as the commander of ISAF and lead our forces in Afghanistan."

KRUPA'S ORIGINAL POST:


McChrystal.jpgGeneral Stanley McChrystal will learn his fate today as he meets President Obama to explain his criticism of leading officials in Rolling Stone Magazine.


Anne Flaherty admires the General for speaking up, a quality which 'may prove to be his downfall.'


But this blog feels that as an army general, he should stop babbling and start winning,

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USA win Group C; England also qualify

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 13:50 UK time, Wednesday, 23 June 2010

stadium386.jpgWe're now properly into crunch time at the World Cup, with Groups A and B already wrapped up.

And now Group C is up for grabs. Any of England - playing group leaders Slovenia - the USA or Algeria could go through.

So we'd like your comments and thoughts as the match develops from kick-off at 1400 GMT (1500 BST) - in whichever way you want to send them to us.

We'll then run them below - whether you have sent them into this blog, into Facebook, via Twitter @BBC_WHYS, or in via text - +44 20 786 20 60 80.

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Guest blog: Seamus Walsh, South Korea

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 12:18 UK time, Wednesday, 23 June 2010

koreanfans386.jpgOver the course of the World Cup, World Cup Have Your Say is running a series of guest blogs by bloggers from across the world. This is the fifth, by Seamus Walsh who blogs about South Korean football at the Korean Football Blog.

South Korea's final group match against Nigeria may not have kicked off until 3:30am Korean time, but interest in the match could not have been higher all across the southern half of the Korean Peninsula.

Unfortunately for those who had to get up early for work the timing was not the best, but for students who have recently begun their summer holidays it was a party through the night in the open spaces, bars and streets of Seoul.

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Should the Jamaican police be congratulated?

Krupa Thakrar Padhy Krupa Thakrar Padhy | 10:37 UK time, Wednesday, 23 June 2010

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It was only last week that I was asking my colleagues here at WHYS 'where on earth is Dudus?' I've been intrigued by the alleged drug lord's ability to hide but not be sought, like something out of a cops and robbers movie.

Now though, the drama's over. Jamaica's most wanted, Christopher Dudus Coke has been arrested.

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Is refusing to shake hands ever acceptable?

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Ben James Ben James | 06:50 UK time, Wednesday, 23 June 2010

GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty ImagesFrance got into the World Cup with a controversial use of the hand - and they left the tournament with another.

This is the moment when South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira proffered his hand for his opposite number Raymond Domenech to shake.

Domenech not only refused the handshake, but later refused to answer questions about why he refused.

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BBC Soweto Street Party

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Ros Atkins Ros Atkins | 06:29 UK time, Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Ros Atkins with sausagesWe're out in the street armed with two fires, a lot of sausages and some fruit juice. Let's see how we get on.

(See more pictures on our Flickr stream.)

Listen live on The World Today and World Cup Have Your Say at bbcworldservice.com

A sad goodbye to Bafana Bafana

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 20:02 UK time, Tuesday, 22 June 2010

southafricafan386.jpgSo, in the end, even a win over the pre-tournament group favourites France was not enough to save South Africa from the ignominy of being the first host nation to go out of the World Cup at the group stage.

It looked likely beforehand that this would be goodbye Bafana Bafana, with Uruguay and Mexico only needing to play out a draw to make sure both went through.

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Cut or spend?

WHYS Team WHYS Team | 17:55 UK time, Tuesday, 22 June 2010

greecemarch.jpgHi it's Xavier here. There's a lot of talk about austerity at the moment.

Japan's just announced fiscal reform plans to cut debt. Governments are cutting away across Europe. Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, France, Ireland, Portugal are all doing it. And the UK is poised for Tuesday's emergency budget.

 

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On air: What part of football would you most like to bury?

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 10:22 UK time, Tuesday, 22 June 2010

tombstone386.jpgThis topic was discussed on World Cup Have Your Say on 22 June 2010. Listen to the programme.

Kati's Tombstones in Soweto does exactly what it says on the tin - it sells tombstones, and it's run by Kati.

And with the turmoil surrounding various parts of the tournament in South Africa, it could not be a more apt place to be.

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Does play-acting bring shame on a country?

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 23:15 UK time, Monday, 21 June 2010

behrami_pa.jpgAlthough Spain cantered to a 2-0 win over Honduras that was more one-sided than a Salem witch trial, the real talking point in Group H was the earlier game between Chile and Switzerland - in which both sides were equally guilty.

Guilty, that is, of acts of seemingly blatent play-acting.

First, Switzerland's defender Velram Behrami was sent off for his minor tangle with Arturo Vidal.

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Who the hell do footballers think they are ?

Mark Sandell Mark Sandell | 11:22 UK time, Monday, 21 June 2010

Rooney moaningPoor loves. Those footballers have a tough life don't they ?

Having to represent their countries in the world's biggest sporting event, being paid a fortune in wages and endorsements, and being waited on hand and foot.

Meanwhile, their fans - loyal to the last - pay a small fortune (for them) to travel and watch their heroes in action.

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Should children be forced to integrate in schools?

Nuala McGovern Nuala McGovern | 09:52 UK time, Monday, 21 June 2010

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Hi Nuala popping up a post for Sarah.

Tens of thousands of ultra-orthodox Jews took to the streets of Jerusalem yesterday to protest against the jailing of 35 fathers who have violated a Supreme Court order, which ruled that their daughters must attend integrated schools.

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Kaka, karma and the Hand of God

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Ben James Ben James | 07:10 UK time, Monday, 21 June 2010

Rivaldo performs at the 2002 World Cup

We discussed this on World Cup Have Your Say on Mon 21 June. You can listen to the programme by clicking here - apologies to those who had problems listening live on the radio

There was a spiritual dimension to yesterday's edition of World Cup Have Your Say (you may have heard the prayer for a miracle for Bafana Bafana at the end of the show!).

And now a couple more big World Cup stories have got people hinting at higher forces at work on the pitch in South Africa 2010.

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On air: The decline of the Blues... and the Blues?

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 16:34 UK time, Sunday, 20 June 2010

evradinatalie386.jpgThere is no better way to sum up what we are talking about on World Cup Have Your Say than this message from Java Vamcas Kambala on our Facebook page:

"Now there can be no doubts; the myth has been exposed - Europe is no longer the centre of global football. See how they are being crushed."

The words followed two stories that happened in quick succession on Sunday.

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What nickname would you give your team?

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 15:34 UK time, Sunday, 20 June 2010

indomitablelions.jpgAfter Cameroon proved to be anything but Indomitable Lions when they became the first team to exit the 2010 World Cup, perhaps it is time they had a new nickname - and indeed a number of you referred to them as "the chickens" on Facebook.

So we thought it would be interesting to hear your African-style nickname for your national side.

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On air: Why did Cameroon's Lions become so domitable?

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 21:15 UK time, Saturday, 19 June 2010

cameroon386.jpgThis topic was discussed on World Cup Have Your Say on 20 June 2010. Listen to the programme.

There is a certain bitter irony to the fact that the first African team to make a real impact on the World Cup should be the first to bow out of the first tournament on African soil.

Cameroon's defeat to Denmark in Tshwane - or The City Formerly Known As Pretoria - has left the Indomitable Lions in serious danger of having their nickname confiscated by the Trades Descriptions Act.

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Guest blog: Cathal Breathnach, Ireland, on England

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 16:19 UK time, Saturday, 19 June 2010

capello226.jpgOver the course of the World Cup, World Cup Have Your Say is running a series of guest blogs by bloggers from across the world. This is the fourth, by Cathal Breathnach who blogs about English football at Football Corner.

I'm sure no England fan imagined two weeks ago that Fabio Capello's men would be going into their final Group C game against Slovenia knowing that anything less than a win will probably result in Steven Gerrard and co departing the World Cup finals very early.

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Your team's worst ever performance

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 12:20 UK time, Saturday, 19 June 2010

englandfans.jpgWhen I posted about Wayne Rooney's reaction to being booed by England fans last night, we received one of the biggest responses we've ever had at World Cup Have Your Say.

One comment that particularly struck me was this, from galileomeetsthepope

I would like to know when was the last time that England played as badly? I have followed them since 1968 and I cannot remember a worse performance. Maybe you could start a blog or poll of when did an England team play as badly before? Even when we lost to Poland in the qualifiers in 1973 we did not play this badly.

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On air: Is it ever OK to boo your own team?

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 21:56 UK time, Friday, 18 June 2010

rooney386.jpgThis topic was discussed on World Cup Have Your Say on 19 June 2010. Listen to the programme.

As he left the pitch following England's disappointing 0-0 draw against Algeria, Wayne Rooney turned to the television cameras and, his voice dripping sarcasm like honey dripping from a knife, said: "it's nice to see your own fans booing you."

The comments have instantly made "Wayne Rooney" a trending topic on Twitter - and most of them are, it has to be said, rather negative.

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On air: Is the easing of the Gaza blockade 'cosmetic'?

Claudia Bradshaw Claudia Bradshaw | 15:00 UK time, Friday, 18 June 2010

A Palestinian family in northern GazaThe Israeli government has announced it will ease the Gaza blockade to allow more civilian products in. The new list reportedly includes all food items, toys, stationery, kitchen utensils, mattresses and towels. Israel will also allow in more construction materials for projects under international supervision but will maintain its naval blockade and will not make it easier for people to move in and out of Gaza, or allow exports.

Jordan's information minister, Nabil Sharif, calls the move 'cosmetic' and says Jordan "wants Israel to completely lift this unjust blockade".

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On air: How do you solve a problem like Les Bleus?

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Ben James Ben James | 06:52 UK time, Friday, 18 June 2010

PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty ImagesFrance won the World Cup 12 years ago and they were maybe a headbutt away from winning it last time too.

But last night against Mexico they were a shadow of their former selves.

So what has gone wrong with Les Bleus? Were the stars mis-aligned last night? Or are we talking more prosaic football-related reasons?

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Should you know your donor's history?

Krupa Thakrar Padhy Krupa Thakrar Padhy | 19:45 UK time, Thursday, 17 June 2010

lynsey_scott.jpgA 28 year old Cystic Fibrosis sufferer has died five months after receiving a lung transplant from someone who had smoked for 30 years. Lynsey Scott's family say they were never told about the donor's  lifestyle and if they had known, she would have rejected the transplant offer.

This blogger, a transplant professional, believes that smokers' lungs are better than no lungs at all;

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On air: Should we feel sorry for Tony Hayward?

Sheetal Parmar Sheetal Parmar | 10:29 UK time, Thursday, 17 June 2010

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He's one of the most infamous men in the world. BP chief executive Tony Hayward has been vilified for being the man at the helm of the worst environmental disaster in US history.

Even though he says he's 'personally devastated' by the spill, and taken full responsibility for the clean up, he's still one of the most hated men in the US.

You can follow Tony Hayward's testimony to a US Congress committee on the BBC News website from 1500 BST (1000 EST).

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Guest blog: Frankie Lally, Ireland, on the USA

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Ben James Ben James | 10:28 UK time, Thursday, 17 June 2010

REUTERS/Brian SnyderOver the course of the World Cup, World Cup Have Your Say is running a series of guest blogs by bloggers from across the world. This is the third, by Frankie Lally - who blogs at Extra Time - on the prospects for Team USA as they prepare to face Slovenia.

On Saturday night the United States pinched one of their greatest results ever at a World Cup, as they drew 1-1 with England, largely thanks to a howler from England 'keeper Robert Green in the 40th Minute that allowed Clint Dempsey to score.

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On air: An upset and some goals - just what this World Cup needed?

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Ben James Ben James | 06:33 UK time, Thursday, 17 June 2010

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Spain and South Africa won't agree, but there seems to be a mood around elsewhere that Wednesday's games mean the World Cup could have turned some sort of corner.

"At last, the tournament's first real upset", writes this blogger:

No, the U.S. drawing against England doesn't really count. Kudos to the Swiss for beating La Furia Roja. The tournament needed that. And arguably, so did Spain.

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On air:Is it up to young people to change the world?

Sheetal Parmar Sheetal Parmar | 17:37 UK time, Wednesday, 16 June 2010

soweto.jpgToday is Youth Day in South Africa, a day that honours all the young people who lost their lives in the fight against apartheid and Bantu Education.

It's a day that many see as a celebration and whereas others remember the struggle against what was essentially racist legislation:

"Natives [blacks] must be taught from an early age that equality with Europeans [whites] is not for them."

You can read more about the why the protests began here

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On air: Will Spain be the team to set the World Cup alight?

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Ben James Ben James | 07:08 UK time, Wednesday, 16 June 2010

JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty ImagesLet's be honest - we haven't really had a vintage performance yet in this World Cup from what are supposedly the top teams around the world.

Brazil laboured, Italy ground out a point, England, er, fumbled, Argentina did just enough and the less said about France's and Portugal's bore-draws, the better!

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On air: Will the oil spill change the way we use energy?

Ros Atkins Ros Atkins | 17:00 UK time, Tuesday, 15 June 2010


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There's been lots of pick up on President Obama's 9/11 comment comparing it to the BP oil spill.



"In the same way that our view of our vulnerabilities and our foreign policy was shaped profoundly by 9/11, I think this disaster is going to shape how we think about the environment and energy for many years to come,"


 Here's more on that interview.


This blog calls the comparison a 'cheap sound bite' that demeans the memory of 9/11.


But this article believes his comments have been taken out of context - the spill is likely to shape future energy policy like US foreign policy was shaped by 9/11.

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Farewell to Louisiana

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Robyn Bresnahan Robyn Bresnahan | 15:01 UK time, Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Thumbnail image for PortSulphur.JPGAfter three weeks of being embedded in Louisiana covering the human stories of the oil spill, this is my last day.

I'm feeling extremely sad - almost guilty - about leaving. There are so many stories I didn't get to tell.

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On air: Have people underestimated the Asian teams?

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Ben James Ben James | 06:39 UK time, Tuesday, 15 June 2010

YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty ImagesFor all the talk about Africa's World Cup before the tournament began, so far it's Asian teams which look like they've made the biggest progress.

Despite low expectations before the tournament, Japan edged out Cameroon 1-0 in what many commentators are calling a shock win.

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On air: Should the vuvuzela be banned?

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 12:45 UK time, Monday, 14 June 2010

vuvuzelas386.jpgAs I mentioned on our Facebook page after only one day of the World Cup, we have been inundated at World Cup Have Your Say with people complaining about the noise of the vuvuzela.

The long plastic trumpets have been blowing in all the matches so far at the tournament. Their sound is ubiquitous.


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What is happening in Kyrgyzstan?

Alicia Trujillo Alicia Trujillo | 12:40 UK time, Monday, 14 June 2010

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More than 100 people have been killed in Kyrgyzstan, after three days of fighting between Kyrgyz and ethnic Uzbeks in city of Osh. Thousands of ethnic Uzbeks have been forced to flee the country. Many of you have been contacting the BBC from there or asking what is happening there?

We got this email from someone in Osh:


I am living here in Osh - in an Uzbek neighborhood that was attacked Saturday. We are right now in the middle of a standoff between the Uzbeks and Kyrgyz. It is very tense, but since I have contact with the outside, we can help to stop this standoff so that more people will not get killed.

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On air: Germany's great start

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 08:21 UK time, Monday, 14 June 2010

For the first time in the tournament so far, the last match yesterday finally saw more than two goals in a game.

Four in fact - and the Germans scored them all in a rampant 4-0 win over Australia.

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Guest blog: Emmanuel Ekanem, Nigeria

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 15:32 UK time, Sunday, 13 June 2010

nsoformasch.jpgOver the course of the World Cup, World Cup Have Your Say is running a series of guest blogs by bloggers from across the world. This is the second, by Emmanuel Ekanem who blogs about Nigerian football at Naija Football Fans.

As fans we expected a bashing from Argentina. However, the outcome of the game - only losing 1-0 - has given every football fan in Nigeria renewed confidence in the team.

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On air: Can Ghana be 'Africa's Brazil'?

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 07:48 UK time, Sunday, 13 June 2010

ghanaplayers.jpgAfter Nigeria and South Africa themselves, it's now the turn of Ghana's Black Stars to make their debut at the 2010 World Cup.

This is only the second time they have ever qualified, after making their bow four years ago in Germany.

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How much should England really expect against the USA?

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 12:25 UK time, Saturday, 12 June 2010

englandflag.jpgEvery four years - or in fact every two, given it happens with the European Championships too - pretty much every media publication in the country will use the headline "England expects" somewhere in their copy.

It's a nice phrase - it certainly worked pretty well for Admiral Horatio Nelson some 185 years ago - but it is rarely a reflection of the truth. And it certainly shouldn't be applied to the first match of the Three Lions at a major tournament - the 2010 World Cup version of which is today against the USA.

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On air: Time to soar for the Super Eagles?

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 08:41 UK time, Saturday, 12 June 2010

nigeriafans.jpgToday we're live in Johannesburg as Nigeria's Super Eagles prepare to take on Diego Maradona's Argentina.

Nigeria did better than expected at the African Nations Cup earlier this year, making it all the way to the semi-finals of the competition - but the team was riven with mistrust.

Meanwhile Argentina struggled through their qualifying campaign, only going through right at the death. Maradona's style of management is certainly under question - but fans are hoping the man who was one of the World Cup's greatest ever players will be able to do something as a manager.

The last time these two played at the World Cup finals in 2002, Argentina got their only tournament victory. Will Nigeria get revenge?

On air: Is today as significant as Mandela's release?

Chloe Tilley Chloe Tilley | 15:24 UK time, Friday, 11 June 2010


worldcupstart.jpgDanny Jordaan, the Chief executive of the World Cup organising committee says it is. He says it's an historic moment for his country.....

"I compare this moment to Mandela's release, for which we waited 27 years. For our right to vote we waited from 1948," he said. "But Fifa was formed in 1904, so it has been a long wait for Africa's World Cup. But we did not wait alone. The whole of Africa was waiting with us."

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Multi-lingual World Cup Have Your Say

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 13:59 UK time, Friday, 11 June 2010

worldcupflags.jpgThe minutes are ticking down to the big kick-off at Soccer City, Johannesburg. The anticipation has built and built during the specatacular opening ceremony.

Now, you can debate the World Cup with people across the world and in ten different languages through the BBC.

We'll be asking the big questions about your team - and about the other 31 competing nations - and we'd like to know what you think.

And the tool will automatically translate your opinions - so they can be read in a multitude of languages.

Click here to take part in multi-lingual World Cup Have Your Say - LIVE NOW

On air: Does staging the World Cup benefit the host country?

Alicia Trujillo Alicia Trujillo | 11:47 UK time, Friday, 11 June 2010

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I'm dreaming, I'm dreaming. It's so beautiful -- wake me up! We want to say to the world - Thank you for helping this worm to become a beautiful butterfly.

This is what a very exited Archbishop Desmond Tutu said last night at the World Cup Concert in Soweto.
As the biggest sporting event starts today in South Africa, many of you are discussing if there are benefits to hosting a World Cup and if it is good for business.

Time Magazine in this atticle says that the World Cup has become such a force that it triggered a cease-fire in the civil war in Ivory Coast, caused stock markets of losing nations to tumble and catalyzed a spike in the birthrate of the 2006 host, Germany. And that hosting the World Cup allowed Germans to express a nationalist spirit that had been understandably dormant for 60 years.

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Guest blog: Miriam Mannak, South Africa

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 10:45 UK time, Friday, 11 June 2010

safans386.jpgOver the course of the World Cup, World Cup Have Your Say is running a series of guest blogs by bloggers from across the world. This is the first, by Miriam Mannak who blogs about South African football at 2010 South Africa World Cup.

South Africans are an interesting bunch. While the shackles of Apartheid were cast off over a decade and a half ago, making it legal to cross the bridges that lead to different colour-spheres, it seems to me that many South Africans are hesitant to do so.

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Northern Ireland's Bloody Sunday Inquiry: Money Well Spent?

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Dan Damon Dan Damon | 09:38 UK time, Friday, 11 June 2010

bloodysunday.jpgWorld Update will be live from Derry/Londonderry in Northern Ireland next Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th June, to cover the release and aftermath of the report with huge significance to peace and reconciliation there - the Saville Inquiry into what's called Bloody Sunday, the day in 1972 when 13 protesters against British rule were killed.

Britain's Parachute Regiment was accused of indiscriminate shooting. The official British response was that the soldiers were attacked and fought back. A previous inquiry was dismissed by families of those who died as a whitewash.

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On air: Does the success of the World Cup depend on the South African team?

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 06:26 UK time, Friday, 11 June 2010


worldcupfans600.jpg"I pity the Mexicans on 11 March - truly I do."

Those were the words of South Africa defender Matthew Booth when I interviewed him last month ahead of the World Cup finals. His feeling was that the pressure on the country ahead of the first such tournament on African soil would be positive - and that the ferocious sound of the crowd would spur Bafana Bafana on.

But with the first match now upon us, do they really have a chance against the Mexicans? And if not, will it damage the chances of the tournament's success?

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On air: Who has already won from South Africa 2010 - and who has lost?

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Ros Atkins Ros Atkins | 12:35 UK time, Thursday, 10 June 2010

I'm about to walk over to a restaurant on Vilakazi Street in Soweto to help with the preparations for a big do we're hosting today. The first hour will be WHYS and we'll look at who in South Africa has benfitted from this World Cup and who hasn't. The next hour (also live across BBC World Service) will see us launch WCHYS with fans from every team that's here.

We'll update as the day goes along on Flickr, twitter (me, Mark, WHYS), Facebook (WHYS, me) and here on the blog. As ever, your questions are as welcome as your comments.

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Football talk - whatever your language

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 11:31 UK time, Thursday, 10 June 2010

worldcupteamtalk.gifFans of the regular World Have Your Say programme may recall the rather impressive Super Power Nation day that ran at Shoreditch Town Hall in March this year, during which a world first was trialled - a multi-lingual live chat board, using automated translation, that allowed users of seven BBC language websites to talk to each other over the language barriers.

And now, we're going to do it all over again - for the World Cup.

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Do sanctions work?

WHYS Team WHYS Team | 09:17 UK time, Thursday, 10 June 2010

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After a year's worth of diplomacy, the UN Security Council has voted in favour of fresh sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme. The vote passed easily with 12 states voting in favour and only Brazil and Turkey voting against.

President Obama insisted the sanctions did not close the door to diplomacy but Brazil's President Lula saw the vote as nothing more than the US getting even with Iran.

 

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Pelican brief

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Robyn Bresnahan Robyn Bresnahan | 02:11 UK time, Thursday, 10 June 2010

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 The other day I saw the oil spill with my own eyes. Today I saw the impact it's having on Louisiana's wildlife.

I paid a visit to the Fort Jackson Bird Rescue Centre. It's mostly oil-covered pelicans arriving on a daily basis. They are a mighty sad sight.


The oily creatures have become the poster birds of this spill. Jay Holcomb, the director of the International Bird Rescue Research Centre told me there's been a jump in arrivals in recent days.

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On air: Is football one of mankind's greatest inventions?

Nuala McGovern Nuala McGovern | 15:00 UK time, Wednesday, 9 June 2010

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Two days until the start of the World Cup and there is little talk about anything else for huge swathes of the world. Ros and some of the team, (well Mark and Ben) are in Soweto gearing up for what many people think is the biggest show on earth. Our Writer in in Residence at the BBC World Service, Hamid Ismailov, has been outlining his devotion to the game.

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Calling guest bloggers

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 11:51 UK time, Wednesday, 9 June 2010

screen.jpgAs you may have seen yesterday on Twitter and Facebook, World Cup Have Your Say has set up a Twitter list following a number of top players, pundits and listeners. If you're going to be Tweeting about the tournament, let us know your Twitter ID and we'll follow you on the list too.

But what you'll also be seeing here on the blog are guest posts from bloggers around the world, talking about how their reaction - and the reaction in their country - to the match results as they come in.

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Has the foreign media been getting South Africa wrong?

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Ros Atkins Ros Atkins | 10:30 UK time, Wednesday, 9 June 2010

See below for my post on criticisms of how the foreign media have portrayed South Africa during the World Cup build-up. Here's a report I did on BBC World News on the same subject.

South Africa the defiant

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Ros Atkins Ros Atkins | 10:18 UK time, Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Here's a paragraph from this morning's Sowetan. Since 1994, South Africa 'has faced almost endless accusations that it is no place to host the world's biggest sporting event because it is either too crime-ridden or lacking the infrastructure'. It's those words 'almost endless' that hint at deep sense of injustice that I'm sensing since I've been here.

The implication is that those questions about crime and readiness went beyond what was reasonable.

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Should Chris Brown's punishment carry on?

Sheetal Parmar Sheetal Parmar | 09:44 UK time, Wednesday, 9 June 2010

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He was vilified by the press, made to apologise publicly and convicted of assault. But it seems singer Chris Brown's punishment goes further than just a criminal conviction.

He has now been denied entry to the UK and his planned concerts will no longer go ahead. It's prompted a twitition on twitter, calling for Brown's visa to be granted on the grounds that his remorse of his attack on his then girlfriend Rihanna is well documented.

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On air: Does it matter if journalists take sides?

Krupa Thakrar Padhy Krupa Thakrar Padhy | 13:18 UK time, Tuesday, 8 June 2010

thomasandobama.jpgHelen Thomas' views on the Middle East have never been a secret. After all, her job is to speak her mind. Or is it?

Known for her trailblazer attitude,  Thomas' latest comments telling Jews to 'get the hell out of Palestine' seem to have been a comment too far for many (here's the video).

The celebrated columnist and dean of the White House Press Corps has now announced she's retiring.

But if her job was to express her opinion,  what exactly did she do wrong? What do you expect from journalists - objectivity or opinion?

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On air: Can music transform society?

Claudia Bradshaw Claudia Bradshaw | 13:00 UK time, Tuesday, 8 June 2010

jacarandatree.jpgThis is my first visit to Morocco and the city of Fes. It's an easy place to fall in love with. I'd never seen a purple flowering tree before and so the Jacarandas were the first things to catch my eye. Thousands of swifts fly about the old city walls of the Medina at dusk adding to the dream like quality of the city. At night the streets are packed with families, couples and friends hanging out together. It's not surprising some of the international visitors I've spoken to have been coming back for years.

I'm at the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music, set up after the first Gulf war to create cultural bridges between Muslims, Christians and Jews.

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Your perfect World Cup party

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 10:08 UK time, Tuesday, 8 June 2010

vuvuzelaafp.jpgOur colleagues at BBC News have published a guide for England fans following the World Cup - with advice on how to throw "the perfect World Cup party."

Meanwhile the World Cup Have Your Say team in South Africa are making their preparations for the show's launch party on Thursday - live on air at 1700GMT.

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Is the BP oil tragedy endangering the UK's image in the United States?

Ian Brimacombe Ian Brimacombe | 09:01 UK time, Tuesday, 8 June 2010

bloodhand.jpgWhile BP is still trying to contain the worst oil spill disaster ever, it's not only its reputation which is at stake in the United States. The British government is said to be increasingly worried about the rise of Brit-bashing stateside, and the impact that might have on the special relationship between the two countries.

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Seeing the oil spill firsthand

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Robyn Bresnahan Robyn Bresnahan | 04:25 UK time, Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Robyn_Oil.jpgToday I saw the oil spill with my own eyes.

I've been in Louisiana for two weeks now covering the personal stories of this disaster. But I hadn't yet seen the spill for myself.

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Should there be concerns about South Africa's stadiums?

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 19:18 UK time, Monday, 7 June 2010

fans.jpgA warm-up match at the Makhulong Stadium in Johannesburg has - in the words of the BBC's Piers Edwards - provided "the wrong sort of build-up to the World Cup" after 16 people were injured outside the ground.

The game, between Nigeria and North Korea, was free for people to enter - and many more than the anticipated 10,000 capacity turned up, triggering a crowd surge.

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Monday's venue on the balcony

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Ros Atkins Ros Atkins | 16:58 UK time, Monday, 7 June 2010

On air: Do victims have any real power over corporations?

Krupa Thakrar Padhy Krupa Thakrar Padhy | 10:59 UK time, Monday, 7 June 2010

bhopal.jpgIt's been over 25 years since the Bhopal industrial disaster.

The tragedy killed thousands immediately, left hundreds of thousands with permanent injuries and unborn generations with serious health effects. Thousands more are no longer alive to see justice served. If it has been served.

Today the Indian court in Bhopal convicted eight people for death by negligence. They now face up to two years in jail.

For survivors and their relatives, the verdict comes too little, too late. The National Human Rights Commission agrees. Some victims are simply calling for one thing - capital punishment.

Do victims have any real power against corporate negligence?

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A room with a view...

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Krupa Thakrar Padhy Krupa Thakrar Padhy | 09:58 UK time, Monday, 7 June 2010

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Hi this is Ros on Krupa's log in (uploading photos is very expensive so she's helping me).

One of our rooms here in Soweto has a small balcony and that's where I'll be sitting for today's show. This is the view looking to the left, and then to the riviewfrombalcony1.jpgght. 

No subject for show yet so please keep your suggestions coming in. Here in South Africa, proving the doubters wrong, the stampede at the Nigeria game, and the Selebi trial are the main talking points.

 Speak to you later.

Whose rights have been violated?

Krupa Thakrar Padhy Krupa Thakrar Padhy | 09:42 UK time, Monday, 7 June 2010

marcelanoble.jpgMarcela and Felipe Herrera do not want to know where they came from. But it looks like their government is about to tell them anyway.

The adopted children of Argentina's leading newspaper publisher have approached the end of an epic legal battle. Today they will be forced to take a DNA test to establish whether or not they were illegally adopted. The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo allege that they were illegally adopted 34 years ago with help from officials of the military junta.

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First impressions

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Ros Atkins Ros Atkins | 22:20 UK time, Sunday, 6 June 2010

SOW.jpgMy first few photos are here.

We got to Soweto this afternoon and haven't had more than a couple of hours to get settled in our B&B, to check the ISDN lines (one out of three worked...) and to quickly drive over to Soccer City. If you'd like to follow how we're getting on, I'm tweeting, will be on WHYS' feed as well, Mark's here tomorrow, and I'm updating my facebook page and WHYS' (not to mention the blog).

My head's so full of things, I thought I'd just tap out some observations in no particular order...

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Your Questions to Louisianans

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Robyn Bresnahan Robyn Bresnahan | 15:25 UK time, Friday, 4 June 2010

Protest-smaller.jpgOn Friday World Have Your Say will be coming to you live from New Orleans. We need your help!


If you've been following my blog posts, you'll know that people here are growing angrier by the day as the oil spill continues to gush off the coast of Louisiana.


Many say they were just recovering from Hurricane Katrina and are afraid the spill in the Gulf will be a huge setback for this city and state.

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Farewell to OPB

Ros Atkins Ros Atkins | 15:00 UK time, Friday, 4 June 2010

We got some sad news from Oregon a few days ago. As you may have seen on facebook and twitter yesterday, OPB has decided to drop WHYS from its schedule from the end of June. This is the statement that it's put on its facebook page. And this is OPB's facebook wall which has some comment as well.

Needless to say it's a real shame as we've a fantastic connection with the station and many of you who listen in Oregon. (We get more comment from Oregon than any other US state and more than any country bar Nigeria.) But clearly for a significant number of listeners our 'tone' and 'production' are not to their liking and we have to respect the station's decision.

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Fears for Drogba

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 13:59 UK time, Friday, 4 June 2010

drogba600.jpgReports from Switzerland say Ivory Coast's captain and main threat, Didier Drogba, has injured his elbow in a friendly against Japan - an injury that could rule him out of the World Cup.

A spokesman for Ivory Coast has said that early indications are the striker is "uncertain" for the tournament.

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Meet the team: Chloe Tilley

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Chloe Tilley Chloe Tilley | 12:36 UK time, Friday, 4 June 2010

blogpic.JPGI know, I've been on the show more than two years and only just written this page. I have no excuses other than I hate photographs of myself and knew I would have to put one up! For regulars on the blog, you'll know I've recently returned from a year off after having my daughter. I joined the show from another BBC station Radio Five Live, where I knew both Ros and Mark. In fact Mark interviewed me for my first job at the station, I was convinced I hadn't got the job after the interview descended into discussing whether Liverpool (my team) are better than West Ham. Somehow he let me in.

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Are big pharma's profits from patenting genetic research justified?

Dan Damon Dan Damon | 18:59 UK time, Thursday, 3 June 2010

pharmapic.jpgOn BBC World Update on Friday, we'll hear from the Nobel prizewinning geneticist Sir John Sulston, who is deeply upset at the way pharmaceutical companies are patenting the genetic information they are getting from their research so they can profit from new therapies.

In answer to the claim from the drugs companies that they need to make profits to fund further research, he insists that only 15 percent of their profits are ploughed back into R&D. But the high prices they charge for their patented medicine make life saving therapy inaccessible to the sick in developing countries where the need is greatest.

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On air: Do gun controls work?

WHYS Team WHYS Team | 10:02 UK time, Thursday, 3 June 2010

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Yesterday, taxi driver Derrick Bird went on a shooting spree in Cumbria, in the north of England, which left 12 people dead. After three hours of driving through towns and villages, shooting from his car, he shot himself.

Many of you are talking about whether the current UK gun laws work. The UK has one of the tightest gun control laws in the world, requiring everybody who wishes to possess a firearm to go through a procedure including medical checks, full criminal history and a police interview to prove they actually need a gun.

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Is marriage for life?

Krupa Thakrar Padhy Krupa Thakrar Padhy | 10:01 UK time, Thursday, 3 June 2010

Alandtipper.jpgAmerica's model marriage just got a not so happy ending. Al and Tipper Gore are separating after 40 years of marriage. Family friends say the high school sweethearts just grew apart. What's happened to 'happily ever after'?

Many of you have been saddened by the news prompting questions like "If they can't make it, can we?" But is 'till death do us a part' simply a dying concept?

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Therapy for fishing families

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Robyn Bresnahan Robyn Bresnahan | 00:21 UK time, Thursday, 3 June 2010

roy.jpgRoy Vanderhoff's eyes are amongst the saddest I have ever seen.

He's a commercial fisherman here in Louisiana. He's had to stop because of the oil spill.

"What's hurting me, is that we uncertain about our future," he told me.

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On air: Should Israel be ashamed?

Claudia Bradshaw Claudia Bradshaw | 10:06 UK time, Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Israel.jpgFania Oz-Salzberger, an Israeli professor, says that she is ashamed

Every true Israeli patriot ought to do something very un-Israeli today: lower his head or hers, and apologize very humbly to the dead and injured of the "Free Gaza Movement" flotilla... Forget PR and screw the usual defenses. This time we are guilty as sin. I am ashamed of my government.

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What do you make of the final World Cup squads?

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Ben Sutherland Ben Sutherland | 10:00 UK time, Wednesday, 2 June 2010

walcottceleb226.jpgIt was a frantic day yesterday as the final squads for the World Cup finals were announced.

Three of the big European teams - England, Germany and Italy - named their final 23s yesterday, with the big names missing out including Arsenal's Theo Walcott and Villareal's Giuseppe Rossi.

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Should BP face criminal charges?

Claudia Bradshaw Claudia Bradshaw | 09:29 UK time, Wednesday, 2 June 2010

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2nd June Update: US Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation into the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the BP oil spill according to Attorney-General Eric Holder. And President Obama has said

As a result of this disaster, lives have been lost. Businesses have been decimated. Communities that had already known great hardship now face the spectre of sudden and painful economic dislocations. We owe all those who've been harmed, as well as future generations, a full and vigorous accounting of the events that led to what has now become the worst oil spill in US history.

Original Post: The Gulf of Mexico oil leak is now officially the worst US environmental disaster and its latest attempt to stop the leak has failed. US prosecutors are now considering a criminal investigation.

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On air: Is it time to end the blockade?

Krupa Thakrar Padhy Krupa Thakrar Padhy | 14:12 UK time, Tuesday, 1 June 2010

freegaza.jpgIt's the call of the day from heads of state, charities, the UN, EU and from many of you who have been in touch with WHYS.

But was this 'intentional provocation' as Charles Krauthammer puts it, the best way to go about getting the blockade against Gaza lifted? Could the Flotilla crisis have been avoided if there was no blockade?

andrewsanger on Twitter responds:

If the Gaza blockade were lifted, weapons would pour in to Hamas. That was the stupid flotilla's objective. Israel took correct action.

Here's the BBC's summary of the impacts of the blockade on Gaza.

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Meet the Team: Nuala McGovern

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Nuala McGovern Nuala McGovern | 11:49 UK time, Tuesday, 1 June 2010

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One of the very cool things about WHYS is how far and wide around the globe our listeners are spread, it's so interesting where you are from and where you live now. I've been lucky enough to be working with the WHYS team since November 2009 producing and presenting so it's high time I offered up that information about myself. 

I'm Irish born and bred and I've arrived in London after years in Italy and New York. I've had a variety of jobs including pulling pints in Dublin, scooping ice-cream in Italy, teaching English to Milanese doctors, dressing fashion models, serving legal papers and selling Japanese handbags. But for the past 15 years it's been pretty much all about radio and TV. Despite the grumpy face in the photo above, I do love it.

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Are Israel's 'friends' to blame for the Flotilla deaths?

Krupa Thakrar Padhy Krupa Thakrar Padhy | 09:17 UK time, Tuesday, 1 June 2010

israelfriends.jpg They are according to Mark LeVine in Al Jazeera,

'It has never been about security. Not for one day. It has been about land and power...And now at least 10 people are dead because of the shame, because of the inability of Israel's best friends to look it in the eye and say: "Stop this insanity. Treat Palestinians like humans before you destroy not only them, but you."'

Israel has lost Turkey, its best friend in the Muslim world, and it's on brink of losing many more.

It's failure any way you slice it.

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