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Life Inside ‘Islamic State’: Diaries

Life Inside ‘Islamic State’: Five diaries

An activist based in Raqqa, Syria describes the horror of everyday life in the city.

Thursday 7 November

With Evan Davis and Justin Webb.

  • 7 Nov 2013 12:33:36


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  • 7 Nov 2013 06:59:00

    Today's running order

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    Business news with Simon Jack as Twitter floats on the stock market.



    The BBC's security correspondent Frank Gardner reports on Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed - the man who cut off his electronic tag, disguised himself as a woman and then vanished, in spite of being on a Terrorism Prevention and Investigation measure. 



    Business news with Simon Jack.



    Today, the heads of the three UK intelligence agencies will be publicly grilled by MPs on the Intelligence and Security Committee. The BBC's security correspondent Gordon Corera reports.



    Britain is playing its part in a worldwide bid to reduce carbon emissions and should not weaken its proposed cuts, says a report delivered to the UK government. Lord Deben, chairman of the UK's independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC), discusses the UK's effort.



    Could reductions in aircraft noise, that will come with a new generation of engines, diffuse opposition plans to expand runway capacity at Heathrow? Baroness Valentine, chief executive of the lobbying group London First, evaluates whether this could help the opinion to build another runway.



    A Dubai-based company, London Gateway, today seeks to restore some of London's former glory as the centre of world trade, with the opening of the first major port development in the area in nearly 100 years. The BBC's business correspondent Justin Rowlatt reports. Mohammed Sharaf, group CEO of DP World, discusses the new port.



    The paper review.



    Today the first authorised biography of the American writer Norman Mailer is published, by his friend and literary executor Mike Lennon. He and Sarah Churchwell, professor of American literature at the University of East Anglia, speak to the Today programme's Evan Davis.



    Thought for the day with the Reverend Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James Piccadilly.



    The deaths of hundreds of migrants off the Italian island of Lampedusa last month has led to calls for EU level action to help those who risk their lives crossing the Mediterranean. Cecilia Malstrom, EU commissioner for home affairs, analyses what can be done to protect national borders.



    Today, the heads of the three UK intelligence agencies will be publicly grilled by MPs on the Intelligence and Security Committee. Glenn Greenwald, former Guardian journalist, and Sir David Omand, visiting professor at the war studies department of King's College London and former director of GCHQ, debate the power of the committee.



    A statue of Alfred Russel Wallace, the co-author of the theory of evolution, will be unveiled this evening by Sir David Attenborough on the 100th anniversary of his death. Bill Bailey, comedian and patron of the Wallace Fund, discusses the naturalists influence. 



    The government has launched a project to sequence the genomes of 100,000 NHS patients, anonymising their genetic and medical data, to provide a valuable dataset available only to researchers. Professor George Church, professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, evaluates the data's value.



    Business news with Simon Jack.



    BAE Systems are to end shipbuilding altogether at Portsmouth, while keeping Govan in Scotland open. Sir Nick Harvey, Liberal Democrat MP for North Devon and former MOD minister from 2010-2012, discusses the closure.



    One of the most famous names in American sports is coming under growing pressure to ditch its 80-year-old nickname, the 'Redskins,' by those who say the word is insulting to the country's Native American population. David Wilis, the BBC's California correspondent, reports.



    Is there still potential for an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement in the Middle East? Earlier this year the US Secretary of State John Kerry warned that time is running out. Robi Damelin and Basswam Aramin, who are both members of the parents circle, and lost children to the conflict, speak to the Today programme's Justin Webb.

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