Archives for March 2011

Ivory Coast: Is all-out war inevitable?

Africa HYS team | 12:01 UK time, Thursday, 31 March 2011

Forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara have taken the key cocoa-exporting port of San Pedro as well as the country's capital of Yamoussoukro. 

Pro-Ouattarra forces

 

The way is now open for forces to advance on Abidjan, which is less than three hours away along the country's only major highway.

The UN, which recognises Mr Ouattara as winner of November's election, has voted to impose a travel ban and assets freeze on Mr Gbagbo, his wife Simone and three of his closest associates.

A BBC reporter says Mr Gbagbo's army now only controls about a quarter of the country.

So is an all-out war inevitable? Is it too late for talking or can a diplomatic solution prevent the city of Abidjan from becoming a violent battleground?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Thursday 1 April at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

Is traditional medicine properly policed?

Africa HYS team | 12:50 UK time, Tuesday, 29 March 2011

A Tanzanian pastor has asked people to stop going to his remote home for a "miracle cure" after thousands flocked there, causing chaos in the surrounding area.

Former Reverend Ambilikile Mwasapile (BBC)  

 

As word has spread in the past month of the pastor's supposed ability to cure any ailments, some people have even been taken out of hospital by their relatives who believe they are more likely to be cured by the pastor.

Some of these have died before seeing him, while others are reported to have died after taking his concoction.

Belief in the powers of traditional healers are widespread in Tanzania, and elsewhere on the continent.

Was Tanzania's Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda right not to stop the pastor's activities?  Is traditional medicine properly regulated where you are? Do you have faith in traditional medicine?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Wednesday 30 March at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

When is sport more than just a game?

Charlotte Attwood | 17:02 UK time, Monday, 28 March 2011

On Tuesday Ghana's Black Stars play an international friendly against England at Wembley. What would a victory for Ghana mean to the fans?

 

India is also playing Pakistan at cricket on Wednesday. This comes as peace talks are revived between the troubled neighbours. Does sport smooth the way for politics and business?

When do non sporting issues affect a sporting fixture? Are we expecting too much of our sportsmen and women to think they'll get involved in politics? When has it been more than just a game for you?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Tuesday 29 March at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

Are mixed gender schools distracting?

Africa HYS team | 17:00 UK time, Wednesday, 23 March 2011

A growing number of schools in Cape Town, South Africa are opting to separate boys from girls in an effort to improve their academic performance.

South African school children

 

Do you think children at mixed schools are too easily distracted from their work?

Did you go to a mixed or single gender school and what effect did it have on you?

Does mixing with the opposite sex in school better prepare youngsters for life outside, or does it just get in the way of effective study?   

We would like to hear your experiences and thoughts.

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Thursday 24th March at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

Should foreign forces have intervened in Libya?

Charlotte Attwood | 18:28 UK time, Tuesday, 22 March 2011

As air strikes continue in Libya we're asking what you think of the international intervention?

The leaders of several African countries have condemned the air strikes. Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has accused the West of double standards wondering why they've intervened in Libya and not elsewhere?

He was one of five African Union leaders whose task was to find a solution to the crisis. Their mission to Tripoli was called off when the air strikes began. Do you think the AU should have taken the lead on this or have they just missed their chance?

If you agree with this intervention, how far do you think it should go?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Wednesday 22 March at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

 

Your questions to President Kagame

Charlotte Attwood | 14:31 UK time, Monday, 21 March 2011

In a special edition of Africa Have Your Say, Rwanda's President Paul Kagame will be answering your questions live on air, on Tuesday 22 March at 1600 GMT.

 

   

Paul Kagame has been in control of Rwanda since his rebel army ended the genocide in 1994.

To his admirers he is an economic visionary but his critics say he has put development before democracy and political freedom.

Who do you agree with? What are his views on the air strikes on Libya and the civil unrest in Ivory Coast? What are your questions for President Kagame?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Tuesday 22 March at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

Ivory Coast: survivor stories

Africa HYS team | 17:39 UK time, Wednesday, 16 March 2011

As the violence in Ivory Coast increases and the security situation becomes more unpredictable, we want to hear from Ivorians, and migrant workers who have fled the country, or who are still there. How are you coping with your day-to-day life?

opposition protesters fleeing  

If you are from elsewhere in Africa, but have experienced a civil war situation, what advice could you give to those caught up in the current crisis? Are the international bodies assisting or failing in their mission?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Thursday 17 March at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

Should African governments downgrade HIV/Aids?

AfricaHYS Team | 16:31 UK time, Tuesday, 15 March 2011

 HIV/Aids continues to affect millions across the continent. But at the same time a lot more people have access to free antiretroviral  treatment, as doctors and campaigners strive to break the increasing rate of new infections.
 
 
  


The UNAIDS  Deputy Executive Director, Paul De Lay, says they are concerned about the long-term sustainability of access to affordable HIV treatment and wants governments to step up efforts to ensure more people have access to medicines.

Critics,however argue that HIV/ Aids has stabilised in most regions and prioritising its funding is hurting other public health issues.

One blogger has written ''the Aids industry is now booming and more people are making a living from HIV than actually dying from it.''

Do you agree? What is the situation in your country? Does HIV/Aids take a huge chunk of your health budget? How does funding for other health issues compare?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on  Wednesday 16 March at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

Is the Libyan revolution dying?

BBC Africa HYS Team | 15:01 UK time, Monday, 14 March 2011

It has been a painful week for the revolutionaries trying to topple the long-serving Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. 

anti-Gaddafi protest in Benghazi
They have been steadily losing ground as Colonel Gaddafi's forces ramp up the pressure to quash the uprising, which has engulfed large parts of the country over the past weeks.
Despite the Arab League's endorsement of a no fly zone as requested by the rebels, it is still uncertain whether any action will be taken to implement it.

Meanwhile, the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan last week have switched international attention away from Libya, removing Colonel Gaddafi's regime and its actions from the focused glare of the international media.

So as the tide turns, is Libya's revolution dying? Is Colonel Gaddafi bringing the rebellion under control? Were the revolutionaries over-ambitious to start with? Can the world afford to allow the rebellion to fizzle out? Does it matter if the Libyan regime regains control over the entire country? 

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Tuesday 15 March at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

Does the ICC disrupt peace efforts?

Africa HYS team | 10:25 UK time, Thursday, 10 March 2011

 

Does the pursuit of justice sometimes gets in the way of peace?

 

Kenya violence in 2008   

The International Criminal Court has summoned six high profile Kenyans accused of orchestrating the violence that followed the disputed 2007 elections.

The Africa Union is backing the Kenyan government's request to the United Nations Security Council for the ICC to defer the trial. The government argues, that with a new constitution in place, it will set up a local tribunal to try them. They say sending the six to the Hague could threaten the stability of the country.

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir is also wanted in The Hague. But some African leaders argue that arresting him could destabilise Sudan and the East African region. 

Do you think that the pursuit of justice can hinder peace efforts? Or should it be pursued at all costs? Is justice delayed really justice denied?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Thursday 10 March at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

Have African leaders become addicted to power?

BBC Africa HYS Team | 14:23 UK time, Wednesday, 9 March 2011

In Libya, Colonel Muamar Gaddafi is refusing to give up power after more than four decades in charge of the north African country.

The revolt against his 42-year rule is now well into its third week.  It comes in the wake of uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, whose presidents were forced from power after mass street demonstrations.

Meanwhile in Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo is caught up in a stalemate after he was sworn in as president, despite the country's UN-backed Electoral Commission declaring his rival as the winner of November's poll.  

So what makes some leaders cling on to power at all costs? Does power become an obsession? How can it be checked?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Wednesday 9th of March at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published. 

Are Africa's regional bodies useless?

BBC Africa HYS Team | 17:27 UK time, Monday, 7 March 2011

The African Union with the United Nations are sending missions to Libya to assess the situation there, as more violence is reported across the north African country.

ivory coast violence
The current political crises in North Africa as well as the return to violence in Ivory Coast has put a spotlight on the role played by continental bodies such as the AU.

The AU in particular has come under heavy critcism for perceived inaction over the Libyan crisis in particular as well as its less than robust stance on the deteriorating security situation in Ivory Coast. 

How should the AU and other regional bodies handle the current crises in the continent? Should decisions about peace and security be made by regional bodies and not the AU? Do you trust the AU? Do you think it is fit for purpose?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Tuesday 8 March at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

Tunisia, Egypt: Is the transition working?

BBC Africa HYS Team | 12:20 UK time, Thursday, 3 March 2011

Several weeks have passed since the long-serving regimes in Tunisia and Egypt were deposed through popular protests.

Though no clear deadline has emerged for new elections, the transitional authorities in both countries are under sustained public pressure to implement changes.

These include constitutional reforms leading to a new government in the shortest possible time. In the meantime protests have continued in Tunisia and Egypt to press home the need for reform.

If you are in a country undergoing transition, are you satisfied with how it's being managed so far? Who should oversee a transitional process after major political upheaval? Should it be managed internally or externally? What input should the public have during a transition process.

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Thursday 3 March at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published. 

Does Ivory Coast need a new strategy?

AfricaHYS Team | 15:35 UK time, Tuesday, 1 March 2011

 

As the international community focuses on the crisis in Libya, the situation in Ivory Coast threatens to degenerate.

 The United Nations has warned that Ivory Coast is on the brink of a new civil war, as post-election violence spreads from Abidjan to other areas. Yesterday, Laurent Gbagbo extended a curfew in the two Abidjan neighbourhoods of Abobo and Anyama following fighting between his supporters and those of his rival Alassane Ouattara.  

The African Union panel led initiative has so far failed to find a solution to the stalemate. So, what could provide a lasting solution for Ivory Coast? Is power sharing impossible?  Should the UN Security Council to get involved? Does Africa need a new approach to conflict resolution?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Wednesday 2 March at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

Do you support international intervention in Libya?

BBC Africa HYS Team | 13:43 UK time, Tuesday, 1 March 2011

 

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the US is leaving all its options on the table in dealing with Libya. Mrs Clinton did not discuss military options but she said that if Colonel  Muammar Gadaffi remained in power then the US would consider a range of options.

 The European Union has imposed sanctions including an arms embargo, the freezing of assets and a travel ban on Col Gaddafi.

Do you support international intervention in Libya?  If not, why not? If so what form should that take? Does Africa have a role to play? Should Libyans be left to resolve the unrest ? If you have any questions about the current situation in Libya, or would like to discuss what's going on LIVE on air on Tuesday 1st March  at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

 

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