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Archive for May, 2014

The Talmud

tomorrow morning (thursday 29th), 9.00-9.45am, on bbc radio 4 (shortened repeat tomorrow evening, 9.00-9.30pm)
the talmud (in the in our time series) (more…)

Christians in the Holy Land: Part 2

yesterday afternoon (monday 26th), 3.30-4.00pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710) (repeated from 9.30am on
christians in the holy land: 2. newcomers (in the heart and soul series) (2nd of 2 parts)
john laurenson starts the programme by reporting on israeli indifference not only to their own elderly but also to the good hardworking indian catholics whose christian mission and ministry is to look after them – not even giving them enough food to eat (one wonders that they manage to send any money home to their families in india) – a suffering and hardship which their christianity enables them to bear
as father tojy, the indian catholic chaplain in the holy land, says (at 0:01:00) …

“We have around 6,000 Indian Catholics working as care-givers, the working conditions are hard, and difficult. The [care-receivers], they are elderly people to look after, and some of them are very sick, mentally not sound, very hefty people, like 130 kg [20 stone], and old people like that, they can’t able to lift, such cases it is difficult. So some of the employers are very rude, and they don’t even give food for these employees, and they pay them the minimum what is required by the government and sometimes the very minimum they give for eating.
I think the spiritual services, attending the spiritual activities enable[s] them to cope with all the sufferings and hardships. Also, like they are doing it as a mission or ministry, caring for the abandoned, nobody to look after, no families …”

this israeli indifference to the elderly is confirmed (at 0:05:40) by father david neuhaus, catholic patriarchcal vicar …

“They come in, and this is very important to underline, they come in, particularly the Asian Christians, come in as loving hands, because they come in as care-givers, our rich people don’t take care of their old people any more, nor of their sick people, nor of their handicapped …”

(already available at
bbc journalists seem to have worked out at last that the bbc’s middle east guidelines on balance do not apply to religious programmes, and no balance is required when reporting on how much worse israeli jews are than christians!

Sunday: Pope Francis in Israel

last sunday morning (25th may), 7.10-7.55am, on bbc radio 4
sunday includes (0:00:00-0:08:00 and 0:31:55-0:43:30) …

“As Pope Francis continues his three day pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Samira Ahmed asks if his trip will go any way to revitalising the peace process there?
The current state of interfaith relationships in Israel and the West Bank is discussed by Mohammed Dajani, Founder Wasatia Movement, Rabbi David Rosen, Director of Inter-religious Affairs at the American Jewish Committee, and Rev Father David Neuhaus, Latin Patriarchal Vicar.”


The Walter Benjamin broadcasts

tomorrow evening (saturday 24th), 8.00-9.00pm, on bbc radio 4
the benjamin broadcasts (in the archive on 4 series) (more…)

Woolf in the Jungle

tomorrow morning (thursday 22nd), 11.30am-12.00, on bbc radio 4
woolf in the jungle (more…)

Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism

tomorrow afternoon (wednesday 21st), 4.00-4.30pm, on bbc radio 4
islamophobia and anti-semitism (in the thinking allowed series) includes …

“Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism – similarities and differences.
Comparisons of anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim sentiment are strikingly absent in British accounts of race and racism.
Laurie Taylor talks about a new study which attempts to remedy this omission with Nasar Meer, Reader in Comparative Social Policy at Strathclyde University, and contributor to Racialization and Religion: Race, Culture and Difference in the Study of Antisemitism and Islamophobia.
They’re joined by Rumy Hasan, Senior Lecturer at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research at the University of Sussex, and author of Dangerous Liaisons: The Clash Between Islamism and Zionism.”


Claudia Roden: Outlook

this evening (tuesday 20th), 10.15-10.25pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
outlook includes bbc food programme presenter sheila dillon interviewing claudia roden (more…)

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