Today With Sean O Rourke Friday 4 October 2013
The death of over 300 African migrants off the coast of Italy yesterday morning when their boat capsized less than a kilometre off the coast of the island of Lampedusa is just the latest tragedy as wave after wave of people from the war torn territories of Africa attempt to escape their fate in increasingly risky ways.
From Eritrea, to Somalia, Syria or other war torn or desolate areas, even the prospect of drowning, starvation or eventual arrival at refugee internment camps in southern Europe is preferable for many to remaining in their homeland.
Andrew Harding is the BBC News Africa Correspondent and he spoke to Sean.
Landlord and Tenants
Last Wednesday on this programme we heard how the recent increase in demand for housing in parts of Dublin has allowed landlords to become increasingly choosy about who they will accept, or not accept, as tenants.
"No rent allowance" and "no students" are now commonplace pre-conditions that prospective tenants are met with.
Paddy O'Gorman spoke with tenants queuing to view flats to let and we also heard from students and welfare recipients who were understandably critical of the landlords who are refusing them accommodation.
Well that programme got a strong reaction from landlords in the Dublin area who contacted us to say that landlords can get a hard time of it from tenants, too. Sean spoke with Fintan McNamara of the Landlords Association of Ireland and with Paddy O'Gorman.
History has it that the role of women in Nazi Germany was to be the perfect Hausfrau, produce the next Aryan generation and be a loyal cheerleader for the Fuhrer. Then they became the ‘Rubble Women’, as they cleared and tidied their ruined country to get it back on its feet. They were Germany’s heroines. The few women tried and convicted after the war were simply the evil aberrations that proved this rule. However, the true extent of the role of women in the Nazi killing fields has been hidden for seventy years. In her new book, Hitler’s
Furies, Wendy Lower reveals an altogether different story, which shows that genocide is women’s business as well as men’s and that, in ignoring women’s culpability, we have ignored the reality of the Holocaust.
Hitler's Furies German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields By Wendy Lower (Published by Chatto and Windus for approx. €27 in hardback).