Research Dossiers

RJM, la Radio Juive de Marseille

Interview des animateurs Claude Allali et Jean-Jacques Zenou de la Radio Juive de Marseille RJM.
Marseille Jewish Radio answers WRW's questions - Meet two of their anchors...
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Opus Dei


John-Paul II, who died on April 2nd 2005, was a great supporter of Opus Dei: he established Opus Dei as a "personal prelature" on November 28, 1982.

You must have heard of Opus Dei in a conversation without really knowing what it is. This word sounds mysterious and its use by the media makes it even more enigmatic. It appears to most of us to be some secret brotherhood that allegedly acts on the world like a fifth column; that is to say they are said to have power and influence over rulers or people who make decisions without doing so in an official way. A lot of assertions about Opus Dei have been exaggerated, but as we say there is no "smoke without fire" and if some wild allegations have been made about it, there are perhaps some good reasons for doing so. Talking in a thorough way about this organization is quite a wager, there are so many articles, books, reports extant on the topic. That is why we will do no more here than try to expose the main facts and controversies at issue.


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Bioethics and the Religions

The progress of technology and its application to medical sciences have raised questions about the meaning of such practices. When doctors find out the secrets of life and use them to change the so-called immutable order of reproduction, they act as if they had god-like powers. Especially when human beings are concerned and threatened, the need of ethics becomes urgent. Events such as the cloning of Dolly the sheep have made people think and fear. As it is highly difficult to elaborate secular bioethics (criteria are always polemical), ethics committees ask religious authorities to give advices and point of views. We would to see how various religions react to the problem of bioethics, what are their agreements and disagreements, and whether it is a way for them to recover a role in the public debate.


The Media and the Rwanda genocide

(Photo by Sebastio Salgado, Life magazine. Rwandans observe the piles of their dead countrymen.)

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda photo-journalist Nick Danziger visited the country with the BBC's Panorama team: Flora Mukampore says she lay unconscious for weeks under dead bodies until some children found her. Here, she stands in between two of her dead sister's children. Seventeen members of her family were killed in the genocide


I- Information and propaganda during the genocide.

II- The collusion of western powers.

III- New upsurge of controversy over responsibility.

Conclusion: never again?

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