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gun laws and a T Rex skeleton that's hit the road. That's all coming up

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in Reporters. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. With me are

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Yasmin Alibhai`Brown, columnist from the Independent and Matthew Green,

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journalist and author. Tomorrow's front pages, starting with: The

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Observer claims that thousands in a district of Damascus are running out

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of food ` leading to relief agencies declaring it a crisis that is

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"unprecedented in living memory". The Independent on Sunday has a

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special report on mounting concern at global food security, claiming

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the World is on the brink of a Wheat Crisis. An exclusive from The Mail

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On Sunday on a businessman, appointed by David Cameron, to head

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a quango step downs after it was disclosed that he was bankrupt. The

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Sunday Telegraph leads is how Ofsted are looking at putting at least six

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Birmingham schools into special measures. And the Sunday Times

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claims that senior Labour figures are concerned that basing an

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election strategy around the "cost of living crisis" may lead to the

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party looking like a "one trick pony". So, let's begin. Matthew, we

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are looking at the Observer first of all. Syria back on the front pages.

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We have shone a light on a terrible story were 18,000 people in a

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refugee camp are about to run out of food. That is because the Syrian

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government is not allowing the UN to get in there and deliver the food

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that is needed. These are Palestinian refugees. This was one

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of the most exemplary refugee camps for Palestinians who had nowhere to

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go. How they have now become the enemy I cannot understand. Assad was

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immensely proud of the way he treated Palestinians and now these

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children are about to starve to death. Do you think that while the

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situation is seen to be desperate, people are getting weary and that is

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why it has dropped off of the front pages? We cannot get like that. The

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various things that are going on, we cannot even call ourselves human

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beings if we let this not be a complete blot on the human

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conscience. I cannot understand how we have let this go though well done

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the Observer for pointing it out. Up until fairly recently there were

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hopes that the US government and the Russian president would cooperate to

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some extent. Also Putin has been supporting Assad four as far as we

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know. I live in an area where there is a street where you have got

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pro`Assad Syrians including the in`laws and all those who are losing

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people everyday. It is unreadable to walk on that street now. Do you

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think the lack of progress on sanctions in Syria and Ukraine, is

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this a parallel to draw? That is a really good question. I think the

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West feels quite helpless in terms of what else can they do? Russia has

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played a very clever game in both situations. We have seen the US

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outmanoeuvred and outclassed by Russian direct force for action.

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Also public opinion in our country and the US will not stand for

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intervention. Staying with the Observer, there are other story

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about the Labour Party looking at raising national insurance. It is

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not a small rise? This is an interesting idea. I do think it is

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time for Labour to come out with am very tangible policy ideas which are

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good in themselves and help voters decide which way to vote. The

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suggestion is, I think it is the really good idea, increased national

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insurance should be paid into a pot which is sealed off for the National

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Health Service and our key challenges especially as people get

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older. It is for now other purpose than that. `` care. People still see

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it as the tax and a big increase in tax? Yes, but the NHS has such a

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place in the British heart that people will be willing to do that. I

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think they will and everybody is very worried that back door

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privatisation is coming in so we have a choice. Either we will have

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to pay for services every time they use them, we will see what happens

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when that is the system as we see in America. Or we do put into a pot for

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this thing which is for all of ours. I think it is an interesting idea.

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The Sunday Telegraph talks about the Trojan horse project. The suggestion

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is that at least six Birmingham schools are at the centre of the

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alleged Islamic takeover plot, they are set to be placed in special

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measures. Six, and there were many more being looked at, one senses

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this is the start of this. It sounds like these six may be the ones with

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the most obvious problems. It does seem very much like the start of the

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more orchestrated move. I think this is very interesting. Ofsted did

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inspect all of these schools not that long ago. The political story

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has changed now and I personally think there is something going on in

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Birmingham and baby if other schools around the country and we do need to

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look at it. I have two problems with this. `` previous. `` various other

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schools. There is an expert on terrorism and extremism which is not

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what you need, you need a very sober person who understands education to

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look into this. That is his job title. We do not know. But behind

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all of this is the role Saudi Arabia is playing in all of these things,

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the education that is being promoted in state schools and private Islamic

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schools. Even in student societies in universities. There is a big

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Saudi project in our government. Death is a symptom of something much

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bigger. Do you agree? `` this is a symptom. I was working in Pakistan

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until recently and I know diplomats and security officials there were

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very concerned that money being raised in Britain is being used to

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finance militant organisations carrying attacks out in Pakistan.

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Clearly it needs to be taken very seriously and looked at carefully

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but also sensitively. The extremism, terrorism, it is the

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education. Education in Pakistan has become more and more die hard and

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hardline as the result of the Saudi politics. We can discuss that more

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in the second round. I want to get back to the Sunday Times. Human

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trafficking. The most senior person at the Vatican. It says grandmother

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but she is a professor. Pope Francis has been taken on the social agenda

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crime to make an impact on these kinds of problems. The church in

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Britain has been playing an active role in trying to help with this

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problem. Nuns have been helping the police dealing with rape victims and

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going on operations to rescue some of these poor women who get traffic.

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I think it is the continuation of that policy that Pope Francis is

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adopting. I am pleased and I agree there was no reason to call her

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granny, she is the Fester and has obviously been selected because she

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has the lot of expertise. `` she is professor. I think it is great she

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is 71, age is often missed off because of ageism. And what about

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this story, the hero on the ferry. She seems to have waded through

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chest deep water to get other passengers out. I guess a small

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tragedy in itself but given the vast scale of this disaster. We are

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saying today it could take up to two months. There is also another story

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where 117`year`old passenger died after giving his life vest to a

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drowning friend. There are stories of selflessness. `` the 17`year`old.

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The ferry and the tragedy is taking a much lower priority for the

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newspapers this Sunday. We have also had that big story about the missing

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plane for so long. Looking at it from a cynical editorial

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perspective, how much appetite is there for disaster after disaster?

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Some of the inside ages talking about the significance of Easter

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Sunday. I know you will both be back at half past 11. That's it for The

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Papers this hour. Thank you Matthew Green and Yasmin Alibhai`Brown,

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you'll both be back at half eleven for another look at the stories

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making the news tomorrow. Coming up next, Reporters.

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