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Tuesday night on air . . .

Paul Coletti | 17:35 UK time, Tuesday, 31 October 2006

Tonight we're discussing the Pakistan airstrike, the extent of the internet's influence and a topic based on an idea sent in by esteemed listeners Ron and Stefano: the most dangerous cities in the world.

Pakistan airstrike

Rakshanda: “Today in Peshawar there was different reaction from different groups. This is not new – it happened earlier. Last time Mr Bush visited 40 were killed. This time it’s Prince Charles. The whole issue of terrorism is not presented clearly to the world.”

Etahab is a journo with the Herald in Peshawar: “The area attacked is in the federally administered tribal areas. The government has made several agreements with militants in the area, but reports from Waziristan suggest there are still training camps for militants. If this was a training facility then why did the government release 9 people 8 days ago? Why sign agreements with them?”

A text has just come in:

Nadia: “There were 70-80 students that died. From day one Musharraf made an effort to stay with the Americans. He understands where the West is coming from but is making the situation worse.”

Obaid: “We should look at the ground reality. Believe me 99.9% of the people said the dead were kids. You have created another 80,000 sympathisers with the Taleban. We have to have diplomacy. Prince Charles has nothing to do with policy-making. Fault intelligence could be to blame.”

Caller Khan in Afghanistan
“There should be more of these operations. The madrassas brainwash young men into committing suicide attacks in Afghanistan.”

More texts on this topic:
“Well done President Musharaf. The only way to deal with militants is to tackle from the base.”

“The madrassa are a breeding ground of militants and the army is correct to act accordingly. Job well done. Terrorists must not be given a chance to do more.”

“The attack shows that Musharraf and his backers are out to kill Islam. But they will fail as those before them. The best way to fight terror is to stop the West's double standards.”

Internet influence

Neil Doyle: “The internet is having a growing influence.

Iain Dale: “UK Blogging is lagging behind the US. I understand that there are more bloggers in Iran than elsewhere in the world. The internet is now the primary news source. Especially if you’re young . . if you’re 18 – 25 you don’t buy a newspaper anymore.”

Harry MacDougald better known as Buckhead in internet lore, knows a thing or two about the web’s power: “The MSM influence is steadily declining.”

Daniel: “The stuff you’re seeing is smear campaigns. You never know what is factual. It’s a democratic force for getting information out. Now I can get news from all over the world.”

Iain Dale: “The internet is breaking down the old media elites. The media is empowering the little people. If somebody says something you think is wrong, you have the opportunity to correct it.”

“Whats the issue? the net is the only place you can double check with a double click. duh.” discovalue in france.

“Ever since the internet came on board d world has never been the same it has bedevilled the world & has destroyed many youths.”
Beno, Nigeria

Ali is in Iran where a crackdown on internet broadband is coming soon: “I can get access, the restrictions are not yet implemented. Blogs here are popular especially with the young. This is a very good approach.”

Text from Africa
“The Internet has totally spoiled our African values.”

Harry: “The reader has a responsibility to apply their critical faculties to the information they read.”

Caller Amin from Nigeria
“The internet is the most wonderful thing that happened on the globe. It brings the world together. And in Nigeria it has helped to uncover corruption.”

Two texts just in:
“The internet is for only the rich countries.”
Iam Otai Mbale, Uganda

“The internet has its advantages & disadvantages. However the bad side seems to be having the upper hand. I take the good & leave the bad.”
Gideon Unom, Nigeria.

Harry MacDougald: “I will be using the internet to keep up with events.”

Iain Dale who blogs here : “The web can make a difference in marginal constituencies. The bloggers already have had an influence.”

Harry has the final word with a compliment for “the lovely” Karnegie Sharp.

Texts are flying in:
“I'm not a user of internet but i understand its effect and importance to those who wouldn't have expressed themselves in any other way.”
Nur, Kenya

The internet has been of tremendious help in my academic life enabling me 2 access any info i need.especially the recent discovery.

Most of the problem with the internet is the incompleteness of the information & that lead many people astray.
Joseph Ataboh (nigeria).

Why all d fuss about d internet like it is divine,it's just another form of media subject to bias,misinformation and corruption.
Maibe Abbas from Kaduna, Nigeria .

Dangerous cities

A couple of texts just in before we’ve even got started:
“Nairobi is definitely the most risky city on earth. Consider the number of robbed plus other residents and the security minister.”

“I've never really experienced personal crime, but I do remember a night I was walking home and I noticed a shadow stalking me from my side, so i RAN in middle of the highway screaming and swearing top of my lungs. I didnt get mugged but managed to get a lift back home safely =)”
Arin, Nairobi

Lereiya is in Kingston, Jamaica: “If you’re on a bus you could be shot or firebombed. I had a friend who died last week in Rockport. You’re not safe living in Kingston.”

Mariana: “In Colombia we suffer from the same stereotypes. Bogota is not that bad. We have some dramatic problems of course. The social inequity and the drugs are problems. They are a world concern.”

Dan is in Detroit: “Detroit’s had a false bad rap just like St. Louis. The crime . . yes it exists but not on that grand scale. Just recently we hosted the baseball play-offs. Our fans were not rowdy.That echoes the embodiment of Detroit. We’re working very hard to repair any damage we’ve suffered from race riots.”

Final word of the night goes to caller Kira who says:
“I work in security in Kingston, Jamaica. Although it is a violent city, the crime rate has been cut 25% since last year, and the government is working hard on cutting crime.”

That’s it for tonight folks. Sleep tight!


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