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Monday: Lots to talk about

David Mazower | 09:39 UK time, Monday, 13 November 2006

It's James here, feeling like the technological world is conspiring against me. The train sat in the tunnel on the way to work, then the lifts weren't working, and now my computer seems to think that it is still Sunday. But it's definitely Monday, and the WHYS team is back in the Bush House HQ after a very successful trip to the US last week.

There's plenty to talk about today. As usual, you can let us know what you think should be in the show this evening - perhaps some of the stories here, something else you've seen, or an underreported story from your part of the world. Post your thoughts to the blog.

First up today, an issue that always gets a big response - a cross-cultural group of 20 prominent world figures has called for urgent efforts to heal the growing divide between Muslim and Western societies.

Do you think that this divide is an important issue? What do you think can be done to bring the two together? Or do most Muslims and people in the West have more in common than we think? Post your thoughts here, or join our online debate.


The White House has indicated it will consider talking to Iran and Syria about the future of Iraq. The call is set to be echoed by the British Prime Minsiter Tony Blair.

Should there be a dialogue? What do these countries have to offer? We'd love to hear from Iranians and Syrians. Join the debate online, or post your views here on the blog.


Today marks five years since the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan. Back then, there was jubilation and hope, but a new report suggests that there has been a four-fold rise this year in the number of people killed in the conflict, as Western troops battle a resurgent Taliban. Almost 4,000 people have lost their lives this year, a quarter of them civilians.

Is this a sign that Western tactics in Afghanistan are not working? What's the solution - more troops to "do the job properly," or pull out now? How much responsibility do Afghanistan's neighbours, such as Pakistan, bear for the current situation and any likely solution.

The BBC's Alastair Leithead has just returned from spending 9 days embedded with British troops in Southern Afghanistan. We were hoping to have him no the show on Friday, perhaps we could try him again today. Would you like to put your questions to him about what he saw and the reality on the ground in Afganistan?


On Sunday, the British Finance Minister Gordon Brown said the fight against terrorrism would be his number one priority if he became prime minister. Today he's backed calls for tougher anti-terror laws, including extending the amount of time terror suspects can be held without charge.

Do you think terrorism is the greatest threat facing your country, or the world, today? It's certainly one of the scariest, but many more people lose their lives in car accidents, or due to smoking related diseases. Is the threat of terrorism over-stated? Should we be worrying more about issues like climate change, obesity, or road safety?


And finally this story may be exercising Cornwall's favorite son, our presenter Ros. The neighbouring county of Devon is claiming to have invented one of Cornwall's most famous and lucrative exports - the Cornish pasty. Outrageous! You can make pledges to the Fund for the Protection of Cornish Cultural Heritage on the blog below.

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