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Cricket and people's choice for ambassador

Kevin Anderson | 11:28 UK time, Friday, 25 August 2006

Pluto and CharonWe started off this week talking about the cricket controversy last weekend after an umpire penalised Pakistan for tampering with the ball. Pakistan is expected to learn hearing date today for their touring captain, Inzamam-ul-Haq, on charges of ball tampering and bringing the game into disrepute.

We might talk about that, and we have been asking you over the last two days about who you would nominate to be an ambassador for your country.

Anu saw this story about the debate over rape laws in Pakistan. An alliance of six religious parties in Pakistan has condemned the changes to Hudood ordinances as 'un-Islamic'. The Hudood ordinance dates from 1979 and imposes strict punishments for such crimes as rape, theft and adultery.

Siraju-ul-Haq, a senior member of the MMA alliance, told the BBC the government was "following a Western agenda to secularise Pakistan".

Some other stories I'm looking at as I warm myself over the nice warm glow of my laptop. Pluto loses its place in the planets. An online campaign to save Pluto? Looks like a backlash has begun. Here are some options for the ad campaign (scroll down below the ads). Or why not just blow it up?

Well, while looking around the internet for Pluto blog posts, I found this. Is the best way to fight terror antiterror? It's a provocative idea from Bruce Schneier, who writes about security and the technology of security. Everyone is a bit jumpy. There was another bomb hoax this morning.

Bruce says:

The point of terrorism is to cause terror, sometimes to further a political goal and sometimes out of sheer hatred. The people terrorists kill are not the targets; they are collateral damage. And blowing up planes, trains, markets or buses is not the goal; those are just tactics. The real targets of terrorism are the rest of us: the billions of us who are not killed but are terrorized because of the killing. The real point of terrorism is not the act itself, but our reaction to the act. And we're doing exactly what the terrorists want.

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