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Peter van Dyk | 11:19 UK time, Thursday, 9 November 2006

Good morning, as you'll have read and/or heard, we're in Detroit today. Well, everyone else is - you may also have read that I'm holding the fort at Bush House while Mark, David, Rabiya, Ros and Richard travel the States. But I do have the pleasure of waking them up at 7am for the morning meeting.

Which we'll come to in a bit (about half an hour in fact). I'll blog the meeting here, but first, here's what we're thinking about: Election election election.

Actually, we will probably begin to drift away from the US midterms tioday, although if you want to talk about the Democrats' (apparent, almost) victory, tell me NOW.

Anyway, perhaps this piques your interest: A gay pride march in Jerusalem due to take place tomorrow is under threat due to opposition from ultra-orthodox Jews. The march has taken place for the past four years, but is apparently under pressure because Jerusalem is becoming more religious.

Also in Israel, or rather Gaza, we might take the temperature on a day of funerals following the deaths of 18 Palestinians from Israeli shelling on Wednesday.

Here's what the world had to say. What would you like to say?

Morning meeting

We're on the phone to Detroit - with Mark, David and Richard. And Bradley, a listener in Detroit.

The consensus from the team is that we shouldn't focus on the relations between Democrats and Republicans in Washington.

Bradley told us that a big issue in Detroit following the election is afirmative action after a ballot initiative banned the practice across the state.

The feeling is that that is a local issue in Detroit where we are, but one that gets a lot of people going across the US and around the world.

We talked about the other ballot initiatives across the country - banning gay marriage, raising the minimum wage are the main ones - but afirmative action in Michigan felt stronger because we are there.

Elsewhere in the world, we all agree that the only story muscling in on the US midterms is yesterday's deaths in Gaza.

The Detroit area is home to one of the biggest Arab-American communities in the country - but Israel-Palestine was not an issue at the election. In fact, there's no reason to think US policy will change on the conflict.

What do people in Detroit think of that status quo?

So that's what we'll be talking about today. Big thanks to Bradley in Detroit for the insider info on Michigan, we'll talk to you all as soon as you get in touch.


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