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Year two

Peter van Dyk | 09:13 UK time, Wednesday, 1 November 2006

Yesterday was our first birthday and we had a little celebration after the programme, which inevitably included much talk of how we've done - and what we do next.

We're each going to come up with some ideas for where we want the programme to be in a year's time. Of course, you can help by sending your ideas.

But on to today - first up, the death of PW Botha.

The apartheid-era South African prime minister has been getting some of the least-complimentary (most honest?) obituaries I can remember, but leave it to Nelson Mandela to find the silver lining. Is the former president generous to a fault on this occassion?

The BBC correspondent suggested that the muted response to the death is a sign of how far South Africa has come in the past decade and a half. Will that be tested when it comes time for the state funeral he is due to get as a former president? Should someone who refused to embrace the new South Africa receive such an honour? Post your comment here or join the debate online.

Elsewhere, Peter Simpson of the Daily Telegraph has become the first British journalist to report from Pyonyang since North Korea's nuclear test. According to the paper, he witnessed "a defiant people locked in a time-warp". Would you like us to try to get him on the programme to take your questions about what he saw?

In the US, John Kerry appears to be trying to shore up the Republican vote on Tuesday. Hard to talk about the gaffe since it leaves me speechless.

And here in London, we discovered yesterday that a convicted terrorist had a job doing maintenance on the Tube. Mohammed Kamel Mostafa, 25, the son of jailed Islamic cleric Abu Hamza, was jailed for three years in Yemen in 1999 for plotting a bombing campaign.

Depending on who you read, the mayor, Ken Livingstone, backed him or called for stronger checks.

How far can we go in keeping public transport safe? Evidently, there is room for improvement in London. What about France? There, 72 Muslim workers have been barred from the main airport in Paris because they have been deemed security risks.

And what about the story of Egyptian bloggers publicising assaults on women? It's the talk of Cairo, apparently, and uncovers lots of issues: sexual harrassment,womens rights, mass unemployment, etc. It's an ongoing problem, as this report from last year shows.

And, what about returning to our yesterdayviolent cities item from ? It prompted quite a response from you - do you want to tell us about crime and public safety where you live?

In another follow-up to a previous programme, a name-change afoot in India, where Bangalore, India's call-centre capital, is changing its name to Bengaluru, in the latest move to shed the linguistic legacies of colonial rule.


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