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Would you change your skin colour?

Richard Bowen | 11:14 UK time, Monday, 8 January 2007

We've had this suggestion from one of our colleagues from Five Live about skin bleaching. A couple from London have been sent to prison and fined for selling illegal skin whitening products. And there's clearly a massive market for these products around the world. We're going to try and find out why, and ask if there's anything wrong with changing your skin colour.

Reading online there's no shortage of people prepared to argue against it and we're definitely going to hear from them, but we also want to hear from you if you're one of the millions of people who whiten their skin. Give us your perspective.


This came in from Hisham:
'A Moroccan magazine that has been bannned for having published jokes dealing with God and Religion (the magazine is called "Nichane"). Two journalists are being prosecuted and they could be sentenced up to FIVE YEARS! I'm a Moroccan myself, and I was completely angered and saddened by this story... I am not surprised though, since I know the kind of regime that rules Morocco.

So I was hoping that you could help me talk about it and share my views with your listeners.'

Of course we will Hisham. What you can and can't say about religions, especially Islam, has been one of the most passionately debated issues that's been raised oin WHYS since we started. there's no doubt many of you still have an appetite to discuss the issue still further.

If you're in Morocco give us your take on this case, and wherever you are, are there some jokes about religion which are unacceptable? This website details the jokes that some of you in Morocco find offensive. If you think you'll be offended then don't click here.

This was the first headline I heard this morning.... Police have fired tear gas and used batons to disperse stone-throwing protesters amid a second day of violence in the Bangladeshi capital. We're going to try and understand why the protestors are on the street and whether people in Dhaka support them.


From David: Nancy Pelosi's comments might be a cue to ask 'what should the Democrats' position be on the Iraq war? Should they refuse to fund more troops for Iraq? See Gary Younge's column in today's Guardian:

2. Should Archbishop Wielgus have resigned?
After admitting to links to the Communist secret service during the Cold War the Archbishop of Warsaw, Stanislaw Wielgus, resigned just minutes before being confirmed in the post. The decision has split Poland. Does a point eventually come when Europe's old divisions can be forgotten?


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