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Paul Coletti | 17:52 UK time, Tuesday, 3 April 2007

Tonight we talked about a senior US politican's trip to Syria, Zimbabwe's strike that didn't happen and it's five years since the end of Angola's civil war. Our man in Angola, Leo Rochas, is in the country with a sat phone - we'll be finding out how Angolans are feeling.

Nancy PelosiNancy Goes to Syria.

Vanessa Heaney is the BBC’s reporter in Washington: “Nancy Pelosi’s visit is breaking the US boycott of Syria. President Bush says the visit sends mixed signals. The US withdrew its ambassador to Damascus in 2005. He also says Syria is allowing fighters into Iraq.”

Gary in California: “Syria is undermining the elected government of Lebanon. It isn’t just the Bush government who is opposing Syria. France joined the US in trying to put sanctions on Syria.”

We spoke earlier to Samir al Taki who works for Centre for Strategic Studies in Damascus. He is pleased with Nancy Pelosi’s visit.

Gary’s reaction: “I object to Pelosi going over there ‘cos all it does is provide a photo-op for a dictator. As long as they keep on supporting Hezbollah I’m not that interested in being friends. I wanna send a strong message that says you need to change your behaviour.”

Robert has called in: “I compare it to sending Jane Fonda to speak to the Vietnamese. Syria is a sponsor of terrorism. They are implicated in the assassination of the Lebanese PM.”

Neil in Detroit: “People are forgetting that three Republicans visited Syria. The only way we’re going to pull ourselves out of Iraq is by gaining broad support.”

Robert: “We have an elected office of the President. He has a Secretary of State who does diplomacy. If we allow Pelosi to delve into any area where will it end?”

We’re back from the news and going straight back into the Pelosi debate . . .

Bob has called in: “I agree with Nancy. Everything that this president has done is 180 degrees from what he should have done.”

Michael has called in: “How many times has Bush lied? Has there been anything that this man has done in an adult manner.”

George is in Germany: “If you engage with Syria you just give Syria more importance to promote their cause: their main objective is to push us out of the area. We’ve a long history there of trying to establish friendship.

Diana: “Nancy is the only legitimate US voice to address the middle east.”

Alan Johnston – three weeks in captivity
We’re hearing from people all round the world pay tribute to the BBC’s man in Gaza.

This is the link to the online petition for Alan Johston.

Zimbabwe: Were you Struck by the Strike?

Akwi is in Zimbabwe: “I stayed at home. But I went into town. It was normal. Everybody went to work. There wasn’t any strike. People should put their heads together and do something strong.”

Stanley is in Harare: “There is no impact at all. Zimbabweans are going about their lives normally. People scared to go out on the streets? It’s total nonsense. I have 65 employees and I had 100% attendance today.”

Angola: 27 years of war. 5 years of peace.

Rafael: “It’s a cause for celebration. 5 years after the peace people have demonstrated to the attainment of that dream. People were fed up with the war. There is peace now but what is becoming visible is what I call privatisation of the state. The economic growth is not trickling down to the people.”

San Sao: “We believe in the country. We still have our faith in the country. People want to stay. In the past people used to go to Portugal and other countries.”


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