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Burmese rubies, Indian monkeys and mixed-faith schools

Fiona Crack | 09:35 UK time, Monday, 22 October 2007

Debbie Stothard, of the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma, says that Burmese rubies are "red with the blood of young people." Are rubies from Burma the new African blood diamonds? British jewellers been accused of propping up the military dictatorship in Burma by trading in jems sourced from the country.

We talked a lot about Burma on World Have Your Say a few weeks ago, is it time to return and see how are contributors are doing there. And what they think about this new angle.

The Indian press is full of stories about monkey menaces. A wild monkey is blamed for attacking a senior government official who then fell from his balcony and died on Sunday. City officials in Delhi have tried, without success, to deal with the urban monkeys. What should be done about the modern blight?

The Max Rayne school in Jerusalem opened yesterday. In a city divided by religious differences, here is a school where pupils, principals and teachers are from the Jewish and Arab communities.

Should children in segregated communities be educated together? Is education is the key to future understanding and peace. Could the mixed-race schools of Northern Ireland teach other countries how to broker understanding?

Pressure grows on the Turkey/Iraq border. The Turkish government is weighing calls for action against international pressure for restraint, after Kurdish separatist fighters killed 17 Turkish soldiers and captured several more. Leaders have previously said they will not tolerate Kurdish rebel attacks from neighbouring Iraq and will do whatever is necessary to stop them.

Are you in the vicinity? What do you want to see happen?

And it's election season. This weekend we've had Swiss and Polish votes and it's Australia' s turn next. Did you vote? We want to hear from you.

And I liked this in the Sunday papers. The violin man who busked his way round the world. He walked to his local London tube station and through his playing in the streets, funded his travel and living expenses. He says it was most difficult to get people to put their hands in the pockets in Berlin. I'd like to hear what he thought of the world's passer-by's. Do you

And Aussies have been told to cut down on beef burgers and turn instead to Kangaroo stew, all for the good of the planet. Should they eat their national symbol? Would you?


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