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Turkey, a fatter world, armed teachers.....and more

Fiona Crack | 09:26 UK time, Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Troops are massing on the boarder but Turkey says it will exhaust all diplomatic solutions before sending troops into Iraq to stop the attacks by Kurdish PKK fighters. President Bush, with other world leaders, lobbies for calm. What can be done to ease the tensions?

Emails are coming in to the BBC website from the border area.

Since 1923 Kurds have been ignored and not given any status in Turkey. They have not been recognised as being proper citizens of the land of Turkey. So whose country are they citizens of? Where is their country? Where is their home? This problem has been ignored and Kurds have had enough. Turkey needs to be pressured by the EEC to solve this problem otherwise more lives will be lost. I do not condone murder/terrorism but at some point they must see they need to give Kurds their rights.
Akbe, Asagiolek/Bitlis
I live in Urfa which we live together turks and kurds. So please don't say PKK milllitans are rebels! And don't refer to Kurdish people as PKK. Don't write an opinion if you don't know PKK and their attacks (to children, teachers, soldiers and Kurdish & Turkish public!) it doesn't matter for them; they have killed so many INNOCENT PEOPLE
University student, Urfa
Why don't Kurdish people have right to establish their free state or to live free on their own land they have been living on for thousands of years? Is it an act of terrorism to ask for your rights?
Xesami, Asagiolek/Bitlis

A fatter world?

A quarter of the world's population is obese. One in three women and two of every five men are overweight. International Obesity Task Force estimates that 300 million people worldwide are obese and 750 million more are overweight.

In the United States, some 60 percent of adults are overweight or obese, in Egypt more than 25 percent of 4-year-olds are fat, and in Zambia and Morocco, between 15 and 20 percent of 4-year-olds are obese...

It's a growing problem. Governments are launching initiatives and health campaigns the world over, but what do you think will tackle the problem? What initiatives are being tried in your country and has anything actually worked?

The noose

There's been a flurry of sightings of nooses recently, one was left in a black Coast Guard cadet's bag, at a Long Island police station locker room, on a Maryland college campus, and, most covered in the media, on the office door of a black professor at Columbia University in New York.

Albany, NY, is worried. Their state legislature is this week discussing moving towards making it a felony to display the noose - a symbol of lynchings in the Old South - in a threatening manner. Senator Skelos says that the recent "rash of incidents clearly demonstrates the need for tough new penalties."

But a Ann Coulter disagrees in her opinion piece and says "Liberals are so invigorated by the story about a noose being found on an obscure Columbia University professor's door that now nooses are popping up all over New York City. Liberals love to make believe the Night Riders are constantly at their doors."

What do you think? Should states consider banning depictions of the noose? Is it comparable to the Nazi swastika? Can a banning of a symbol really tackle any problems?

Positive thinking

Researchers say that positive thinking does nothing to help a patient survive cancer, but lots of your comments, and personal stories, dispute that. Can positive thinking really beat cancer, or are we just putting pressure on people suffering pain to maintain a "sunny disposition" in the blackest moments of their disease?

Armed and ready to teach.

Teacher Shirley Katz wants to tell us why she wants to take a handgun to school in Oregon. You can post your questions to her here.

Poland party

Are you celebrating? The liberal Civic Platform party swept to victory in the election. Does it herald a new dawn for Poland? Are you sad to see him go? Do you want to see changes? Tell us your hopes, or fears, for your country.

And with only 6 days to go until the World Have Your Say team lands in California, does someone need to deal with the wild fires?


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