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On air at 1700GMT: Is it right to put a price on Al-Zawahiri's head, riots in Vancouver and BBC's Urinboy Usmonov

Nuala McGovern Nuala McGovern | 14:22 UK time, Thursday, 16 June 2011



I've just been reading through a lot of your comments on the appointment of Al-Zawahiri as the new leader of Al Qaeda. It's fair to say many of you are making jokes about the appointment, like this one....

@simonblackwell: Ayman al-Zawahiri's first day at the office. Changes Bin Laden's desktop wallpaper. Gets rid of dried-up Pritt Stick. Joins LinkedIn.

But jokes aside there is a serious discussion about whether the 25 million dollar bounty on the head of Mr. Al-Zawahiri is the right approach in tackling extremism.

Some of you think the focus should be trying to change the hearts and minds of supporters of Al Qaeda, or worry about extremism on the whole, not just one person.

Sun Lee Chee writes on our Facebook page
Instead of bounty on him why not spend resources to identify Al-Qaeda support in terms of money & weapons distribution?

Victor in Kenya tweetedAmerica just has just created a new scape goat. The bounty means nothing.

Whatever you make of a price on Al-Qaeda's new leader's head, please do get in touch.

We'll also be asking should Vancouver be ashamed?

Named the world's most livable city in 2011 by The Economist, Vancouver last night erupted in riots after their team the Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins in the final of the Stanley Cup, an ice-hockey championship. The riots lasted about four hours. At least 10 cars were overturned and torched, here's a link to some of the photos. They are not the images that most most would expect from Vancouver, do you see today as a 'day of shame' as many are calling it?

Here's a little of the discussion so far:

The Vancouver police Constable Jana McGuinness said:
We will have to sit down and evaluate exactly what happened here. It's going to be a black mark for a very, very long time."

‎slycattle‎ tweets Pretty sad how #Vancouver can go from being a shining star at the Olympics to 16 months later the shame of Canada. All for a #hockey team

Greg posted on Citycaucus.com
Looking back it was insanity for the Mayor to encourage 100,000 people to congregate downtown and in the event they are in a sour mood have everyone in one place to create havoc.

Vancouverite or not, how do you see last night?

And we'll also find out about detained BBC journalist Urinboy Usmonov, a reporter for the BBC World Service Central Asian department.

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