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What a week! What a year!

Nuala McGovern Nuala McGovern | 13:50 UK time, Monday, 2 January 2012

yoshi and guests

Hi Nuala here, just wanted to drop you a note about the shows Tim and
I had the pleasure of working on last week at 1100GMT. World Have Your Say wanted to give a snapshot of what five countries are talking about right now after their tumultuous year, so we turned to you our listeners and asked you. Your conversations were illuminating.

We also got some of you to present the show! Ayesha, Matthaios, Pakinam, Yoshi, Hadil and Maysam not only presented but also helped edit the show by highlighting discussions taking place in their country and identifying people who would be interesting to hear. So many of you participated as a guest or by tweeting us your comments using the hashtag #mywhys. Thank you for your input you really enhanced the global conversation.

So, we began the week with Ayesha Tammy Haq in Pakistan, she led the conversation about how Pakistan is trying to figure out how to interact with the world going forward. Did you know it's considering allying with China and turning away from the West?

We then visited Greece on Tuesday with Matthaios Tsimitakis, though Greek's economic future is bleak, the discussion was rich and varied as our participants told us what they thought should happen next. We'll continue to follow their progress.

Wednesday we eavesdropped on Egypt. Pakinam Amer guided the debate about whether the protesters are actually the problem, and whether the revolution is over.

Then, we swept across the globe to Japan with Yoshi Tomiyama on Thursday. We remember the videos of devastation after the tsunami and earthquake there we heard that some Japanese appear to have forgotten what they said was unforgettable. That's Yoshi in the photo above wearing the baseball cap.

And then to Friday, Hadil Krekshi and Maysam Shebani surprised us with what Libyan chat is about now. Yes they'd like to move on from the revolution and yes they'd like to get a job but Katy Perry and Bieber fever are also part of a new normal in Tripoli!

So thanks for all your help making really special programmes, hope you have a wonderful New Year.

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