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Windows on the World for the week commencing 16 January 2012

Monday 16 January: The Curse of the Bonus

It started off as a nice pat on the back for exceptional work. But then the bonus became some people's primal motivation; first in the financial markets in the City of London, then in big business, and then in the way public services are run too. Peter Day traces the rise and rise of the bonus culture, and asks how much damage it causes.

Tuesday 17 January:  The Women Of Tahrir Square

Women were at the forefront of the revolution that toppled the Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, in February 2011 and they continue to play a prominent role in the movement that is calling for an end to military rule. But many are disappointed by the lack of progress made in women's rights over the last year, and by the failure of women to make an impression in politics. Hanan Razek meets three women who all took part in the '18 Days', the revolution that brought Mubarak down, and whose lives were changed by their dramatic events.

Wednesday 18 January: What happened to the Kurdish Spring?

Twenty years ago, the Kurdish region in Northern Iraq achieved effective autonomy after the first Gulf War, establising a liberal constitution and a democratic assembly. The region is booming economically, thanks to its huge oil reserves.  But things are not that simple on the ground. Gabriel Gatehouse asks if the Kurdish region should be a model for the rest of the Middle East to follow or avoid?

Thursday 19 January: Sporting Chances (Part 2 of 2)

The close links between sport and national identity are all too evident in many countries today. Democrats and demagogues alike have at times used sport to plunder and unite their people. In his second Sporting Chances programme Farayi Mungazi focuses on the common image of Australia as a sporting nation.He looks at the role of sport in shaping the country's national identity and asks whether sporting success will always be part of Australia's soft power.