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|War on terrorism|
Allies begin massive air onslaught of targets in Afghanistan: Osama bin Laden releases statement saying America "will never dream of security before we live it and see it in Palestine".
A time of reckoning - New York Times
Bin Laden will not win - leader, Hartford Courant
Our new security framework - Washington Post
Coolheadedness in order - Asahi Shimbun (Japan)
The deep roots of terrorism - HDS Greenway, Boston Globe
Our world has become smaller - leader, Kathimerini (Greece)
What Bin Laden wants - EurasiaNet
Avoiding Bin Laden's trap - Dawn (Pakistan)
The cycle of violence - OpenDemocracy.net
Universal soldier - Economic Times
Special report: terrorism crisis
Weblog special: terror in the US
First international food convoy arrives in Afghanistan since September 11 attacks: famine looms.
The human tide - leader, News International (Pakistan)
Refugees continue to flee - Star Online (Malaysia)
Malaria outbreak feared - Dawn (Pakistan)
Averting humanitarian disaster - International Herald Tribune
Why the Taliban aren't so tough - New Republic
Special report: Afghanistan
Weblog special: Afghanistan
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|The influence of Iran|
October 8: Iran has called the US missile strikes in Afghanistan "unacceptable", reports AFP - but there is a world of difference between its public announcements and its complex behind-the-scenes diplomacy, argues the International Herald Tribune. It bases its view on a conversation with an unnamed senior western diplomat.
International Herald Tribune
Iran and the US strikes - IranMania
|Chechnya: sniper for hire|
October 8: Galina Sinitsyna used to be a regional champion in the sports of shooting, swimming and long-distance running. Now she wants to go to Chechnya, where her son is fighting, to work as a sniper - but has been turned down for being too old. She tells the Moscow Times her desperate story.
|Mythmaking in the global village|
October 8: The urban myth is becoming the global myth. Online Journalism Review explores how technology and disaster combine to feed our imaginations - by cluttering up our inboxes with nonsense.
Online Journalism Review
|Opening new fronts in the media war|
October 5: Debkafile is to the terrorist crisis what the Drudge Report was to the Lewinsky scandal - a low budget generator of impressive scoops, says Wired.com. Daily visitors have increased threefold in the last month to 120,000 but the site's blend of anonymous tips and unsubstantiated intelliegnce "means it often airs unfounded, inaccurate rumours while breaking legitimate news."
|Australia's real position on asylum|
October 4: After a series of embarrassing stand-offs, Australia expects the last of the asylum seekers it picked up in the Pacific to be offloaded on the island of Nauru by tonight. But as prime minister John Howard indulges in "poll-driven adhockery", The Age argues, his claim that Australia is generous to genuine refugees is misleading. A federal election date is expected soon.
Tempers flare in scorching heat - Sydney Morning Herald
UN insists Australia must take refugees - Business Day
UN high commissioner for refugees
Federal election 2001 - ABC News (Australia)
Special report: refugees
Weblog special: asylum
|Bioterrorism: the scenario|
October 2: The John Hopkins Centre for Civilian Biodefence Studies has produced this role-playing scenario based around the threat of a terrorist smallpox attack. Frightening.
Centre for Civilian Biodefence Studies
Special report: terrorism crisis
|Macedonia: a bedtime story|
October 2: 'Once upon a time there was a little country of hardworking and generally contented people ... then one day the country was attacked.' A parable on the politics of revenge, from Macedonia's OK.mk portal.
Special report: Macedonia
Weblog special: Macedonia
|Bribery in the former USSR|
October 2: The Moscow Times illustrates the difficulty of getting around in Georgia - past policeman and border guards for whom bribery is a way of life. The refrain is always the same: 'How much can you give me?'
|Swaziland's sex ban|
October 2: The king of Swaziland has decreed that young women must abstain from sex for the next five years to help stop the spread of Aids. He, incidentally, has seven wives: the reaction, needless to say, has been mixed. The New York Times reports.
New York Times
Mixture of denial and panic - Sisonke Msimang, post to HIVnet.ch
King imposes five-year sex ban - allAfrica.com
|Medicine's front lines tested by biological threat|
October 1: As fears of attacks from biological weapons loom large in the US and UK, the Boston Globe considers how hospitals and doctors could spot and react to an outbreak.
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