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|War on terrorism|
Bombing continues: Taliban claim civilians are killed: US and Britain close to completing 'first phase'.
The war of ideas - leader, Washington Post
Bush has lost the talking war - Robert Fisk, Independent
Counterattack - New York Times
It will take more than bombs to beat al-Qaida - Star (Lebanon)
War can only be 'just' in retrospect - Irish Times
War, but for what? - Spiked
Night of fear in Kabul - International Herald Tribune
Bin Laden will not win - leader, Hartford Courant
The deep roots of terrorism - HDS Greenway, Boston Globe
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
|Humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan|
Food dropped at same time as bombs: borders remain closed to refugees: UN suspends food deliveries into Afghanistan.
Alarm over aid drop in 'world's biggest minefield' - Independent
Dropping aid is no use, give money - Telegraph
Distribution continues inside Afghanistan - UN
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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|Pakistan's third Afghan war|
October 9: Pakistani reaction to the US bombings has been mixed. While the government has allowed the US to use its airspace, a violent minority has taken to the city streets in protest. Shahid Javed Burki of Dawn believes the problem is the same in many Islamic countries: groups oppose modernisation "not because it is against their religion but because it is against their interests".
Anxious days in Pakistan - New York Times
Special report: Pakistan
|The spectre of bioterrorism|
October 9: The outbreak of anthrax in Florida is raising fears of a bioterrorist attack. As Le Monde Diplomatique wrote three years ago, Washington strategists regard this type of threat as an "Achilles heel" for US power. The article concluded by recommending the following courses of action: first, spend more on welfare to combat the threat; second, conduct international relations on a democratic basis.
Le Monde Diplomatique (English)
Don't let fear help the enemy - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Centres for disease control and prevention (US)
|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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