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Ha'aretz - ArticleLA TORTURA E L'AUTORITA' NAZIONALE PALESTINESE - A leading human rights group has charged Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's administration with torturing prisoners and denying them fair trials, in a report issued Friday.


The New York Review of Books: Bioterror: What Can Be Done? Virtually every major technology has been exploited not only for peaceful purposes but also for hostile ones. Must this also happen with biotechnology, which is rapidly becoming a dominant technology of our age? This is a question that comes to mind when reading Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War, a clear and informative account of biological weapons here and abroad by the New York Times reporters Judith Miller, Steven Engelberg, and William Broad.

The New York Review of Books: A Failure of Intelligence? - By Daniel Benjamin, Steven Simon / To those within the US government, including the present writers, who served at the time on the National Security Council staff, the attacks on the embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam on August 7, 1998, were a turning point. No previous terrorist operation had shown the kind of skill that was evident in the destruction, within ten minutes, of two embassy buildings hundreds of miles apart. ... A general rule of terrorist operations has been to avoid harming those who might sympathize with the cause. These attacks dramatically departed from that rule.


The Return of the Schlemiel The Return of the Schlemiel - By WALTER GOODMAN - Malamud's magic barrel of schnorrers and schleppers is re-tapped in his collected stories.
Bernard Malamud's magic barrel overflows with schnorrers and schleppers, hustlers and gulls, down-at-the-heel rabbis and down-in-the-mouth students, the lovelorn and love-sick, betrayers and betrayed, writers short on cash and painters mad with longing. Most are Jews, bent under their packs of conscience whether in wanderings without end or in conditions without escape. A memorable few are wonderworkers, even if they mostly carry smoked fish in their beat-up briefcases...

The New York Review of Books: Is There a Good Terrorist? Is There a Good Terrorist?
By Timothy Garton Ash
There are many different terrorisms, and not all forms of using violence to achieve political ends are properly described as terrorism. If we are not to lose the global "war against terrorism," proclaimed by President Bush after September 11, we need a sophisticated understanding of the differences.


Guardian Unlimited Books | News | Ken Kesey The hero of US counterculture and author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has died at 66.


The New York Review of Books: The Anger of the Damned The Anger of the Damned
By Orhan Pamuk - Everyone should be aware that the longer the recent bombing lasts, and the more innocent people die in Afghanistan or any other part of the world in order to satisfy America's own people, the more it will exacerbate the artificial tension that some quarters are trying to generate between "East" and "West" or "Islam" and "Christian civilization"; and this will only serve to bolster the terrorism that military action sets out to punish.

The New York Review of Books: With the Northern Alliance Khoja Bahaudin, northern Afghanistan - A few weeks ago President George W. Bush said something to the effect that he didn't want to fire off $2 million missiles to hit $10 tents in Afghanistan. Well, I think he said that, but I can't check, because now I am living in a $10 tent in northern Afghanistan. There is no electricity, no clean water, no paved roads, not much food, and it is only the aid agencies that are staving off famine here. In this part of opposition-controlled northern Afghanistan, close to the border with the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan, it has barely rained for three years and choking dust swirls everywhere, entering every pore. - By Tim Judah

The New York Review of Books: The Making of Afghanistan It is hard to imagine now, but for students at Kabul University, 1968 was no less a hectic year than it was for students at Columbia, Berkeley, Oxford, and the Sorbonne. A king, Mohammad Zahir Shah, had been presiding over the many ethnic and tribal enclaves of Afghanistan since 1933. But he knew enough of the world elsewhere to attempt, cautiously, a few liberal reforms in his capital city, Kabul. The university had been set up in 1946; a liberal constitution was introduced in 1964; the press was technically free; women ran for public office in 1965. By the Sixties, many students and teachers had traveled abroad; and new ideas about how to organize the state and society had come to the sons of peasants and nomads and artisans from their foreign or foreign-educated teachers. - By Pankaj Mishra

The New York Review of Books: America and the War (...)But if the US is to make sense of its place in the world, if the present war is to have any beneficial long-term outcome, Americans need to make a sustained effort to understand what it is that so many millions of foreigners claim to dislike and fear about their country. - By Tony Judt

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