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Conflict Zones:


President Abdurrahman Wahid's tenuous grip on power weakened further

Lebanon - Israel :

Sharon – Warmonger or Peacemaker ?

Sharon will find it difficult to make a dent in a monumentally complicated political situation

Participatory Democracy:

It's confused, it's contradictory and it looks like nothing we've ever seen before

The activist investor ?

World Affairs:

After managing to evade the police for four years, the key defendant in France's biggest post-war corruption trial was finally brought before judges in Paris

Colin Powell, says foreign sanctions are giving the US a bad name.

The trial of four men accused of carrying out the bombing of US embassies in Africa in 1998

The French Ministry of Defence has once again cheated the public of crucial information on the international community's role in the fall of the Srebrenica enclave in 1995.

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology:

Could you eat 9 Kgs of rice per day?

5 drug companies, using ingredients from BSE at risk countries to make 9 widely used vaccines.

AIDS and Mad Cow Disease: Two Epidemics That Are Alike

Free Trade / WTO:

Having just lived through the six days of the Davos Forum. Whatever happened to Sustainable Development ?

Public & Mental Health: Health

AIDS triple therapy for less than $1 per day?


"Permafrost has acted as a carbon sink, but there is now evidence that this is no longer the case. This could accelerate the greenhouse effect."

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