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28.11.01: Budget 2002
15.11.01: Fall of Kabul
06.11.01: Pakistan
25.10.01: Cannabis
24.10.01: N Ireland
18.10.01: Israel
16.10.01: Anthrax
10.10.01: Air strikes
28.09.01: Afghanistan
24.09.01: Terror in US
06.09.01: Concorde
31.08.01: UN racism
23.08.01: Big tobacco
22.08.01: Euthanasia
16.08.01: Gender divide
15.08.01: Zimbabwe
09.08.01: Cloning
01.08.01: Asylum
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26.07.01: Europe
18.07.01: G8 summit
03.07.01: War crimes
28.06.01: Aids
14.06.01: Macedonia
06.06.01: Election fun
10.05.01: Election 2001
03.05.01: US executions
25.04.01: May Day
18.04.01: Africa slavery
12.04.01: Easter
16.03.01: Foot & mouth
08.03.01: Budget 2001
07.03.01: eco-riches?
14.02.01: Sex on the net
24.01.01: China
17.01.01: Iraq
23.12.00: Year in review
11.11.00: US elections

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Aids
Aids epidemic threatens to explode in eastern Europe, according to the UN.
Aids epidemic update - UNAids
Education must target young men in developing countries - BMJ
Special report: Aids
Weblog special: the Aids crisis


Pre-Budget report
Chancellor Gordon Brown signals that taxes will have to rise to improve the health service.
Pay any price to beat poverty - leader, New Statesman
Tax us, Tony - Mirror
What has happened to Prudence? - Telegraph
Will we love the health service to death? - Times
Financing healthcare - Hospital Managers' Informer
Will primary care trusts lead to US-style healthcare? - BMJ
Wanless report - HM Treasury
Special report: Budget 2002
Weblog special: Budget 2002


Afghanistan
Allies justify mass killing in Mazar-i-Sharif fortress: Bonn talks continue.
For Afghans too, the objective is human rights - IHT
Suspicious minds - Frankfurter Allgemeine
Reconstructing Afghanistan on oil and gas - Asia Times
Moves to get a foot in Afghanistan's door - Asia Times
Rabbani details plans on political future - Radio Free Europe
The other battle for Kabul - Hindu
Special report: attack on Afghanistan
Weblog special: fall of Kabul


 Our pick of the best online journalism
The secular Muslim
November 27: December's Prospect carries this article by Sarfraz Manzoor, British son of a Pakistani immigrant, as he goes back to the Luton school where he was educated. There he finds young British Muslims who wear traditional dress - rather than the western clothes he wore at school - and express deep criticism of his liberal, secular values.
Prospect


Flesh-eating bugs become cancer killers
November 27: The New Scientist reports on a US trial which used flesh-eating bacteria, in combination with chemotherapy, to kill cancerous tumours in mice. Although tumours disappeared in seven out of eight mice, three died: leading scientists to believe that the treatment killed the cancer too quickly for the body to cope.
New Scientist


Terror and the usual suspects
November 21: In a thoughtful opinion piece, the Economist attacks the anti-terrorism legislation proposed by the British government in the wake of September 11 - which includes the right to intern immigrants without trial. Such apparent desire to constrain civil liberties, it says, is reminiscent of that of the collaborationist police chief in Casablanca.
Economist


The Putin interview
November 20: This is a transcript of last Thursday's phone-in interview with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, conducted by US radio station NPR. It covers some tough questions on nuclear profileration, Afghanistan, Chechnya - and a caller from Moscow, Idaho, inviting the president round.
NPR


Al-Qaida bomb paper questioned
November 19: A shock web newsletter has cast doubt on a document found in an al-Qaida safe house in Kabul, Afghanistan, which appears to give instructions on manufacturing atomic weapons, reports the New York Times. Rotten.com's anonymous editor, who says he publishes 'all the news that's not fit to print', claims that the document is a spoof first published in 1979.
Rotten.com
New York Times (registration required)


Fever pitch in Tehran
November 16: Tom Humphries of the Irish Times describes the cacophony and the chaos of the Azadi stadium, Tehran, where the greater part of 80,000 were willing the Iranian football team to overturn their 2-0 first leg deficit against Ireland in yesterday's World Cup play-off. From the delirious pre-match build up to the explosive pyromania at the end,this wasn't a game of 11 against 11 - making Irish victory even more sweet.


The crash of EgyptAir 990
November 15: The latest issue of Atlantic Monthly carries an investigation into the 1999 crash of EgyptAir 990, which dived into the sea shortly after take-off from New York. This interview with the author, William Langewiesche, describes the troubled relationship between America's national transportation safety board (NSTB) and the Egyptian authorities, after it was put to the Egyptians that the pilot had deliberately flown the plane into the water. No official conclusion has ever been published. (The original article appears only in the print edition of the magazine.)
National transportation safety board: EgyptAir 990
Special report: EgyptAir crash


This is not a test
November 14: The latest edition of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists describes how, in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the US implemented emergency plans that had initially been designed for all-out nuclear war with the Soviet Union.
Bulletin of Atomic Scientists


A doctor in Kabul
November 14: It may be written in simplistic English, but the diary of Barbara Trott, an American who spent three months working as a doctor in Kabul in 1997, is a valuable insight into what conditions have been under the Taliban. From Lemar-Aftaab.
Lemar-Aftaab


Interview with Bin Laden
November 10: A Pakistani newspaper editor met Osama bin Laden last week at a secret location inside Afghanistan. In the interview - the Saudi dissident's first since the World Trade Centre bombings - Bin Laden denies responsibility for the anthrax attacks on the US. But he tells Hamid Mir, editor of the Daily Ausaf, that he has nuclear and chemical weapons. Read the interview in the Dawn newspaper.
Dawn
Daily Ausaf


Iraq's biological threat
November 8: Today's New York Times interviews a former lieutenant general in Iraq's secret intelligence service, who claims that a facility at Salman Pak - which Iraq told UN biological weapons inspectors was an anti-terror camp for special forces - actually trained 'Islamic radicals' from across the Middle East. Iraqi scientists, defectors say, produced biological agents in the same camp.
New York Times


Trial in the Hindu Kush
November 8: German chancellor Gerard Schroder has offered almost 4,000 troops to the war in Afghanistan - the biggest German military deployment since the second world war. But as Frankfurter Allgemeine reports, there is some debate in Germany as to whether it is willing to go to war. Any deployment must be approved by the Bundestag, the German parliament.
Frankfurter Allgemeine


New York: Bloomberg steps into Guilani's shadow
November 7: The New York Times reflects on the upset in the New York mayoral election, in which outgoing Rudy Guiliani's choice of successor, billionaire Michael Bloomberg, beat the Democratic favourite Mark Green. It asks: 'Will the new mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg, wither in the considerable shadow cast by Mr. Giuliani? Or will he figure out a way to lead, to manage, to be judged on his own terms?'
New York Times
BloombergforMayor.com


Trimble's narrow re-election in Northern Ireland
November 6: David Trimble has been forced to rely on the temporary redesignation of a tiny nonsectarian party as 'unionists' in order to be re-elected as the first minister of the Northern Ireland assembly. Despite the slightly shambolic nature of the process, Malachi O'Docherty argues in the Belfast Telegraph that such a moment 'beautifully dramatises the futility of our sectarian politics'.
Belfast Telegraph


Mujahedin in Kosovo?
November 6: The Institute for War and Peace Reporting debunks Russian and Macedonian media reports which suggest that al-Qaida has an important base in the village of Ropotova, south-east Kosovo. 'Ropotova is ... an ethnically-Serb village, a place where even a single mujahedin would, needless to say, stand out somewhat from the crowd.'
Institute for War and Peace Reporting


America's empire
November 1: Steven Clemons of Le Monde Diplomatique is deeply critical of what he calls 'the inability of the US military establishment to make a transition to something other than empire management'. America must abandon the outdated ideology of war, he says, and get in touch with 'the zones of the world calling for its compassion'.
Le Monde Diplomatique


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