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Twenty-five Years of In These Times
1976-2001: From Jimmy Carter to Osama Bin Laden, highlights from the most important stories and most intriguing voices to have appeared in our pages.
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Appealing to Reason
The real toy story.
Back on the air at Pacifica.
India and Pakistan inch closer to war over Kashmir.
Behind Argentina's economic meltdown.
The World Economic Forum is coming to New York.
Under the Radar
Bush quietly thwarts environmental regulations.
Edison Inc. bids to take over Philadelphia education.
Kathleen Zellner: Freedom Fighter.
Follow the Money
BOOKS: It makes the world go 'round.
Not So Innocent
BOOKS: Arthur Schnitzler, sexual neurosis and the bourgoisie.
FILM: Ali and Black Hawk Down
January 18, 2002
Sharia Lite 7.8
With the zealots in hiding, Afghanistan now returns to a seamy normalcy. In Kandahar, Pashtun big shots may again stroll the streets with their rent boys, while in the hinterlands peasants dream of the coming years poppy harvest. Afghan malefactors still face the sanctions of sharia, the Islamic law, but with all sorts of loopholes.
Ahamat Ullha Zarif, a prominent Afghan judge, explained that adulterers will still be stoned to death, as dictated by sharia, but they will be given a sporting chance to get away. We will use only small stones, he told Agence France Press. If they are able to run away, they are free.
No Children of the Corn 5.6
Heres a biological train wreck in the making: According to the Observer, a San Diego-based company has developed a contraceptive strain of genetically modified corn. Building on research into a rare condition known as immune infertility, scientists at Epicyte have isolated a gene that regulates human antibodies that attack sperm. Naturally, the next logical step was to create an array of Frankencrops embedded with the genes.
A Toss Before Dying 1.3
It is the sincerest wish of every 15-year-old boy. And when an Australian youngster invoked the prerogative of the deathbed to get it, debate broke out nationwide. Should a minor with terminal cancer, it was wondered, be allowed to know the pleasures of the flesh before departing this vale of tears? And if he were to seek such pleasures with a woman his seniora prostitute, for exampleshould that woman be prosecuted for violating laws protecting the innocence of such lads?
According to the National Post, hospital staffers wanted to pass a hat to hire a prostitute for Jack (as the boy is known in the Australian press). They chose not to, in light of possible legal consequences, but a bunch of Jacks friends arranged a fine send-off for him behind the backs of his parents and doctors. While medical ethicists parse the ethical antinomies of his case, Jack has gone off to answer to a higher authority.
Go Hun, Go! 2.5
If we know of any karaoke parlor still open, go to close it immediately and take tanks to knock it down, Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered a military commander in a recent speech broadcast on Cambodian state radio.