Monday, October 29, 2001

  • As the World Discusses Power-Sharing Afghanistan’s Government Between Taliban and Northernalliance, Afghan Women Ask Who Is Going to Represent Their Concerns

    With US warplanes directly supporting Afghanistan’s rebel Northern Alliance, many Afghans are pleading for a viableplan for the installation of a new government in Kabul. According to US officials, the current strikes againstAfghanistan are part of an effort not only to topple the Taliban, but to install a new government in Afghanistan.Last week’s capture and execution of veteran mujahedeen leader Abdul Haq, who many saw as a key figure to forge abroad alliance around the exiled King Zehir Shah if the Taliban is defeated, was widely seen as a major setback inthis effort.

  • Bush Signs Legislation Vastly Expanding Federal Powers to Wiretap, Eavesdrop, Detain Anddeport

    President Bush signed legislation Friday dramatically expanding the ability of federal officials to tap telephonesand email traffic, and to detain and deport immigrants in the name of the so-called war on terrorism. Bush’s signingof the bill garnered little newspaper coverage over the weekend, and almost none on the major networks, even as civilliberties advocates warned that some of our most basic freedoms were being put at risk.

  • "Divided We Stand: A Biography of New York’s World Trade Center"

    The New York Times reports:

    "The mountains of ruin at ground zero have been reduced to smoldering dunes, the powdery ash has been rinsed from thestreets and the stench has weakened. But at a memorial service yesterday that city officials said drew nearly 10,000mourners, there was no mistaking the site for anything other than a mass grave."

    Over the years, the ground zero area has been many things. In the early 20th century, the area just south of groundzero was known as "Little Syria," home to the largest Syrian population in New York. The Syrian-Americans weredisplaced when developers built larger office buildings. Ground zero itself was home to dozens of small, diversebusinesses which sold every conceivable kind of appliance, including the first radio and TV sets. The "hackers" ofthe day, the short wave enthusiasts, bought their supplies out of barrels and bins in the streets.

  • Postal Workers Go to Court to Force Closure of NYC Post Office

    A female New Jersey postal worker became the nation’s latest confirmed case of inhaled anthrax over the weekend.

  • A Look at the World’s Largest Anthrax Dump and Open Air Testing Site for Biological Weapons

    It’s in the rapidly shrinking Aral Sea between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, and its left almost completely unguarded.

  • A West African Perspective On Terrorism and the US Attacks On Afghanistan

    Last week Riverside Church held a major teach-in on "9/11: Responses to Tragedy and Moving Forward." Among thespeakers was Mahmood Mamdani, Director of the Dakkar based Council for Development of Social Research in Africa.

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