Wednesday, December 26, 2001

  • Jon Alpert Speaks From Pakistan (En Route From Chaman to Quetta)


  • Zia Mian Talks About the Impact of the War in Afghanistan On South Asia

    For more than 50 years, India and Pakistan have been at bitter odds over several disputed territories along their common border. By far the most intractable of these conflicts, however, has been the dispute over Kashmir. The countries have fought two wars over the region, first in 1947-8 and then again in 1965, and ongoing skirmishes along the cease-fire line have left thousands dead each year.

  • Edward Said Discusses the Cycle of Violence

    Just as the Afghanistan’s new provisional government was preparing to take power last week, offering a possible end to decades of violence, President Bush announced that, 2002 would still be a "War Year" for the United States. Echoing a statement he made at the beginning of his campaign against Al Qaeda, the President warned that the "war on terrorism" had only just begun and was likely to spread to other corners of the globe. While Bush has not yet confirmed any targets, he has hinted, along with his advisers, that Somalia, Yemen, or even Iraq could be next.

  • Charlotte Bunch Reports On the World Conference Against Racism in Durban South Africa Andsets the Record Straight

    It has been almost four months to the day since the World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination,Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance was launched in Durban South Africa. For eleven days, from the end of Augustthrough the beginning of September, the news wires crackled with the controversies of the conference: the disputeover reparations for slavery, the uproar over language equating Zionism with racism, and, of course, the Americandelegation’s threatened non-participation.

  • An Interview with Palestinian Leader, Marwan Barghouti

    As the controversy over Israel’s refusal to allow Arafat to make his annual pilgrimage to Bethlehem continues tosimmer, the Palestinian leader can look to some sympathy from home, but not much. Just this weekend, Palestinianunity came close to dissolving this weekend as clashes between Yasir Arafat’s police and Palestinian civilians leftsix dead and dozens injured. The violence was sparked by Arafat’s attempt to satisfy Israeli and US demands that heclamp down on organizations that advocate terrorism. It was the worst case of Palestinian-on-Palestinian violencesince 1994, and it sparked fears of civil war.