Weeks to Train a Suicide Bomber
Jaber spent four days with the "Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade"
in Gaza. The candidates she met were well-educated and middle
class. The student aspiring to become a human bomb is comfortable
discussing da Vinci, Picasso and Michelangelo. By Hala Jaber in
the London Sunday Times/March 24, 2002.
Powell's Briefing on Air Force-1
The Latin America trip and developments in the Middle East. By
Colin Powell /March 24,2002
Converging World Threat
In testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, CIA Director
George Tenet sees the U.S. faced by multiple threats in an increasingly
dangerous world. George Tenet, CIA/March 20, 2002
the Nuclear Posture Review
Morton Halperin, Daryl Kimball and others dissect the implications
of the Nuclear Posture Review. The Arms Control Association/March
International Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey,
50 heads of state, 8000 participants and 1,800 journalists spent
a week discussing the developed world's readiness to help third
of the earth's population that is still mired in desperate poverty.
Kofi Annan had asked for a firm commitment of $58 billion. Instead
he got a gloomy picture of the extent to which 9/11 has slowed
the international economy and a commitment to reflect on the issues.
President Bush, who had to be encouraged to attend the last day
by Mexican President Vicente Fox, announced that US foreign aid
will increase by $5 billion over the next three years. It's the
first increase in the core $10 billion US foreign aid budget in
more than ten years.
G-8 to Focus on Terrorism and the Global Economy
Behind the scenes
preparations are underway for the G-8 meeting scheduled for Kananaskis,
Alberta, Canada in June. Terrorism and the international economy
are the hottest topics on the agenda."Back to basics"
is likely to be the dominant theme.
By John Kirton, University of Toronto, at the CSIS/March 15, 2002
Will Hold the Spotlight at this Week's Pan-Arab Summit in Beirut,
Even If He Does Not Get to Attend
Sharon has reason
to be concerned about what Arafat wants to say in Beirut. Trouble
is that in trying to silence Arafat, he strengthens Arafat's hand.
By Bradley Burston, Ha'aretz/March 25.
Text of the Saudi Proposal
worsening situation, Saudi Arabia still intends to promote its plan
at the pan-Arab summit. Ha'aretz/March 25, 2002
Happened at Tu Karm was "Unforgettable, Unforgivable"
is innocent children who define the battle. By Ada Ushpiz, Ha'aretz/March
Generation Deprived of the Fundamental Freedom of Movement
The root of
the conflict isn't "normalization" argues Palestinian
writer, Azmi Bishara, a member of the Israeli Knesset, it is occupation.
The wholesale detention of adults and youths aims at stifling the
movement for independence.
By Azmi Bishari, Al-Ahram Weekly/March 21-27, 2002
Tiblisi the Fashion is Black and so is the Mood
has made Georgia a dangerous place and raised questions about the
leadership of Edvard Shevardnadze. By Jim Heintz, Moscow Times/March
Republic Asks for Russian Peacekeepers to Counter U.S. Influence
38, a former wrestling champion who is the new leader of secessionist
South Ossetia, has asked for additional Russian troops as "peacekeepers."
Kokoyev fears that U.S. troops assigned to help Georgia track down
Al-Qaeda fugitives hiding in the lawless Pankisi gorge will give
Tiblisi the resources it needs to overpower its breakaway provinces.
Kokoyev, is popular in Moscow and the Georgians think he may try
to rejoin the provinces to Russia. By Alan Parastayev, Institute
for War & Peace reporting/March 22, 2002
U.S. Pushes Baku-Ceyhan Pipeline
dismissed the multi-billion dollar pipeline across Azerbaijan, Georgia
and Turkey as impractical and too expensive compared to other routes,
but the U.S. military presence in the region has given Washington
added leverage, and Kazakstan now appears ready to play ball. The
losers will be Russia and Iran, whose regional influence is likely
to be diluted.
1500 U.S. Troops Change the Political Balance
Most U.S. personnel
are at the Khanabad Air Base, 90 miles from Afghanistan, but president
Islam Karimov sees their presence as an important buttress against
the insurgent Islamic Renaissance Party which has been trying to
take over since 1991. By Mark Burgess, Center for Defense Information/March
A War That Is Far from Finished
argues that the war against QAl-Qaeda is not finished, and that
makes taking on Iraq extremely risky. By Anatol Lieven, the Carnegie
Endowment for International Peace/March 25, 2002.
Nigeria, a Woman is Spared Stoning under Sharia Law
Safiya Hussaini Tungar-Tudu wanted the man who had raped her to
pay for her child's naming ceremony. Instead she was sentenced to
death by stoning under Nigeria's new sharia law. The alleged rapist
had already been freed for lack of evidence, but Safiya had a child
as proof of her guilt. The case took on larger dimensions when it
threatened to unleash a new wave of sectarian violence between Nigeria's
evenly split 110 million Christians and Muslims, and to isolate
the country's depressed economy from international aid. By Emmanuel
Braun, Reuters/March 25, 2002
Archbishop: The Koran Does Not Approve Stoning
refers to custom, not the Koran, says Dr. Okogie. By Andrew Ahiante,
AllAfrica.com/ March 25, 2002.
ACCOUNT IN IRIN(MARCH 25, 2002)
Korea Back in the Nuclear Game?
finding that North Korea is not in compliance with the 1994 Agreed
Framework could lead to scrapping the agreement altogether. That
would place North Korea off limits to IAEA inspectors and eliminate
the last controls over Pyongyang's nuclear program. What makes the
administration's position unusual is that it contradicts testimony
by CIA Director George Tenet, who told Congress that North Korea
is in compliance.Steve laMontagne, Council for a Livable World/March
a Korean Surprise
The U.S. is
likely to be blamed by South Korea in its upcoming presidential
elections if the process of improving relations with Pyongyang starts
to stagnate. The best defense is for Washington to take a more activist
role. Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense
DOCUMENTS ON NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM,
Arms Control Association March 2002
Goes After Indonesian Oil
depressed in southeast Asia, China has gone on a buying spree that
includes Indonesian oil, natural gas and coal. As a result, Jakarta
is awash with cheap Chinese motorcycles intended to equalize the
balance of payments. The Indonesians have their own reasons for
mistrusting the Chinese, but when it comes to business, China is
simply too big to ignore. By Sadanand Dhume/JAKARTA and Susan V.
Lawrence/BEIJING, Far Economic Review/March 28, 2002