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  • Making a Killing: The Business of War

    This 11-part series by the International Consortium of International Journalists and the Center of Public Integrity examines the "economic conflict in the post-Cold War era and those who profit from it. Individual stories looked at how, amid the military downsizing and increasing number of small conflicts that followed the end of the Cold War, governments are turning increasingly to private military companies -- a newly coined euphemism for mercenaries -- to intervene on their behalf in war zones around the globe. Often, these companies work as proxies for national or corporate interests, whose involvement is buried under layers of secrecy. ICIJ also found that a handful of individuals and companies with connections to governments, multinational corporations, and sometimes criminal syndicates, in Europe, the Middle East and the United States, profited from these wars.Entrepreneurs selling arms and companies drilling and mining in unstable regions have prolonged the conflicts, in which up to 10 million people have died. "
  • Letter from Afghanistan. The Warlord.

    The battle over Afghanistan began before September 11. Warlord Mamur Hassan had been fighting the Taliban and others for over twenty years. This is his view on the region in 2002.
  • Holyland Foundation

    A KTVT-TV investigation reveals that a Dallas Internet company raided by the FBI may have been "doing business with countries that sponsor terrorism." The station found that "the company was co-owned by men who are allegedly involved with the largest Muslim charity in the U.S... That charity, the Holyland Foundation, has been linked to funding annuities for suicide bombers in the Middle East, namely Hamas."
  • Louis Freeh's Last Case

    The New Yorker profiles former F.B.I. director Louis Freeh and document his struggle to solve his last case, the terrorist bombing of an army base in Saudi Arabia. Freeh's career was studded with conflicts over keeping the F.B.I. and the White House as far apart as possible. Still, the bombing case haunted him and he worked for years to get the Saudis to cooperate, to get the administration to pursue indictments even if it complicated politics with Saudi Arabia and Iran. Freeh saw himself as a policeman, politics being completely secondary to justice. For an F.B.I. director this approach did not always work.
  • Annals of National Security: What Went Wrong

    The New Yorker investigates the failure of the American intelligence, exposed after the September 11th terrorist attacks. The author cites high-ranking intelligence officers who expect that C.I.A. director George Tenet will leave his office. The story reveals that the intelligence community still lacks sound evidence on who initiated and completed the attacks, and how the plan of the terrorists worked over the years. The article also looks at the possibilities for a second terrorist attack and points to the helplessness of the intelligence community to anticipate and prevent it. The investigation depicts the bureaucratic path that American intelligence has been following in the 90s.
  • One man and a global web of violence

    The New York Times provides a vivid account of the birth and recent history of the modern jihad movement, which was largely started by Arab millionaire Osama bin Laden in 1987 when he had a vision that "the time had come... to start a global jihad, or Islamic holy war, against the corporate secular governments of the Muslim Middle East and the Western powers that supported them."
  • Pakistan Nukes Outstrip India's, Officials Say

    An investigation reveals an assessment of American intelligence agencies that "in recent years ... the nuclear force that Pakistan fields has overtaken India's...," thus changing the power of balance in South Asia. The reporters find that now "Pakistan's nuclear arsenal is vastly superior to that of rival India, with up to five times the nuclear warheads," mostly due to "generous Chinese assistance." Amongst the key findings is also that "Pakistan has far more capability [than India] to actually use them." The online medium reports on the India's reaction to the reassessment and describes it as "furor bordering on panic in India, where governments have always assured citizens that they would never allow Pakistan to obtain superiority in strategic weapons."
  • "How a Plot Convulsed Iran In '53 (and In '79)"

    Newly declassified C.I.A. documents prompted this examination of America's role in the 1979 Iranian revolution, which installed an Islamic regime and began "a generation of anti-American hatred in one of the Middle East's most powerful countries." The evidence suggests a disturbing pattern of overextended efforts by the U.S. government to instigate coups around the world as part of Cold War strategy.
  • Target America: The Terrorist War

    An ABC News one-hour report examined the details surrounding the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in which hundreds died. In exploring the man the US had suspected was responsible - Osama Bin Laden - the report established for the first time a link between Bin Laden and President Saddam Hussein of Iraq.
  • High-caliber carnaval

    U.S.-backed arms exhibits are numerous these days, with the U.S. contributing nearly 55% of arms foreign arms sales. Zeroes in on the Latin America Defentech show in Brazil in April 1999. Critics are upset because they feel the shows waste taxpayers' money and "don't serve the national interest."