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  • Water, Water Everywhere

    According to a recent United Nations report, one-sixth of the world's population--one billion people--lack access to clean water, and that number is expected to double in the next 30 years. "A number of areas could enter a period of chronic shortages during this decade, including much of Africa, northern China, pockets of India, Mexico, the Middle East and parts of western North America."
  • Turkey's War on the Kurds

    At 25 million, the Kurds are the largest ethnic group in the world without their own state. With a similar language, religion, and culture, the Kurds have lived for thousands of years in an area that is now part of Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria and the former Soviet Union. The civil strife in Turkey has received comparatively little coverage in the U.S. media. It is almost as though there are two sets of Kurds - the Kurds in Iraq, who seem to be viewed as the "good" Kurds because they oppose Saddam, and the Kurds in Turkey, who are "bad" because they oppose a U.S. ally. It doesn't seem to matter that there are four times as many Kurds in Turkey, or that both populations have suffered repression from their respective governments.
  • Girls for Sale

    ABC News Primetime Live's investigation of the global trafficking in women and go inside a sophisticated network where human lives are always for sale. It is estimated that one million women worldwide are bought and sold every year in countries from Europe to Asia to the Middle East and even in the United States. This investigation leads to Israel, one of the biggest per capita markets for women from the former Soviet Union, where the authors go inside the largest brothel in the country and confront the owner.
  • Code Name: Teacup

    CNN's investigation of a secret surveillance operation in Bucharest, Romania, in July 1998 that tracked and caught red-handed a team of Iraqi missile experts trying to buy parts that would allow the Iraqis to build outlawed missiles capable of striking major Middle Eastern capitals. Undertaken with the help of the United States, Romania and one other nation, it was the intersection of an effort, ongoing since the Gulf War, by the Iraqis to maintain an illegal missile program under the nose of the UN inspectors, and the UN inspectors' attempts to prove it.
  • Arming Iraq/Made in America

    San Francisco Bay Guardian documents how the U.S. government and Western corporations are largely responsible for Iraq obtaining the necessary knowledge and know-how to create weapons of mass destruction, including how to detonate nuclear weapons.
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    ARTnews investigates New York's Dahesh Museum. The museum was founded by Dr. Dahesh, either a successful Middle Eastern writer and art lover or, to his thousands of followers worldwide, a miracle-working religious prophet ranking with Christ, Mohammad, and Buddha. Dr. Dahesh amassed his art collection in Beirut and managed to smuggle it out of the war-torn city - about 3,000 works packed in a huge container and driven through the dangerous streets to the airport during the peak of a civil war. (Dec. 1996)
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    The Wall Street Journal looks at America's failure to curb other nations' expansion of nuclear capability. The article focuses specifically on the Middle East and Mideastern countries - including some U.S. allies - who are increasing numbers and the strength of their ballistic missiles. (Sept. 6, 1996)
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    Only the United States bars corporations from bribing foreign officials to win hefty contracts. But, as the National Journal reports, with American companies losing out on lucrative international deals, the Clinton Administration has warned foreign governments to combat corruption--or else.
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    Iran no longer pretends not to be developing nuclear weapons. But new information about sales by Russia and China suggest that the mullah regime is a lot closer than anyone thought. This American Spectator article looks at the history of Iran's nuclear weapons program and Iran's progress in the development of a nuclear bomb. (February 1996)
  • Children of the Jihad

    The New Yorker reports that "During the Afghan war, the C.I.A. helped create a militant network that is now linked to the attack on the World Trade Center--and on other American targets