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  • Khobar Towers

    A CBS News report reveals that some of the terrorists involved on the attack of American military personnel in the Khobar towers in Saudi Arabia in 1995 will probably never be indicted. Although the Attorney General John Ashcroft admitted that Iranian officials had supposedly initiated the attack, not one Iranian official was named in the indictment. CBS attempts to explain the possible diplomatic considerations that played part in this.
  • Plan for Colombia

    The Express-News looks at the United States' efforts to eradicate drug trade in Colombia by spending $1.3 billion on army operations aiming to destroy coca fields. The series questions the effectiveness of the plan. Coca farmers account for the majority of the population in Columbia, and the project would be more successful, if they were provided some alternatives. The reporter examines how the drug war combines with the civil war that has been going on for decades, and finds "that it's unlikely that any significant change will come in Colombia's status as a drug exporter until the civil war is ended."
  • The Pros & Cons of Free Trade

    Extra examines opinions in favor and against the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), the extension of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which is supposed to spread democracy to the countries in Latin America by lowering tariffs and opening their markets. The article reports on the ongoing negotiations among the 34 countries that will sign the agreement. The story asks the question, "Will President Bush insist on high labor and environmental standards like his predecessor, and if not, will his constituents make him?"
  • A Taste of Slavery

    An investigation by the Knight-Ridder Washington Bureau reveals that boys enslaved on Ivory Coast farms harvest cocoa use to make chocolate that Americans consume.
  • Murder or Suicide?

    CBS 60 Minutes shadows "the most extensive foreign murder investigation in FBI history" - the death of Father John Kaiser, an American Catholic Priest in Kenya. While the FBI final conclusion was that Kaiser killed himself, several members of Congress believed he was murdered. CBS reported on "a strong potential motive for killing - that the priest was helping several young women sue a powerful Kenyan cabinet minister for rape." The priest also documented severe ethnic clashes in Kenya, and developed evidence that the brutal regime of President Daniel arap Moi was behind the violence. The reporters expose sloppy detective work on the case.
  • The False Promise of Slave Redemption

    Around 20,000 people in Sudan have been enslaved. The Atlantic Monthly investigates humanitarian efforts to buy freedom for Sudanese slaves -- the practice of slave redemption. Some Africans and Westerners say slave redemption actually encourages the practice of taking slaves and promotes hoaxes..
  • Inside Tibet: A Country Tortured

    This series of articles examines human rights abuses in Tibet. When it comes to human rights in China, the United States has been backing off, reluctant to risk trade by using it as leverage. To Tibetans, that spells no relief from the routine and ruthless assaults exacted by the Chinese police. Reporters interviewed Tibetan refugees in India, documenting accounts of torture. The reporters also followed a group of Tibetans fleeing through the Himalayan mountains to Nepal.
  • Still Seeing Red

    The CIA now runs a counterterrorism center to stymie the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. In the name of fighting drugs, the agency financed new military intelligence networks in Colombia in 1991. However, these networks have incorporated illegal paramilitary groups into their ranks and fostered death squads. It may be more interested in fighting a leftist resistance movement than in combating drugs.
  • Bioterrorism: America's Newest War Game

    America now spends more than $7 billion a year defending itself against backpack nuclear bombs, canisters of nerve gas and petri dishes of germ weapons planted in crowded cities by an as-yet-unknown adversary. So many different agencies are shoring up the nation's defenses against mega-terrorism, says the government auditor, that it's hard to keep track of where all the money is going, let alone whether it is being spent wisely. The article details various biological and chemical weapons and other programs.
  • The Return of Infectious Disease

    Foreign Affairs investigates the resurgance of infectious disease, and that despite much optimism in the late 1970's the world is still plagued by several viruses. FA also finds that many new illness could develop due to enviromental conditions. (January/February 1996)