Fareed Zakaria and Kishore Mahbubani got warm reviews for unconventional columns on China's Tibet crackdown. One reader agreed, "Putting public pressure on the Chinese is futile and counterproductive." Another called for the West to recognize China's "deeper integration into world affairs." Responsibility for TerrorismIn "Gone in 11 Minutes Flat" (May 26), William Dobson suggested that the Singapore government's hesitation in disclosing information about the escape of Mas Selamat Kastari...
In recent weeks, Washington has been trying to turn up the heat on Iran--by way of Moscow. With President Vladimir Putin eager to impress before hosting this July's G8 summit--one former Kremlin official recently claimed that by attending, Western leaders will "demonstrate their indifference to the fate of freedom and democracy in Russia"--but unwilling to cave, it's turned into something of a chess game.
Many readers responding to our April 10 cover story said it was important to distinguish between legal and illegal immigrants. "It's unfair to grant amnesty to the millions of people who came here illegally, jumping ahead in line of the millions who wait to come here legally," said one.
Between 1976 and 1983, tens of thousands of Argentines were murdered or "disappeared" under a brutal military dictatorship. Some of the survivors of the infamous Dirty War call themselves the "devastated generation." They represent a star-crossed cohort of young people whose left-wing politics were forged by the turbulent years of Peronist rule in the mid-1970s, only to run into the murderous maw of the generals and admirals who deposed Isabel Peron in 1976.
The meeting was small and unpublicized. In a room on the third floor of the Old Executive Office Building last week, Condoleezza Rice grittily endured an hour's worth of pleading from leading human-rights activists who want to see a 9/11-style commission created to investigate the abuse of detainees in the war on terror.
The Jihad mosque in Hebron is an easy place to miss. Located on the top two floors of a three-story stone building containing a minimarket and a car-repair shop, it draws attention only by the green globe and green banners that flutter from its rooftop minaret--symbols of the radical Hamas movement.
Our May 19 cover story on pain led readers to share tales of chronic pain, acupuncture and insurance with us. A doctor said he "enjoyed reading about new advances in pain management." Another reader pointed out, "Pain and depression are connected." The rest simply praised specific therapies.Feeling Their PainA week before reading your cover article, "Taking a New Look at Pain" (May 19), I underwent major surgery.
Welcome to the Republic of Umm Qasr. Water comes out the end of a jerry-built pipeline from Kuwait. Security is provided by the British Royal Marines. There's a deep-water port, one of the finest in the Middle East, but only one ship has called so far--and no others seem on the horizon.Electricity is nonexistent.
Saddam Hussein's inner circle is a special kind of club. Only murderers need apply. "All the members were tested by Saddam in one way or another," explains an Arab intelligence chief who's dealt directly with several of the top thugs. "They would not last if they were not brutal enough to satisfy Saddam, and when you meet with them they brag about this.