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Greece Bans Overweight Tourists From Donkey Rides

"The obese and overweight tourists, combined with the lack of shade and water, as well as the sheer heat and 568 cobbled steps, is what is causing such a problem," a spokesman for the charity Help the Santorini Donkeys said.

Mail Call: Making a Difference

Readers applauded the health initiatives and other philanthropic projects described in our cover story "Giving Globally: How to Heal the World." One wrote, "The question is, how can we tailor solutions that empower local communities and lessen long-term dependency on foreign aid?" Healing the WorldThe stories of children suffering from AIDS and malaria in Africa ("How to Heal the World," Oct. 1) are as heartbreaking as the stories of children suffering from diseases like cancer in...

The Worst of Both Worlds?

It seems impossible to have an honest con-versation about global warming. I say this after diligently perusing the British government's huge report released last week by Sir Nicholas Stern, former chief economist of the World Bank and now a high civil servant.

Poor, Poorer, Poorest

The ruins of Matera in Italy's southern region of Basilicata are a grim reminder of how desperate life has been for the region's poor. Generations of families once lived here in squalid, windowless caves cut out of the steep ravines, often sleeping alongside their pigs, chickens and goats.


The Pensioner PopulationAs a 65-year-old pensioner, I was delighted to read your Dec. 6 article "The Golden Age." My country, Hungary, is among those where the percentage of population older than 60 is more than 20 percent.

Mail Call

Our Dec. 6 article on the growing number of elderly worried readers. "This is a big problem for us," said a Hungarian, speaking of his country. A young Filipino argued against sending grandparents to old-age homes: " [D]on't forget that...


Chaos reigned in Portugal through the summer of 1975, when Jose Manuel Duro Barroso was 19 years old. An oppressive dictatorship had been overthrown the previous year, and now Soviet-backed communists were trying to control the country.


Everyone knows there are too many people in the world. Whether we live in Lahore or Los Angeles, Shanghai or So Paulo, our lives are daily proof. We endure traffic gridlock, urban sprawl and environmental depredation.

Our Sport Has Gangrene

It's The Biggest Skating Scandal Since Tonya And Nancy. But The One At This Year's Olympics Exposed The Corruption Behind The Competition

Jfk Jr.'S Final Journey

Inside the church, the grief was real. Sen. Edward Kennedy's voice caught as he read his lovely eulogy, and when he was done, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg stood up and hugged him.

Global Mythmaking

Its chic to talk about the "The Global Economy" As if it were something quite new, completely unfathomable and utterly threatening. There's an undeniable international commercial culture that, at times, seems overwhelming.

Is It Too Late?

Accused of seducing the Kurds into rebellion and then abandoning them, Bush orders a massive relief effort in a race against cold and starvation In the cold, steep mountains of northern Iraq, swarms of fearful Kurds fled the wrath of Saddam Hussein, risking their lives on roads to nowhere.