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Issue: "Terrorism: Unmasked men," Oct. 16, 2004

"The whole counterculture was one big scarecrow wearing dead leaves."

Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan on how he did not identify with the 1960s protest movement that revered his music. That movement, he says, "had no purpose in my life." His memoir, Chronicles: Volume One, hit bookstores last week.

"If I lost my life for the honor of my country, I would be proud."

Afghan teacher Swailla Noorstani on volunteering in last week's elections despite terrorists' threats to disrupt polling stations. About 10.4 million Afghans registered to vote.

"Slaughter with a smile."

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John Prendergast, director of the International Crisis Group's Africa program, on continued killings in Darfur, Sudan, in spite of genocide declarations from the United States and Europe.

"The people that are into humanities, and are into Blake's concept of enlightenment, they are not looking at the words."

Miami artist Maria Alquilar on why she and co-laborers did not notice misspellings of the names of 11 historical figures, including Einstein, Shakespeare, Vincent Van Gogh, and Michelangelo, on a $40,000 ceramic mural for the new library in Livermore, Calif.

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