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Cover Stories

Trafficking Cops

by Bob Jones

Cover Story | Private activists laboring to rescue child sex slaves and abolish sex trafficking around the world have put together a remarkable coalition. But they face a…

Cover Stories

Muffled screams: Actual reports supplied to the State Department

by Bob Jones

Cover Story Sidebar | Does the State Department assign countries to their tiers based strictly on evidence of forced prostitution, or do outside diplomatic pressures affect the…

In this issue: "Global shame," June 15, 2002


See you in St. Louis: SBC 15 years later is a changed denomination

Religion | Southern Baptists are set to gather in St. Louis on June 11-12 for the annual Southern Baptist Convention, returning to a city of historic consequence for the…

The State of the world

By Mindy Belz

Special Report | An in-depth look at rumors of war and problems of peace, new warfighting tactics and the age-old issue of persecution, the Great Commission, and prosperity…

Rumors of war

By Mindy Belz

Special Report | Job No. 1 for the United States is fighting the global war on terror, but problems around the world simmering since well before Sept. 11 are threatening to…

Problems of peace

By Mindy Belz

Special Report | Bush, Putin broaden ties but is Russia really reformed? U.S. diplomats fight cultural battles at the UN. And in Latin and South America: Mexico's Fox is left…

City limits

By Mindy Belz

Special Report | U.S. war planners are plotting new tactics to overcome the challenges and limitations of fighting in battlefields downtown

No compromise

By Mindy Belz

Special Report | Worldwide religious persecution: U.S. report urges officials not to ignore human-rights abuses as a "trade off" for diplomatic advantages

Amid the heat, dirt, despair-a privilege

By Mindy Belz

Special Report | Missions work in the post-9/11 world is more difficult, but the rewards remain

Profiles in prosperity

By Mindy Belz

Special Report | The relationship between political freedom and economic success: The top 10 economic powerhouse nations show more freedom equals more prosperity, just as…

Recipe for progress

By Mindy Belz

Special Report | From glucose, salt, and water to hydrogen, acetone, and radio waves, here's a look at inventions that could change the world

Heroes of history

By Mindy Belz

Special Report | Remembering the long peace, and those who made it possible

Top News

This Week | The Top 5 news stories as measured by coverage in The Washington Post, USA Today, and NBC Nightly News over a one-week period from May 29 to June 5

Prisoners for choice

Abortion | Inmates get to impose the death sentence

Judge grudge

By Tim Graham

Judiciary | TeamBush announces the fight card for the next Senate battles over federal court appointees

The global ERA

Senate | Boxer tries to revive a feminist treaty

'Your will be done'

Church-State | Barred by a federal judge from hearing the "official" graduation prayer, 100 public-school students stand spontaneously and recite the Lord's Prayer during…

The method proven 100% effective

By Edward E. Plowman

Abstinence Education | Teen pregnancy rates are the highest in the developed world. Now once-reluctant public educators give the save-sex message a chance-as abortion profiteers'

Stop, in the name of love

By Leah Driggers

Abstinence Education | PLANO, Texas—At 8 a.m. 34 teens ready for a discussion of sex-sex abstinence, that is-bite into Krispy Kreme doughnuts on the second floor of Vines High…

Leading them into temptation

By Lynn Vincent

At-risk Youth | Far from promoting abstinence, taxpayer-funded youth centers push confused, troubled kids into the homosexual lifestyle. WORLD took an unauthorized tour of…

Primed for the fall

By Bob Jones

Politics | In a slew of primaries, the GOP ended up with an ideological mish-mash

Steaming mad

By Tim Graham

Environment | Bush's flip-flop on global warming alienates conservatives

For John Perkins, it's black and white

By Candi Cushman

Race Issues | On his 50th wedding anniversary, supporters of a civil-rights giant are honoring the life of a man committed to racial reconciliation. Here's a look at some…

'I saw what hate had done to them'

By Candi Cushman

Special Report | February 1970: Police throw John Perkins into the Rankin County jail in Brandon, 30 miles north of his home in Mendenhall, Miss. His crime: helping to…

Coming next

Legislation | Conservatives still awaiting their promised opportunity to debate cloning


In Brief

News highlights from around the world


Lethal loopholes Australian Nancy Crick said she wanted to die with dignity. Yet after she committed suicide to the applause of euthanasia activists, one of…


He's going to have to pull some strings. Ohio prison inmate Robert Kirkpatrick, predicting he'd have trouble accepting a mistakenly sent Republican Party…


Flash Traffic

By Joel C. Rosenberg

Flash Traffic | Political Buzz from Washington


The Box Office

Movies | The Top 5 films for the weekend of May 31, as measured by box-office receipts

Skewing rich

By Gene Edward Veith

Television | Alone among the big networks, NBC thrives by targeting "people who actually shop, not shoplift"

Best Albums

Notable CDs | The Top 5 Internet CDs for the week ending May 5, according to Billboard magazine


Shooting the 'wounded'

By Joel Belz

But you can also hurt them-and those around them-in other ways

Welfare gifts

By Marvin Olasky

Let's return three that children once had

Dying under the flag

By Les Sillars

On the battlefield, what follows death is a matter at the forefront


Step up to the plate Stu Epperson's idea of mentoring boys is great ("Step in for the missing man," May 18). One of the best places to do that is on the ball…

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