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Cover Stories

Dream or nightmare?

by Bob Jones

Cover Story | Stories of Saddam's repressive rule are almost as numerous as Iraqi refugees. But even after coalition forces liberated the country, the refugees' memories…

Cover Stories

IRS: Islamic Revenue Service

by Bob Jones

Cover Story | Concerned less with cheerful giving and more with precision, imams enforce the zakat with the zeal of tax collectors-but the largesse provides much-needed…

In this issue: "Staying underground," May 3, 2003


Glass houses

By Edward E. Plowman

National | The nation's largest private operator of prisons and jails last week announced plans to launch faith-based programs in each of the 60 facilities it runs over…

Imperial Vermont

By Edward E. Plowman

National | Ripples are crashing into other states from Vermont, where a law in 2000 established a "civil-union" category that is essentially marriage for same-sex…

Tighter focus

By Edward E. Plowman

National | Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, 66, will turn over his post as president and CEO of the group this month

Around the horn

By John Dawson

National | The coaching carousel continues. After North Carolina cleared the way for former Kansas coach Roy Williams to take over the Tar Heels' head basketball…

Out to the brawlgame

By John Dawson

National | The only good news is that these guys have about 150 games to cool off.

Of toils and toes

By John Dawson

National | Minnesota star forward Kevin Garnett said this would be the year he'd lead his team to a playoff series victory.

Stability must wait

By Priya Abraham

International | After a vote called "comparatively peaceful," America's 5th-largest oil supplier still perilously sits on a Christian/Muslim divide

Paving the 'war and destruction' path

By Mindy Belz

International | President Bush gives a diplomatic pass to a brutal Islamist government, yet evidence persists that Khartoum is using U.S. "good faith" to crush the Christian…



I almost had a nervous breakdown. Doris Bellerose of Dracut, Mass., on mistakenly receiving a $3.9 million water bill last week. I'm not truly embarrassed…

Flashtraffic: Interview with Rush

By Joel C. Rosenberg

What's next after Operation Iraqi Freedom? Talk radio's Rush Limbaugh shares his insights in this exclusive e-mail interview with WORLD.

He's not Trent Lott

By Marvin Olasky

There's a big difference between Trent Lott's racial insensitivity and Rick Santorum's principled position on constitutional law-and President Bush ought to…


By The Editors

1 from bad to worse "I stand a better chance of being hit by a bus!" says Beijing resident Holly Gerberich. But statistics are no comfort when it comes to…

Quick Takes

Man bites dog story Paul Russell of Syracuse doesn't "really remember" what happened, but police say he bit a police dog last month during a brawl outside a…


Warning signals

By Joel Belz

They led to the looting of Baghdad and they may hold back Iraq


Rumor has it John Dawson accurately pointed out that college football produces revenue in excess of its massive expenses ("The spoils of football," April 5).

Thinking it through

By Andrée Seu

What do we know most directly, most immediately?

Spring reading

By Marvin Olasky

As described in the rhyme of the ancient treadmiller



By The Editors

Culture | The Top 5 best-selling nonfiction hardbacks as measured by placement on four leading lists as of April 20, 2003

Heart problems

By Gene Edward Veith

Culture | The looting in Iraq illustrates the moral and political crisis that plagues the Islamic world

In the book spotlight: Successful books in 2002

By The Editors

Culture | In 2002 an author who hoped to place a book on the Publisher's Weekly nonfiction bestseller list for a long time would have been advised to write about…

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