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Cover Stories

'Dark, but free'

by Bob Jones

Cover Story | Iraq's infrastructure remains shattered and residents of Baghdad face daily hardships that would be unimaginable to the average American. But Iraqis say they…

Cover Stories


by Bob Jones

Cover Story | They rarely make the front page anymore, but thousands of American soldiers are still pulling dangerous duty every day throughout Iraq. In the squalor of…

In this issue: "Troops hunt for weapons," June 14, 2003


J.I. Packer, John Stott, & 'public peace'

By Mindy Belz

International | A ban of an indigenous-language Bible in Malaysia went all the way to the prime minister's office.

Give me death, but also liberty

By Mindy Belz

International | The suicide of a church leader in Pakistan five years ago is leading to other casualties in the battle to end Pakistan's anti-blasphemy laws.

Appalling appeal?

By Lynn Vincent

National | Pro-life activists question colleague's latest fundraising drive; Randall Terry's former wife says she doesn't want to see "donors misled"

Sudan: Diplomacy amid atrocity

By Mindy Belz

International | There may be a lot of strategic reasons for recent U.S. friendliness to Sudan. But not a lot of human ones. Even as the U.S. secretary of state met last month…

Sudan: Bits of peace

By Mindy Belz

International | U.S. minister reports "mixed" progress in personal talks with Islamist leader

Saudi salt and light

By Mindy Belz

International | Saudi officials called in at least eight members of a mostly African congregation that meets in Jeddah, after monitoring the group for the past three months.

All-American boys

By Timothy Lamer

National | No athlete wants to be known as "all talk," and no one can hang that label on college football stars Wesley Britt and David Pollack.

"Union" vows

By Edward E. Plowman

National | Bishop Michael Ingham instructs his flock not to call same-sex unions "marriages."

Anglican ex-Communion?

By Edward E. Plowman

National | No sooner had the world's Anglican leaders issued a pastoral statement saying they "cannot support" church ceremonies blessing same-sex unions than one took…

Bits and megabytes...

By Chris Stamper

National | Is 79 cents cheap enough for one downloadable song? A new service called Rhapsody claims to have "the world's largest online library of major and independent…

More elite?

By Chris Stamper

National | Decades-old rules restricting media ownership are dead.

Mass warnings, personal touch

By Chris Stamper

National | "This is a test of the Emergency Alert System; this is only a test ..."

Moving beyond the mouse trap

By Chris Stamper

National | Two University of Delaware researchers may have built the proverbial "better mousetrap" by getting rid of the mouse.

Hillary's version

By Chris Stamper

National | As a wife, I wanted to wring Bill's neck," Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) recalls in her memoirs.


By Marvin Olasky

International | The Making of Modern Japan Marius B. Jansen (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000) CONTENT: Nearly 900 lugubrious pages about Japan's past four…

Japan: Beyond symbols

By Marvin Olasky

International | Symbols of Christianity are once again popular in Japan, as they briefly were a little over four centuries ago. Some women wear crosses as a necklace; some of…


By Mindy Belz

International | Beijing's deadline for its long-desired goal of English proficiency: 2008

China: Beijing dispatch

By Mindy Belz

International | End of April: "The new look" That is, the new look of Beijing. Which would be empty. There are still people out walking around and playing badminton and…

China: Painful prognosis

By Mindy Belz

International | For Hong Kong residents emerging from the SARS epidemic, city life faces a lengthy recuperation too

Japan: Three choices

By Marvin Olasky

International | Look at a few headlines from one Japanese tabloid for one recent day: "Woman hurt after hit by man taking death leap. Plastic-bag encased body dumped on…

Japan: End of a win streak

By Marvin Olasky

International | As long as Japan was on an economic winning streak, just about everyone put up with these troubling cultural practices. Japan, after all, was being held up as…

Japan: Religion and culture today

By Marvin Olasky

International | The black frock coat-wearers of the late 19th century did leave behind one signal accomplishment. One of the houses at Glover Garden contains the student…

Japan: Strenuous economy

By Marvin Olasky

International | Shosan Suzuki, author of anti-Christian attack pieces in the 17th century, is cited by economic historian Shichihei Yamamoto as "the founder of Japanese…

Japan: Persecution begins

By Marvin Olasky

International | Hideyoshi's officials seized Jesuit and Franciscan priests along with 20 Japanese Christians. Court connections led to release for the Jesuits, but beginning…

Japan: Christianity's second coming

By Marvin Olasky

International | The number of adherents to Jodo Shinshu grew for two centuries while troubles of many kinds pounded Japan, particularly beginning in the mid-15th century.

Japan: Pure Land and Jodo Buddhists

By Marvin Olasky

International | Working harder, intellectualizing, or getting mad did not work for many people mired in miserable, daily suffering-and so there arose a remarkable version of…

Japan: Buddhism meets Shintoism in Japan

By Marvin Olasky

International | In the sixth century A.D., Mahayana Buddhism began to dominate Japan alongside an earlier animistic religion, Shinto ("the way of gods"). Shinto apparently…

Japan: No small problem

By Marvin Olasky

International | Early Buddhism was for monks only; that's what most of the participants decided at the First Buddhist Council, held perhaps in 483 b.c. (datings vary) soon…

Japan: Early Buddhism

By Marvin Olasky

International | Buddhism began as a reform of Hinduism conceptualized by Siddhartha Gautama, known as the Buddha ("enlightened one") or Sakyamuni Buddha (Buddha of the Sakya…

Japan: Buddhism and Christianity

By Marvin Olasky

International | ASK MANY AMERICANS ABOUT Buddhism and the response, if there is any at all, is likely to be either abstract ("an Asian religion") or celebrity-driven ("Dalai…


Flashtraffic: Team Bush gears up for 2004

By Joel C. Rosenberg

Bush-Cheney '04, Inc. is open for business.

Flashtraffic: Florida Republicans are in a pickle.

By Joel C. Rosenberg

Florida Republicans would love to pick up the seat of Democratic Sen. Bob Graham, who is running for president and is undecided about a fourth term.

Flashtraffic: Is Georgia the key?

By Joel C. Rosenberg

GOP strategists think Georgia is the key to expanding Republican control of the U.S. Senate next year.


A thief, no matter how much his activities may smack of a James Bond adventure, is still just a thief. London prosecuting attorney Christopher Hehir on Rawson…

Quick Takes

Depressing decision Does premarital sex depress teenagers? A Heritage Foundation study, released last week, found a strong correlation between sexual activity…


By The Editors

1 fashionably early For a time the biggest question about President Bush's Euro-to-Red Sea tour was: Will they be obliged to serve Poland spring water at…

Power and people

By Bob Jones

Pew poll didn't measure the kind of feeling toward America that I experienced reporting from the Middle East

Religion & terror

By Marvin Olasky

Eric Rudolph faces many trials for his alleged crimes, but The Washington Post seems to think Christianity might need legal or PR representation as well


In the music spotlight: Nick Drake

By Arsenio Orteza

Culture | The British singer-songwriter Nick Drake, whose death in 1974 from an overdose of a prescription antidepressant was officially ruled a suicide, is not the…

Finding a good Disney film

By Andrew Coffin

Culture | Disney deserves to be held accountable for a long string of poor choices, but if there's one compelling argument against a boycott, it's Disney's ongoing…


By Arsenio Orteza

Culture | The Top 5 best-selling pop catalog albums for the week ending May 31, according to Billboard

In the book spotlight: Grace at Bender Springs

By The Editors

Culture | Junk novels for beach reading are abundant, but those looking for summer novels with satisfying stories and characters worth reading about often leave…


By The Editors

Culture | The Top 5 best-selling hardback novels as measured by placement on four leading lists as of June 3.

An interview...

By Joe Maxwell

Culture | with 36 teens from Peace Reformed Church, Middleville, Mich.

Bathing suits or birthday suits?

By Joe Maxwell

Culture | Teenage girls try to explain why they "wear" what they wear at the beach

Protection money

By Gene Edward Veith

Culture | Some liberal advocacy groups are using extortion as a fundraising technique



As an alumnus I can't say I'm surprised. I wish I was. During my time at Calvin, I had a number of professors who upheld the Bible and were very orthodox.

Staying the course

By Marvin Olasky

WORLD readers on marriage when the going gets tough

Matrix versus messiah

By Andrée Seu

The history of man is replete with tempting illusions

A debating society

By Joel Belz

If we can't have open and honest debate here, why expect it elsewhere?

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