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Cover Stories

Help for Iran

by The Editors

Cover Story | Sending money is the most efficient way to help with physical needs of earthquake victims. But U.S. sanctions against the Islamic government in Tehran should…

Cover Stories

Sands run down at Bam

by Mindy Belz

Cover Story | COVER STORY: Time is past for pulling victims from the rubble of one of Iran's most-powerful earthquakes. As the dust clears, the clock starts for good…

In this issue: "Earthquake in Bam," Jan. 10, 2004

Features

Education

By Jennifer Marshall

National | GOP Santas Federal education spending is up-way up-and Republicans are crowing. In 2004, overall funding for the U.S. Department of Education is expected to…

Technology

By Chris Stamper

National | Orbitz's orbit For one moment, it was like the old days. Orbitz, the online travel agency, launched onto the Nasdaq market and its price shot up. Then it…

Sports

By John Dawson

National | What now? What exactly are the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers supposed to do now? Weeks of nearly public negotiations to trade shortstop Alex Rodriguez to…

State of the states

By Lynn Vincent

National | ABORTION: A new report says legislatures in the South and the Midwest are helping create a culture of life, while Northeastern and Western states rank the…

Can anyone stop the Dean machine?

By Bob Jones

National | POLITICS: It seems to be all-or-nothing for the top Democratic presidential hopefuls in a contest that has become Howard Dean's to lose

Dispatches

Quotables

There's no more doubt left. Khieu Samphan, a former leader of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge party, on the atrocities committed during the party's reign in the late…

Quick Takes

It's all academic The Modern Language Association held its convention last week in San Diego, and in addition to numerous sessions on sensible topics, such as…

Blogwatch

By The Editors

Gloom-and-doom Democrats Many in the blogosphere are beginning the new year with the assumption that all the Democratic candidates for president are doomed,

The Buzz

By The Editors

Iran As survivors of Iran's earthquake scavenged for clothes and jostled for handouts, President Mohammad Khatami thanked those who have offered…

Reviews

Gaining ground

By Susan Olasky

Culture | INTERVIEW: Why do some cultures produce much more human achievement than others produce? An agnostic and libertarian scholar set out to answer that…

Translation problems

By Andrew Coffin

Culture | Quite a bit has been written about Sofia Coppola's 2003 film Lost in Translation (rated R for some sexual content, including several shots of a nearly naked…

Higher-quality fare?

By Gene Edward Veith

Culture | The American Film Institute-composed of movie historians, scholars, and filmmakers-named last month what they consider to be the 10 best TV shows of the year.

The free folks vs. the Orcs

By Gene Edward Veith

Culture | The Lord of the Rings trilogy parallels Western civilization's current fight against radical Islamic terrorists

Voices

The 'wide' way

By Andrée Seu

A widened heart views others with hope and possibility instead of with a severe, loveless accuracy

Stubborn unbelief

By Joel Belz

A lack of trust in God's promises is both the ancient root of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the current reason it is unlikely to be resolved

Curvy mountain road

By Marvin Olasky

First in a series on cultural and political opportunities for alert Christians

Mailbag

Homosexual activists have stolen the triangle, the church's symbol for the Trinity, and the rainbow, God's sign to Noah. I think Christians should not give…

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