And now some footnotes to America's war on terror.
Uncle Sam is making comeback on college campuses. In a survey by Harvard University's institure of politics, 60 percent of the students surveyed trust the feds to do the right thing all or most of the time. That's up from 36 percent a year ago.
The Taliban's strict rules on hiding women's flesh from men's eyes left at least one male surgeon out in the cold. The Los Angeles Times reports that the director of a Kabul maternity hospital often had to stand in the hallway, and give instructions through the operating room door to one of his female assistants. The Taliban also required female doctors to don burkas whenever they were assisted by a male MD.
Well, average Afghans have something in common with average Americans, they can't quite comprehend the value of the president's $25 million bounty on Usama bin Laden. An 18-year-old balloon salesman in Kabul told the Associated Press, the reward would probably buy a 100 party balloons at two cents each. Another teenager thought that the money could feed his family for 10 years. The AP estimated it would provide enough food for 500,000 years. But at least one man showed a fundamental grasp of the profit motive. He offered to go look for bin Laden, provided he got $1 million advance.
In its latest edition and on its Web site, the British news weekly, The Economist, has decided to make fun of post-election recounts by American media organizations. It did so by running the following quote correction. Here it is: "In the issues of December 16, 2000 to November 10, 2001 we may have given the impression that George Bush had been legally and duly elected president of the United States. We now understand that this may have been incorrect, and that the election result is still too close to call. The Economist apologizes for any inconvenience."
Tens and even hundreds of thousands of Iranian youth have been demonstrating after recent national soccer matches. The protesters not only supported the national team, they also chanted in favor of the U.S. and against Iran's ruling clerics.