Pyle Shines in
December 16 issue of the Baltimore Sun featured an op-ed column
by politics professor and constitutional scholar Christopher Pyle
criticizing President Bush's intention to try suspected terrorists
in military tribunals. "The American public is being misled
about the new military tribunals and the president's authority
to create them," Pyle states, going on to debunk seven myths
about the tribunals. In a December 15 op-ed column in the Springfield,
Massachusetts, Sunday Republican, Pyle takes Attorney General
John Ashcroft to task for his defense of the tribunal system before
a Senate committee. Pyle was quoted about the prosecution of suspected
terrorists in the December 5 issue of the San Jose Mercury News
and the December 26 issue of the San Francisco Chronicle, and
was interviewed about the subject on public radio station WFCR
and Hartford radio station WTIC.
Sister Shamshad Sheikh's departure for Afghanistan, where she
intends to bear witness to the suffering of Afghan women in refugee
camps, was reported in the Springfield Union-News of December
25 and the Daily Hampshire Gazette on December 27. The papers
report on Sheikh's plans to assess the women's needs and see how
residents in the Pioneer Valley could best help the Afghan people.
"It is in me," she told the Gazette. "I like working
for people. I enjoy helping someone else. Giving and not expecting
to get a return, it is a good feeling." Sheikh, MHC's Muslim
adviser, is a native of Pakistan, and remembers visiting the Afghan
capital, Kabul, in her youth.
"Dehydrating Conflict," a piece about water and security
issues by Sandy Postel, visiting senior lecturer in environmental
studies, appeared in the September/October issue of Foreign Policy.
"Troubled Waters," another article by Postel, was selected
for inclusion in the 2001 edition of Best American Science and
Nature Writing (Houghton-Mifflin, 2001).