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January 11, 2002

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Pyle Shines in Sun The 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.

Afghanistan-Bound 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.

Waterworks "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).

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