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Afghanistan: The Forgotten War
Five years after 9/11, we revisit the country where the war on terror started. See the entire series, plus video, slideshows and audio interviews.. 
Sept. 10, 2006-Oct. 1 2006

   A Victory Yet to Come
Afghans face the hard reality of a long fight against insurgents.
September 10, 2006

   Taliban rampage in Ghazni
U.S. commander lectures local leaders and blames police corruption for the attacks and bombings.
September 10, 2006

   Blurring of enemy lines
Special Report: Identifying the enemy can be difficult; mistakes can be costly, in lives, allegiances.
September 14, 2006

   Rebuilding a country - or an insurgency?
A leading Afghan scholar says America's counterinsurgency strategy may have actually fueld the Taliban
September 14, 2006

   Restraint even facing death
When hit by the enemy, troops are taught to send this strong message: Ordinary Afghans can trust them.
September 17, 2006

   A souvenir of attack, thanks to al-Qaeda
Video: Insurgents bomb Army humvee
Many American soldiers have survived roadside bombs in Afghanistan and Iraq. But Army Lt. Brian Farrell is among the few to relive the experience on videotape.
September 17, 2006

   Slow fight to build an army
U.S. troops try to knit disparate militias into a national Afghan force.
September 21, 2006

  For Afghan women, the veil prevails
Some take up high office, but most face a long battle for recognition and equality.
September 24, 2006

  Salvaging fragments of the giant Buddhas
The Taliban shelling left the statues in bits. Should they be restored?
October 2, 2006

 Afghan golf course with real hazards
Forget about water holes. Think land mines and rocket attacks at this Afghan links.
October 9, 2006


Catholic Crossroads
Philadelphia Inquirer series June 4-8 2006

  Africa's star rising
Nigeria offers a portrait of steady Catholic growth on the 
continent even producing a surplus of priests, some of whom
end up here. Conflicts with Islam are a worry.

June 8, 2006 (Don't miss the multimedia links)

  A world away
A Nigerian priest's efforts to belong in Pa.
June 8, 2006

   Eleanor Walker,  Philadelphia
June 4, 2006


Venezuela: Where oil is everything
June 18, 2006

No clear verdict on Islamic Courts
Report on Somalia
June 17, 2006

Chavez has praised, insulted, backed and snubbed neighbors
June 6, 2006

Venezuelan list targets Chavez's foes
Opposition supporters say they have been frozen out of jobs, pensions, scholarships.
June 4, 2006

'Puzzling' U.S. stand, Blix says
June 3, 2006

How Chavez captures hearts of U.S. citizens
Oil discounts are just part of the Venezuelan leader's marketing.
May 30, 2006

Ex-Phil awaits attempted-murder trial
Urbina awaits Venezuelan trial in brutal attack.
May 23, 2006

A plea to save Afghan antiquities
As war and intolerance ruin the nation's treasures, a team of its scholars made a public appeal at Penn.
May 3, 2006

Biden calls for 3-way division of Iraq
He said partitioning the country would defuse tensions. The White House disagreed.
May 2, 2006

Bolton: Duel with Iran is a test for U.N.
In Phila., the ambassador also said he was frustrated with inaction on Darfur.
April 22, 2006

Calif. terror case weakens in court
Five Muslims were arrested in June. Now only two are on trial. Some see a pattern of big cases falling apart.
April 4, 2006

'Sound familiar?' To historians, Iraq unrest does
March 17, 2006

On the plunder patrol
Marine Col. Matthew Bogdanos got so fired up in recovering stolen Iraqi antiquities that he widened the mission as a civilian prosecutor.
February 28, 2006

The Sunni-Shiite rift started centuries ago
Report on the bombing of the Askariya shrine in Samarra

February 23, 2006

Cheney shooting: Who's at fault?
Friends say he is blameless. The NRA says responsibility lies with the shooter in such cases.
February 14, 2006

All Philadelphia Inquirer Coverage of the Danish Cartoon Controversy:

A day for Muslims to air grievances
Historically, Friday prayers are well-suited to organizing the Islamic community.
February 11, 2006

Muhammad's image is far from a rarity
He is portrayed in Western and Islamic art. Not all Muslims say it's wrong.
February 9, 2006

Muhammad cartoon reveals unrest
Did other, unprinted cartoons fan fires?
February 7, 2006

A media dilemma: The rest of a story
Muslim anger at cartoons depicting Muhammad has been reported, but few U.S. outlets are showing the images.
February 4, 2006

The Offense: A huge cultural divide goes back centuries
The Danish cartoon controversy
February 3, 2006

PLO diplomat says power will make Hamas pragmatic
January 27, 2006

Bremer: An artful dodger?
January 24, 2006

A porous Pakistan-Afghan border has sheltered international outlaws
January 17, 2006

The facts: `Good news' slowly leads to sorrow, rage
Report from the West Virginia mine tragedy.
January 5, 2006

A call for moderation sparks tension
"There is a civil war going on," says a U.S. Muslim critic of more established groups.
The final installment of the 'Battle for the Heart of Islam' series.

January 3, 2006

Extremism a challenge for Muslims
The first installment of the 'Battle for the Heart of Islam' series.
December 19, 2005

Small radio station lands a big interview: Rumsfeld
November 10, 2005

Regional Muslim clergy support convicted imam
November 5, 2005

The Disappearing Drill
December 26, 2004-January 16, 2005
In a nine-part series for The Inquirer, I followed a university expedition as it ventured into Equatorial Guinea to save endangered wildlife, including Africa's most endangered monkey, the drill. More than two dozen newspapers, from Taiwan to Seattle, published part or all of the series.

Dispatches from Africa
The daily blog from the expedition to Equatorial Guinea, filed via satellite telephone. The story behind the series: Tales of drunkards and Spaniards and animals pissing from

Follow up: December 9, 2005
Arcadia University gets $384,000 'ecotour' grant
ExxonMobil Foundation funds will aid the Glenside school's project on a West African isle.

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