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In the Papers February 15, 2008

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BBC: Bush Defends US Record on Darfur

New York Times: Dumb and Dumber: Are Americans Hostile to Knowledge?

International Herald Tribune: In a Mother’s Loss, Kenya’s Agony

Awino is a 23-year-old single mother who was at work packing roses for the equivalent of $2 a day when her children were killed. A mob surrounded the house where they were hiding with 17 other people, barricaded the doors and soaked the walls with gasoline. No one inside had a chance.

Everyone died, including 11 children. It was one of the most disturbing episodes in the bloodletting that convulsed Kenya since a disputed election in December. The incumbent president, Mwai Kibaki, was declared the winner over the top opposition leader, Raila Odinga, despite widespread evidence of vote rigging.

Since then, more than 1,000 people have been killed in vicious fighting between supporters of the two politicians, fighting that followed mostly ethnic lines but broke all rules. Old men were chopped in the head with axes. Mothers were stabbed to death in front of screaming babies.

The Boston Globe: Lone ‘Boy’ on Campus

New York Times: When We Torture (Nicholas Kristof)

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