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    Afghanistan's Forsaken Women

    Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg

    Of all the tragedies witnessed so far this decade, none may be worse than the one now facing the 19 million women in Afghanistan. If the country's Taliban regime is serious about fostering economic development, it must uphold its promise to respect women's rights.

    worries that the limited legal gains made over the past 20 years will be reversed.
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    America's Lost World

    Leonard Benardo & Ivan Krastev

    The idea of America as a cultural wellspring and bastion of freedom was always an artifact of the Cold War. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Americans increasingly have struggled to articulate what they really stand for.

    review two recent books examining the country's post-war cultural boom and bust.
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