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T he international community in Kosovo is there to spread peace on its own terms, but that's especially hard to do when the region still lacks the essential elements of a civil society and every aspect of the quasi-autonomous state is fraught with chaos.

For those born and raised among the high-desert hills around Cumpas, Sonora, the local Molymex plant has become a cancer, a symbol of eternal twilight bought and paid for by international trade, corporate greed, and a laconic, corrupt government.

Listening to Dr. Laura's radio show is a trip -- mostly a scary one. There's a hallucinogenic, slightly dangerous roller-coaster feel, as with the proverbial car wreck we can't turn away from. What's going on here?

Also, a controversial public works project in Tucson, the tribal culture of international travelers, giving gifts the Internet way, and more.

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PETA: One Big Booboo [8]
Cows are best appreciated when they're sliced into manageable portions, rubbed with garlic, sprinkled lightly with pepper and grilled.
— Captain Opinion, WEEKLY ALIBI
No Rules [9]
Why do problems crop up so much in new houses? Ask your local government officials.
— Walter Jowers, NASHVILLE SCENE
Autodidact [10]
A trip to the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.
— Marc K. Stengel, NASHVILLE SCENE

Teeny Tidbits
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Odds and Ends [11]
Time-released news capsules from the flipside.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
Mr. Smarty Pants [12]
Sex in space!
— Mr. Smarty Pants, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Volume III, Issue 40
March 28 - April 3, 2000  

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Dancing in Kosovo [2]
One year after the NATO bombing, life in a relatively quiet, former tourist city in Western Kosovo is still fraught with peril.
— Rebecca Pollard, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
Toxic Tower [3]
Do the physical and environmental disturbances in Cumpas, Sonora, stem from the processing plant?
— Tim Vanderpool, TUCSON WEEKLY
Urban Watershed [4]
A wash full of homeless people and a quagmire of local politics raise vital questions about Tucson's future.
— Mari Wadsworth, TUCSON WEEKLY
Dirty Talk [5]
Dr. Laura's appeal to the masses is easy to explain -- she traffics in emotional pornography. But a backlash is growing. Has this radio dominatrix lost her sting?
— Michael Bronski, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
Adventures in Backpacking [6]
While traversing the globe in search of enlightenment, Mary Fitzgerald finds something altogether different: the steadily growing tribe of the full-time traveler.
— Mary Fitzgerald, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Gimme That! [7]
Retailers figured out there's money to be made in the online gift market.
— Michelle Chihara, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Now What? [13]
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