- Newsmaker: Bush Orders Review of Pension Plan Rules
The Justice Department has begun a criminal investigation of Enron, the giant energy-trading firm that collapsed suddenly into bankruptcy last year. Mindful that thousands of Enron employees lost their pensions, President Bush has ordered a review of the rules that could put other workers at risk. BusinessWeek's Rick Dunham looks at the focus of the review and potential implications for the Bush White House.
- Reporter's Notebook: US Concerned about the Return of Poppy-Growing in Afganistan
The Taliban are said to have been "enormously effective" in reducing the opium poppy production that gave Afghanistan 70 percent of the world heroin market. David Filipov, Moscow bureau chief for The Boston Globe, has reported for years on Afghanistan and its opium industry. He forecasts what will happen as the war on terrorism meets the war on drugs.
Is Somalia Next in the War on Terrorism?
The US has focused the next stage of its war on terrorism on Somalia, which Secretary of State Colin Powel has called a "lawless" place with a history of affiliation with terrorist groups. American ships are patrolling the seas off the Horn of Africa and US intelligence aircraft are in the skies overhead. Communications have been disrupted and financial assets frozen. What is the threat from Somalia? What can America do there? Will the next phase of the war still look like a war? We look at the risks and rewards of extending the war on terrorism into Somalia and beyond, with Former Assistant Secretary of Defense Lawrence Korb and Africa specialists.