The Madrid Bombings and the War on Terror

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When terrorists bombed commuter trains in Madrid yesterday, Spanish officials immediately pointed the finger at ETA, a Basque separatist group that has carried out terrorist acts in its campaign for independence. But within hours, authorities said they had found evidence that indicated possible links to al Qaeda. Does yesterday's attack in Spain hint at the possibility that regional terrorist groups may be going global to achieve local goals? In a post 9-11 world, are terrorists uniting against the war on terror? Are some governments using the war to justify hard-line responses to regional disputes? Guest host Sara Terry speaks with political scientists and other experts on terrorism from St. Andrew-s University, the University of Southern California and the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.
  • Making News: Spain Mourns
    Yesterday-s series of bombs in Madrid train stations, which killed 190 people and left more than 1400 wounded, was the worst terrorist attack in Europe since the downing of a Pan Am jetliner over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. Newsweek's Eric Pape looks at the huge outpouring of anti-terrorism in Spain, which will hold national elections on Sunday, and comparisons between yesterday's attacks and September 11.
  • Reporter-s Notebook: New Italian Law Curtails Fertility Treatment
    The Medically Assisted Reproduction Law drastically restricts fertility treatment in a country where not long ago, doctors helped a 63-year old woman become a mother. The new Italian law goes into effect this week, and it-s being called a triumph for traditional Catholics. Sophie Arie is in Rome, where she wrote about the law and the controversy around it for the Christian Science Monitor.
Guest host Sara Terry is an award-winning writer and photographer, who has written for the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, Fast Company, Rolling Stone and the Boston Globe. Her current photo-documentary project is "Aftermath: Bosnia's Long Road to Peace."

Arie's article on Italy's new fertility law



Warren Olney