By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
By Roy Edroso
By Jon Campbell
By Albert Samaha
By Zachary D. Roberts
Iraq's Weapons of Mass Distribution
Arms for the Poor
Information on where Iraq gets its armaments is scant, but reports by the Wisconsin Project of Nuclear Arms Control provide an inkling of what's going on. The nonprofit, nonpartisan foundationbased in Washington, D.C., and operating under the auspices of the University of Wisconsinrecords the following recent sales:
Armored personnel carriers sold to a middleman in Syria, intercepted before reaching their possible destination of Iraq, sold by Terem, a Bulgarian state-run company.
Kolchuga anti-aircraft radar, in a deal approved by Ukrainian government leaders.
"Lithotripter" machines, ostensibly for treating kidney stones but also the source of a precision switch that can be used for triggering atom bombs, sold by the German electronics firm Siemens, each with two extra switches supplied by Thomson-C.S.F., a French military-electronics company.
Confused and depressed Catholics this Christmas season can get a lift from their seemingly endless downer of priestly sex abuse by playing a new computer game called Catholic Challenge Bible Game, produced by Guiding Light Video for $19.95 and advertised as "the first and only church-approved Bible computer game for Catholics." Or for a more varied experience, also from Guidinglightvideo.com, try "Catholic Challenge Catechism Game (also $19.95), which "tests and expands your knowledge of the Catholic faith in an atmosphere that promotes fun."