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Islamic Extremism Strikes Bangladesh

Injured man being carried.

Leaflets left at the sites of suicide attacks castigate the corruption of the judicial system, saying only God's law can truly bring justice.

History was made twice in one week here, when the country experienced its first suicide bombings just days before the first-ever visit of Bill Gates. On the road out to Gazipur, a small city 20 miles north of the capital, Dhaka several posters read, "Long live Mr. Bill Gates and Mrs. Melinda Gates." It was a symbol of the country's burgeoning prosperity. But I was headed to Gazipur because, only days earlier, a suicide bomber blew himself up in the name of establishing Islamic law. Bangladesh might have Microsoft now, but it also has global jihad.

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Bolivia: The Rise of Evo Morales

Evo Morales Aima

Evo Morales, former coca grower and Aymara leader, surprised Bolivia's political elite by winning 53.7 percent of the vote in the December 2005 elections.

I live in downtown La Paz, about 10 minutes away from the government palace. In the last couple of years, I've watched history unfold just outside my window.

I've seen tens of thousands of Aymara Indians from nearby shantytowns and peasants from remote corners of Bolivia marching into the city. They come bearing sticks and colorful flags and some of them are armed with dynamite. They demand everything from presidential resignations to rollbacks of tax increases on the poor to the nationalization of oil and gas reserves. I've watched violent clashes between protestors and government troops and seen my country on the verge of a civil war.

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