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Israel: The Winograd Effect

Ehud Olmert.

Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert.

"There aren't enough people," was a common complaint among the thousands of Israelis who gathered recently in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square, calling for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Minister of Defense Amir Peretz to resign. A heat wave was doing its best to sap the streets of energy and spirit that Thursday evening, a few days after the release of the Winograd Report. The report, commissioned by Olmert to investigate the handling of the recent war in Lebanon, offered no comfort to the prime minister and many questions for Israelis.

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Thembi's AIDS Diary: Where Is She Now?

Thembi's AIDS Diary: A Year in the Life of a South African Teenager.

Last year, we posted a memorable, very personal Dispatch by Thembi Ngubane, an extraordinary 20-year-old South African who is living with AIDS. It was adapted from an award-winning public radio documentary.

Since many FRONTLINE/World Web visitors wrote to us about Thembi Ngubane's story, we thought you might like to read what has happened to her since then.

The following comes to us from Joe Richman of Radio Diaries, the producer of "Thembi's AIDS Diary."

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Nigeria: The Corruption of Oil

Nigerian militia men with automatic weapons in boat.

Members of the militant group, MEND (Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta), patrol the oil-rich region.

During three weeks in one of the most corrupt countries in the world, I managed to pay only one bribe, and that was to get the hell out. Sure, I had paid "area boys," as young Nigerian hoodlums are known, for "protection" and I gave a little cash to the Big Man of one slum because that was the price to "snap, snap," or film in his territory. But I never actually paid an official. Not that I wasn't asked.

The military and police operate a comical number of checkpoints on Nigerian roadways. And each one is an opportunity for them to collect.

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