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Review: The Mediterranean Cauldron (3/98)

World wars, the advance of empires, and resistance to encroaching invaders have often centered on the Mediterranean Sea or taken place near its shores. Called the "cradle of civilization," it’s 10 times the size of the five Great Lakes of North America, with winter storms as horrendous as any on the Atlantic, Pacific, or Indian Oceans. Today, however, it’s also a cauldron of human conflict. And a majority of those who suffer are historically the most wretched of the Earth: women and their children. read more

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Palestine: Libraries for Peace (2/98)

When Naheda Abd Almajeed Yagi graduated from El Emam University in Saudia Arabia in 1990 with a degree in library sciences, she returned to the Gaza Strip, then under Israeli control. Unemployed for six years, she now works as a reference librarian at the College of Education, a teacher training institution in Gaza City. Almajeed Yagi hopes one day to earn a post-graduate degree in library service – if her English improves, in the US, where she can realize her dream of visiting the Library of Congress. "I’m ambitious," she said with a shy smile. "Someday I want to be a chief librarian." read more