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Location: Mailing Lists / Archive General Hot Articles / 2001-05-23

Groper backlash, Mercedes infomercials, personal translation
devices, a new kind of basketball, and more, all covered in
this week's Hot Articles...
---World Politics & Society---
According to Asiaweek, Japan's female commuters are tired of
men groping them on trains -- and are demanding more respect
and protection.
An analogue to George W. Bush is arising in South Korea, as
the daughter of former ruler Park Chung Hee seeks the
presidency.  FEER has the story.
FEER reports on how Bangkok is becoming the Asian crossroads
for African drug- and diamond-trafficking gangs.
A diet centered on Western junk food has turned Micronesians
into one of the world's most obese populations, as The
Atlantic Monthly reports.

---U.S. Society and Politics---
A U.S. News feature examines the bad, and worsening, state
of traffic in America and wonders what can be done to fix
A New Republic article argues that the U.S. needs to ban
human cloning now.
With the U.S. Hispanic population at an all-time high, only
2% of TV actors are Hispanic.  A Time article asks why.
---The Middle East Conflict---
A Salon analysis suggests that a U.S. commission's
recommendations on how to stop the Middle East violence, may
be doomed from the start.
Time interviews American peace negotiator George Mitchell
about the potential for a Middle East armistice.

---Science & Technology---
A Business 2.0 article proclaims that portable
spoken-language translator devices are almost ready to
emerge from the lab.
Science News describes experiments scientists are
undertaking to determine whether life's building blocks
could have arrived from space via meteorite.
---New Sports Leagues---
An Atlantic Monthly article reports on the unorthodox new
women's soccer league in the U.S., noting that its very
peculiarities may ensure its success.
Sportsjones looks at a new basketball league called
Four-Ball that tweaks the rules to speed and spice up the

Business 2.0 profiles Inara Networks, a company that hopes
to create "missing link" devices that will seamlessly
connect optical and legacy networks.
U.S. News reports on the spate of out-of-state marketers
courting California companies with promises of cheap,
plentiful electricity.
Infomercials, maligned as they are, produce results for the
sellers of rotisseries and Ginsu knives.  Now, upscale
marketers like Mercedes-Benz want in on the act, as Business
2.0 reports.
The Industry Standard reports that British Telecom, once
poised to dominate global communications, is looking more
desperate every day.
Entertainment Today reviews the film Shrek, whose voice cast
and computer animation are reeling in moviegoers.

U.S. News has tips on avoiding travel hassles this summer,
from getting cheap airfares and hotel rooms to avoiding
extra car-rental fees.
Private schools in the U.S. are being hit hard by a teacher
shortage, reports Education Week.
---The Internet---
Wired interviews Intel chairman Andy Grove, Silicon Valley's
famously skeptical elder statesman, on why he's such an
Internet bull.
PC World reports on two bills in U.S. Congress that would
let you sue spammers.  Opponents, however, say the measures
will hamstring legitimate e-commerce retailers.