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By World Editor of The Christian Science Monitor / September 30, 1999



Journalists and international peacekeepers are finding evidence of atrocities in East Timor. But unlike Kosovo, there are no investigators on hand to collect the evidence before it's disturbed. Quote of note: "What we urgently need to see are experts ... who can come in and conduct a systematic investigation." - a UN official.

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The "Kargil War" between India and Pakistan is no longer in the headlines. But attacks by Muslim militants slipping across the cease-fire line are rising.

In Austria, a party that champions stay-at-home moms and Hitler's employment practices is gaining in the polls.

- David Clark Scott, World editor

REPORTERS ON THE JOB *IDYLLIC AND IDLE: The Monitor's Cameron Barr in Dili, the East Timor capital, for two days, shares some of his impressions. "Parts of the city are lovely. Dili is set along the seashore and decorated with copious hibiscus and bougainvillaea blossoms. It has potential as a tourist destination," he says. But most of the city is nearly devoid of people. Those who are slowly returning from the hills, where they fled to escape anti-independence militia groups, have little to do in a place that now has no industry and little commercial activity. "It's a nation of people standing around," Cameron says.

*SWINGING IN KASHMIR: The Monitor's Robert Marquand gets his fair share of surreal reporting experiences, but golfing in Kashmir ranks right up there. The reopening of the Srinagar Country Club, after a 10-year closure, reflects an attempt by locals to regain a sense of civility amid a militant uprising. The course, says Bob, sports the typical sand bunkers guarding the greens - plus concrete bunkers guarding the Club entrance. Bob, who hasn't swung a golf club in 10 years, gamely marched the fairways followed by a bevy of self-appointed junior ball scouts. The outing lasted for only four holes since his partner - a local journalist - was running late for an appointment.

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