American citizens in Saudi Arabia have been warned (again) to keep an eye on their automobiles and not to park them over night in an unguarded area. This warning came about after an Irish citizen discovered a bomb under his car on January 14th. He called the police and the device was defused. Americans have also been warned to avoided American style restaurants, as the U.S. embassy apparently has received a warning that some unspecified group was planning to bomb fast food restaurants.
January 17, 2001; Thirty-three nations have agreed to the Wassenaar Arrangement, which puts multi-national restrictions on the export of shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles for the first time. Export will require that the customer confirm delivery and agree not to re-export the missiles.-Stephen V Cole
January 16, 2001; Another center of Islamic fundamentalism is forming. Malaysia, long a stronghold of laid back Islam, has developed a growing number of fundamentalists. In many parts of the country, the fundamentalists are enforcing their lifestyle choices by forming groups of white robed, machete wielding vigilantes. The police rarely interfere, as the government has been playing up Islam over the last few years to assist a campaign against with opposition politicians. The fundamentalists provide cover and support for terrorists, and
repair or replace damaged weapons and other equipment.--Stephen V Cole