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  • n. Plural form of tinderbox.


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  • From the Horn of Africa, the Indian Ocean stretches past the tense arc of Islam — with its tinderboxes of Somalia, Yemen, Iran and Pakistan — past the Indian subcontinent all the way to the Indonesian archipelago.

    The Next Battleground

  • Yet it is in almost all societies the restless young men who are the tinderboxes of violence.

    The Desire for Liberty Is Universal

  • Chances are your community has seen everything at least twice from hand tinderboxes to fire specialists!

    Laura Day: Thriving in Adversity

  • As we feel the heat ease off of the national debate let's bring our awareness to the racial tinderboxes of many kinds all over the country.

    Anna Deavere Smith: Before We All Have A Beer

  • In Nairobi, opposition protests repressed by the police have transformed into tribal clashes, notably in crowded slums, ethnic tinderboxes where most of Kenya's 42 tribes co-exist.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • We haven't really gotten those tinderboxes under control either.

    Blake Fleetwood: Ahmadinejad and Bush: A Match Made In Hell

  • The incident underlines both the vulnerability of the world's communications infrastructure and YouTube's role in spreading politically charged content to political tinderboxes such as Pakistan.

    Plumbing the Depths

  • Also, we're live on the fire lines out West, as dry weather turns four states into tinderboxes.

    CNN Transcript Jun 21, 2006

  • So the tinderboxes among us know that at least you do what you do on purpose, as opposed to just being unwittingly cack.

    The Assassination of Richard Nixon

  • The region along the Himal, from Kashmir on one end to the tiny Himalayan states on the other, is one of the most explosive, though least remarked on, tinderboxes on earth.

    What should Taiwan do?


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