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Articles from Vol. 274, No. 6, February 18

A New Pentagon 'Triad'
The "Nuclear Posture Review" released by the Defense Department on January 9 has been widely described in the media as presaging a diminished US reliance on nuclear weapons in favor of advanced "conventional" munitions. "Pentagon Study Urges Arms Shift,...
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Enron End Run
"Most analysts say" the Enron mess does not yet "rate as a Washington scandal," according to USA Today. Roger Pilon of the Cato Institute, for one, observes, "Enron is a business scandal--an accounting-and-securities fraud of substantial proportions....
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Family Dynamics
STORYTELLING * THE SON'S ROOM * WHAT TIME IS IT THERE? What Minotaurs lurk in the polite American mind, hungering within the contortions of liberal conscience? Even the most not-for-profit filmmaker--a documentarian, a socially responsible type--may...
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Fusion Biopolitics
In the next few weeks the Senate will hold hearings and vote on legislation that would outlaw the cloning of human embryos, either for the purpose of medical experimentation or the birth of a human being. The House already passed a similar bill in...
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Grassroots Globalism
"Think globally, act locally" is still one of the best slogans progressives ever slapped across the backside of a vehicle. But the leap from bumper-sticker admonition to political reality has proven difficult, as the movement to challenge economic...
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Kissinger's Green Light to Suharto
In a few weeks, East Timor will be able to celebrate both its independence as a country and its status as a democracy. Elections will have produced a government able to seek and receive international recognition. An undetermined number of Timorese,...
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Letters
ABOUT THAT AD... In light of Norman Finkelstein's effort to peddle his vituperative book by taking out advertisements in The Nation [see page 17] calling me a liar, I have asked The Nation to print the letter I sent to Finkelstein prior to the publication...
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Little but War Itself
George W. Bush strode into the Capitol for his State of the Union address the most popular President in modern history. He has said repeatedly that he will use the political capital gained in the war on terror, not let it go to waste. So what challenge...
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Pierre Bourdieu, 1930-2002
The death on January 23 of the French philosopher and sociologist Pierre Bourdieu came as the American chattering classes were busy checking the math in Richard Posner's Public Intellectuals: A Study of Decline--an unintentional parody of sociology...
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Shall We Leave It to the Experts? ENRON'S POWER PROJECT IN INDIA SHOWS HOW ELITES BENEFIT FROM GLOBALIZATION. WHAT'S NEEDED NOW IS A POLITICS OF JOINING HANDS ACROSS THE WORLD TO RESIST
India lives in several centuries at the same time. Somehow we manage to progress and regress simultaneously. As a nation we age by pushing outward from the middle--adding a few centuries on either end of the extraordinary CV. We greaten like the...
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Stop! Another World Is Possible
Paris For a magic moment, the citizens' movement was no longer on the defensive. From Seattle to Genoa, via Washington, Prague, Quebec, Nice and a dozen other destinations, the dispiriting decades of unbridled corporate greed and freewheeling financial...
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The Miner's Canary : THE PROBLEMS OF PEOPLE OF COLOR SHOW WHAT'S WRONG WITH AMERICAN DEMOCRACY
The old tale about the walled city of Verona has something to tell us about the present political situation in the United States. Over time, the story goes, the population inside the wall grew and the city became overcrowded. The problems from this...
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The Power of Nonviolence : THE MOVEMENT CAN SEIZE THE MORAL HIGH GROUND AND WIN SUPPORT FOR CHANGE
As protests against corporate globalization resume following the trauma of September 11, it may be helpful to reflect again on the role of nonviolence in the global justice movement. The violence that led to one death and hundreds of injuries in Genoa...
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Victory for Viet Vets
A recent court decision gives many Vietnam veterans a new opportunity to sue chemical companies like Dow and Monsanto for cancers and other latent diseases they believe were caused by exposure to Agent Orange, a herbicide widely used during that war....
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