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Articles from No. 270, August

Altered States: A Reader in the New World Order // Review
Books on "the state of the world' are appearing thick and fast in the current period between the end of the Cold War and the beginning of the new millennium. These two books are diametrically opposed in style though not necessarily in content or message.Its...
(Boy George. Cheapness & Beauty)
Thirteen years on from Boy George and Culture Club's first foray onto global TV screens, people can still remember the impact that this be-frilled, dreadlocked creature made. The tabloid press coined the phrase, gender-bender, to describe George O'Dowd.Returning...
Burnt by the Sun
Set in 1936, Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov's latest film reflects on a period of history that it's only been possible to renegotiate in the past few years. Ostensibly the film is reminiscent of a Chekhov play as a large eccentric family gathers...
Children of the Disappeared
MARTIN sat in a downtown Buenos Aires bar staring at the front page of the newspaper. Army chief General Balza had accepted 'institutional responsibility' for torture and murder during the military government. 'It's become a circus, all these confessions,'...
Chile
WITH its emaciated outline and its amazingly diverse landscape-from the parched Atacama Desert in the north, through fertile farmland and volcanoes to the fjords and glaciers of the south-Chile is a country of extremes. But the extremes it is best known...
Coral Grief: Red Sea Reefs Crumble
THE coastline of the Red Sea attracts thousands of visitors every year. The Red Sea reefs support up to 1,000 species of fish of which ten per cent are to be found nowhere else in the world. Divers and snorkelers come to marvel at this underwater world....
Crystal Glasses and Kidnapped Wives (in Chechnya's Muslim Society)
Midnight, and the hot dusty wind is merging with the muffled blasts of nearby bombing to convince me it is time to slip into the unconsciousness of sleep. But when Madina comes to my room with her best friend and a bottle of champagne, I am startled...
Disarming the Fist: Wife-Beating Is a Crime (in Papua New Guinea)
DEAR SIR or Madam, I am one of the students in Tari Community School in Southern Highlands Province. Now I want to tell you about my family problem. My father comes and argues and hits my mother and I feel sorry for my mother. Sometimes I don't go...
God's Guerrillas: The Christian Right in the US Has Just Unveiled a New Contract for the American Family
I RETURNED from a vacation in India recently to discover that my friend had been shot by an anti-abortion terrorist. She worked as a counsellor at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Massachusetts. A man called John Salvi walked into the clinic and started...
Hiroshima // Review
ON 31 AUGUST 1946 the New Yorker published an extraordinary edition. The cover-an anodyne picnic scene-carried no clue as to the shattering contents. Inside were no cartoons or fiction, no gossip from the metropolitan scene, no reviews. The entire...
Kumar Rupesinghe (Profile)
IF there was a traumatic turning-point in the life and consciousness of Kumar Rupesinghe, it was the pogrom against the Tamils in his native Sri Lanka in the late 1970s which led to the outbreak of civil war in 1981.It was for me a period of trying to...
Loser Takes All: High Price of Victory Paid by Hanoi
TWENTY years ago victorious Vietcong troops marched into Saigon as the last American soldiers and government officials were hastily evacuated from the roof of the US Embassy. But did the North Vietnamese really win the war? Judging by the results today...
No Woman Is an Island: Post-War Euphoria Usually Means the Enforced Return of Women to Their Kitchens (in Tigray Things Have Turned out Differently)
OUR GREAT achievement,' Roman tells us with pride, 'is that now we are able to elect-and be elected. Before, women could not even speak in public.' Shortly afterwards, in Ethiopia's first-ever national elections, three Tigrayan women are elected for...
Simply.Storming the Citadels
Men still rule the world. Contrary to popular myth, women have gained very little over the last ten years-and lost a lot. But they are not giving up. This year, in the run-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women, activists from all over the world...
States of Disarray // Review
Books on "the state of the world' are appearing thick and fast in the current period between the end of the Cold War and the beginning of the new millennium. These two books are diametrically opposed in style though not necessarily in content or message.Its...
The F-Word: Feminism Has Become a Dirty Word for the Generation in Their Twenties
AMY: There is an assumption that the 'twenty-something' generation is lazy, apathetic and irresponsible. Much of this grew out of the media's characterization of 'Generation X'. Recently I was sitting through a meeting with older feminists and the...
The Oasis: Amid the Desert of the War in Former Yugoslavia, Rada Boric Finds a New Identity
I'm from Zagreb. Croatia.'Croatia?'One of the countries of former Yugoslavia.'Oh. Well, what has really happened there?'I can't tell you. I can tell you only of the things written on women's bodies and souls...'Often, meeting foreigners, I could see...
Walk through the Storm: Pilgrimage Hits War Zone in Cambodia
KOI SAROTH leans on his crutches and stares intently across the border. The wait is long and the heat relentless. But for the 24-year-old Buddhist monk in Cambodia the arrival of a rag-tag group of 32 pilgrims at the border with Thailand marks the start...
Women on the Edge of Time: The Forces of the Extreme Right Are Everywhere on the March, and the Women of Algeria Are Fighting to Contain Them
AN Algerian woman writing about Muslim fundamentalism for a Western readership comes up against two big problems. First, the rise of the extreme Right in Europe-and the subsequent Islam-bashing-makes it hard for us to know quite how to denounce fundamentalism...
Women: Still Something to Shout About
THE 'world's most ruthless killer' is coded as Z59.5. It has meant 'widening gaps between rich and poor, between one population group and another, between age groups and between the sexes'(f.1) (my italics). It has caused more suffering to more people...
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