The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 32, No. 11, November

Contempt of Court
How Jesse Helms and the State Department are helping future Milosevics escape justice ON MAY 17, TROOPS LOYAL TO THE government of Sierra Leone finally captured rebel leader Foday Sankoh in the capital, Freetown. Sankoh, head of the Revolutionary...
Don't Mean A Thing
Why your vote doesn't count unless you live in Kalamazoo or Morgantown DURING THE FIRST PRESIDENTIAL debate this year, moderator Jim Lehrer asked George W. Bush and Al Gore to contrast their approaches to preventing future oil crises. Gore, predictably...
Finding the Civil Service's Hidden Sex Appeal
Why the brightest young people shy away from government THE COVER OF A BROCHURE GIVEN out by the federal Office of Personnel Management shows a young man in sunglasses crouching like a surfer and holding a model spaceship labeled "United States."...
Help Wanted
Why welfare reform needs good social workers MILWAUKEE RESIDENT MARY Rhoden has been on and off welfare for years. Her trouble hasn't been getting a job. In fact, she's had quite a few. It's keeping them that's the problem. The mother of five fought...
Memo of the Month
http://arbiter.wipo.int/domains/decisions/html/d2000-0479.html ADMINISTRATIVE PANEL DECISION Tata Sons Limited v. D & V Enterprises Case No. D2000-0479 Re: Pornographic Web site - www.bodacious-tatas.com a) Domain Name "Identical or Confusingly...
Reach out and Annoy Someone
When public space turns private, were all stuck listening to the noise IN THE LATTER 1990S, IN THE MIDST OF the high tech boom, I spent a lot of time in a coffee shop in the theater district in San Francisco. It was near Union Square, the tourist...
Reinventing the Wheel
Transition lessons for the president elect ON APRIL 19, 1993, OFFICIALS FROM the Federal Bureau of Investigation charged into the Waco, Texas compound of the Branch Davidian cult, smashed down walls, and filled the building with tear gas. Rather...
Saving Lives
One of these days, gold may save your life. In ancient times, the glittering metal that never tarnished was believed to bring good fortune, to ward off evil spirits, to help heal the sick. Today, increasingly, it is healing the sick - and saving lives....
The Ghost of Tom Joad
What happens when an entire generation forgets what it means to be poor? A FRIEND WHO TEACHES COLLEGE ART history complains bitingly about her students' ignorance of the Bible. How can aspiring artists understand Renaissance art--Michelangelo's...
Tilting at Windmills
Botox In Botswana * Wise Choices In West Virginia * Gays For The Draft! Gender-Bending Eels * Naughty Lawyers * Nervous Pitchers I'M SURE ONE REASON THAT THE rich always think they have to get richer is that the world continues to offer such tantalizing...
Who's Who
In his new book The Breach, Peter Baker describes "a different approach" taken by Bill Clinton's impeachment lawyers as they sought his acquittal. "Sitting on the Republican side of the chamber, some of the White House attorneys were regularly striking...