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Articles from Vol. 274, No. 4, February 4

2001 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize
The Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize of $10,000, awarded annually for the most outstanding book of poems published in the United States by an American, is administered mutually by the Academy of American Poets and The Nation. In the past decade, winners...
Afghanistan by Stagelight
HOMEBODY/KABUL There is a moment at the end of the hourlong monologue that constitutes Act I of Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul when I realized I'd be happy to sit and listen to this mentally promiscuous, verbally curious London housewife (played...
All Together Now
It was not without warning that Congress voted to end welfare-as-we-knew-it in 1996, but still, it seemed to catch the progressive community off-guard. There was no mass protest, no flurry of outraged Op-Eds, no sustained and spirited engagement by...
A New Current in Palestine : IT'S TOO SOON TO CALL IT A PARTY, BUT THERE'S NOW A POPULAR, INDEPENDENT GROUP
After sixteen months, the Palestinian intifada has little to show for itself politically, despite the remarkable fortitude of a militarily occupied, poorly armed, poorly led and still dispossessed people who have defied the pitiless ravages of Israel's...
Crime in the Suites
The collapse of Enron has swiftly morphed into a go-to-jail financial scandal, laden with the heavy breathing of political fixers, but Enron makes visible a more profound scandal--the failure of market orthodoxy itself. Enron, accompanied by a supporting...
Divide and Misrule
One of the old school of the British colonial service, a man with the irresistible name of Sir Penderel Moon, wrote a book about the end of empire and titled it Divide and Quit. At whose expense was this extremely dry joke? Look around the global scene...
Enron and the Bushes
When George W. Bush was first running for governor of Texas, Washington editor David Corn took a look at Bush family activities on behalf of Enron in Argentina--itself now suffering the results of untamed financial markets. We reprint this November...
Enron Conservatives
Concerned about potential taint from the metastasizing Enron scandal, George W. Bush met with reporters recently to distance himself from Enron's chairman, Ken Lay (nicknamed "Kenny Boy" by W. before the scandal). It is testament to how indelible that...
Enron: Crony Capitalism
The rise and fall of the house of Enron should trigger comprehensive investigations--civil, criminal and Congressional. The full scope of relations between Enron and its cronies in the Bush Administration must be dragged out into the sunlight. Miscreants...
For Her Own Good -- WITH THE 'FAMILY CAP,' THE STATE SAYS TO WELFARE MOMS: NO MORE BABIES!
Angela B. sits at a card table in the dilapidated nave of St. Joseph's Church in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The church, whose floors are covered with thin, wrinkled wall-to-wall carpeting, has forgone statues of Christ, lofty tributes to the Holy Trinity...
Grief without Portraits
On December 10, Marc Herold, a professor of economics at the University of New Hampshire, released a report about civilian casualties in Afghanistan. Relying on news accounts from India, Pakistan and Europe, the study put the number of civilian deaths...
Harvard Raps West
As the chairman of Artemis Records, the company that released Cornel West's CD, Sketches of My Culture, I considered criticizing Cornel for his association with Lawrence Summers, president of Harvard. Without ever listening to it, Summers attacked...
Letters
JURY DUTY--I New York City * A Trial by Jury, both the book and Carl T. Bogus's review ["A Verdict on the System," Dec. 10, 2001], were interesting and insightful, but I offer the following: Bogus says, "If convicted, Milcray [the defendant]...
Reforming Welfare-Take Two : AS CONGRESS REVISITS THE WELFARE DEBATE, IT'S TIME FOR A SOBER LOOK AT WHAT THE LAW HAS WROUGHT, AND A NEW VISION OF WHAT THE SYSTEM COULD--AND SHOULD--BE
In a more progressive political world, the current recession would alter and even accelerate the debate over reauthorization of the 1996 welfare law, which expires this year. Far from a success in any case, the 1996 law was at best a policy designed...
Shotgun Weddings
What would the government have to do to convince you to get married when you otherwise wouldn't? More than pay you $80 a month, I'll bet, the amount Wisconsin's much-ballyhooed "Bridefare" pilot program offered unwed teen welfare mothers beginning...
The Hollywood Three
ONE OF THE HOLLYWOOD TEN When The Majestic was about to be released--it's the movie, you will recall, in which Jim Carrey plays a blacklisted screenwriter who suffers from amnesia--someone asked me to tote up the other films that touch on the Hollywood...
Who's Utopian Now?
Welfare reform has left America dangerously undefended against hard times. According to Tom Snyder, assistant to the president of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees union (HERE)--whose members include thousands of people who might, prior...