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Articles from Vol. 272, No. 22, June 4

Beauty and Sadness
Eureka A tidal wave is coming. Soon I am sure. It will sweep all of us away.--The opening lines of Eureka One of the more familiar works of Japanese art--particularly in the West, where it has shown up everywhere from ecocampaigns to the cover...
Blair's Cooled-Off Britannia : AS THE ELECTION NEARS, THE WEATHER IS ROTTEN AND THE GLOW IS OFF 'NEW LABOUR'
It was a grand idea for a demo, a marriage of guerrilla theater and slick ad-agency wit. On May Day--a week before Prime Minister Tony Blair officially launched his re-election campaign--London was transformed into a virtual Monopoly board to spotlight...
McVeigh's Last Message
There is probably no punishment more painful to Timothy McVeigh than the great joke just played by the cosmos. In his fantasy life McVeigh has fancied himself a sort of stoic samurai, avenging himself on the FBI for Waco and then committing hara-kiri...
No Rush to Judges
President Bush's first list of nominees to the US Circuit Courts of Appeal, unveiled on May 8, was deceptively conciliatory and seeded with hard-to-oppose minorities and women, stealth conservatives and even a Clinton holdover, Roger Gregory, who has...
'Not in Our Name'
Daily life in the West Bank and Gaza: homes bulldozed, civilians bombed, people unable to get to the hospital because the borders have been closed, children shot with high-powered US rifles. Everyday life in Israel: the inevitable counterattacks, suicide...
Rapacious Instincts in Sudan : OIL COMPANIES ARE PARTNERS WITH KHARTOUM IN WAGING A CRUEL CIVIL WAR
Multinational extraction ventures in Africa are often nothing more than a modern reprise of colonial rapacity. Whether the natural resources are diamonds, titanium, copper or oil, more often than not they have proved to be a source of conflict and...
Sites for Sore Eyes
This magazine has been inundated of late with missives from irate Naderites demanding that the editors immediately exile me to The New Republic, the DLC or worse. My last column on Nader, which merely pointed out that he and his campaign should be...
Tax Cut Madness
If all goes as the GOP has planned, George W. Bush will have on his desk by Memorial Day a $1.35 trillion tax bill that is wrongheaded and an utterly inequitable pander to the privileged. Every American should be clear about what this bill is: a blueprint...
The Election Race Card
London "Let me take you on a journey to a foreign land. To Britain after a second term of Tony Blair." With these words, Conservative Party leader William Hague began a speech in March that has helped to reignite one of the ugliest political debates...
The First 2,920 Days
I was driving my son to soccer practice not long ago, listening to a National Public Radio wrap-up of President Bush's first hundred days in office. My son, who was just a baby when Bill Clinton was elected, observed idly: "If Bush stays in office...
'The Sound of Surprise'
CALLE 54 Bright and eager, bouncy and buoyant, sharp-eyed and quick-eared and passionately in love--those are a few of the ways you could describe Calle 54, director Fernando Trueba's tribute to a dozen Latin-jazz stars of three generations. Among...
Those Big Town Blues : NEW YORK CITY VOTERS AREN'T THRILLED WITH THEIR OPTIONS IN THE FALL ELECTIONS
As New York heads into the dog days of a premature summer, there are only three months to go before the Democratic primary, in which voters will pick the probable successor to term-limited Republican Mayor Rudolph Giuliani: Public Advocate Mark Green,...
Villaraigosa's Hot in Los Angeles
When mayoral candidate Antonio Villaraigosa strolled into a recent campaign "meet 'n' greet" cocktail party on the fifty-fourth floor of a downtown skyscraper, he made a beeline for the uniformed Latino wait staff and effusively embraced and thanked...
What Sontag Said in Jerusalem
Susan Sontag went to Israel and picked up her Jerusalem Prize on May 9. Ori Nir reported in Haaretz the following day that after accepting the prize from Jerusalem's mayor, Ehud Olmert, Sontag told those present at the convention center: "I believe...