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Articles from Vol. 272, No. 14, April 9

AIDS and Profits
"This is not about profits and patents; it's about poverty and a devastating disease." That statement did not come from AIDS activists struggling to provide sub-Saharan Africa's 25 million HIV-positive people with access to life-extending medications....
Bush's Global Warmers
Four days after the press reported that he was about to cut climate-altering carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, George W. Bush caved in to the Neanderthal wing of the fossil fuel lobby--the coal industry and ExxonMobil--and reversed himself....
DU at Home
Depleted uranium constitutes one of largest radioactive and toxic-waste byproducts of the nuclear age. Over the past half-century, 700,000 metric tons of DU--more than half of all the uranium ever mined in the world--was produced at three government-owned...
Gleaners over Gladiators
THE GLEANERS AND I During the false calm that descends between the announcement of Oscar nominations and the bad-TV night of their awards, the smug nominees are routinely re-released to a presumably eager public in order to boost box-office returns...
In Place of Nations
Times have changed since the cold war, but not half as much as we might like to think. The cold war provided the perfect excuse for Western governments to plunder and exploit the Third World in the name of freedom; to rig its elections, bribe its politicians,...
My Nike Media Adventure : E-MAIL CAN BE MORE POWERFUL THAN MASS-MARKET ADS. CORPORATIONS, TAKE NOTE
Nike's website allows visitors to create custom shoes bearing a word or slogan--a service Nike trumpets as being about freedom to choose and freedom to express who you are. Confronted with Nike's celebration of freedom and their statement that if you...
Peru & the Post-Fujimori Future : THE CROOKS ARE GONE. NOW THE COUNTRY HAS TO FIGURE OUT A COMMON AGENDA
Lima As five Peruvian lawmakers stood wide-eyed on the ground at a military airport north of here in early March, a MIG-29 fighter jet crashed in a blazing ball of flame. The plane was being given a test flight as part of an investigation into whether...
The Balkan DU Cover-Up : WASHINGTON IS PRESSURING NATO AND THE UN TO KEEP THE LID ON INVESTIGATIONS
Last November, when stories first appeared in the European press of deaths from leukemia among Italian soldiers who had served in the Balkans, alarm bells started ringing across the Continent. The leukemia was--and still is--believed by many independent...
THE NATION INDICATORS : Wealth Report
Most analyses of how people are doing economically focus on income. But what about wealth--assets like houses, bank accounts, stock portfolios? The most salient fact about wealth is that it's much more concentrated than income. For example, the richest...
The Noise on I-40
Gallup, NM Drive across the United States, mostly on Interstate 40, and you have plenty of time to listen to the radio. Even more time than usual if, to take my own situation, you're in a 1976 Ford 530 one-ton, plowing along at 50 mph. By day I...
The Pardons and the Press -- There's a Word for the Media's Handling of Clinton's Actions: 'Scandalous'
During the March 1 Congressional hearing on former President Clinton's controversial pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich, three senior Clinton staffers were pressed by Republicans about a White House meeting that took place the night of January...
The Worst Drug Laws
Adrian Wilson can't make a lobbying trip to Albany anytime soon: The New York State Department of Corrections does not escort its prisoners to the state capital for teach-ins. But his story--typical of the 22,000 nonviolent drug offenders in New York's...
Tweedledee, Indeed
My dictionary defines "myopia" as "a lack of discernment or long-range perspective in thinking or planning." This would have been a pretty good definition of the accusation leveled by Ralph Nader at progressive Gore supporters. The rap, according to...
Zapatistas on the March
Mexico City Many compared it to marching through a dream. After seven years under siege by 70,000 Mexican Army troops in the jungles and highlands of Chiapas, the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) sent twenty-four delegates, including its...