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Articles from Vol. 273, No. 2, July 9

ACT UP Goes Global : AN EARLY US AIDS GROUP EMPLOYS DIRECT ACTION TO OPPOSE INJUSTICE EVERYWHERE
ACT UP--the grassroots organization that shut down the New York Stock Exchange and picketed St. Patrick's Cathedral--is back, and it's gone global. Over a decade ago, ACT UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power) pioneered many of the direct action tactics...
Annan's AIDS Crusade
On a late June day that will surely have been picked by the political astrologers around him, Kofi Annan of Ghana will likely be coronated for a second five-year term as Secretary General of the United Nations. The 63-year-old Annan's first term doesn't...
Building to Win : IN THE PROGRESSIVE PLAYBOOK FOR 2001, LABOR IS CALLED ON TO ASSUME A LEADING ROLE
Gazing out over our national political terrain, it's not hard for progressives to see that we're in the fight of our lives. As Pat Buchanan likes to say, the left has won most of the culture wars and lost almost all the political and economic ones....
Family Values Forever : IN THE MARRIAGE MOVEMENT, CONSERVATIVES AND CENTRISTS FIND A HOME TOGETHER
The rhetoric of "family values" went into remission during the 2000 presidential election. In striking contrast to the moralistic tenor of prior Republican campaigns, this time the GOP co-opted the Democratic language of "inclusiveness." George W....
Flunking the Tests
Democrats and Republicans alike are claiming the education bill as a victory. The national testing plan--mandating annual tests in grades three through eight, plus one in high school--is a significant departure from the past. As right-wing pundit Chester...
Forward to the Past
Most of the time I think of gay rights, women's emancipation and the decline of male dominance as irreversible historical processes, blah blah, driven as they are by powerful material, social and intellectual forces, blah blah blah. Then comes the...
Global Apartheid
In mid-April, worldwide protests forced an international cartel of pharmaceutical giants to withdraw a lawsuit against the South African government. The suit--an effort by "Big Pharma" to protect its enormous profits--sought to block implementation...
Liberating Vieques
When George W. Bush announced from Sweden on June 14 that he planned to pull the US Navy out of the Puerto Rican island of Vieques by 2003, it struck some as odd when he referred to the people of Vieques, all US citizens, as "our friends and neighbors"...
Social Security Heist
With the Bush Administration, the corruption isn't hidden in the Lincoln Bedroom. It's paraded in your face. On June 18 Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill lunched with executives of leading financial houses at Windows on the World high atop New York's...
The AIDS Fund Fight
Behind closed doors at the UN and in Western capitals, government and corporate officials are arguing over the size and governance of a fund that is going to be the primary international response to the greatest public health pandemic since the Black...
The Ground beneath My Feet
In the summer of 1986 I was traveling in Nicaragua, working on the book of reportage that was published six months later as The Jaguar Smile. It was the seventh anniversary of the Sandinista revolution, and the war against the US-backed contra forces...
The Limeys
SEXY BEAST Franky Four Fingers. Bullet Tooth Tony. Boris the Blade. Barry the Baptist. Porno king Hatchet Harry, who coshes his victims with a fifteen-inch black rubber cock. These are just a few of the horrible bastards who have captured the hearts...
'The Vietnam Syndrome' : THE KERREY REVELATIONS RAISE ANEW ISSUES OF MORALITY AND MILITARY POWER
The Kerrey disclosures have surfaced an array of both laudable and lamentable sentiments, but perhaps none worse than those associated with William Safire's April 30 tirade directed at the so-called Vietnam Syndrome. Safire defines the syndrome as...
Who'll Defend against Missile Defense?
Arriving to record a television debate at the Hoover Institution here a few months ago, I found the personnel of the preceding show still standing around and chatting. Prominent was the rather chic figure of George Shultz, former Secretary of State,...