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Articles from Vol. 270, No. 5, February 7

A Man of Straw
In principle, I rather detest articles or items that begin or end with the words, "You heard it here first." Nonetheless, this is what I told the readers of this column on December 28, 1998, in rounding off a whole series of uncannily, nay eerily,...
Chile's Choice
Campaigning on a pro-business platform and arguing that former dictator Augusto Pinochet is an irrelevant "part of the past," Socialist Ricardo Lagos won a narrow victory over Joaquin Lavin, Pinochet's former adviser and apologist, in the election...
Fake Left, Swing Right
Des Moines It wasn't just the Gore supporter dressed up as an ear of corn. Or the woman made up as a cow. Or the mindless cheering sections orchestrated by both campaigns ("One, two, three, four, we love Al Gore!" "Two, four, six, eight, who we...
If Politics Got Real
Being an occasional series of new political ideas-smart, plausible propositions not likely to be heard in Election 2000 but ripe for public debate and action. Just because there's an election this year doesn't mean people should stop thinking. -The...
In Fact
BERTELSMANN'S NAZI PAST (CONT.) The past can never be buried; it has a way of stabbing into the light even from the grave, like Carrie's hand in the Brian De Palma movie. So the huge German conglomerate Bertelsmann has learned regarding its history...
Let's Take Back the Debates!
You wore our expectations like an armored suit. -REM, "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" If Jesse Ventura had been excluded from the Minnesota gubernatorial debates in 1998, he almost certainly would have lost his run for governor. But the Reform...
Letters
Was It Genocide? New York City In "Genocide in Kosovo?" ["Beat the Devil," Nov. 8], Alexander Cockburn questions whether genocide ever occurred in Kosovo. He further suggests that NATO's bombing was largely to blame for the expulsions and killings....
McCain's Real Sin
When Senator John McCain, a crusader for campaign finance reform, recently did a favor for a campaign contributor, he launched one of journalists' favorite games, Deflate the Windbag. But this was more than a campaign blooper. It also revealed McCain's...
Mindlessness on Drugs
After spending two and a half years examining Britain's drug laws, a quasi-official committee is about to issue a report that will recommend the decriminalization of marijuana. Currently, pot possession in Britain is punishable by up to seven years...
Politics 2000 : Our Virtual Primaries
As the first voting of the 2000 presidential election approaches, in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries, public disinterest is palpable. There is simply no felt need for an election right now. For the most part, people seem indifferent to...
Progressives Shape Up for the New Millennium
I believe that progressives need to develop a "Winning, Not Whining" strategy for the new millennium that systematically works to empower us inside and outside legislative bodies. We must be bigger and bolder to be capable of significantly shaping...
The 'Cuba Exception'
The law governing the case of Elian Gonzalez, the 6-year-old Cuban boy found clinging to an inner tube after his mother drowned on the way here from Cuba, could not be more clear. When unaccompanied minors come to the United States, immigration regulations...
'The First Environmentalists'
For thirty years, since the publication of Silent Spring and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, the growth of the environmental movement has been fueled with sorrow for the decimation of Native Americans and nostalgia and reverence for their earthwise-if...
Troxel V. Granville
I always thought laws giving grandparents the right to see their grandchildren against the parents' wishes was a terrible idea, and Troxel v. Granville, in which the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in January, is proof. This case, which took six...
Ungood Fellas
The last decade of the twentieth century was not a happy one for the Mafia. During the nineties both the United States and Italy made remarkable strides in curbing organized crime, imprisoning gangsters and dismantling their business interests. Though...
Why I Support Bradley
This article by Senator Paul Wellstone is the first of a series of statements The Nation will be publishing on progressives' options in the presidential election. In the weeks and months to come, we will open our pages to other views. -The Editors...