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Articles from Vol. 271, No. 4, July 24

Death Penalty Politics
The seismic shift in the politics of the death penalty is staggering. Those who have long labored in the vineyards of abolition find themselves suddenly able to talk about the subject in polite company, yet uncertain just how to deal with the headway...
Green and Growing
If the fledgling Association of State Green Parties ever becomes a full-blown national party, it may make more sense to look to Texas than to Denver-where its convention just chose Ralph Nader for President-to understand how and why. The story starts...
If Not Now
There are a number of persuasive reasons to cast a vote for Ralph Nader in the fall, and a number of unpersuasive reasons, too. But the principal argument in favor is this: On the 22nd of May last, Nader said without equivocation that if he had been...
Media and Trade: A Love Story -- THE 'BEST AND BRIGHTEST' RUSHED, POST-SEATTLE, TO EMBRACE THE CORPORATE LINE
On the final day of the Seattle demonstrations this past December, Peter Jennings of ABC's World News Tonight introduced the story with a sly aside: "The thousands of demonstrators will go home or on to some other venue, where they'll try to generate...
Mexico's Triumph
Vicente Fox, Mexico's President-elect, is not a man of the left. Indeed, some members of his National Action Party (PAN) are frighteningly conservative. But Fox's startling triumph in the July 2 election is for the most part cause for celebration:...
MP3: It's Only Rock and Roll and the Kids Are Alright
Once upon a time there was a struggling young California band. Its music was too loud and its image too unpolished for MTV. Its social and political messages were a little too disturbing for radio. But it built a passionate following among underground-rock...
Population and Gender Equity : FERTILITY RATES DROP WHEN WOMEN GAIN OPPORTUNITIES AND A VOICE IN SOCIETY
The magnitude of the population problem is frequently exaggerated. Anxious commentators have been terrifying others about imagined disasters for a very long time. That roaring tradition goes back at least 200 years, when Thomas Robert Malthus declared...
Prison Activists Come of Age : IN CALIFORNIA, RESISTANCE TO PRISON EXPANSION BUILDS ON THE PAST
"This Goliath is so enormous that the Davids are flourishing," says Ellen Barry, whose work with prisoners won her a MacArthur "genius" award, referring to California's prison industrial complex. Promoting a book of prisoners' writings from San Diego...
Pulling Back the Veil on Condor : NEW DOCUMENTS SHED LIGHT ON OPERATIONS AND ON WHAT WASHINGTON KNEW
For three years, from 1975 through 1977, the countries in what is known as the Southern Cone of South America underwent a human rights crime wave unprecedented before or since in the region. Military regimes in place for more than a decade in Brazil...
Putin's Choice
Moscow Vladimir Putin has been Russia's President for seven months, but there is no agreement in Moscow as to who he is or what kind of leader he will be. Indeed, after three weeks here it's clear that various Russians hope for at least four different,...
Reasonable Questions
I voted for Nader in 1996. Why am I so reluctant to do so this time? Well, the stakes are a lot higher, for one thing: Dole was toast way before Election Day; voting for Nader was basically just a way of piping up to Clinton's left (and we all know...
Scaremongering and the Court
We're being served up two reasons for voting Democratic. One is that the Republicans will destroy Social Security. The other is that a Republican President will appoint Supreme Court Justices who will outlaw abortion. That's about it. Star Wars will...
The Flounder
THE PERFECT STORM * NEW YORK VIDEO FESTIVAL Long before I'd gone to a theater and lashed myself to a seat, I formed two expectations about The Perfect Storm. First, because Wolfgang Petersen was the director, I figured that someone-me, probably-would...
The Right's Cold War Revision : CURRENT ESPIONAGE FEARS HAVE GIVEN NEW LIFE TO LIBERAL ANTICOMMUNISM
It could have been the late fifties in the wood-paneled auditorium at the National Archives in Washington, DC, during a daylong conference in February commemorating the career of Senator Joseph McCarthy. It had been fifty years since McCarthy first...
The Speed of Poetry
When I visit the Poetry Publication Showcase, an annual display of the year's new poetry books at Poets House in Manhattan, I feel as if I've been granted a precious audience with Poetry itself. Like the large golden bee in a James Wright poem, "drowning...
Where's Hoffa Driving the Teamsters?
There was a time when the very word "Teamsters" evoked some pretty dark images: a bloated and notoriously corrupt union president, carried into the Teamsters convention on a gilded sedan chair by men dressed as gladiators; another mob-tied president...