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Articles from Vol. 273, No. 15, November 12

Art & the Towering Sadness
Not long after the attack on the World Trade Center, when my wife and I sat dazed and weeping by the television screen, a call came through from a journalist wanting to know what the art world's response to all this was to be. We were amazed that any...
Big Pharma's Payoff
Talk about good times for Washington's mercenary culture. Even as officials scrambled to explain why they had not acted more quickly to protect postal workers from anthrax contamination--or to deal with the public's fears regarding the disease--they...
'Blowback,' the Prequel
The story of what historians call the second cold war often begins with the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979, which shocked Americans into their own overreaction in Central America and Africa, as well as into arming the mujahedeen resistance....
Homeland Insecurity
It is hard to write a column like this under the present circumstances. It is hard to comment on what is happening in the world if the military regulates everything. And yet it is impossible not to write about this moment when civil rights and liberties...
Information Lockdown
Viewers of the old spy spoof Get Smart will remember the Cone of Silence--that giant plastic hair-salon dryer that descended over Maxwell Smart and Control when they held a sensitive conversation. Today, a Cone of Silence has descended over all of...
LETTER FROM GROUND ZERO : The New Brink
As the conflict that began on September 11 heads into its sixth week, two clouds of danger hang over its two battlefields, the United States and Afghanistan. In the United States the danger is bioterrorism, represented by the attacks on the news media...
Letter from Nicaragua
At a dinner in Managua in the mid-1980s, I sat next to a British businesswoman who had lived comfortably in Nicaragua for decades. Heading for retirement in England, she took a last potshot at what she considered the immature idealism of the Sandinistas,...
MUD-Wrestling in California : SAN FRANCISCANS WILL VOTE ON WHETHER TO CREATE A PUBLIC POWER COMPANY
Democracy campaigners battling the excesses of corporate power have in recent years made Patti Smith's song "People Have the Power" something of an unofficial anthem. On November 6 San Francisco area voters could make it public policy. After the...
Pro Patria, Pro Mundus -- IT'S TIME TO ASK SELF-STYLED 'BORDERLESS' CORPORATIONS: WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
A recent New York Times headline asked an insinuating question: "After the Attacks, Which Side Is the Left On?" The Times should find the nerve to put the same question to the major players of business and finance. Which side is Citigroup on? Or General...
Seven Days in October
A month ago, when thirty-seven neoconservatives, led by William Kristol, William Bennett and Jeane Kirkpatrick, signed an open letter warning George Bush that failure to attack Iraq would "constitute an early and perhaps decisive surrender in the war...
The Left and the Just War
The left is getting itself tied up in knots about the Just War and the propriety of bombing Afghanistan. I suspect some are intimidated by laptop bombardiers and kindred bully boys handing out white feathers and snarling about "collaborators" and being...
The Shame of Boxing
Someday they're going to write a blues song just for fighters. It will be for a slow guitar, soft trumpet and a bell. --Sonny Liston Boxing is my guilty pleasure. I love it and I hate it. I appreciate it, but I'm also the first one to shout "Stop...
Twin Peaks
AMELIE*MULHOLLAND DRIVE Lifestyle sections have lately been detailing the public's renewed appetite for comfort food. If that rice-pudding desire translates to the big screen, then cinematic fairy tales that offer the reassurance of a bedtime story...
US Bows to Turkey
Alongside the White House and the Capitol building on the alleged terrorist hit list for September 11 was another, little-noticed target: Incirlik, a US airbase in southern Turkey. In a recent raid on a suspect's apartment in Detroit, the FBI found...
Working-Class Heroes
The September 11 attack on the World Trade Center led journalists and image-makers to rediscover New York's working class. In an extraordinary essay in Business Week titled "Real Masters of the Universe," Bruce Nussbaum noted that during the rescue...