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Articles from Vol. 272, No. 19, May 14

AIDS: The New Apartheid
"Phanzi, Pfizer, Phanzi!" "Get out, Pfizer, go!" At rallies they sing the old liberation songs, replacing the names of apartheid leaders with those of multinational pharmaceutical companies. On the streets they chant demands, no longer for the vote...
Black Entertainment Television's 'Lifestyle' Choice
"Five years, four sentences," is how television anchor Tavis Smiley summed up the terse dismissal note he received from Black Entertainment Television (BET) on March 23. The response from viewers and fans was heartfelt and immediate. BET and its new...
Childcare Scare
Depending on who's counting, one in four, five or six American children lives in poverty, the highest rate in the industrialized West. Nearly 11 million have no health insurance. Hundreds of thousands are in foster care. Five hundred thousand are homeless....
Covenant with Death
Picture a grown-up discussion in Iceland, Portugal, Italy or Poland. The question is--what to do with a confessed mass murderer? The argument veers between different kinds of therapy and incarceration, and then somebody says: Let's kill him by playing...
Grover Norquist: 'Field Marshal' of the Bush Tax Plan
It's early April, tax time, and Grover Norquist is moving into high gear. The President's $1.6 trillion tax cut package is working its way through Congress, and Norquist--president of Americans for Tax Reform and arguably Washington's leading right-wing...
Kennard, the Public & the FCC : THE FORMER FCC CHAIRMAN SAYS HE'S BITTER ABOUT THE EFFECTIVE DISMANTLING OF HIS LOW-POWER RADIO PLAN. UNDER HIS SUCCESSOR, SUCH AN IDEA WON'T EVEN GET RAISED
William Kennard, until January the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says that for most members of Congress, the FCC is seen as "this little honey pot" whose decisions they can influence to the benefit of their corporate friends. "The...
Mexico at the Multiplex
AMORES PERROS * SPY KIDS It has been a long time since a Mexican film became an international critics' darling or audience favorite (since, probably, Like Water for Chocolate). The success of first-time director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Oscar-nominated,...
No FTAA, No Fast Track
George Orwell would have appreciated the irony of President Bush and other hemispheric leaders declaring in Quebec their intention to spread democracy, as chain-link fences, tear gas, water cannons and mass arrests prevented citizens from getting anywhere...
The Designer Workplace
Kiwi is the color of the moment. There's no escaping it, not even in the august galleries of the Museum of Modern Art. With its "Workspheres" exhibition, there was little to distinguish the museum gallery from a retail furniture showroom elsewhere...
The Worst 100 Days
So much for "compassionate conservatism." During his first 100 days, George W. Bush's principal accomplishment, indeed his only one, was to demolish any too-generous illusions about who he is. The mild and moderate character who ran for President,...
Time to Bring the Troops Home : America's Provocative Military Posture in Asia Makes War with China More Likely
The United States is today virtually the only nation on earth that maintains large contingents of its armed forces in other people's countries. After World War II and during the cold war, the United States built a chain of military bases stretching...
Who Lost the Working Class? A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Election-Here's What It Portends
As the Democrats struggle to define a strategy for dealing with the Bush Administration, an intense debate has emerged between centrists and populists over the reasons for the party's loss of the White House in the 2000 election. At its heart lies...