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Articles from Vol. 274, No. 16, April 29

African Queen
KARMEN GEI * NINE QUEENS * THE PIANO TEACHER Filmmakers in sub-Saharan Africa tend to divide their attention between city life today and village life once upon a time. This rule has its exceptions, of course; but if you're searching for an African...
Angola after Savimbi
The battlefield death on February 22 of Jonas Savimbi marked the end of an era. With undiluted ambition, consistent ruthlessness and extraordinary skill in manipulating both friend and foe, he repeatedly dashed Angolan hopes for peace. Today almost...
An Uneasy Peace : AFGHAN WOMEN ARE FREE OF THE TALIBAN, BUT LIBERATION IS STILL A DISTANT DREAM
In January, Hamid Karzai, chairman of the Afghan interim administration, quietly signed the "Declaration of Essential Rights of Afghan Women," which guarantees equality between men and women, equal protection under the law, equal right to education...
Campaign Finance: The Sequel -- WITH MCCAIN-FEINGOLD FINALLY PASSED, IT'S TIME TO FOCUS AGAIN ON PUBLIC FUNDING
Americans who thought the heavy lifting of campaign finance reform was finished with the passage of the McCain-Feingold bill were quickly disabused of that notion by George Bush. No one expected Bush to sign the ban on soft-money campaign contributions...
Ending the Death Dance
Few would deny that September 11 unleashed a fearsome sequence of reactions, and none so far worse than the anguishing fury of this latest cycle of Israeli-Palestinian violence. Surely the United States is not primarily responsible for this horrifying...
Four Rms, Rent Slashed, Sad Vu
Having a hard time finding a new apartment to fit your budget? Consider a move to the blocks around Ground Zero. The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the body set up by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Governor George Pataki to oversee...
Going Down the Road : Take Two Aspirin and Make a Lot of Noise
So, my momma called, "Why are they letting them gouge us like this?" she wanted to know. "They" are our so-called political leaders in Washington, and "them" are the drugmakers now costing her $500 a month. Nearing 87, Lillie Mabel Hightower has to...
Lonesome Cowboy
On April 11, as John Anderson notes on page 7, the International Criminal Court was scheduled to go into effect after being ratified by the required sixty nations. Although Bill Clinton signed the treaty, conservatives in Congress have opposed ratification....
Palestine Militias Rising
Jerusalem Israel's latest military offensive in the West Bank, code-named Defensive Wall, was met with fierce armed resistance, as Palestinians fought house to house and sometimes hand to hand to repulse the reconquest of their towns, villages and...
Sharon Hawks Down?
On April 3, a high-octane collection of thirty-three conservatives sent George W. Bush a letter urging him to lend Washington's "full support to Israel as it seeks to root out the [Palestinian] terrorist network." These hawks--including William Kristol,...
Social Security Fixes
Now that the recommendations of George W. Bush's Social Security task force have been quietly shelved, it's time to recall that there are simple and equitable solutions available to deal with Social Security's potential future problems resulting from...
The Isle of Polyphemus : LIKE THE CYCLOPS IN THE TALE OF ULYSSES AND HIS MEN, ISRAEL IS STRIKING AT ITS ENEMY IN BLIND FURY. THE RESULT COULD BE A TIDAL WAVE THAT WILL DROWN THE WORLD
Wole Soyinka was a member of a delegation of the International Parliament of Writers, which visited Israel and Palestine in March. An article by Russell Banks, another member of the delegation, appears in Books & the Arts, and Breyten Breytenbach's...
The Royal Scam
London I really must come to England more often. The last time I was here, in mid-February, Princess Margaret gave up the ghost. And now, even as I step off the wondrous train that connects Paris to London, the flags are hauled halfway down to mark...
The Show They Love to Hate
THE WHITNEY BIENNIAL 2002 There is an overall disposition to approach each Whitney Biennial as a State of the Art World Address in the form of an exhibition, organized by a curatorial directorate, presenting us with a reading, more or less objective,...
Unsigning the ICC
History will record April 11, 2002, as a day of enormous significance in the effort to achieve the rule of law in the conduct of international affairs. It marks the day the Treaty of Rome, establishing an International Criminal Court, was to be ratified...
Where Are the Peaceniks?
Jerusalem Do Not Employ Arabs, Enemies Should Not Be Offered a Livelihood and We Will Assist Those Who Do Not Provide Work For Arabs are just a few of the slogans covering billboards throughout Jerusalem. These placards refer to Palestinian citizens...
Witness in the Territories : Eight Writers Went in Search of the Daily Particulars, Not Litanies of Broken Agreements
In the last days of March, at the end of a five-day voyage with seven fellow members of the International Parliament of Writers (IPW) through the battered archipelago of reservations that make up the Palestinian territories, I met for breakfast at...