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Articles from Vol. 273, No. 11, October 15

And Now for a Note of Good Cheer
I've been surprised, here in Petrolia, listening to some people say they're afraid. Afraid of what? I ask. Remember, even in the days when the imminent possibility of nuclear holocaust was dinned into schoolkids, ducking and covering, California's...
Babi Yar in Manhattan
Tatyana Samoilova is running up the staircase, wrapped in smoke from the fire following a German bombing, jumping over the pulsating hoses. A fireman with a blackened face, looking like a coal miner, tries to stop her, but she slips from his hands...
Back to the Future
"It looked just like a movie." Need I say which? Independence Day, for sure. The Towering Inferno, for those who remember it. Or Titanic, the ship gone up instead of down, with no Kate Winslet to offer succor. Escape From New York. Or Batman, with...
Blowback : US ACTIONS ABROAD HAVE REPEATEDLY LED TO UNINTENDED, INDEFENSIBLE CONSEQUENCES
For Americans who can bear to think about it, those tragic pictures from New York of women holding up photos of their husbands, sons and daughters and asking if anyone knows anything about them look familiar. They are similar to scenes we have seen...
Calling All Keynesians
At a time when the economy needs vast and purposeful help from the federal government, America faces a peculiar handicap: Neither political party really believes in liberal economic intervention or knows how to do it. Democrats are still not over their...
Dispatches : INDIA
The following four dispatches assess the impact of the World Trade Center/Pentagon attacks elsewhere in the world. Two additional disptaches, from The Nation's correspondents in Britain and South Africa, are available at www.thenation.com. --The Editors...
Dispatches : MIDDLE EAST
Jerusalem In Israel and the occupied territories, the attacks in the United States have produced an eerie sense of deja vu. In Israel, hospitals are on high alert and people are stocking up on gas masks, a precaution fueled by news stories--some...
Dispatches : PAKISTAN
Lahore President Pervez Musharraf is walking a knife edge at home as he tries to keep a deeply polarized country from tearing itself apart, now that his military regime has pledged full support to the United States in its war against terrorism....
Dispatches : RUSSIA
Moscow It was an obvious thing to do in London, Paris or Amsterdam. But for the vast majority of Muscovites, laying flowers along the walls of the US Embassy, fastening the Stars and Stripes to its fence and weeping in grief for Russia's former...
Dreaming of War
You don't have to be Sigmund Freud to surmise that war has a perverse appeal for the human race, nor is the attraction limited to religious fanatics committing mass murder and suicide for the greater glory of God. Among the so-called civilized it takes...
Haunted by the Cold War
We regret that space considerations permit us to print only a few of the many letters we received on Martin Duberman's "A Fellow Traveling," his review of Ronald Radosh's Commies, and Victor Navasky's "Cold War Ghosts," an essay on the new McCarthyism,...
Is the FBI Up to the Job?
In May 2000, Louis Mizell Jr., a terrorism and security expert in Washington, received a call from Jake White, an acquaintance who was a bouncer at a strip club in Omaha. White told Mizell a disturbing story he had heard from a dancer at the club and...
LETTER FROM GROUND ZERO : The Power of the Powerful
This article is the first of a series of entries in a sort of reflective public diary that will chronicle and comment upon the crisis set in motion by the attacks on the United States on September 11. It will address the issues that are flying in profusion...
Paradise Lost
Nine times the Space that measures Day and Night To mortal men, he with his horrid crew Lay vanquisht, rolling in the fiery Gulf Confounded though immortal: But his doom Reserv'd him to more wrath... --John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book I ...
Press Watch
With the news media playing such a pivotal--and questionable--role during the current crisis, we have asked Michael Massing, a contributing editor at the Columbia Journalism Review, to comment on the coverage in the coming weeks. --The Editors ...
Rules of Engagement
As this is written, we wait and wonder what the military response will be to the inchoate enemy the President summoned up in his speech to the nation on September 20. Despite the near-unanimous celebration of it by the mainstream media, we were left...
The Right and US Trade Law: Invalidating the 20th Century -- INVESTOR PROTECTIONS IN NAFTA ARE ONE MANIFESTATION OF A BROAD, BACKDOOR EFFORT TO RESTORE THE PRIMACY OF PROPERTY AGAINST SOCIETY'S BROADER CLAIMS
I. Beyond the Law The case of Methanex v. United States originated in California in the mid-1990s, when people began to notice a foul taste in their drinking water, a smell like turpentine. Santa Monica had to shut down half its supply wells and...