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Articles from Vol. 274, No. 11, March 25

Back into the Muck
Nation pay rates, you may have heard from brother Trillin, are not those of Conde Nast. Every once in a while I don't mind this, because the job just kind of does itself. Take this week: I couldn't decide which of the many McCarthyite wing-nuts currently...
Balanchine's Gemwork
The Kirov's Jewels The ballerina as a species of theater artist has been endangered worldwide for a quarter of a century; however, two organizations still regularly produce new generations of them. One is the Paris Opera Ballet; the other is the...
Beam Us Back, Scotty!
Star Trek Science fiction routinely gets away with subversive gestures that would never be allowed in any realistic program. Thus it is that people who don't watch Star Trek are probably unaware that its vision of our future is socialistic, anti-imperialist...
Bush's Enron Deal
Did George W. Bush once have a financial relationship with Enron? In 1986, according to a publicly available record, the two drilled for oil together--at a time when Bush was a none-too-successful oil man in Texas, and his oil venture was in dire need...
Central Asia's Heroin Problem : FROM AFGHAN FARMS INTO THE TAJIK MOUNTAINS, THE DRUG TRADE CUTS A WIDE SWATH
In Khujand, Tajikistan, when someone shows up with a new Mercedes or Audi or Jaguar, the joke on the street is that people don't ask how much money it cost. They ask how many kilos it cost. As the drug trade has saturated Afghanistan over the past...
Colin Powell's List : THE TARGETING OF 'TERRORIST' GROUPS HARKS BACK TO EARLIER REPRESSION OF DISSENT
Colin Powell has a list. And, trust me--you don't want to be on it. Of course, you might already be on the list, but you won't find that out until a reporter calls to ask about it, or until the FBI shows up at your house at 4 am. The list in...
Il Maestro's Failed Magic
An awakened sense of outrage has reporters and members of Congress playing a fierce game of hounds and hares with Enron executives and other bandits, which is most fortunate for Alan Greenspan. If the Federal Reserve were not treated with such deferential...
Kucinich Rocks the Boat
Dennis Kucinich never doubted that millions of Americans had deep concerns about George W. Bush's ever-expanding war on ill-defined foes abroad and on civil liberties at home. But the Congressional Progressive Caucus chair admits he underestimated...
Law's the Law in Boston
Boston's Bernard Cardinal Law deserves the Watergate Award for Obfuscatory Declamation: He has characterized his nearly two decades of cover-up of felonies--namely, the rape and molestation of hundreds of Boston-area children by scores of priests--as...
Phonics Rises from the Ashes
Morris, Minn. * Thanks to Stephen Metcalf for his informed article "Reading Between the Lines" [Jan. 28]. There is another winner from Bush's education act: Ignite! Learning, which promotes an "innovative approach to standards-based middle school...
Question Time
It's been six months since nineteen fanatics controlled by Al Qaeda seized four airliners and wreaked bloody, fiery havoc on the United States. In the aftermath, stunned and angry Americans gave the Bush Administration their full-throated support for...
Terror in the Pyrenees : ETA IS LOSING LEGITIMACY, BUT MANY BASQUES STILL FEEL UNABLE TO CONDEMN IT
With a leg on each side of the Pyrenees, the Basque Country ranges from the gentle mountain slopes of southern France and the rough Bay of Biscay on the Atlantic coast to the sophisticated cities of Bilbao--home to Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum--and...
The Nightmare in Israel
Let's start with Baruch Kimmerling, a sociologist at Hebrew University. Here's what he published in the Jerusalem weekly Kol Ha'Ir last month: "I accuse Ariel Sharon of creating a process in which he will not only intensify the reciprocal bloodshed,...
The Senate's Fighting Liberal : Kennedy at 70
When Ted Kennedy arrived in Washington at the close of 1962 as the freshman senator from Massachusetts, he was welcomed with derision and low expectations. Just 30 years old, the President's kid brother, he had accomplished nothing in his life to earn...
Virtual Reality
In my last column, I mentioned that most actual drug users are young white people, even though most of those "profiled" as drug users are people of color. Indeed, according to the Sentencing Project, 72 percent of all illegal drug users are white....