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Articles from Vol. 246, No. 16, April 23

Afghan Prologue
On May 15, thirty-three years after the Soviet Union ended its joint great-power occupation of Austria, its troops will begin to leave Afghanistan. The agreement reached after six years of arduous negotiation is historic: For the first time since...
Demography & Democracy: Israel - the Forty Years' Crisis
"This is not a strike but a lockout; the Arab merchants of East Jerusalem are locking out the Jews." I was driving in late winter with Avi, my old neighbor from the French Hill, to the kitchen of his catering business in Atarot--an industrial park...
Irvine Aims for C.I.A
* Irvine Aims for C.I.A. A Freedom of Information Act request has unearthed from C.I.A. files the following revealing correspondence. On August 27, 1984, Reed Irvine, who begat Accuracy in Media, wrote a letter to C.I.A. chief William "Dear...
Jackson and Jews
New York City Mayor Edward Koch's attacks on Jesse Jackson before this week's primary exceeded the limits of decency, fairness, good taste and political responsibility. It is equally clear that many Jewish community leaders, frequently self-appointed...
Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar is at once the dullest and the most familiar of Shakespeare's tragedies. It has become the most familiar precisely because it is the dullest, a tale so tensed of dramatic meat that it can be presented to any group of teenagers, however...
M. Butterfly
The French always were rather strange. David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly is based on a story so preposterous it would be unbelievable were it not an actual case reported in the press in 1986. A French Foreign Service officer is convicted of espionage...
Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Chinese Paintings
Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Chinese Paintings The Renaissance ideal of pictorial representation was to arrange forms and colors on a flat surface in such an artful way that the unaided eye would be unable to discriminate between the stimuli...
Prior Restraints
In The Media Monopoly Ben Bagdikian notes that "in 1981 there were forty-six corporations that controlled most of the business in daily newspapers, magazines, television, books and motion pictures. Five years later the number had shrunk to twenty-nine."...
Reagan V. Walsh
The war on special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh is a two-front affair, one legal, one political. The legal battle is over the constitutionality of the independent counsel's office. The political battle is over the idea of granting presidential pardons...
The 215,000-Word Habit: Should I Give My Life to the Times?
"There are literally a thousand reasons why missing The New York Times each day is virtually unthinkable." - WQXR fifteen-second voice ad Excuse me while I put my New York Times aside and try to write this piece. It's now 8:35 in the evening,...
The Kiss of Death
The Kiss of Death It should not, at least in theory, require a Democratic presidential primary to remind one of the foulness of New York City's political culture, which is now of unmatched toxicity. New York is, after all, a city that boasts...
The Queen of the Leaky Roof Circuit
Human Festival of New American Plays: The Queen of the Leaky Roof Circuit More at the Beach Lloyd's Prayer The Metaphor Whereabouts Unknown 3 Pieces for a Warehouse Julius Caesar For half its twenty-four-season span...
The Right's Greater Israel: No Land, No Peace for Palestinians
The Palestinian uprising that has rocked the Jewish state in recent months has, ironically, given a major political boost to Israel's radical right-a powerful religious-nationalist movement whose goal is to annex the occupied territories and expel...
Whereabouts Unknown
Barbara Damashek's musical docudrama on the subject of homelessness, Whereabouts Unknown, was the most ambitious work put on at the festival. Damashek, a theatrical jack-of-all-trades, wrote the book, lyrics and music for Whereabouts (as she did...