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Articles from Vol. 269, No. 13, October 25

Beatty's Rap
Speaking to the Southern California Americans for Democratic Action, which presented him an award, Warren Beatty drew an Academy Awards-sized press corps. Unfortunately, the gaggle of international reporters and paparazzi focused on the celebrity-journalism...
Bradley Does Healthcare
With his recent speech on healthcare, Bill Bradley has moved the worsening plight of the uninsured back into the spotlight. In doing so, he has offered a challenge not only to his main presidential rivals, Al Gore and George W. Bush, but also to a...
Buck Rogers Rides Again: A 'Revolution' in High-Tech Systems Promises Big Profits & for the U.S. Risk-Free War
As soon as the smoke had cleared from the streets of Belgrade, US military leaders began trumpeting a little-known doctrine called the Revolution in Military Affairs, or RMA, as being instrumental in the victory over Slobodan Milosevic. The revolutionary...
CHIP Discriminates
Since Clinton's election in 1992, the number of children without health insurance has jumped by 2.7 million because of falling Medicaid rolls. With only a small fraction of 3-4 million eligible children enrolled in CHIP (the Children's Health Insurance...
Desert Storm 'N' Drang
Three Kings Toward the beginning of Three Kings, a TV correspondent who has been tagging along on Operation Desert Storm reminds her Army handlers that they're engaged in a media war. And that, in a sense, is just what you get in this remarkably...
El Grito De Lares
Late in September, thousands of Puerto Ricans celebrated a new wave of nationalism in the picturesque mountain town of Lares, where a brief but dramatic rebellion against Spanish rule occurred 131 years ago. El Grito de Lares (The Battle Cry of Lares),...
INS Declares War on Labor : Ethnic Cleansing Hits Immigrant Workers, Organizers, in Midwest Meatpacking
Before Concepcion Vargas came to Nebraska, she was a maquiladora worker-a child of the border, born in Reynosa, Mexico, across the river from Texas. Her brother-in-law Alfredo had preceded her to the States, to the small town of Madison, where he began...
Korean My Lai
Repressed memory is the ammunition of history, returning when one least expects it to puncture the complacency of the present. Americans reacted with palpable shock at learning the fate of several hundred Korean civilians, machine-gunned to death by...
Letters
Patent Medicine Washington, D.C. Ken Silverstein's excellent July 19 article, "Millions for Viagra, Pennies for Diseases of the Poor," came one step short in considering solutions: We should take away pharmaceutical companies' control over the...
Making Everyone an Agent
The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains the only truly comprehensive national database of workers. That database is now being used not as a means for insuring that immigrant workers get the disability and pension benefits to which they've...
Navigating the Atlantic
Michael Kelly said all the right things upon being appointed to head the 142-year-old beacon of American letters, The Atlantic Monthly. "I have, I hope, a great appreciation and respect for what the magazine is," Kelly announced. "I believe that when...
Next-McNukes!
It's official. The explosion on September 30 that irradiated the environs of Japan's Tokaimura enrichment plant was caused by what police investigators now term "a complication within the company that forced the employees to hasten the production of...
Shit Happens
Camp would have moved on to the Happy Hunting Ground of the old art movement. A new art movement would be in. It would be called Shit. Its test would be: is this object, happening, work, event or production more resonant than it was yesterday? Movies...
Test Ban Flimflam
One has to wonder at the logical powers of Trent Lott and other Republicans who appear to have forced the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty back onto the shelf, where it is doomed to languish until at least 2001. Lott strong-armed pro-treaty Republicans...
The Cruelest Cut of All
"I don't think they ought to balance their budget on the backs of the poor." A lean and hungry George W. Bush recently stuck that shiv into the backs of Congressional Republicans. He was criticizing their decision to delay payments to the working poor...
The Man from ONA
Seventy-eight-year-old Andrew Marshall runs the Office of Net Assessment from a small office on the third floor of the Pentagon. It's a small shop by Pentagon standards-it currently has a staff of twelve-but also an influential one, with a slew of...
You're Not Entitled! : Welfare 'Reform' Is Leading to Government Lawlessness
According to the 1996 welfare law, Gail Aska was a model recipient. Two years ago, the New York City resident got a job-without health insurance- and promptly informed her caseworker. Because the system took a while to register her change in status,...