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Articles from Vol. 280, No. 3, January 24

Afghan Poppies Bloom: The War-Ravaged, Opium-Dependent Country Lives in Fear of a New Drug War
The rotund landlord, Mr. Attock, sits on the carpeted floor of his little office and living quarters in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. From this one room he publishes a slight and sporadic weekly or sometimes monthly newspaper, but like most people around...
An Appropriate Objection
American elections never play out perfectly. But the dramatic imperfections in the 2004 presidential election in Ohio, as detailed in a series of letters and reports circulated by Representative John Conyers (www.house.gov/conyers), deserved a far...
And Justice for All
Affirmative action, in theory, is a matter of distributive justice, which is why liberals and progressives tend to look benevolently on it while conservatives and libertarians consider it a travesty. But in practice, does it actually advance the cause...
Before Night Falls
The Chilean coup of 1973 was carried out with a Lone Ranger comic book, a bicycle and several cans of condensed milk. Other equipment, including rifles, also figured in the event; but according to Andres Wood's surprising new feature film, Machuca,...
Bittersweet Bomblets
I was listening to Morning Edition on December 30, and up came one of those end-of-the-year heart-warmers that's supposed to make you feel there's hope for this old world yet. It seems that a 9-year-old Iraqi boy, Saleh Khalaf, came across a cluster...
Gonzales: The Fight Is On
It says something that the most vigorous opposition to Alberto Gonzales's nomination for US Attorney General emanates from recently retired military officers, not the civil rights lobby. It also says something that even as the White House, through...
Kicking the Grant Habit
Hello. My name is Michael and I'm a grantaholic. I've raised millions in foundation money over the past two decades, and I admit that the next time I need a financial fix, I'll be tempted to raise more. I have a problem. And here's what I'm doing about...
Profits for Justice
Now that the religious right dominates all three branches of the federal government, one of the few avenues still open for creative progressive initiative is business. To get an inkling of what's possible, drop by the Used Book Cafe in the SoHo district...
Something Strange
As I followed the initial coverage of the tsunami in the Indian Ocean, I was reminded of a time in the early1980s when I spent some months researching the effects of a nuclear war--the thermal pulses from the detonations, the bursts of radiation, the...
The Country Doctor
It's a time of sudden hope in the crisis between the Palestinians and Israelis, a weird time of moderation and calls for renewed negotiations. Arafat is dead, and those who allowed that creaking symbol of so many things to stand in the way of peace...
The Hero Within
If many strangers die all at once, as in the tragedy of the tsunami or the Rwanda massacre or a war like the one in Iraq, it is a moral problem, to be dealt with through politics or philosophy. The death of a single good person, announced on the radio...
The Pen of Swift, the Brush of Borsch ... as Usual
The new year promises a rich manure of hypocrisy and bad faith. Take the current tumult about the UN high command and the oil-for-food imbroglio, which right-wing columnists are gnawing on with relish. There are no good guys here, just vistas of corruption...
Tsunami & US Priorities
As the death toll from the tsunami disaster continued to grow, the Bush Administration scrambled to answer widespread criticism that it responded too slowly and with too little aid for the victims. The White House has now increased the pledge of US...