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Articles from Vol. 266, No. 22, June 15

A Vote for Peace
On May 19, John Hume and David Trimble, leaders respectively of Northern Ireland's Social Democratic and Labor Party and Ulster Unionist Party, held hands onstage at a U-2 concert in Belfast. Two years earlier, Trimble had won his job was party chief...
Bulworth
Everyone's been so struck by the harmony between Warren Beatty's new movie and the worldview of this magazine that I, too, long to share in the buzz. So here is my partisan contribution to the month's chatter: I will liken Bulworth to Citizen Kane. ...
Commie Manifesto
I called my publisher, Verso, the other day and found its executive director, Colin Robinson, exuberant over the success of its 150th anniversary edition of Marx and Engels's Communist Manifesto. He'd already sent me the sleek little book with its...
Invictus
"If I wuzza king," begins my son's puppet-show adventure. "... were a king," interrupts the mean old witch, whose role I assume with an eager regularity. "Poor kid," clucks a friend who happens to be a linguist. "Do you realize that by the...
Life of Jesus
Everyone's been so struck by the harmony between Warren Beatty's new movie and the worldview of this magazine that I, too, long to share in the buzz. So here is my partisan contribution to the month's chatter: I will liken Bulworth to Citizen Kane. ...
Microsoft Wants Us
The era that began with the release of the first I.B.M. PC came to an end on May 18 with the filing of the government's antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft. We have spent more than fifteen years learning what the new machines can do. Now we'll begin...
Minor-Party Blackout
It is a "central tenet of the First Amendment that the government must remain neutral in the marketplace of ideas." So ruled the Supreme Court twenty years ago. But in upholding the right of a state-owned public television station, the Arkansas Educational...
Mobilizing the People
The stunning series of events culminating in Indonesia's President Suharto stepping down and his psychopathic son-in-law, Lieut. Gen. Prabowo, being removed from command of the country's lethal special forces units has roots in a movement that began...
Nuclear Delusions
The aftershocks of India's five underground nuclear tests in early May are still registering from Washington to Beijing to Kabul, where the Taliban declared Pakistan's moral "right" to test its own weapons. On the simplest level, the tests instigated...
Our Men in Jakarta
As the Suharto dictatorship collapsed, suddenly, on May 21, the Indonesian Armed Forces (ABRI), scrambled to safeguard their police state. Rather than have Suharto quit as a scheduled mass protest surged through the streets, the ABRI commander, General...
The Crackdown on Kids
When Kipland Kinkel, Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden reportedly unloaded mini arsenals of guns at their classmates, they fulfilled the worst fears about young people that now dominate the nation's adult consciousness. Kinkel, 15, of Springfield,...
The Last Days of Disco
Short Takes: A group of young people -- friends who feel confined within their community, who itch for sex and long for something more -- find release in a modem form of recreation, only to be brought close to criminality. I think that pretty well describes...
The Press and Freedom
Under the Suharto regime the press law gave the Indonesian government arbitrary power to arrest dissidents and ban critical publications. Repression, however, had its limits. Advances in mass education led to demands for greater openness. When the...
The X-Files
Forget Seinfeld, a cheese doodle of urban fecklessness in which, to every penis joke, the whitebread slackers wore a prophylactic smirk. The truly momentous occasion on pop culture's social calendar is the June 19 opening of the big-screen X-Files...
Virtual Nukes - When Is a Test Not a Test?
The experiment was code-named "Stagecoach." It began with a team of nuclear scientists lowering about 225 pounds of high explosives and two pounds of highly fissionable plutonium into a specially designed test chamber about 960 feet underground. The...