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Articles from Vol. 249, No. 15, November 6

A Forest Dies in Guatemala
A Forest Dies In Guatemala The evening of our arrival at Yaxchilan, the classical Mayan ceremonial center on the Mexican shore of the Usumacinta River, we spotted two men in olive fatigues on the opposite bank. They were walking downriver with submachine...
Afternoon of a McGrath
AFTERNOON OF A McGRATH This morning there was one McGrath in Aitken County. Now There are three: the town, Tomasito, and myself. And at this rate of growth The County will remain alive at least ten minutes longer, Though the town is disappearing: fast:...
Braque, Picasso and Early Cubism
Braque, Picasso and Early Cubism Braque's name sounds like a fusion of brique and bloque, so if there is the deep connection between name and nature entailed by Nomen est Omen, his artistic destiny lay with right-angled polyhedra. As a matter of...
Cruel October
Cruel October On Monday, October 9, the stock market, as measured by the Dow Jones industrial average, closed at an all-time high of 2,791.41. The Wall Street consensus was that things were going swimmingly. Dow 3,000 seemed just around the corner,...
Cry, Argentina
Cry, Argentina Argentine President Carlos Saul Menem issued a decree on October 6 pardoning military personel who had been prosecuted or convicted for three kinds of offenses: human rights violations committed during the military regime of 1976-83;...
Fix in Namibia?
Fix in Namibia? As Africa's last colony prepares for its first ever independent election, foreign observers continue to flood into the country, each determined to expose any attempt at ballot rigging. Every stage of the November vote will be monitored...
Mediterranean
MEDITERRANEAN 1. I passed you many times as I went down the cliff walk, Little Olivetree, all stunted and stiffened, as you climbed From the blue cover where the cold sea comes in and dies. I never saw you. My eyes were fixed: stunned By the brutal...
Minority Report
MINORITY REPORT Passing through the official hole in the Berlin Wall several years ago, I was impressed in spite of myself by the trouble taken by the East German guards to live up to their Hollywood reputation. Dull, surly, bored yet hostile--a...
Preserving Newspapers or Monopoly?
PRESERVING NEWSPAPERS OR MONOPOLY? The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments October 30 on a proposed joint-operating agreement between The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press. At stake, along with billions of dollars in monopoly profits for the...
Revolving Door at the E.P.A
Revolving Door At the E.P.A. Soon after William Ruckelshaus took over last fall as chair and chief executive officer of Browning-Ferris Industries of Houston, the giant waste disposal firm, he encountered one of his employees in an elevator. "She...
The Lenore Marshall/Nation Poetry Prize - 1989
The Lenore Marshall/Nation Poetry Prize-1989 Thomas McGrath was born in 1916 and grew up on a farm in North Dakota, where he experienced the stirrings of a grass-roots left wing at first hand. He graduated from the state university, won a Rhodes...
Uncivil Liberties
UNCIVIL LIBERTIES I was hardly in a position to criticize the Jesse Helms amendment banning Federal support of obscene or offensive art, since I myself once proposed a law under which anybody attempting to sell macrame would be dyed a natural color and...