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Articles from Vol. 266, No. 7, March 2

And Now for Something Completely Different
There's been considerable discussion recently among leftists about what role intellectuals, academics and students can play in resisting the current moment of neoliberal triumph, in which inequality widens while the Dow soars and the never-adequate...
Arguing the Spice World
At the urging of my spiritual adviser, Rabbi Simcha Feffeferman, I pass on a recommendation for a film he has seen and I have not: the highly praised documentary Arguing the Spice World. After a black-and-white prologue set in the thirties, in...
Bombast on Baghdad
Boris Yeltsin's warning that a U.S. attack on Iraq could provoke World War III was greeted as just another of his uncorked effusions. But this was no Yeltsin hallucination: Something alarming has crept into the increasingly bellicose bluster over...
Busting the Unionbusting: Companies - and the Government - Have Made Organizing a Hellish Obstacle Course
Portland, Oregon It's been over a year now since the votes in the union election were tabulated at the Precision Castparts Corporation plant here on the southern edge of Portland. But the handful of workers ! eat dinner with, who originally cooked...
Checking the I.M.F
Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and the Business Roundtable are pressing Congress for $18 billion mainly to expand the International Monetary Fund in the wake of the Asian collapse. For once, progressive Democrats have the votes that will determine...
Clinton's Foundation
On a recent Sunday morning, Republican pundit George Will gave Senator Robert Torricelli a taste of what Democrats can expect to hear on the hustings later this year. After asking whether Linda Tripp's tapes of former White House intern Monica Lewinsky...
East Timor's Years of Living Dangerously
Sydney, Australia "Morally and psychologically, the overnight collapse of the `Asian tiger' economies is the equivalent of the fall of the Berlin wall. But it is not yet the political equivalent." Not since the days when I used to sit in cold...
Land of No Return? Not Brazil: The Urban Poor Are Fleeing to the Countryside and Joining the Landless Movement
Sao Paulo Beyond Sao Paulo's skyscrapers and Rio de Janeiro's teeming beaches, a low-intensity civil war simmers in the rural outback of Latin America's largest and richest country. Like many things in Brazil nowadays, this conflict is largely privatized....
Lockheed Martin: From Warfare to Welfare
By the year 2000, America's largest weapons manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, may be as familiar to mothers on welfare and social service bureaucrats as it is to the Pentagon's top brass. If the company's strategy succeeds, Lockheed Martin will be not...
Nil by Mouth
Ray has a shirt with an Yves Saint-Laurent logo and a scar on his back like tire tracks. At 30, his wife, Valerie, looks like she gave up trimming her hair at 28. Her eyes are sunken; her cheeks, puffed out from the time Ray kicked her in the head....
Papal Politics for Cuba
Fidel Castro was the reason the Catholic Church summoned the Second Vatican Council, runs a theory launched some thirty years ago by the Cuba scholar Leslie Dewart. Pope John XXIII did not want Catholicism to suffer the same fate in post-Batista Cuba...
Vernon Jordan Disease
Even if Bill Clinton were having it off with Socks and Buddy, it should be of public interest only as illustrating the hypocrisy of the Family Values presidency. There is, however, a highly "improper" relationship in the Monica Lewinsky scandal: not...