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Articles from Vol. 269, No. 17, November 22

California's Gulag on Trial
Welcome to Corcoran State Prison, 170 miles northwest of Los Angeles in the San Joaquin Valley; built at a cost of $271.9 million on what was once Tulare Lake, home of the Tachi Indians; opened in l988, designed for 3,000 prisoners, now holding 5,030....
Collisions at a Museum
On November 1, Federal Judge Nina Gershon ruled that Mayor Rudolph Giuliani violated the First Amendment when he cut city financing and began eviction proceedings against the Brooklyn Museum in response to its "Sensation" exhibit. Judge Gershon noted...
Debt: Just Forget It
For two decades the International Monetary Fund and its major client, the US Treasury, have made privatization, austere social budgets and market deregulation conditions of loans to the world's poorest nations. The goal has been to turn these economies...
How Pat and Bay Built an Empire on Our Money - Buchanan Inc
When Patrick Buchanan swooped into a suburban Virginia hotel on October 25 to formally shred his ties to the Republican Party, a shiny new issue emerged awkwardly from his clutch of conservative concerns: electoral reform. Strongly felt tenets of the...
Just a Cannes Job?
Rosetta * Being John Malkovich Ever since Rosetta won the top prize at this year's Cannes festival, American journalists have puzzled over the jury's decision, or written it off as mere insolence. To hear them tell it, the film is so slight as to...
Not an off Year
The old saw that all politics is local goes double in off-year elections, when there are no presidential or Congressional contests on which to hang the usual punditry. Yet, amid the thousands of local elections held on November 2, there were discernible...
Reality Programming
A sorry measure of how accustomed we are to the drip-drip-drip deterioration of network TV is that we are not surprised by the near- total vapidity enshrouding the prime-time hours like a fog but rather by something good materializing from the haze....
Stop the War in Chechnya
The inhumanity of Russia's war on the Chechens has become starkly apparent, even with the very limited television images of the suffering. The fragmentary reports that do come in form a mosaic of misery: In mid-October a rocket slammed into the main...
The Home Page
The most compelling-and continuing-news story in my family these days is our struggle with my 15-year-old son over homework. For my friend Bill, the top story is about his 80-year-old mother and the doctors who tell him that while there is "nothing...
The 'Right' Books and Big Ideas - Conservative Foundations Lavishly Subsidize Authors While the Left Loses Out
Abigail Thernstrom, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and her husband, Harvard professor Stephan Thernstrom, would like to thank the John M. Olin Foundation, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Earhart...
The Seven-Year (Old) Snitch
Woe unto the denizens of the Washington press corps when the rest of the world discovers Bob Somerby's Web site, The Daily Howler (www.dailyhowler.com). A professional comedian by trade, living in Baltimore and only barely computer-literate, Somerby...