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Articles from Vol. 369, No. 12, October 18

Angola's Agony
Let's hope that United Nations peacekeeping troops have more success in East Timor than they've had in the ghastly conflict halfway around the world, in another colony similarly abandoned by the Portuguese twenty-five years ago-Angola, a nation perhaps...
'Finality' or Justice?
Remember the bizarre daycare center "ritual abuse" trials of the eighties- the McMartin case in Los Angeles, the Little Rascals case in Edenton, North Carolina, the Kelly Michaels case in New Jersey? According to Debbie Nathan, whose excellent book...
Letters
Women: Invest in your future Washington, D.C. In "Social Security for Women" [July 19], Trudy Lieberman argues that privatizing Social Security will leave women worse off than they are under the current system. That's hard to imagine. Under Social...
MONEY 2000 : The Election Will Break All Record$. and We'll Lose
The thunder in the distance signals an approaching storm that will deluge Campaign 2000 with political money. In every category-hard money, soft money, political action committee donations, independent expenditures, issue advertising-the presidential,...
Noise from Underground : Punk Rock's Anarchic Rhythms Spur a New Generation to Political Activism
Over the years you've lied to me Stolen more than you could ever need And baffled me with your selfish greed Your country don't mean much to me. In fact instead of reverence And pride in your democracy You've generated something like...
Nuclear Black Market
The summer trial in Germany of Karl-Heinz Schaab, a 65-year-old technician charged with nuclear espionage, provides a window into the black market in atomic weapons expertise and materiel. Schaab was found guilty of treason in a case that resulted...
Pat Buchanan's Poison
Pat Buchanan, the man who urged Ronald Reagan to visit the Nazi cemetery at Bitburg, is no stranger to charges of anti-Semitism. And you can forget about trying to embarrass this lifelong defender of Gen. Francisco Franco by calling him a fascist....
Standardized Schools
Wielding high-stakes tests, a noisy alliance of politicians, corporate CEOs and media pundits seems intent on standardizing education, proclaiming that every kid in America should march in lockstep through the same curriculum. These so-called standards...
Swatting at Art
After successfully attacking jaywalkers with curbside barriers and adult- oriented businesses with zoning curbs, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is now waging war on two fronts at once, to stamp out pestilence borne by mosquitoes and by the Brooklyn...
The Supreme Court and Campaign Finance
The Supreme Court's 1976 decision in Buckley v. Valeo is the bete noire of campaign finance reform. In Buckley the Court essentially equated money and speech, and therefore subjected campaign finance restrictions to "rigorous" First Amendment scrutiny,...
Virginity Regained
Medjugorje/Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina Before you ask, I should say that it's pronounced med-u-GOR-y. This is worth stressing, because it's almost the only thing about the place that is in the least complicated. The nonfacts are these: On June...
Woman off the Verge
ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER To die for art: No one takes the idea seriously anymore, and yet people do it every day. Just ask Agrado (Antonia San Juan), who makes a curtain speech on the subject in All About My Mother. Standing center stage in a theater...