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Articles from Vol. 268, No. 21, June 7

Block That Stadium!
The conventional wisdom about New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's decision in late April to keep his NFL franchise in Massachusetts converged on two themes. First, the collapse of the deal between Kraft and Connecticut Governor John Rowland cemented...
Bringing Down Niketown: Consumers Can Help, but Only Unions and Labor Laws Will End Sweatshops
Maybe it was the shock provoked by reports in 1995 that seventy-two immigrant Thai workers were held captive in a barbed-wire compound in El Monte, California, making brand-name garments for seventeen hours a day at about a dollar an hour. Or the TV...
Cambodia to Kosovo
Let us travel back in time to the morning of August 7, 1973, and the dignity of the Richard B. Russell Senate Office Building, Room 235, where Senator Stuart Symington was presiding over a hearing into the secret bombing of Cambodia. Also present:...
CCA, the Sequel: The Largest Private Prison Firm Continues Its Pattern of Abuse and Profit
James Neal is a short, muscular man with close-cropped hair who has spent the past twelve years behind bars for armed robbery. He is also one of the most valuable commodities to trade hands in Youngstown, Ohio, since the steel industry abandoned the...
DIARY OF A MAD LAW PROFESSOR: Smart Bombs
There was quite an astonishing little item in the paper recently about the sort of thing that makes me glad I grew up in the inner city: i.e., the national proliferation of "assassination games" among mostly white, suburban, middle- and upper-class...
Episode I-The Phantom Menace
Not only now but every week, I am reminded at two-minute intervals of the influence of Star Wars. It's enough for me to pause in my writing; the computer goes black, and dots of light begin streaking toward me from the machine's illusory depths. If...
Europe's New Divide
Paris How can you doubt the progressive nature of NATO missiles when they are blessed by Europe's socialists and the radical heroes of the sixties? To say that the leftish governments of Western Europe long ago lost any connection with socialism...
Israel Chooses Peace
The Israeli election is good news indeed. For the first time ever, the majority of Israeli Jews have voted for a man who says out loud that "the Palestinian state is inevitable," a "de facto phenomenon" and it is "not up to us." Ehud Barak promised...
Kosovars and Palestinians
Many Jews have, understandably, seen parallels between the tragic events in Kosovo and their experiences of the Holocaust. But in fact, it is not a good parallel. Milosevic, brutal though he is, does not have a genocidal strategy for eradicating Albanians...
Letters
Critique of media critique Washington, D.C. Michael Massing's critique of the media's Balkans reporting, "The Media's Own Kosovo Crisis" [May 3], doesn't let the facts stand in the way of a provocative essay. He's surprised that the reporting...
Monthly Review at 50
Monthly Review celebrated its semicentennial on May 7 with a Manhattan bash featuring loyalists Ossie Davis, Adrienne Rich and Cornel West, and a special retrospective May issue put together by MR Press editorial director Christopher Phelps. The Landmark...
NO SWEAT: Uniting Workers and Students, a New Movement Is Born
The bucolic, palm-studded campus of Stanford bears no resemblance to the old and gritty auto workers' summer camp at Port Huron, Michigan, where SDS was formed in 1962. And no stirring Big-Picture Statement of a generation's anguish came out of this...
Seeking South Africa's Dream: Mandela's Successor Must Contend with Anger over the Slowness of Change
Johannesburg In the era of saints and heroes, the era of Bishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela, South Africans were-to use Tutu's phrase, which became this country's subtitle-"the Rainbow Nation." This enchanted era will not end on June 2, the...
THE AMERICAN CENTURY: Art & Culture 1900-1950
One afternoon in 1985, I rode in a taxi down Broadway with the physicist I.I. Rabi, discussing time and age. Rabi told me he was 88- "as old as the century." "Rabi," I murmured, "your computational powers appear to be waning." He responded sharply:...
The High Cost of Kosovo
Even as NATO's bombing campaign continues to fail to bring Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to heel, it is fueling anti-American and anti-Western feelings around the world. Protests stretch from the Philippines to Argentina-where, according to...
Voices at the Hague
When the call went out for a worldwide gathering of peace activists in the Netherlands in May, there was no way of knowing it would be held against the counterpoint of the first large-scale aerial bombardment of the European continent in a half-century...
'We Are All Albanians'
The other day on the BBC news I saw a young, educated and eloquent Serbian woman speaking about the life of ordinary citizens under the NATO bombing. The Serbian citizens are afraid, she said. Normal life is more and more difficult. There are power...