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Articles from Vol. 277, No. 22, December 29

Fields of Poison: While Farmworkers Are Sickened by Pesticides, Industry Writes the Rules
Sunnyside, Washington Each summer as the grapes clinging to their vines turn the purple of a deep bruise, Juan Rios feels like he is being poisoned. His head aches, he feels dizzy and nauseous, and his nose won't stop running. A farmworker who moved...
Go East, Young Man!
The last samurai. Lord of the rings: the return of the king the triplets of Belleville. Bad santa. In one of his sunnier moods, Jean-Luc Godard might have tacked onto The Last Samurai the subtitle une etrange aventure de Tom Cruise. We've seen sci-fi...
Gore's a Dean Man Now
Al Gore endorsed Howard Dean for President for the same reason that so many other Democrats have: He wanted to be where the action is in his party. The man who while carrying the Democratic banner in 2000 won the most votes for President said as much...
Losing Friends in Indonesia: Even Moderates Who Have Denounced Terrorism Fear Being Seen as U.S. Puppets
This is the second article in a series examining how the Bush Administration's war on terror has transformed politics, reshuffled alliances and altered the dynamics of local conflicts around the world.--The Editors A major casualty in President...
Rosenbaum Inquisition
In 2002, Republicans on a House Judiciary subcommittee trained their sights on an unlikely target: conservative Judge James Rosenbaum, Chief Judge of the US District Court for the Minnesota District. The attack turns out to have been the opening salvo...
Steeling for 2004
If only handling Iraq were this easy: On December 4, fifteen months ahead of schedule, the Bush Administration dropped the tariffs it imposed on steel imports in March 2002. The official reason was that they were a great success; few people outside...
Target: George Soros
To declare oneself an unapologetic liberal in mainstream political debate these days is to invite abuse. The latest miscreant to step out of line is billionaire George Soros, who, after spending nearly $5 billion to promote democracy abroad, was so...
The Abstract Impressionist
I have always marveled at the way in which Abstract Expressionism was able to transform a disparate group of painters, none of whom had shown any particular promise of artistic greatness, into figures of stunning originality. It was as if the movement...
The Character Myth: To Counter Bush, the Democrats Must Present a Different Vision of a Safe World
If progressives want to defeat George W. Bush in the 2004 election, they first have to understand the sources of his continuing popularity. The good news is that Bush is looking much less invincible than he was just a few months ago. As unemployment...
The Redistricting Wars: The Republican Drive Represents a Power Grab Unprecedented in Scale and Timing
Traditionally, state legislatures and courts spend the year after the national Census redrawing Congressional maps to fit the new demographic realities. The party in control of the most state legislatures and governorships at that moment in time is...
The Spirit of Geneva
The launching of a new Middle East peace plan in Switzerland in early December attracted more than the usual number of luminaries. Former President Jimmy Carter attended the ceremony to offer passionate support for the so-called Geneva Accord, and...
Who Needs Christmas? They Do!
When did Christmas shopping become a patriotic duty, the contemporary equivalent of collecting tin cans in World War II? 9/11 is partly to blame--remember when Bush told Americans to do their bit for the nation by going shopping? But the big reason,...