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Articles from Vol. 271, No. 9, October 2

American Journalism and Russia's Tragedy : THE US PRESS IS AGAIN REPORTING THAT RUSSIA'S HALF-DEAD ECONOMY IS 'BOOMING'--THUS PLAYING ITS PART IN THE CRUSADE TO REMAKE RUSSIA IN THE US IMAGE
With only a few exceptions, America's professional Russia-watchers--policy-makers, financial advisers, scholars and, not least, journalists--committed malpractice throughout the nineties. They claimed to know the cure for what ailed Russia after the...
A Nurse to Die For
NURSE BETTY * PARAGRAPH 175 It's not the first movie to propose that a woman might feel better for seeing her husband dead, or to treat her to the supposed pleasures of coming unhinged. Nurse Betty isn't even the first to toss Renee Zellweger into...
A Woman of Art & Letters
BARBARA KRUGER Barbara Kruger is the absolute artist of the age of mechanical reproduction in its late-capitalist phase: Her product is the barbed image, designed to exist in unlimited numbers on the vernacular surfaces of inexpensive everyday objects,...
Firestonewalling
Captains of the automobile industry have long argued that federal regulations and product liability laws crucially hamper their ability to conduct business. Consequently, they've never met a regulation they could endorse and have lobbied against safety...
"HARD TO MUZZLE" : The Return of Lynne Cheney
Lynne Cheney recently told reporters that she doesn't like being called "strident" or "combative." The former head of the National Endowment for the Humanities, appointed by Reagan in 1986, showed her moderate side at the Republican National Convention,...
Miss Waldron Regrets
It was recently reported that Miss Waldron's red colobus monkey has become extinct. An ultra-rationalist, econometrically inclined friend, who seems to enjoy providing fodder for my columns, warns me not to be too sentimental about these things. "Life...
Real Democrats
Regina Seltzer understood something that Bill Clinton and Dick Gephardt didn't: Grassroots Democrats know the difference between a real Democrat and a pretender. After Congressman Michael Forbes switched from being a Republican to a Democrat last year,...
Sneak Attack on VAWA
Election-year politics is threatening one of the least heralded but most successful federal laws passed in recent years--the Violence Against Women Act. In 1994, just before the Republican "revolution," VAWA squeaked through Congress. Since passage,...
Stiglitz and the Limits of 'Reform' : THE RECENT DEPARTURES OF THE WORLD BANK'S CHIEF ECONOMIST AND AN EXPERT HE BROUGHT IN MAKES IT CLEAR THAT THE 'WASHINGTON CONSENSUS' STILL RULES
It's global protest time again. When Bill Gates and other members of the global elite gathered in mid-September for the World Economic Forum in Melbourne, Australia, thousands of union members and activists filled the streets to protest the effects...
Talkin' Candidate Blues
As the only living American for whom Woody Guthrie wrote a campaign song, Stetson Kennedy, 84, ought to be running for something this year. The Guthrie ballad, "Stetson Kennedy," is sung by Billy Bragg on a new CD of unpublished Guthrie songs, Mermaid...
The Gores' Culture Wars
Within the past month we've had an FBI report on the "school shooter" threat profile, which again strains to make a link between popular culture and teenage mass murderers. We've had a report from the Federal Trade Commission lacerating the entertainment...
The Right Whines
What's up with conservative journalists lately? Why are they offering such easy targets? Take Jeff Jacoby, a pundit currently under suspension at the Boston Globe for passing off the nonsensical musings of an anonymous e-mail about alleged heroes...
The Spy Who Wasn't
Suddenly the winds have shifted. Wen Ho Lee is free, and the New York Times, which a year and a half ago all but convicted the Los Alamos scientist of passing the nation's most precious nuclear secrets to China, now excoriates the government for having...
Through 'Hindu' Eyes
New Delhi When India's Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee addresses a joint session of Congress on September 14 and meets President Clinton at length the next day, it's a safe bet that few US leaders or reporters will be aware of the views Vajpayee...
Waking Up the Global Elite : ACTIVISM IN THE STREETS HAS LED TO AN OUTPOURING OF PLATITUDES IN THE SUITES
A tide of corporate high-mindedness seems to be sweeping the globe, inspired by last year's ruckus in Seattle and a continuing series of confrontations. One international organization after another has scurried to catch up with the popular rebellions...