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Articles from Vol. 271, No. 7, September 4

Beyond the Little Red Book
Wang Anyi, one of China's leading novelists, best captures the swift evolution of Chinese fiction since the death of Mao in 1976. In a dialogue in her 1985 novel Baotown, a grandfather, Bao Yanrong, in dialogue with his grandson, Bao Renwen (they're...
Coming out for the Senate
Vermont appears poised to break through what gay politicos jokingly refer to as the "lavender ceiling" by nominating an openly gay man as the Democratic candidate for US Senate against incumbent Republican Jim Jeffords. Four-term State Auditor Ed Flanagan,...
Countdown in Managua : AFTER A BRUTAL ATTEMPT TO CRUSH THEIR UNION, WORKERS REACH OUT TO US ALLIES
6 AM, July 13, Las Mercedes Free Trade Zone, Managua, Nicaragua A river of people, 19,000 workers, packed ten or twelve across, pours slowly through a bazaar of hawkers toward the gates of the Las Mercedes Free Trade Zone, about a mile from Managua's...
Cries in the Streets in LA
Tonight is the finale for insiders and outsiders in Los Angeles this week: In a few hours, Al Gore will be giving his acceptance speech at the Staples Center. A few feet away, thousands of activists will hold a rally outside. Yet at the Community Convergence...
Fighting the Power in RI : GRASSROOTS ACTIVIST KATE COYNE-MCCOY IS CHALLENGING THE DEMOCRATIC MACHINE
Providence, Rhode Island With the Gore/Lieberman presidential ticket--if not the candidates' party as a whole--mired in a corporate-friendly centrism, can a feminist Labor Democrat who is proud of boasting "Nothing is too liberal for me" get herself...
In Re Lori Berenson
In the nearly five years since Lori Berenson's arrest in a Peruvian police roundup, the politics and emotions swirling around her case have only intensified. In Peru in 1995, President Alberto Fujimori waved her passport on television before a secret...
Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!
First, the obvious part. Here is Russ Feingold speaking, not at the convention itself but a few blocks and about a million cops uptown at Arianna Huffington's shadow convention: "What we are seeing on television are not really party conventions, where...
Letters
COCKBURN'S CONSPIRACY THEORY Woburn, Mass. * For all its overblown rhetoric, Alexander Cockburn's conspiracy-theorizing ["Beat the Devil," July 3] contains little substance. Cockburn purports to expose an "unnatural union" between an "accused...
On the Line at Verizon
Although the Verizon strike was framed by the media as a struggle between the vibrant "new economy" (i.e., a telecom company with a burgeoning wireless division) and the stagnant "old economy" (i.e., the unions), most of the issues that riled the workers--speedups,...
The Latest Gore
Talk about surprise Hollywood endings. After a week in which the corporate mullahs who finance the Democratic Party had turned the LA convention into an obscene moneychase--underwriting parties, sporting events and shopping excursions--Al Gore, the...
The Lori Berenson Papers
On January 11, 1996, a young American woman was sentenced to life in prison in Peru for treason. Now documents have surfaced that shed new light on her case The house at No. 1049 Alameda del Corregidor fits in well with the rest of Lima's upper-middle-class...
The Moral Maze
I'm in Europe at the moment, visiting the same British and French friends with whom I spent long hours watching the Clinton impeachment hearings just two years ago. Neither then nor now could they understand Clinton's felt necessity for lying, and...
The Other Kiss
Gore's famous embrace of Tipper before his speech at the Democratic convention may pale beside his prospective ecstasies with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In AD 193 the Roman Praetorian Guard murdered the Emperor Pertinax and proceeded to auction off...
'The Ultimate Bad Review'
SUMMER CELLULOID MELTDOWN If our political parties insist on producing bad show business, then the least we should demand is that Hollywood make good movies. Yet who this August could click off the TV, open the newspaper and locate a refuge from...
When Women Spied on Women : THE FBI PAID DOZENS OF INFORMANTS TO INFILTRATE THE FEMINIST MOVEMENT
The year is 1969. In a living room, ten women passionately tell one another secrets they have never before revealed. One woman describes the trauma of rape. Another reveals the beatings she has endured from her husband. Still another describes the...