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Jonathan Schell details WMD deceptions, Daphne Eviatar calls out Unocal's role in Burma and Francis Davis reviews Bob Hope.

Letters


SHIITES, SUNNIS & IVINS

Washington, DC

Editorials

It is notoriously difficult to prove a negative. At what point can you
be sure that something does not in fact exist?

Congress has once again passed a bill banning "partial-birth abortion."
It's not the first time. President Clinton vetoed similar bans in 1996
and 1997.

"We have to hold these people until we find out what is going on."
According to a report issued June 2 by the Justice Department's own
Inspector General, that's what Michael Chertoff, head of t

The Bush Administration's carefully stage-managed June 4 Aqaba summit
could not hide the serious structural impediments to a resolution of the
Israel-Palestine conflict.

As quixotic searches for "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq continue
to yield little more than chagrin, the Washington establishment is
growing restive.

As America's jobless rate hit a nine-year high and after-the-fact
analyses of the Republican tax plan revealed that the Bush
Administration and its allies in Congress had denied child tax credi

Columns

scheer

The Case of the Phantom Uranium raises questions about the President that could lead to legitimate calls for impeachment.

Ask Dr. Marc

My right eyelid twitches on an irregular but steady basis. Is this anything to worry about? Or is it just age and the worries of the world?

Stop the Presses

Where do I begin?

Music

Hillary Clinton's autobiography comes out barely a week after Martha
Stewart is indicted for obstruction of justice and fraud related to
alleged insider trading, and you still don't beli

They pushed the CIA to say
That nukes could quickly come our way--
Saddam might, with a finger snap,
Remove Chicago from the map.

Articles

"Citizens have a compelling interest in ensuring that their government does not abuse one of its most awesome powers, the power to arrest and jail."

An unnecessary new law is used to undermine legitimate dissent.

Bush uses well-known linguistic techniques to make citizens feel dependent.

Unocal's pipeline in Burma becomes a test case in corporate responsibility.

Viewed close up, the "model" of democracy for all of Iraq is something less.

It threatens the United States--and the world.

Books & the Arts

War correspondents frequently suffer from what might be diagnosed as
Ernie Pyle Syndrome.

Poetry

This is your passport I hold in my hand:

a hemisphere, half red ink, half blue--

as yet untorched by terror, but polluted

Book

James Wood, the ferociously intelligent critic whose reviews appear
regularly in The New Republic and the London Review of
Books
, has single-handedly done a great deal to improve

Book

Lew Wasserman, who died last summer at 89, was not only the most
powerful and influential man in Hollywood over the past half-century but
also the most enigmatic.