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December 31, 2001 Issue


  • Editorials

    The Not-So-Pristine Wilderness

    The Department of Energy has hit upon a new idea for nuclear waste clean-up: just leave it there and declare the area a wildlife preserve. The animals won't complain.

    Matt Bivens

  • Unfriendly Skies

    The FAA, which had long ignored airlines' requests for help with unruly passengers, is now relying on those same airlines' apparent racial profiling when deciding who gets to fly.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • Bush’s Domestic War

    Recent calamitous events—9/11, the recession, Enron's collapse—haven't affected the Bush administration's aims: tax cuts, drilling and Social Security 'reform.'

    the Editors


  • Cuban Embargo-Buster?

    Food companies ship supplies to Cuba in the aftermath of Hurricane Michelle, in what could be the beginning of the end for the tediously long US embargo of the island country.

    Peter Kornbluh

  • Press Watch

    Seymore Hersh has had a string of scoops since September 11, laying bare the covert community's skulduggery. Now, though, it seems he's toeing the government's line in regard to Iran.

    Michael Massing

  • Labor: In Fighting Trim

    In the wake of losses before and after September 11, labor unions gear up for the next tough fights.

    David Moberg

  • Oregon Rains on Ashcroft

    The city of Portland is resisting calls from the Justice Department to racially profile its residents; predictably, right-wing pundits are enraged.

    David Sarasohn

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  • Books and the Arts

    A Poet Duly Noted

    The 'Collected Poems' is an extraordinary book, says reviewer Ian Tromp.

    Ian Tromp

  • Gorbachev’s Revolution

    Gorbachev represented a unique change in Soviet statesmanship; two books examine him and the end of the Cold War.

    Walter C. Uhler

  • Not Just Village People

    Once confined to the closet, gays are now making headway in mainstream society.

    George De Stefano

  • The Eurocrush on Books

    Mergers and the Internet are changing the publishing industry. What lies ahead?

    André Schiffrin

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