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June 28, 2004 Issue

Jonathan Schell recalls the fleeting possibility of nuclear disarmament in 1986, David Cole dissects the legal aspects of the "war on t…

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Outlaws on Torture

The "war on terrorism" is in trouble, and at the very moment the Bush Administration needs it most--election season. George W.

Cold War to Star Wars

Perhaps the most important question--for present policy-makers as well as historians--posed by the presidency of Ronald Reagan is what role he played in ending the cold war.

The Gipper’s Economy

The Gipper had a certain goofiness about him that was impossible not to like. He told "war stories" borrowed from old movies with such sincerity you were sure he must have bee...

A Flawed Resolution

With its blueprint for Iraq in tatters, the Bush Administration has been forced to recognize the United Nations as the only body that can confer legitimacy on its continued oc...


To See or Not to See

Boston's Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority recently announced a new policy of stopping people "randomly" to request identification from those whom police believe to b...



Books & the Arts

Morning Ritual

Before the pork buns steamed in the pot,
moisture in their white folds, before
the dried tofu was trimmed into thin strips,

Le Gai Savoir

"Paris is a very old story," Henry James wrote in 1878--so old, in fact, that it's hard to write about it without falling into clichés about chestnut trees, couture<...

Ugly Beauty

In the fall of 1958, the second book by a young British poet named Philip Larkin made it across the ocean and into the consciousness of American poetry.

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