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October 21, 2002 Issue

Richard Rorty advises fighting terrorism with democracy, Maria Margaronis looks at Tony Blair’s new go-between role and Walden Bello e…

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Opening to Cuba

"I am here in the hope that we can do business," Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura told a Cuban audience after cutting the ceremonial ribbon with Fidel Castro to open the rec...

Blair, the Go-Between

When Tony Blair rose to address a packed House of Commons on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction, Albert Finney had just won an Emmy for his performance as Winston ...

After Torricelli

Democrats in Washington and New Jersey sighed with relief when scandal-plagued Senator Robert Torricelli ended a doomed run for a second term.

Guns, No Butter

Democrats have rightly gone ballistic over the cynical White House efforts to use Iraq to change the subject of the fall elections.


Truth on Iraq Seeps Through

In a speech intended to frighten the American people into supporting a war, the President Monday again trotted out his grim depiction of Saddam Hussein as a terrifying boogeym...

Al Gore, democrat

Something about Al Gore brings out the worst in people, and nowhere is this truer than in the so-called "liberal media." Journalists' "default" position on Gore, Joe Klein n...

But Fear Itself

It's a scary little world right now. Such wars of careless words. Such panic on every breeze. If Eskimos have a hundred words for snow, we have let bloom a thousand words fo...

October Surprises

October surprises are built into our system, since elections come in November. Cliffhanger movies in Hollywood's old days could not have staged it better.



The Generals Speak

"There are people in this city that believe that the military campaign against Iraq will not be difficult, especially because of the enormous advances in technology and the willi...


Books & the Arts

What Are They Reading?

After I saw In the Bedroom, Todd Field's moving film based on Andre Dubus's short story "Killings," I was delighted when a slim volume of Dubus's stories arrived here a...


The park was very large. We drove
for some time through a beautiful wood
until the wood ceased, and the house came into view.

Graham Greene, Roll Over

A few months ago, novelist Alan Furst, in one of those New York Times "Writers on Writing" pieces, told how, on a magazine assignment to the Soviet Union back in 1983...

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