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October 28, 2002 Issue

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  • Editorial

    Going Down the Road

    Out in the countryside is where you’ll find America’s true leaders–the gutsy, scrappy, sometimes scruffy and always ingenious grassroots agitators and organizers who go right into the face of

    Jim Hightower

  • In Fact…


    The Editors

  • The Dangerous Restaurant

    I was having dinner at a rather expensive restaurant the other night when a man I’d never met before threatened to kill me. He was a distinguished-looking fellow, dressed in a dark suit.

    Wallace Shawn

  • Blood for Oil

    In May 2001, the White House issued a National Energy Policy report, known as the Cheney Report: the state of our national oil reserves. In 2000, half the oil we consumed was imported.

    Gore Vidal

  • Welfare’s True Colors

    With the 1996 welfare law expiring this fall, Congressmembers would do well to stop congratulating themselves on its alleged successes and turn their attention to the glaring failures of the ne

    Gary Delgado and Menachem Krajcer

  • US Double Standards

    The effort by the Bush Administration and Congress to portray the planned invasion of Iraq as simply an effort to enforce United Nations Security Council resolutions reaches a new low in double

    Stephen Zunes

  • Lula’s Back in Town

    On October 6 Brazilian voters propelled Workers’ Party candidate Luiz Inácio da Silva, or “Lula,” as he is known, one step closer to the presidency of the second-most-populous country in

    Mark Weisbrot

  • Ashcroft, Unabashed

    There you go again, Mr. Ashcroft.

    David Cole

  • Peace Gets a Chance

    “You look beautiful,” shouted more than one speaker to the crowd that gathered in New York’s Central Park on Sunday, October 6, to protest George W.

    Liza Featherstone

  • The Fear Factor

    George Bush’s speech from Cincinnati was calm, composed, reasonable–a studied performance calculated to win plaudits from the punditry and the consent of Congress to an Iraq resolution tailore

    The Editors

  • Column

    Mr. Bush, Heed Carter and Learn

    Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize for a career of successfully waging peace, beginning with the launching of a historic Mideast peace effort that President Bush is bent on scuttling with min

    Robert Scheer

  • Dems Roll Over, Film at 11

    As in a paranoid novel by Don DeLillo, it all comes together in the end. The Democrats can’t stand up to Bush on Iraq because they’re afraid of looking soft on terrorism and Saddam Hussein–but

    Katha Pollitt

  • A Chickenhawk Cheer

    Bomb ’em now, kill ’em now, zim, boom, bah
    Chickenhawks, chickenhawks, rah, rah, rah.
    Vietnam reverberates.
    (We were rooting from the States.)

    Calvin Trillin

  • Books & the Arts

    License to Kill

    The closest thing you get to a dull moment in Michael Moore’s latest picture, Bowling for Columbine, is an interview with Marilyn Manson.

    Stuart Klawans

  • The Laboratories of Democracy

    Nothing is more galling to scientists than outsiders questioning their research priorities.

    Jonathan Kimmelman

  • Racism: Coded as Culture?

    This book makes a good case for racism–the word, not the ideology. What necessitated a defense?

    Paul Reitter

  • Raceball in Boston

    Any fan who over the years has attended a baseball game at Boston’s Fenway Park notices how few African-Americans are in the stands.

    Louis P. Masur
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