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Society news and analysis from The Nation

  • November 10, 2000

    A DNA Balance Sheet

    DNA testing can convict the guilty; it can also destroy the privacy of millions.

    Jonathan Kimmelman



  • November 2, 2000

  • November 2, 2000

    For Whom the Gong Tolls

    If you stand in Tiananmen Square and keep your eyes open on a normal day, you will see the tour groups with their "keep together" flags, and the long line waiting to see the mummified Mao in his mausoleum, and the crowd around the entrance to the Forbidden City. Souvenir salesmen ply their trade where once the students massed around the Goddess of Democracy. And then you notice the militia vans endlessly circling, and the buses parked off to one side. It's a big space to police, and its vast openness makes it impossible to close off. Every few days, a group of supporters of the Falun Gong movement will suddenly unfurl their banners and wave them until the forces of order arrive, sweep them up and carry them away.

    Christopher Hitchens

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  • October 26, 2000

    Whose Side’s Jesus On?

    Gore says he prays when crises loom.
    He asks just what would Jesus do.
    And then he does that very thing
    (If focus groups would do it too).

    So whose side's Jesus on, folks? Whose side's Jesus on?
    Who's got the Savior's brawn, folks? Yes, whose side's Jesus on?

    And Bush says faith-based treatment's best
    For those adrift or drug-addicted.
    Salvation's just for Christians, though.
    No Jews. Yes, heaven's still restricted.

    So whose side's Jesus on, folks? Yes, whose side's Jesus on?
    Who's got the Savior's brawn, folks? Yes, whose side's Jesus on?

    The other side, warns either side,
    Would of the Savior's blessings rob us.
    And Lieberman? Well, he can say
    That Jesus wouldn't work on Shabbes.

    So whose side's Jesus on, folks? Yes, whose side's Jesus on?
    The battle lines are drawn, folks. Yes, whose side's Jesus on?

    Calvin Trillin


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