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  • December 15, 1999

    The Prattle on Seattle

    The ideological rigidity that governs punditocracy trade debate transcends right/left dichotomies.

    Eric Alterman

  • December 9, 1999

    Food Fight Comes to America

    As the international uprising against genetically engineered (GE) foods continues to grow, the worst fear of US government and business officials is that the commotion abroad will awaken American

    Maria Margaronis

  • December 9, 1999

    The Battle Beyond Seattle

    A little broken glass in the streets of Seattle has transformed the World Trade Organization into a popular icon for the unregulated globalization that tramples human values on every continent, a

    William Greider

  • December 9, 1999

    The Politics of Food

    Case sawed shakily at his steak, reducing it to uneaten bite-sized fragments, which he pushed around in the rich sauce.... "Jesus," Molly said, her own plate empty, "gimme that.

    Maria Margaronis

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  • December 2, 1999

    Blowjobs and Snow Jobs

    If the sixties were the age of the war reporter and the seventies the age of the investigative reporter, then the late nineties may go down in history as the age of the blowjob reporter.

    Eric Alterman

  • December 2, 1999

    Stop-Time in the Levant

    It is remarkable to what extent almost anything having to do with the Middle East in this country--be it political, cultural, historical or even personal--is permeated by the triumphalist vision

    Ammiel Alcalay

  • November 25, 1999

    Prosecuting Innocence

    Like countless parents, Cynthia Stewart of Oberlin, Ohio, is an ardent amateur photographer who loves to take pictures of her child.

    Katha Pollitt

  • November 25, 1999

    How Now, Iron Johns?

    In Growing Up Absurd, his classic polemic on shortchanged youth, Paul Goodman remarks, parenthetically, that "the problems I want to discuss in this book belong primarily, in our society,

    Ellen Willis

  • November 25, 1999

    ‘Our’ Gide?

    Whenever Gide wrote or spoke about himself directly, which was not infrequently, he would insist that his wars within were to be traced to his very genes.

    Patrick Smith

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