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  • January 2, 1998

    Algeria Slides Into Civil War

    Voici le temps des assassins, the bilingual Algerians could exclaim, echoing Rimbaud, when nearly a year ago, their intellectuals began to be slaughtered by Islamic fundamentalists.

    Daniel Singer

  • January 2, 1998

    Why I’m Not Running for President

    I’ll admit that my realistic chances of becoming President are right down there with Quayle’s I.Q.

    Gloria Steinem

  • January 2, 1998

    Where’s the Revolution?

    When I came out in Boston in the mid-1970s, I had no way of knowing that the lesbian and gay movement I was discovering was in many ways unique.

    Barbara Smith

  • January 2, 1998

    Silent Reproach

    Some events carry an exceptional symbolic charge.

    Daniel Singer

  • January 2, 1998

    Death of a Collaborator

    Early on the morning of June 8, a messenger arrived at an apartment in one of the poshest districts of Paris bearing documents to be signed by a former high-level government official and prominen

    Daniel Singer


  • January 2, 1998

    Western Front

    Fundamentalism is spreading westward; now it has invaded the Maghreb. The results of Algeria’s June 12 local elections, in which the Islamic Salvation Front (F.J.S.) won more than half of the

    Daniel Singer

  • January 2, 1998

    Le Pen’s Pals–Blood and Soil

    There are two unmistakable signs that France is entering a pre-electoral period: The government is once again tinkering with the electoral law and the politicians, particularly the leaders of the

    Daniel Singer

  • June 19, 1997

    The Adolescent Lockup

    Not so long ago politicians campaigned by kissing babies. Today, they lock children in jail.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • September 30, 1996

    The End of History

    In 1996, Gore Vidal narrated his debacle defending the programs he wrote for the History Channel, which dealt with on the imperial aspects latent in the American presidency, to a panel of corporate media.

    Gore Vidal

  • July 4, 1994

    A Socialism of the Skin

    Our suffering teaches us solidarity; or it should.

    Tony Kushner