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1999 Stories by Nat Hentoff

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  • No Fair Trials for Cops?

    published December 28, 1999

    A trial in which the jurors have been persuaded in advance, by outside influences, that they have a duty to reach a certain verdict is... More >>

  • The Very Best Christmas Gift

    published December 21, 1999

    One girl sings her song with me while she's having spinal taps done. Other children use their songs [written and performed for each one... More >>

  • Blurring Nonfiction and Fiction

    published December 14, 1999

    Unlike book publishers, who have months to check the facts in what they send out to readers, daily newspapers obviously cannot engage in... More >>

  • Pataki May End Your Life Early

    published December 7, 1999

    I am interrupting the series on the shame of book publishers for a more vital issue, affecting everyone. In a November 27 op-ed piece in 'The New... More >>

  • The Shame of Book Publishing

    published November 30, 1999

    Much has been made nationally of the humiliating decision by St. Martin's Press to recall the 70,000 copies it had shipped to bookstores of J.H.... More >>

  • China’s Brutal Police State

    published November 23, 1999

    Before Time Warner assembled a galaxy of American media owners and international robber barons (as muckrakers used to call plutocrats), human... More >>

  • Genuflecting Before Jiang Zemin

    published November 16, 1999

    Jiang Qisheng, a former leader of the 1989 Tiananmen Square prodemocracy protests, has gone on trial for 'inciting the overthrow of state power.'... More >>

  • Press Lords Bow to a Torturer

    published November 9, 1999

    The Committee To Protect Journalists is the most valuable of all press organizations because it goes beyond First Amendment rights here at home... More >>

  • Serpico: 'Nothing Has Changed'

    published November 2, 1999

    'The problem is that the atmosphere does not yet exist in which honest police officers can act without fear of ridicule or reprisal from fellow... More >>

  • Lawless Arrests Under Giuliani

    published October 26, 1999

    ‘America has always been about rights.... While many nations are based on a shared language or ethnic heritage, Americans have made rights... More >>

  • Standing While Black in NYC

    published October 19, 1999

    "Students at Rice High School in Harlem, the only Catholic high School in Harlem, who are engaged in no wrongdoing, are frequently stopped and... More >>

  • The Louima Case Is Not Dead

    published October 5, 1999

    Let us examine the illusion nurtured both by the mayor and the U.S. Attorney's office for the Eastern District— that justice was finally... More >>

  • A Free Speech Warrior

    published September 21, 1999

    Ron Kuby first became widely known as a defense lawyer during his years of working with William Kunstler, the most resourceful, irreverent, and... More >>

  • Talk Radio and the Police

    published September 14, 1999

    ‘When will you apologize Haniti for the Rape of Abner Louimas character & reputation? It was forethought & systematic you skumbag. The guy... More >>

  • Jews Too — 'No Justice, No Peace'

    published September 7, 1999

    'This Isn't the Movies,' Said Safir 'Jewish blood is not cheap.' — One of hundreds of Jews in the streets of Borough Park, August 31;... More >>

  • WABC Attacks Free Speech

    published August 31, 1999

    'If Thomas McGowan is punished for sending these faxes to WABC, what does this do to the expressive nature of talk radio? It chills speech for... More >>

  • The Felonious Faxman

    published August 24, 1999

    On July 30, Thomas Mcgowan was arrested and charged with four counts of harassment and aggravated harassment in the second degree. His crime:... More >>

  • Kosovo— Was There Another Way?

    published July 20, 1999

    While worldwide attention is being paid to rebuilding Kosovo, a civil war, beginning in 1983, has killed 2 million people in the Sudan. Most of... More >>

  • Oh What a Lovely War!

    published July 13, 1999

    NATO's air campaign clearly represents the most accurate and discriminating use of air power in history. —James Rubin, State... More >>

  • Where Kids Never Stop Learning

    published July 6, 1999

    "We provide our students," says Mary Ann Fagen, principal of P.S.110 on Delancey Street, "with an approach to education that affects the entire... More >>

  • A Principal for All Schools

    published June 29, 1999

    Mary Ann Fagen has been on the staff of P.S. 110 on the Lower East Side for 33 years. And even before that, she was a student at the elementary... More >>

  • This School Works!

    published June 22, 1999

    AJ. Muste was a minister, radical pacifist, labor organizer, and strike leader, an international agitator against violence, and the most astute... More >>

  • The Literati and Their Servers

    published June 15, 1999

    The right to free labor, one of the most sacred rights of man. —Supreme Court Justice Stephen Field, 1875 Salman... More >>

  • No Union Label at a PEN Gala

    published June 8, 1999

    Refusing to hire a person just because he belongs to a union is a violation of the National Labor Relations Act. [Local 6, Hotel, Restaurant... More >>

  • Look Who Crossed a Picket Line

    published June 1, 1999

    All 250 employees at the Rainbow Room lost their jobs two days before Christmas. . . . Many of us worked there 10 years or more. . . . It is... More >>

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