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    Chinese Arms for Pakistan - People's Republic Sent Planes, Weapons to the Paks

    WASHINGTON, D.C.China is plunging headfirst into the politics of Central and South Asia. Last month the People's Republic quietly dispatched five shiploads of unassembled new combat aircraft and other air-related weapons and equipment to Pakistan, t...

    by James Ridgeway on January 8, 2002
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    The Welfare-Reform Catastrophe - During Recession, Millions Are Being Hurt by Workfare Rules

    WASHINGTON, D.C.The recession is turning so-called welfare reform into a catastrophe happening before our eyes. That's the bottom line behind a myriad of technical reports and barely comprehensible bureaucratic phrases of a group of experts meeting...

    by James Ridgeway on January 8, 2002
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    Lusting for Lingerie

    LOS ANGELES"This is only their third time making an appearance in publicaren't they divine?" my friend gushed as he wrapped his arm around his fiance's tiny waist. She lifted her dress up, way above the knee, to reveal luxurious, black silk stocki...

    by Tristan Taormino on January 1, 2002
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    The Patriotism Enforcers - Miseducating the Young on Freedom

    In 1950, Republican senator Margaret Chase Smith of Maine was the first member of Congress to publicly confront Senator Joseph McCarthy's charges that those who disagreed with his version of patriotism wereas Attorney General John Ashcroft now says ...

    by Nat Hentoff on January 1, 2002
  • Studio in 1940s Co-Op Building

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    Studio in 1940s Co-Op Building

    Location Hudson Heights Price $99,000 in 2001 (maintenance, $301) Square feet 550 Occupant Louisa Benton (development director, Ensemble Studio Theater) Your 190th Street subway stop is one of the deepest in the city. The man working the elevato...

    by Toni Schlesinger on January 1, 2002
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    Listings

    Every week, devotees and a few newcomers gather at Reverend Jen's Anti-Slam, where performance meets cry for help. On a recent Wednesday, the opening slot goes to regular fixture Big Mike, a wild-eyed nurse with red hair and a beard like a lion's. He...

    by Virginia Vitzthum on January 1, 2002
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    Round Up the Unusual Suspects - A New Health-Emergency Law Raises Concerns for the Immune Compromised

    After a businessman sick with smallpox arrived in New York in 1947, infecting four people before dying himself, officials sprang into action. The city vaccinated 6 million people in a month. That contained the epidemic, but at a cost: Between four an...

    by Sharon Lerner on January 1, 2002
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    Horoscope

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): "WELCOME HOME!" That's the cheery salutation the festively clad greeters blessed me with as I entered the gates of the Burning Man festival last August. In one sense it was an ironic statement: I would spend a mere week in...

    by Rob Brezsny on January 1, 2002
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    Where the Hell Are You? - An Open Letter From Israel to American Tourists

    JAFFA, ISRAELIt's getting kind of lonely over here. We don't want you to think we're upset about this, but terms like fair-weather friends, cowards, and chicken shit do come to mind. We wait for you at the airport and in hotel lobbies. You're no-s...

    by Sylvana Foa on January 1, 2002
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    Listings

    After a hectic week of partying and ringing in the New Year, most folks probably want to relax. The best chill-out night in town turns two: Grab a cup of java and massage your brain cells (or what's left of them) at the Second Anniversary Undercity p...

    by Tricia Romano on January 1, 2002
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    The French Connection - Paris Reporters Say Bush Threatened War Last Summer

    Far from the American media machine, two French authors have released a report outlining U.S. attempts to finesse the issue of Osama bin Laden long before Al Qaeda struck on September 11. Based on extensive firsthand reporting, Jean-Charles Brisard a...

    by James Ridgeway
    Paris interviews and translation by Sandra Bisin
    on January 1, 2002
  • Not Your Average Board Teen - Krush Is Her Name—And Her Game

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    Not Your Average Board Teen - Krush Is Her NameAnd Her Game

    Late one chilly Autumn evening, a cluster of men at the venerable Marshall Chess Club in the Village are playing speed chess, trying not to seem anxious, looking for any excuse not to play Irina Krush. A 17-year-old self-described 'chess nut' and int...

    by Candace Rondeaux on January 1, 2002
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    Sports

    Dome and Dumber Talk about an anticlimax. After all the months of speculation as to where on earth Rudy Giuliani would find $1.6 billion to build new stadiums for the Mets and Yankeesopen a Paul O'Neill souvenir reliquary? unearth a secret straw-i...

    on January 1, 2002
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    Too Short. Too Old. Too Bad. - Eight Reasons Why Theyve Become the Snickerbockers

    Five shots flubbed from close range in the final 5.9 seconds. A 90-88 Garden loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, a team that entered the game with the second-worst record in the NBA and a 1-11 mark on the road. Hell, if the Knicks sink any lower than they...

    by Jeff Ryan on January 1, 2002
  • Chinatown Factory Faces Eviction - Harsh Reality Hits Makers of Fairy-Tale Gowns

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    Chinatown Factory Faces Eviction - Harsh Reality Hits Makers of Fairy-Tale Gowns

    Inside a modest garment factory at 202 Centre Street in Chinatown, sumptuous organza gowns in the rich colors of eggplants and plums hang on a rack, destined for a chain of bridal shops. These fairy-tale frocks, once purchased, will make their debuts...

    by Sophia Y. Chang on January 1, 2002
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    Midnight Confession - How CNN Captured John Walker

    Since it first aired on December 19, CNN's hospital-bed interview with "American Taliban" John Walker has been heavily hyped, but no one has pointed out what it truly displays: the power of media to indict a man more efficiently than any prosecutor. ...

    by Cynthia Cotts on January 1, 2002
  • Fire on the Mountain - Tales of Life and Death in Tora Bora

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    Fire on the Mountain - Tales of Life and Death in Tora Bora

    Recently a friend I had long given up for dead turned up alive and well and fighting on the front lines of Tora Bora, the now notorious mountain redoubt in eastern Afghanistan where Al Qaeda fighters mounted a last stand before vanishing into the tri...

    by Masood Farivar on January 1, 2002
  • Giuliani = La Guardia? NOT! - How Rudy Stacks Up Against His Hero

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    Giuliani = La Guardia? NOT! - How Rudy Stacks Up Against His Hero

    In September 1989, after his victory in the Republican Mayoral Primary, Rudolph Giuliani said, "In 1933, a mayor of integrity . . . came forward and carried on a courageous campaign to save this city. . . . His name was Fiorello La Guardia. La Guardi...

    by Richard Barr on January 1, 2002
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    Letters

    THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO COTTS Cynthia Cotts's column on The American Prospect and me was a textbook case of how not to practice journalism ["Bob Kuttner's 'Prospect': How Not to Run a Liberal Magazine," Press Clips, January 1]. The friends of a Pro...

    on January 1, 2002
  • Gang-Rape Capital of the World - Showing Bush the Face of Terror

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    Gang-Rape Capital of the World - Showing Bush the Face of Terror

    My administration will continue to speak and act for as long as the persecution and atrocities in the Sudan last. George W. Bush, speaking before the American Jewish Committee, May 3 You couldn't have learned this from american newspapers, tel...

    by Nat Hentoff on December 25, 2001
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