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The Atlantic | October 2002 | The Roaring Nineties | Stiglitz The Roaring Nineties

As the chairman of Bill Clinton's Council of Economic Advisers, and subsequently as the chief economist of the World Bank during the East Asian financial crisis, Joseph Sitglitz was deeply involved in many of the economic-policy debates of the past ten years. What did this experience tell him? That much of what we think we know about the prosperity of the 1990s is wrong. Here is a revised history of the decade, by the winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics


Guardian Unlimited Observer | Magazine | Creativity: What's the big idea? Where do creative people get their inspiration? Ted Hughes likened it to fishing, while JG Ballard thinks it has more to do with whisky. Here, psychologist Guy Claxton reveals why we're all more creative than we think


Guardian Unlimited | World dispatch | Generation ex-communicated Iran's hardline Muslim leadership is struggling to crack down on the country's rebellious youth, says Helena Smith

Tuesday September 3, 2002

It's been a busy summer for the public morality police in Iran. Up and down the Islamic republic, the mullahs - the non-elected conservative clerics who wield the real power here - have been hard at work eradicating the "social corruption" that is

Rebelión - Cultura: La génesis olvidada de los pueblos del valle de Cochabamba La génesis olvidada de los pueblos del valle de Cochabamba
Wilson García Mérida -

Cochabamba fue en su pasado no tan remoto un pueblo cerradamente aymara, donde según una génesis olvidada el hombre nació fruto de un árbol llamado kewiña. De acuerdo a esta concepción andina de la evolución, el hombre desciende de ese árbol llamado kewiña. Los dioses y sus mujeres, las diosas, derramaron sus fértiles semillas en pleistocénicos bosques kewiñales, como aquellos que aún existen en las serranías del Tunari.

17.9.02 - Bloomsbury Author Information Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before
Like most Americans I grew up knowing almost nothing of Captain Cook,


Cide Hamete Benengeli vs. Miguel de Cervantes: The Metafictional Dialectic of Don Quijote, by Howard Mancing Cide Hamete Benengeli vs. Miguel de Cervantes: The Metafictional Dialectic of Don Quijote.


Real Battles and Empty Metaphors By SUSAN SONTAG
Since last Sept. 11, the Bush administration has told the American people that America is at war. But this war is of a peculiar nature. It seems to be, given the nature of the enemy, a war with no foreseeable end. What kind of war is that?
There are precedents. Wars on such enemies as cancer, poverty and drugs are understood to be endless wars. There will always be cancer, poverty and drugs. And there will always be despicable terrorists, mass murderers like those who perpetrated the attack a year ago tomorrow — as well as freedom fighters (like the French Resistance and the African National Congress) who were once called terrorists by those they opposed but were relabeled by history...


The New York Review of Books: In Iraqi Kurdistan In Iraqi Kurdistan
By Tim Judah
With all the debate about whether the United States should go to war with Saddam Hussein's regime, hardly anyone seems to have noticed that the war for Iraq has already begun. A few weeks ago I sat on a mountainside in northern Iraq and watched Kurdish fighters, who are known as peshmergas, trading shellfire with a group that they say is linked to al-Qaeda and that had dug into positions on the mountain opposite. The Kurdish fighters claimed that their opponents, who are mainly Kurds but include some Arabs as well, receive some support from Saddam Hussein and a lot from Iran. As the peshmergas served tea, the otherwise silent landscape reverberated with the shelling, and puffs of smoke and dust twisted and vanished with the evening breeze. This is an overture to the war.


Amnesty International - working to protect human rights worldwide | Civil liberties For whom the Liberty Bell tolls


World Press Review - Journalism - Photographs - Censorship - Press Photographs have a strange power. They can capture a scene in a split second. Traversing the barriers of language, time, and space, they can move an individual or an entire society that is tens of thousands of miles away.


il manifesto - quotidiano comunista Un fatidico appuntamento
Comico, minimalista e grottesco. Il maestro del Maine torna ai livelli più alti della sua scrittura, esibendosi in orrorifici virtuosismi sul tema della morte. Per Sperling & Kupfer, l'ultima raccolta di racconti di Stephen King

Guardian Unlimited Books | By genre | Julian Evans concludes his tour of the European novel In the final part of his series on the European novel, Julian Evans explores Albania and Greece

'The Writer and the World': The Blunt Opinions of a Professional Provocateur an age of mandatory multiculturalism and groupthink -- where well-intentioned but stale pieties stand in for close scrutiny on the left, and shrill but defensive assertions parade as rigorous criticism on the right -- it is altogether tonic to have a writer such as V. S. Naipaul in our midst. Throughout his long and prolific career, Naipaul, who was knighted in 1990 and awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 2001 (in a rare instance of merit triumphing over politics), has never bothered to check the cultural pulse before offering his blunt, often incendiary opinions. Although he has won the Booker Prize as well as various other British prizes and has lived in England since the age of 18, he continues to see himself as an outsider. ''I could not have done this writing in any other country,'' he explained in a recent interview. ''To that extent, I am a British writer.''

'The Book of Illusions': Paul Auster's Professor of Despair veryone thought he was dead.'' So begins Paul Auster's 10th novel, ''The Book of Illusions.'' Hector Mann is the man referred to. Born Chaim Mandelbaum, he was a comedian in the silent film era. ''Tango Tangle'' and ''Mr. Nobody'' had many fans. And his off-screen exploits caught the attention of the bare-knuckled gossip columnists of the period. At the time of his disappearance, he had just fought with the exploitative producer of the nearly-bankrupt Kaleidoscope Pictures and was on the point of signing with Harry Cohn of Columbia Pictures. One day he walked out of his North Orange Drive home, never to be seen again. Was his disappearance a publicity stunt by the legendary Cohn? Was he murdered? Hot topics in 1929. But after a decent interval and some moderate fuss, people stopped caring: Mann was at least as dead as the silent era in which he flourished. But at book's beginning, his biographer, David Zimmer, gets a note from a woman claiming to be his widow. Mann, the note says, is alive and living in New Mexico. Can this be true? And if so, where has he been for the last 60 years?