Browsing Month January, 2003

“Trade hypocrisy: the problem with Robert Zoellick,” by Kevin Watkins, from

“Nothing better illustrates the double standard of current US trade policy than agriculture. Consider the case of cotton. In 2001, the US Commodity Credit Corporation spent $4 billion subsidising the income of cotton producers, a fraternity comprising some 25,000 corporate farms in California, Texas, Mississippi and elsewhere. “Given that the world market value of the more…

“What the world’s poor watch on TV,” by Bella Thomas, from

“Some of the most interesting micro-studies take issue with the assumptions of the cultural imperialists. One such study by Elihu Katz and Tamar Liebes was about the impact of Dallas on immigrants from Morocco, Russia and elsewhere in Israel. They organised fifty focus groups with people from different national backgrounds. Even at the basic level more…

“Recruiters see gold in NYPD brass,” by Michael Weinstein, from the

“What he did in New York he cannot do here. Angelenos have more compassion for the disadvantaged.”

A slurry pipeline car

A slurry pipeline carries insoluble particles, such as coal, suspended in water.

It takes

It takes 78 workers, three shifts and $22,000 to clean up after New York City’s New Year’s celebration in Times Square.

“That violence solves conflict is a deep belief. It’s wrong,” by Philip Hunt, from

“Girard’s work shows that all human societies have mythologies. The most common is variously described as the victimage mechanism or scapegoating. Societies based on this mythology form when someone is accused as a scapegoat for the conflict that exists in society. Guilt is incidental. “Girard suggests that modern societies, too, are based on mythologies. The more…

“Courting Stupidity: Why smart lawyers pick dumb jurors,” by Walter K. Olson, from

“While the press sometimes refers to these eye-popping awards as

The home shopping channel QVC ranks

The home shopping channel QVC ranks second in revenues, after NBC, of all American television networks.

“Many turns, few twists on his road,” a review by David Kipen, from the

“Mills’ narrator—unnamed, as in Three to See the King, his novel from last December—combines the driving skills of a bus operator with the time-wasting prowess of a professional writer. He works a cushy job as a delivery man for the Scheme, a shadowy concern that ferries mysterious cargo around a large, unnamed city in ubiquitous more…

A famous Parisian bistrot run by curates in a neighborhood known for strip clubs and prostitutes, cl