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The great public scandals of the last decade are remarkable, above all, for their inconclusiveness...

The New Yorker     |    September 24, 1990     |    NOTES AND COMMENT

The last great public scandals of the decade are remarkable, above all, for their inconclusiveness, their strange resistance to closure.
Tags: Iran-Contra

Americans tend to examine distant regimes, and the commitments our government has made to them, only during times of crisis...

The New Yorker     |    September 10, 1990     |    NOTES AND COMMENT

Americans tend to examine distant regimes, and the commitments our government has made to them, only during times of crisis.
Tags: middle east | Iraq

Just past ten on a sunny morning last month in Port-au-Prince...

The New Yorker     |    July 16, 1990     |    NOTES AND COMMENT

Just past ten on a sunny morning last month in Port-au-Prince, four men carrying automatic weapons, two of whom wore the green uniforms of the Haitian Army, strolled into the garden of the Hotel Santos, where Haiti's Council of State was meeting with union and business leaders, and asked for Dr. Louis Roy.
Tags: Haiti

Beyond the Mountains (Part III)

The New Yorker     |    December 11, 1989     |    A REPORTER AT LARGE

121189 On February 7,1986, the day the dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier and his wife, Michèle Bennett, flew off to exile in France, a crowd of jubilant Haitians invaded the National Cemetery, a vast expanse of concrete crammed with bright-colored tombs — ivory and turquoise and rose --  bearing the names of Haiti's great families.
Tags: Haiti

Beyond the Mountains (Part II)

The New Yorker     |    December 04, 1989     |    A REPORTER AT LARGE

120489 A few weeks after the fall of Jean-Claude Duvalier, in February, 1986, the statue of Christopher Columbus presiding over the harbor of Port-au-Prince was seized and thrown into the sea by persons unknown, who left fastened on the empty pedestal a sheet of paper with a simple scrawled message: "Pa de blans en Hayti!"
Tags: Haiti

Beyond the Mountains (Part I)

The New Yorker     |    November 27, 1989     |    A REPORTER AT LARGE

Haiticoverpart1 Mornings in Port au-Prince, just before dawn, as the last, scattered gunshots faded in the distance and the outlines of the city began to take shape in the dirty air—tiny houses, painted aqua and salmon; the huge and ghostly National Palace, gleaming white; gray and rust-colored slums, canopied in smoke—my colleagues and I would go off in search of bodies.
Tags: Haiti

Rescuing a Tattered Word--'liberal'

The New York Times     |    January 08, 1989     |    BOOK REVIEW

Having ferreted out the ''sophisticated rebels'' of Europe from Cardiff to Cracow, H. Stuart Hughes found himself rather nonplussed when asked to suggest their counterparts in the United States.

Leaving Others to Tell the Tale

The New York Times     |    July 17, 1988     |    BOOK REVIEW

History, it's said, is written by the winners; but perhaps it's truer to say it belongs to the least reticent. Dean Rusk, on becoming Secretary of State, vowed never to write his memoirs.

Professing the Past, Debating the Present

The New York Times     |    October 25, 1987     |    BOOK REVIEW

Dreams On West Germany's ''Day of National Unity'' this summer, a dapper, white-haired, German-born American stood in the Bundestag, facing the President, Prime Minister and other high officials of the West German Government, and spoke about German history.

Mass Culture, Elitist Art

The New York Times     |    July 19, 1987     |    BOOK REVIEW

The Struggle For a Democratic Haiti

The New York Times Magazine     |    June 24, 1987     |    ESSAY

Three hours out of New York, I start awake to find myself floating over a grotesque landscape - the sickly, reddish-brown hills of Haiti, wave upon wave of blood-dark corrugations, thickly marbled with white sand.
Tags: Haiti

Novels Rented By Night

The New York Times     |    June 07, 1987     |    BOOK REVIEW

Moscow "I don't recognize myself as a satirist,'' said Vladimir Voinovich. ''No, I'm just trying to depict reality.''

Original Version: The Struggle for a Democratic Haiti

The New York Times Magazine     |    June 1987     |    ESSAY

This is the first draft of Mark Danner's first feature article about Haiti, written in 1987 for The New York Times Magazine.
Tags: Haiti

A World Without Nuclear Weapons?

The New York Times     |    April 05, 1987     |    ESSAY

It is likely the question was first asked as soon as it could be - that the hope of abolition followed shortly after the task of creation.
Tags: Foreign Affairs

The Kremlin and the West: A Realistic Approach

The New York Times     |    January 25, 1987     |    BOOK REVIEW

Wolfgang Leonhard would seem well qualified to deliver what he promises here -- a ''new policy toward [the] USSR.''

Though Duvalier Is Gone, Haiti Still Needs Help

The New York Times     |    May 09, 1986     |    OP-ED ESSAY

Duvalier In Haiti, as in many deeply troubled places, it was comforting to identify the national demons with one man, and to assume that his destruction would bring theirs.
Tags: Haiti

What Does Government Owe the Poor?

Harper's     |    April 1986     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

Harpersmagazine-1986-04-0016120_page_01 An American's distrust of welfare should come as no surprise. Public assistance threatens what is after all the central doctrine of capitalism: that the incentive to work is born of the burning desire to have, and then to have more.
Tags: american politics | welfare | Harper's Forums

How Not To Fix The Schools

Harper's     |    February 1986     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

Feb1986 The public schools of America long ago sank to a level of decrepitude guaranteeing them the sort of dogged scrutiny by blue ribbon commissions reserved for a "crisis" both intolerable and permanent.
Tags: american politics | schools | education | Harper's Forums

Gossiping About Gossip

Harper's     |    January 1986     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

Harpersmagazine-1986-01-0001 The immortal power of gossip was already well understood in ancient Greece - "lt too," said Hesiod, "is a kind of divinity" - but it required the particular talents of the present age to make money off it.
Tags: gossip | Media | Foreign Affairs

In the Age of Cocaine: What Is Our Drug Problem?

Harper's     |    December 1985     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

Dec1985 Last year Americans spent $30 billion on illegal drugs, while their government spent $1.5 billion trying to shut down their sources of supply.
Tags: Drugs | Foreign Affairs | Harper's Forums
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