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Issue No. 43: February-March '03

things within

This issue hit the streets Feb. 6. This is some of it. Enjoy.
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"What Next, Concentration Camps?" Racial Profiling in the War on Terrorism
by Kari Lydersen
African-Americans have bitterly joked about the "DWB" phenomenon for decades -- the fact that at any time they are subject to being pulled over for the crime of driving while black. Just as the government is finally able to admit that is is wrong to harass people for DWB, it seems that a new "crime" has been invented as part of the war on terrorism. Call it "EWA" or "EWI," existing while Arab, or more generally, existing while immigrant.

From the Editor: by Craig Mazer
Affirmative Action: Imperfect But is Still the Best Option --Disadvantages for minorities created by racism and the failure to "invest properly in schools located in poor, often minority, neighborhoods ... beg for some kind of solution."

Notes From the Cultural Wasteland by Morris Sullivan
Springer, the opera; the blood of the Lamb; the space shuttle disaster; and other weirdness: Have we finally reached the end?

Over-Priced Musings: by Don Pflaster
The Sky Could Fall At Any Time, Stay Tuned -- Corporate news creates a culture of lies--of issues blown out of proportion and issues not blown up enough.

Neo-McCarthyism and the New Surveillance Culture
by Dr. Steven Best
While lip service is paid to freedom, basic liberties such as the right to freedom speech and prohibition of illegal searches and seizures are increasingly jeopardized.

Comic Relief: The Muddlemarch by Neal Skorpen
Choose: Li'l Bush & Co. Exterminators | The Trial

A New Phase For China's Moon Bears
by Patricia L. Howard
Although it is illegal to export bear bile or other body parts, the trade continues to flourish. But these creatures now have a savior.

Quickies by various writers
A little bit on a whole heck of a hell of a lot of CDs.

Advertiser Index: The businesses that make this magazine possible; includes lots of cool music-label links.

This issue's quotes:

"To those who scare peace-loving people with phantoms of lost liberty, my message is this: Your tactics only aid terrorists, for they erode our national unity and diminish our resolve. They give ammunition to America's enemies and pause to America's friends."

--John Ashcroft, testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dec. 6, 2001

"When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader."
--Plato, 347 B.C.