September 2012 New Yorker
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Another hilarious cover, "Bromance", by Barry Blitt.
Philip Gourevitch - COMMENT: REPUBLICAN VS REPUBLICAN - Twenty years ago the Republican Convention to nominate George H.W. Bush was held at the Astrodome in Houston. Patrick Buchanan spoke of a "religious war" going on in the country over isssues such as abortion, equal rights for homosexuals, and women in combat.
Today the GOP platform vocalizes these same concerns. Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri, running for the Senate, believes that abortion should be criminalized, without an exception for victims of rape. Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's running mate, shares Akin's views on abortion.
Republican-sponsored stricter voter-identification requirements could effectively disenfranchise millions of eligible voters. States have recently passed twenty-three laws limiting access to the polls. Some States have curtailed early voting.
David Remnick - LETTER FROM TEL AVIV: THE VEGETARIAN: A Notorious Spymaster Becomes A Dissident.
A growing number of leading intelligence and military officials, active and retired, are speaking out in opposition to a unilateral Israeli strike against Iran. One of them is Meir Dagan, who from 2002 until 2011 was the director of Mossad. Dagan was born in 1945, on the floor of a train, as his family was being deported from the Soviet Union to a Nazi detention camp in Poland. Some members of the family died in the Holocaust. Dagan and his parents arrived in Israel in 1950 aboard a cattle boat.
Dagan fought in Gaza during the Six-Day War in 1967 and later spent years in the military and intelligence. Under his leadership, the Mossad was credited with several high-stakes operations.
He has denounced Netanyahu's Iran policy of considering a unilateral strike on that country's nuclear facilities, believing that an Israeli attack would be too dangerous and fail to meet its objective. He is of the opinion that an Israeli bombing would lead to a regional war and unpredictable counterattacks.
(Meir Dagan was recently interviewed on SIXTY MINUTES by Scott Pelley.)
Sarah Stillman - A REPORTER AT LARGE: THE THROWAWAYS - Increasingly, U.S. law-enforcement agencies have been enlisting young drug offenders as confidential informants. They are sent out into dangerous situations to build a case against drug dealers, often in exchange for leniency in the criminal justice system. These untrained individuals provide an inexpensive way to outsource the work of undercover officers. Some are as young as 14. And some have been murdered.
In the mid-nineteen-eighties, Congress enacted federal sentencing guidelines that created harsh mandatory minimums for drug offenses. Over the course of that decade, the U.S. prison population doubled. In Florida, incarceration rates for drug crimes increased nearly twentyfold.
T. Coraghessan Boyle - FICTION: BIRNHAM WOOD - Although I'm a fan of the author, having read several of his novels and dozens of his short stories, these characters failed to interest me.
Okay - I really did read this issue, but looking over the ToC which I ripped out to keep as a reminder my mind is almost blank except for three pieces:
-Sarah Stillman on using young informants to help make drug busts. Shocking. Needs to be outlawed.
-the Boyle story, OK, not his best.
-Anthony Lane on Henry James and the making of The Portrait of a Lady - a good read if you love James and the book, which I do.