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May 27, 2000

Vol.182 / No.19
Peter R. BeckmanMay 27, 2000

Patrick Tyler The New York Times rsquo s Beijing bureau chief from 1993 to 1997 begins his history of U S relations with China by emphasizing the risk of war between the People rsquo s Republic and Taiwan American presidents have sought to deter such a war and since 1972 have endorsed the idea o

Terry GolwayMay 27, 2000

Poor George W. Bush. It was bad enough when, during the primary season, a Boston reporter surprised him with a snap quiz about foreign leaders, including some from nations that Rand McNally himself might have had trouble spelling. Bush’s tentative answers inspired snickers in some quarters, al

John J. SavantMay 27, 2000

Generalizations about races or nations, however prejudiced, usually have some basis in fact.- Peter Mansfield, The Arabs.

Of Many Things

The day after Cardinal O’Connor’s death I received a package delivered by U.P.S. It was from Alba House (Society of St. Paul) and contained a copy of their newest publication, The Life and Times of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. The author, Myles P. Murphy, is a New York archdiocesan priest

George M. AndersonMay 27, 2000

When did your anti-sweatshop work begin?We began our labor rights activities in Latin America in the early 1990’s in El Salvador and Honduras. One of our first projects was to help a local human rights organization in Honduras, called the Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, to do a surv

W.W. MeissnerMay 27, 2000

Suicide is a major mental health problem that touches all our lives The incidence of suicide is frighteningly highthere are few among us who do not know a friend or family member who has either attempted or committed suicide and no one of us is immune from its reach We have much to learn from tho

Nancy HartnagelMay 27, 2000

The debate over whether the United States should give permanent normal trade relations to China pits human rights concerns against economic ones. While others focus on labor, environmental or military issues, the U.S. bishops oppose special trade privileges for China because of China’s human r