Volume 18, Number 29, August 2, 1991


Book Reviews

Renaissance Florence Was a ‘Child-Centered’ Society

by Nora Hamerman

Charity and Children in Renaissance Florence: The Ospedale degli Innocenti, 1410-1536, by Philip Gavitt.

Why the British Hate Iraq So Much

by Mark Burdman

Instant Empire: Saddam Hussein’s Ambition for Iraq, by Simon Henderson.

New Volume Is One of the Best on World War II in the Pacific

by Michael Minnicino

Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle, by Richard B. Frank.


Report from Rio

by Silvia Palacios

Collor’s Latest Publicity Stunt.

Andean Report

by Carlos Wesley

Startling Revelations in Venezuela.


The Honor of France.

Science & Technology

Scientists Propose Fusion Rockets for Mars Mission

by Charles B. Stevens

More than three years after Lyndon LaRouche insisted that a Mars colonization program would have to use fusion-powered rockets, new research is eyeing the plasma focus.

What Is Plasma?

Technical Appendix


Banks, Insurance Giants Totter, as Bills Fall Due

by Stephen Parsons

The state of New Jersey’s takeover of Mutual Benefit Life Insurance reveals the utter bankruptcy of yet another sector of the U.S. economy that invested in speculation rather than production.

BCCI Trail Leads to ‘October Surprise’

by Edward Spannaus

Will Europe Help Stabilize Soviet Energy Output?

by William Engdahl

Currency Rates

British Monarchy’s Pagan Ecologism Endorsed by Group of Seven

by Mark Burdman

Ecologists Set Pagan Gathering in Brazil

by Mark Burdman

U.S. Water Crisis Provokes New Look at Science of Desalination

by Marcia Merry

Sterilization Tops Bush Third World Agenda


by John Hoefle

Mergers in the Rue Morgue.


by Marcia Merry

New Rice Substitute Created.

Business Briefs


Greater Serbia’s Power Grab Heralds War in Europe

by Konstantin George

Partition of Yugoslavia is now inevitable, and the likelihood is that developments there will spark a broader conflagration.

IMF Wrecked the Yugoslav Economy

by Paolo Raimondi

Larry Eagleburger Primes the Balkan Tinderbox To Explode

by Scott Thompson

The deputy secretary of state is backing the Serbian communists, while his own business ventures link him to a Yugoslav bank convicted in a U.S. court for money laundering. A profile in treason.

Background to the Crisis: The Serbian-Russian Connection

British Promote a Monarchist Revival

by Mark Burdman


U.S. Seeks To Redraw Map of the Eastern Mediterranean

by Joseph Brewda

Turkey aspires to become a new Ottoman Empire, the Cyprus crisis could flare up again, and James Baker is plotting to wipe out the Palestinians: the face of George Bush’s new world disorder.

War against Iraq a ‘Disaster,’ Says French Nobel Prize Economist

by Mark Burdman

Maurice Allais and other prominent French figures denounce the policy of Mitterrand and the Anglo-Americans.

Hong Kong To Revert to China, or Is China Reverting to Britain?

by Michael Billington

Algeria after the Islamic Salvation Front

by Jacques Cheminade

Presidents Put On Servile Display at First Ibero-American Summit

by Carlos Cota Meza and Carlos Méndez

An epidemic of cholera, and of self-discrediting behavior.

‘Ibero-American Presidents Guilty of Genocide’

Argentina Threatened with Dismemberment

by Cynthia R. Rush

Terror Haunts Colombia as Gaviria `Dialogues’

by Andrea Olivieri

International Intelligence


Senate Bill on AIDS Testing Continues CDC’s Coverup

by H. Graham Lowry

Bowing to public pressures for action, the Senate leadership took a baby step toward making AIDS testing a legal requirement. But only a small number of health-care workers will be tested, and the measure will do virtually nothing to stop AIDS.

Senate Crime Bill Assaults Constitution

by Leo Scanlon

Saving the Children of Iraq from Genocide

by Francis A. Boyle

In a guest commentary, Professor of International Law Francis A. Boyle develops the case for prosecuting Bush Administration officials under the UN Genocide Convention.

`Jewish Democrats’ Plot Party Takeover

U.S. Crisis in Education Is Focus of Debate at Singing Conference

by Kathy Wolfe

A report from the First American Vocal Arts Congress. Can classical music survive in the United States?

Congressional Closeup

by William Jones

National News