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Excerpts from the catalogue of the exhibition held at the Galleria Alitalia, Milano, 30. XI.79—6. III. 80.
Most Fiji Islanders give their evenings to quiet, communal conversation. Television, though, is now coming to the isolated South Pacific—can village life survive Charlie’s Angels?
Disease afflicts American industry. Its symptoms are gloom in the boardrooms, locked gates at the steel mills, lengthening unemployment lines. Has American capitalism forgotten the rules of its survival and success? Perhaps, perhaps not. There are success stories, too, on the industrial scene. In this ambitious survey, The Atlantic’s Washington editor searches out not only what is wrong but what might be done to turn a disturbing tide.
Despite predictions of impending shortages, the Soviet Union remains for the moment the world’s largest producer of petroleum. A slackening of the How of oil would have serious consequences—not only for Russia but for the Western democracies.
Boldness in war and peace has ensured the power of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. But in the teeming, impoverished streets of his capital city, he faces his ultimate challenge.
When the Hunt brothers lost upwards of a billion dollars in the silver market, much of the world felt that it couldn’t have happened to two nicer guys. After all, the Texans were out to “corner the market” and cheat the small investor. . . Or were they? The author, himself a speculator in precious metals, has a different view. And he casts a cold eye on the methods and motives of those members of the financial establishment who brought the Hunts’ empire crashing down.
The real value of the martial arts, says a twenty-year practitioner, has nothing to do with physical feats, such as breaking bricks or boards.
The national mania for “full disclosure” may lead only to more inventive—and more dangerous—forms of secrecy.