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* SCIENTISTS SHOULD BE ALLOWED to study the remains of a
9,000-year-old skeleton known as the Kennewick Man, a
three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth
Circuit ruled on Wednesday, rejecting appeals from the
federal government and five American Indian tribes.
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A glance at the winter issue of "Granta":
Experiences abroad and changing perspectives
In this special issue, 20 American writers recount their
experiences abroad and how they were influenced by them.
The journalist Tom Bissell challenges the simplistic views of
many outsiders toward the United States and of many Americans
toward the world. "Hatred of America, like love of America," is
"founded upon the notion that only America affects the world in
any meaningful way," he writes.
But "the idea that the lava of worldly power flows from a lone
volcano in the heart of an American Mordor is a dangerous
simplification," he argues. "As a traveler, I have been the
beneficiary of foreigners' kindness and hospitality, though
often after being compelled to sit through a point-by-point
discussion of why America's unilateral actions were wrecking the
world. There is much to learn from people whose minds are not
calcified by 'either/or' determinism, who can disapprove of
America and invite an American to tea," Mr. Bissell concludes.
Nell Freudenberger relates how her travels led her to confront
her own ignorance about the world. On a visit to a village in
Laos, she learned that the United States had bombed Laos during
the Vietnam War, killing 200,000 Laotians. "It wasn't so much
the numbers" but "the fact that [I] hadn't known them, that made
the statistics horrifying," she recalls. If it were not for that
visit, "I would probably never have thought about what 'we' did
in Laos," Ms. Freudenberger writes.
Adam Hochschild, an author and a lecturer at the Graduate School
of Journalism of the University of California at Berkeley,
ponders the American paradox, "that what is, at home, perhaps
the most vibrant civil society on earth is, abroad, a
trigger-happy superpower of terrifying arrogance."
While his travels to apartheid South Africa in the 1960s and
India in the 1990s opened his eyes to American arrogance, they
also made him appreciate other American values. "I've come to
understand why hundreds of thousands of people from all over the
world" choose to live or study in the United States, he says.
"It's not money" that lures them, but the chance to "be treated
as an individual," he writes. "If there is a single hope I have
for my country, it is that the great promise of the one can
begin to rescue us from the great dangers of the other."
Several of the essays are available online at
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