What happened on May 30, 1999
The Scary Politics of "The Phantom Menace" Andrei Cherny, Andrei Cherny, former senior speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore, is editor of Blueprint: Ideas for a New Century
Cozying Up to World's Libyas Mike Clough, Mike Clough is a research associate at the Institute of International Studies at UC Berkeley
An Authoritarian Party Reinvents Itself Through Democracy David Ayon, David Ayon teaches U.S. and Mexican politics at Loyola Marymount and is working on a book about ethnic groups and foreign policy
Suspicion of Foreigners Leads to Rights Crackdown at Home Paula R. Newberg, Paula R. Newberg is the author of a number of books on south Asian politics, including "Judging the State: Courts and Constitutional Politics in Pakistan."
Elections Alone Aren't Enough ANUGERAH PEKERTI, Anugerah Pekerti is a faculty member and former president of the Institute for Management Education and Development in Indonesia and is chair of the board for World Vision Indonesia, a Christian humanitarian aid organization
A Habit of Distrust Robert S. Norris, Robert S. Norris is a military analyst with the Natural Resources Defense Council and coauthor of "British, French and Chinese Nuclear Weapons."
A Habit of Distrust Maurice Meisner, Maurice Meisner, visiting professor at the London School of Economics, is author of "Mao's China and After: A History of the People's Republic."
Heroes Who Have No Day JOHN TIRMAN, John Tirman is executive director of the Winston Foundation for World Peace in Washington
Culture Wars Michael Kazin, Michael Kazin is currently a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center. He is the coauthor of "America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s," due out this fall
Charter Reform Becomes an Insider Struggle Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior associate at the School of Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University and a political analyst for KCAL-TV
Ron Unz Scott Holleran, Scott Holleran has written about politics and health care for the Miami Herald and the Philadelphia Inquirer
An American Spirit JOSEPH HOROWITZ, Joseph Horowitz is the author of five books, including "Understanding Toscanini," "Wagner Nights" and "The Post-Classical Predicament."
The Genius GROVER SALES, Grover Sales is the author of "Jazz: America's Classical Music" and a lecturer in jazz studies at Stanford University and the Jazz School in Berkeley
The One and Only MICHELLE KRISEL, Michelle Krisel is assistant to Placido Domingo, artistic director of the Washington Opera and the artistic director-designate and principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Opera
Summer Reading ADAM HOCHSCHILD, Adam Hochschild is the author of "King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa" (Houghton Mifflin) and "Finding the Trapdoor: Essays, Portraits, Travels" (Syracuse University Press)
The Worst of Times EUGEN WEBER, Eugen Weber is the author, most recently, of "Apocalypses."
More ! Again ! MICHAEL FRANK, Michael Frank is a contributing writer to Book Review
Mr. B TED LIBBEY, Ted Libbey is the author of "The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection" and the "NPR Encyclopedia of Classical Music." He is heard every week on National Public Radio's "Performance Today."
Air Guitar JON WIENER, Jon Wiener, who teaches history at UC Irvine, is the author of "Come Together: John Lennon in His Time."
Sicilian Seductions GEORGE ARMSTRONG, George Armstrong was for 28 years the Rome correspondent for the Guardian and was a regular contributor to the Economist
It's Not La Vida Loca to Her ED MORALES, Ed Morales is a staff writer at the Village Voice and is writing a book about Latino identity in the United States for St. Martin's Press
At Home in the Tube BRIAN LOWRY, Brian Lowry is a Times staff writer who reports on the television industry
When Piano Is One's Forte DON HECKMAN, Don Heckman is The Times' jazz critic
Youth Must Be Served--With Respect ROBIN SWICORD, Robin Swicord, the mother of two adolescent daughters, is the writer of such films as "Little Women," "Matilda" (with Nicholas Kazan), "The Perez Family" and the upcoming "Thing of Beauty," which she also will direct. She is participating in a seminar on censorship Friday entitled "Guns Don't Kill People, Writers Do," as part of the Writers Guild of America's "Words Into Pictures" forum, which runs Friday-next Sunday
Diary of a Haven-Turned-Hell SUSAN MORGAN, Susan Morgan is an arts writer based in Los Angeles
Curse, Legacy or Both? STANLEY MEISLER, Stanley Meisler is an occasional contributor to Calendar
Blood, Guts and a Typewriter ERNESTO LECHNER, Ernesto Lechner is an occasional contributor to Calendar
Finnish on a High Note JOSEF WOODARD, Josef Woodard writes frequently about music for Sunday Calendar
Abba Abba Hey RICHARD CROMELIN, from London
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When Feeling Good Comes at the Expense of Doing Good ROGER R. ELLIS, Roger R. Ellis is a Westlake Village lawyer and author. He is married and has three children. You can write to him at PO Box 3422, Westlake Village, CA 91359-0422 or LALAW4U@aol.com
A Case of Mere Change Masquerading as a Cure-All HAL BERNSON, Hal Bernson is a Los Angeles city councilman whose 12th District is in the San Fernando Valley
Decade of Change DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Congress Should Swiftly Pass Effective Gun-Control Laws BRAD SHERMAN, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) represents portions of the San Fernando Valley and Ventura County
'Lest We Forget' MATTHEW EBNET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reading Tips And Notes / Expert Advice SHANE TEMPLETON, Shane Templeton is foundation professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Nevada, Reno
Along With the Dollars, Competition BEVERLY KELLEY, Beverly Kelley hosts "Local Talk" on KCLU-FM (88.3) at 7 p.m Mondays. She teaches in the communication department at Cal Lutheran University. Praeger has released her book, "Reelpolitik: Political Ideologies in '30s and '40s Films." Address e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Judge Steven Z. Perren DOUG ADRIANSON, EDITOR OF THE TIMES VENTURA COUNTY EDITION OPINION PAGES