What happened on April 21, 2002
New York Program Wrong Model for U.S. MARGY WALLER, Margy Waller is a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution Urban Center and former senior advisor for welfare and working families to President Clinton.
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The Rules of Engagement WILLIAM M. ARKIN, William M. Arkin is a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington and an adjunct professor at the U.S. Air Force School of Advanced Airpower Studies. He is also a consultant to a number of nongovernmental organizations.
He's In, He's Out, He's In SANDRA HERNANDEZ, Sandra Hernandez is a freelance writer based in Colombia.
Reality-Check Time at the White House WALTER RUSSELL MEAD, Walter Russell Mead, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Affairs and the author of "Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World."
Reading from Left to Right Gale Holland, Los Angeles journalist Gale Holland surveys the right-wing and left-wing press each month for Opinion.
What's Missing? A Strategy for Peace YOSSI ALPHER, Yossi Alpher is former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies. He co-edits bitterlemons.org, an Israeli-Palestinian Web-based dialogue.
Raising Grades Under Budget STEVE SMITH, Steve Smith, a father of two schoolchildren, writes from Costa Mesa.
Ready to Meet the Future MIKE CARONA, Mike Carona is sheriff of Orange County.
Will Palestinians Go the Way of Native Americans? LAILA AL-MARAYATI, Laila Al-Marayati is a Los Angeles physician and spokesperson for the Muslim Women's League.
The New Demons: Ordinary Teens MIKE MALES, Mike Males, Justice Policy Institute senior researcher, teaches sociology at UC Santa Cruz.
Being There MICHAEL HARRIS, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
Imagine That JONATHAN KIRSCH, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to Book Review, is the author of, most recently, "The Woman Who Laughed at God: The Untold History of the Jewish People."
Read All About It DAVID SHAW, David Shaw writes about the media for The Times.
Where Past Was Present BRIAN FAGAN, Brian Fagan is the author of numerous books, including "The Rape of the Nile: Tomb Robbers, Tourists, and Archaeologists in Egypt." His most recent book is "The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History 1300-1850." He is a professor of anthropology at UC Santa Barbara.
All the King's Men ANDREW H. MALCOLM, Andrew H. Malcolm, a former foreign and national correspondent, editor, government and campaign spokesman, is the author of such books as "Final Harvest" and "The Canadians." He is a member of the Times' Editorial Board.
The Universe of Calcutta SHASHI THAROOR, Shashi Tharoor is the author of "The Great Indian Novel" and, most recently, of the novel "Riot."
Where the Truth Lies VIVIAN GORNICK, Vivian Gornick is the author, most recently, of "The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative."
Taking Off DAVID RIEFF, David Rieff is the author of such books as "Los Angeles: Capital of the Third World," "The Exile: Cuba in the Heart of Miami" and the forthcoming "A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis." He is a contributing writer to Book Review.
The Crown and the Mole CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS, Christopher Hitchens is a columnist for Vanity Fair and the Nation, and the author of, most recently, "Letters to a Young Contrarian."
Land of the Free DUANE NORIYUKI, Duane Noriyuki is a staff writer for The Times.
The Wild One HERBERT GOLD, Herbert Gold's nonfiction books, "Haiti: Best Nightmare on Earth" and "The Magic Will: Stories and Essays of a Decade" have been reissued with new material.
Betrayed by Memory RICHARD ZIMLER, Richard Zimler is the author of "The Angelic Darkness" and "The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon."
Giants of the Deep RICHARD ELLIS, Richard Ellis is the author of "Aquagenesis: The Origin and Evolution of Life in the Sea."