What happened on June 22, 2003
Just a Pack of Predators Kate Coleman, Kate Coleman has written extensively for magazines and newspapers on the Black Panther Party. Her book "The Secret Wars of Judi Bari" will be published this fall.
A Delicate U.S. Dance in S. Asia Selig S. Harrison, Selig S. Harrison has covered India and Pakistan since 1951 and is the author of five books on South Asia. He is director of the Asia program at the Center for International Policy.
Politics Count, Not Excellence Peter Irons, Peter Irons is a professor of political science at UC San Diego and the author of "A People's History of the Supreme Court" (Viking, 1999).
National Change Must Come From Within L. Bruce Laingen, L. Bruce Laingen is a former hostage and now president of the American Academy of Diplomacy.
A Plan to Ban Nukes Robert S. McNamara, Robert S. McNamara was secretary of Defense under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.
Morality Play Stays the Same Gregory Rodriguez, Gregory Rodriguez, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at New America Foundation.
Nursing Home Crisis Puts the Frail Elderly at Risk Robert Levin, Robert Levin is chief executive of Covenant Care Inc., an Aliso Viejo company that operates 41 long-term-care facilities.
Kurds Deserve a State Shlomo Avineri, Shlomo Avineri is a professor of political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
An Injudicious Trend Anthony Lewis, Anthony Lewis, a former columnist for the New York Times, is author of "Gideon's Trumpet" (Random House/Vintage, 1964).
A Liberal Push in L.A. City Hall Jan Breidenbach, Kelly Candaele And Peter Dreier, Jan Breidenbach is the executive director of the Southern California Assn. for Nonprofit Housing. Kelly Candaele is a trustee of the Los Angeles Community College District. Peter Dreier is a professor of politics at Occidental College and author of the forthcoming "The Next LA: The Struggle for a Livable City."
Mel's Passion Marvin Hier and Harold Brackman, Rabbi Marvin Hier is the founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Harold Brackman is a historian and consultant to the Wiesenthal Center.
Secret Soldiers William M. Arkin, William M. Arkin is a military affairs analyst who writes regularly for Opinion. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Entertaining deception Crispin Sartwell, Crispin Sartwell is the author of "End of Story: Toward an Annihilation of Language and History." He teaches philosophy at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Madness and scandal, outlived by art Caroline Fraser, Caroline Fraser is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and the author of "God's Perfect Child: Living and Dying in the Christian Science Church."
Hatred breeds a strange intimacy Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
Seduced by a literary original Robin Russin, Robin Russin, a filmmaker, is co-author of "Screenplay: Writing the Picture" and is a professor of screenwriting at UC Riverside.
An easy intelligence Lee Siegel, Lee Siegel is a contributing writer to Book Review.
In praise of the cinema god Shashi Tharoor, Shashi Tharoor is the author of seven books on India, including the 1992 novel "Show Business," which was made into the motion picture "Bollywood."
Democratic roots in sand Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Schwartz is the author of "The Two Faces of Islam: The House of Sa'ud from Tradition to Terror" and directs the Islam and Democracy Program at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington.
Not-so-hot off the presses Jeff Turrentine, Jeff Turrentine is an essayist and critic whose writing has appeared in Book Review, the New York Times Magazine, Architectural Digest and Slate.com.
A jazz world miracle worker Grover Sales, Grover Sales is the author of "Jazz: America's Classical Music." He was the publicity director for the Monterey Jazz Festival from 1958 to 1964 and currently teaches jazz studies at Stanford and the Jazz school in Berkeley.
Geisha life, unvarnished Bernadette Murphy, Bernadette Murphy is a regular book reviewer for the Calendar section.