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“Don’t Forget Your Court Date”

How text messages and other technology can give legal support to the poor. It has been three years since the Great Recession ended, but the nation’s courthouses are still swamped with eviction cases, foreclosures, and debt collection suits. If overdue bills and late rent were

Murdering Women For Entertainment

In the last decade alone, movie-makers have raped, murdered and mutilated more women than all the serial killers combined. Worse yet, they went about it and continue to do so with the same sadistic enthusiasm as the monsters they pretend to revile. Directors and writers

A destroyed Iraqi tank rests near a series of oil well fires during the Gulf War on March 9, 1991 in northern Kuwait. Hundreds of fires burned out of control, casting a pall of toxic smoke over the Emirate and raising health and environmental concerns. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)

What Bodies?

Leon Daniel, as did others who reported from Vietnam during the 1960s, knew about war and death. So he was puzzled by the lack of corpses at the tip of the Neutral Zone between Saudi Arabia and Iraq on Feb. 25, 1991. Clearly there had

British soldiers give a hand in rescue operations at the site of the bomb-wrecked U.S. Marine command center near Beirut airport on October 23, 1983. A bomb-laden truck drove into the center collapsing the entire four story building.

Look Over Here

Few American presidents projected the image of Commander-In-Chief more than Ronald Reagan. He snapped salutes at Marine honor guards around the White House with the skill of a Washington, Grant or Eisenhower. While those presidents learned on the battlefield, Reagan was trained by playing all

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Masking the Face of Battle

(Curator’s Note: Photographs for this story were copyrighted and not available for electronic publishing.) Overlooked in 20th century war-making is that blatantly corrupt leader of a Balkan backwater who blazed a trail that faltering democratic leaders would follow in reviving domestic political fortunes on foreign

David Halberstam, July, 1961. Courtesy of The New York Times Archives.

David Halberstam: The Making of a Critic

When David Halberstam arrived in Saigon in early September, 1962, his new dateline remained distant and obscure to his readers and even his editors. It would be several months before he would move back onto the front page with the regularity he had achieved in

In the early 1960’s, the war in Vietnam was a rural effort involving elephants and canoes. Training was small scale. Marine Captain William Bethel, right, instructs two South Vietnamese soldiers in the operation of a portable flame thrower. Photos Courtesy U.S. Dept of Defense.

The Wary Chronicler Who Inspired A Rebellion

South Vietnam, late December 1961-Homer Bigart of The New York Times had been shot at in anger in some part of the world during each of his past twenty years. The tiny and obscure American war in Vietnam would be his last battle, by choice.

Morley Safer in Cam Ne. Photo: Courtesy of CBS News

When The World Began Watching

Editors Note: APF Reporter Vol.11 #3 exsisted only as a photo copy, becuase of this the pictures in this story are of poor quality. VIETNAM, 1965   Asia’s early-morning traffic moved the other direction, the Marines seeming to push against the flow of business, business

A November 20th 1960 ad from the New York Mirror magazine. Courtesy of the collection of Joe B. Tye and STAT (Stop Teenage Addiction to Tobacco).

“The Greatest Health Protection in Cigarette History!”

WEST GROTON, MA.-By the time he was 40, Milton Wheeler was too short of breath to fix the kids’ mini-bikes or play a round of golf. He had to give up his career as a policeman–and his dream of becoming chief–there being no place for

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Bombed, Burned, and Boycotted

(Editor’s note: Hazel Brannon Smith won the 1964 Pulitzer Prize for her editorials). LEXINGTON, Miss.–The years of trouble began in 1954. A prominent local man walked into my newspaper office one hot day in July and asked to talk to me privately. I owned and

American Library Association’s display of challenged books

Thought Control

Jake is one of the Depression era’s unemployed. He owns an ornery mule named Honeybunch. One day the mule dawdles while they’re crossing the railroad tracks. Jake and Honeybunch get hit by the train. They go to heaven. The pair arrive in the clouds to

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Separate But Unequal

There is never a good time for a gun battle to take place in a rural community between officers of the law and an armed man. But in an incident where all law enforcement officers are white–and the 28year-old gunman black–and a posse of over

The editor outside her office in 1965.

Looking at the Old South Through Hazel Eyes

There were about 125 students in the Gadsden, Alabama High School senior class of 1930. The editor of the yearbook had the bright idea of using three adjectives to describe each member of the class. Under the name of Hazel Brannon, it read: “Industrious, Independent,

Ernesto Cardenal, Nicaragua’s Minister of Culture, is flanked by folksingers under a banner that says: The Triumph of the Revolution is the Triumph of Poetry. Photo by Mercedes de Uriarte

Nicaragua’s War of Words

MANAGUA–Nicaragua’s Foreign Ministry is housed in an expropriated neighborhood complex of former stores and boutiques. Its staff can often be found searching dog-eared book indexes to document upcoming diplomatic speeches. Computerized U.S. libraries could locate this information in minutes, but here it takes days–if indeed

eprinted by permission of the El Paso Journal.

Immigration and the News Media: A Journalistic Failure

At the beginning of 1974, I received an Alicia Patterson fellowship to study recent immigrants to the United States and their relationship to the rest of American society. At the time, there was little public awareness of the continuing importance of immigration in American life;

Salah Jaheen

Salah Jaheen: An Egyptian political cartoonist looks at the conflict

CAIRO — When Salah Jaheen, Egypt’s leading political cartoonist, was visiting the United States in 1964, he was invited to the home of a Jewish family in a small town whose name he has forgotten. “The wife brought me a cartoon from an Egyptian magazine

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Street Fighting Woman: A Setback

June 12, 1973, New York City   When I filed my last report on self-defense instruction I was still in a state of temporary euphoria; the hitherto unknown world of punches, jabs, knees and kicks having been but recently unveiled before me. There is no

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Street Fighting Woman

February 27, 1973, New York City   On the first of February, 1973, my placid, sweet, pacific lifestyle underwent a significant change. I began my rigorous program of self defense instruction. I am now the possessor of one judo gi, size 3, and my sensei