Book Review

Reverberations still felt from 'scorched earth' defeat of 1995 strike

THE BROKEN TABLE: THE DETROIT NEWSPAPER STRIKE AND THE STATE OF AMERICAN LABOR
By Chris Rhomberg
Published by the Russell Sage Foundation, $47.50

Today’s American workers are the economically beaten-down stepchildren of Detroit 1995. So contends Chris Rhomberg’s minutely detailed history of a pivotal conflict in which the corporate owners of Detroit’s daily newspapers all but destroyed their employees’ unions.

Celibacy prime block to African vocations

Editor's note: This story originally appeared in the Feb. 7, 1986 issue of NCR.

Catholics in Africa -- Analysis
Mwingi, Kitui Diocese, Kenya

More than 1,000 smiling, chanting, dancing people crowded onto the Muiasa family's small plot of land outside the eastern Kenya market town of Kitui. The parish priest had spent all afternoon ferrying them here in his pickup truck, but the dusty road out of Kitui was crowded with pedestrians -- all headed for the celebration -- until long after sunset.

When the festivities began, priests and nuns almost danced their enthusiastic speeches. The whole community turned out -- Catholics, Protestants and followers of traditional religions -- and all roared with cheers and ululations as women from nearby Catholic churches and rural chapels pranced out of the crowd to add their heavy sacks of maize to the enormous pile of grain, more than a ton, given to the Muiasas as a sort of lobola or dowry.