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December 12th, 2006,

Welcome to the online edition of The New York Times Upfront, where you'll find a selection of articles from our print edition. (For information on subscribing to the print edition, with all its addtional articles, graphics, and teacher's edition, please click here.)

FEATURES

COVER STORY

Where's Mao?
The founding father of Communist China, and his ideas, have largely disappeared from history textbooks in Shanghai.


INTERNATIONAL

Young Lives on Hold
The increasing violence in Iraq is freezing the lives of young people and leaving their futures in doubt.

All Over the Map
Do you know who speaks Urdu, what kind of work the Garifuna do, and where your kiwis come from? Take our geography quiz to find out.


NATIONAL

Breaking the Marble Ceiling
Nancy Pelosi, who is set to become Speaker of the House, is one of many women rising to new political heights in Washington.


TIMES PAST

1966: Cultural Revolution
Chairman Mao's second revolution led to the deaths of thousands of Chinese and the persecution of millions more.


DEPARTMENTS

NEWS & TRENDS
Video belts, dolphins with names, the married minority, and more

DEBATE
Should cell phones be banned in school?

OPINION
Excerpts from New York Times columnists

CARTOONS
Some lighter looks at what's in the news