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Abdulrazak Gurnah's seventh book, Desertion,
revisits the theme of exile and expands it to relationships---between
lovers, between families, between countries.

In his new book, Robert Kaplan proposes that the
antidote to anarchy is empire, policed by soldiers holding an assault
rifle in one hand and candy bars in the other.

This might be a good time for the Bush Administration to
step up its reading on Saudi Arabia, starting with these three books.

We won the cold war without throwing out the right of
Americans to be secure in their homes, without throwing out the Fourth
Amendment.

The controversy over the World Trade Center cultural
institutions is one more episode in a long, often bitter dispute over
how 9/11 should be remembered and understood.

How do you tell a student the story of September 11?

A look at the suffering endured at Krome Detention
Center in Miami, a cross between Alcatraz and hell.

Even in tiny outposts like Havre, Montana, a profound
cultural and psychological shift has occurred since the events of 9/11.

How could liberals believe the most reactionary
President since William McKinley could and would export democracy to
Iraq?

Let the evacuees of New Orleans take the lead in determining how the
billions of dollars in reconstruction funds are used to rebuild their
lives and their city.

The most remarkable aspect of the media's treatment of the hurricane coverage
was the return of the poor, in coverage that was neither condescending nor condemnatory.

Some storm victims evacuated from New Orleans were
"sorted" by age, race or gender. Is breaking up families and
prioritizing by race any way to deal with disaster?

Such a tough hombre: When the hurrincane hit, Bush did a 9/11 reprise.

William Rehnquist showed little regard for the social
consequences that followed his unrelenting application of conservative
legal theory.

At first glance New Orleans looks like a cross between a
giant conceptual art installation or the set of a cold war disaster
movie.

New Orleans is the classic tale of two cities: one
showy, middle-class and white; the other poor, downtrodden and
low-income black.

FEMA enjoyed bipartisan praise during the 1990s under
President Clinton. By the time Hurricane Katrina roared into the Gulf,
the Bush Administration had dismantled it.

The incompetence revealed by the response to Hurricane
Katrina can be traced to a twenty-five-year project, begun in the
Reagan era, of discrediting government.

It's Time for a New "New Deal"

New Orleans is destroyed, the Gulf Coast'sinfrastructure is in tatters and tens of thousands ofcitizens are without jobs as gas prices nationwiderise to record levels. Television sets brought thedestruction into all of our homes. But this WhiteHouse seemed unable to grasp the misery unfoldingbefore its own eyes.

Instead, President Bush treated the disaster as if hewere a loutish frat boy when he joked to Americansthat he had had good times partying in New Orleans asa young man and hoped in the near future to be able tosit on Senator Trent Lott's rebuilt porch in Mississippi.

There's abundant compassion but a great deal of confusion about the
best places to send charitable donations to help the victims of
Hurricane Katrina.

Progressive, grassroots charities on the Gulf Coast are poised to help hurricane victims. Here's a list of groups that need your donations.

Pat Robertson's shadowy relief organization, Operation Blessing, is prominently featured on FEMA's list of charities to receive donations for hurricane relief.