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This essay--Edward W. Said's first piece for The Nation from the magazine's May 30, 1966, issue--is a special selection from The Nation Digital Archive. If you want to read everything The Nation has ever published by Said, click here for information on how to acquire individual access to the Archive--an electronic database of every Nation article since 1865.

Without baring flesh, exchanging fluids or even shedding blood, Will
& Grace
has become the craftiest, if not the most radical, show
in the history of network television--though not

On April 30, Willie Nelson turned 70, celebrating with the release of
his latest greatest-hits collection.

Louis Begley is perhaps currently best known as the author of About
Schmidt
, the novel from which the recent acclaimed film starring
Jack Nicholson was adapted.

When George Kennan set out for the Caucasus in 1870, few if any Americans had explored the highlands of Dagestan, Chechnya and the wild frontiers of imperial Russia. And with good reason.

Bush's home is a damn peculiar place.

A small-town station in maine is proof that low-power radio builds
community.

Filmmaker and author Michael Moore wrote the foreword to A Right
to Be Hostile: The Boondocks Treasury
by Aaron McGruder, from which
the three cartoon strips are drawn. Copyright © 2003 by Aaron
McGruder. Published by arrangement with Three Rivers Press, a division
of Random House, Inc.

Click here for info on Alterman's best-selling book What Liberal Media: The Truth About Bias and the News

Why is it that "think pieces" about women and work and kids and marriage
always leave one suspecting that the minute these
corporate-lawyers-turned-stay-at-home-moms hang up the phone on the
r

A new justification for our war on Iraq has been born out of the war
itself.

The tens of thousands of Bolivians in the streets in October demanding
the resignation of President (now ex-) Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada came
from all walks of life and included teachers, health

Even as the labor leaders who support him are redoubling efforts to
secure the Democratic presidential nod for Dick Gephardt, it is becoming
increasingly clear that the former House minority le

An explosive legal obstacle, currently ignored, lurks beneath the
surface of the Iraq war debate--international law likely to ensnare and
possibly crumple the American conqueror's grandiose pla

In response to the news that coordinated suicide bombs in Baghdad had
killed several dozen people and wounded 200, George W. Bush pointed to
the attacks as a sign of success.

As the 2004 election draws nearer and George W. Bush's poll numbers grow
shakier, White House operatives are devoting themselves to coddling the
religious right.

EDWARD SAID

Long Island City, NY

Virtually ignored amid boosterish reports of the $13 billion in pledges and grants for Iraq secured by the US at the Madrid conference were the consequences for other impoverished regions. Development officials say that the sums cited by the World Bank and the US as necessary to meet Iraq's needs over four or five years (between $33 and 55 billion) dwarf what other poor, war-torn countries have received in the modern history of aid projects. It could also mean that what aid there is for these countries would effectively dry up.

As economist Jeffrey Sachs recently pointed out, it's crucial that the world development agenda be set by the world, not by the US alone. The Bush Administration obsessively views "every problem through the lens of terror and accordingly considers itself excused from the struggle against poverty, environmental degradation and disease."

As Sachs rightly argues, "The irony is that without solutions to these problems, terrorism is bound to worsen, no matter how many soldiers are thrown at it." More alarming, Sachs continues, "at the same time, the US is starving international initiatives in disease control, development assistance and environmental improvement."

As the Bush White House juggles two political grenades--the Wilson leak and the MIA WMDs--there are two questions: can Bush and his gang prevent detonations...