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April 10, 2006 | The Nation

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April 10, 2006

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Neve Gordon analyzes the Israeli elections, Hilary Wainwright looks at the rise of the new left in Europe and Corey Robin reviews two compelling new books on immigration.

Letters

"A Letter to the American Left" (Feb. 27) by Bernard-Henri Levy (aka
BHL) ignited a firestorm of (mostly) angry mail.

Editorials

The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, icons of courageous demands for
accountability in Argentina, marked a thirty-year milestone and a
significant if imperfect victory in the fight for human rights.

A perfect storm of malign neglect is battering the victims of Hurricane
Katrina. But the people of New Orleans are fighting back: They deserve
our support as they press for the rights of the displaced.

By failing to support Russ Feingold's motion to censure the President
for illegal domestic spying, Democrats are taking the same path of
overly calculated caution that cost them elections in 2002 and 2004.

The massive number of Americans who support raising the minimum wage
should spur Congress to action.

If Israel's Kadima Party prevails at the polls as expected, its
policies will effectively take Israelis several steps backward.

Columns

A Summary of Remarks By George W. Bush and Dick Cheney on the Third Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq

After nine years, Tony Blair's magic has worn off. His Labour Party has mutated from an imperfect conduit of progressive change into an active obstacle to it.

When Democrats ignored Russ Feingold's motion to censure the President,
they provided more evidence that there is no visible national strategy
to end the war and bring the troops home.

Articles

There is no immigration crisis in the US. But it is time America
acknowledged that we need the immigrant workers as much as they need
us--and treat them accordingly.

Card is out, Bolten in. The Senate is stuck on immigration. And every day brings more bad news. Take care of this, will you, Josh?

Large factory farms, not migratory birds, are now seen as breeding
grounds for the avian flu virus. Donald Rumsfeld is getting rich off
his investment in Tamiflu. Can this pandemic get any crazier?

Thanks to aggressive recruiting tactics and a complaisant Congress,
online enrollments at the University of Phoenix and its spinoff, Axia
College, are soaring. So are student debt and disaffection.

Climate change is real, and its impact is potentially devastating to our
way of life. So why do the news media have such a hard time telling the
straight story?

Google and other telecom giants are wooing cities with plans to create public Wi-Fi grids. But there's no such thing as a free digital lunch: The price we pay is a loss of online privacy.

David Duke and a cohort of white nationalists seek to
reposition their minuscule movement at a time when their signature issues have been co-opted by pseudo-populist media personalities and
the GOP.

Mayor-appointed commissions and experts, mostly white and Republican,
propose to radically shrink and reshape a majority-black and Democratic
city.

Europe's radical left is still struggling to articulate new strategies
for social, economic and political change.

Books & the Arts

Poetry

A meditation on travel, art and a life fully lived.

Book

Human Cargo and The Rights of Others chronicle the
plight of refugees and migrants, revealing how seemingly simple moral
positions can assume toxic political form.

Book

If you missed the 1995 CUNY "Question of Identity" conference, the issue
of October magazine devoted to it, the "remarkable" essay on the
same subject in Diacritics or--even worse

Film

Reviews of L'Enfant, V for Vendetta, Shakespeare Behind Bars,
Toro Negro, The Devil's Miner
and Mardi Gras: Made in China.