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April 28, 2008 | The Nation

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April 28, 2008

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Elinor Langer on Hawaiian resistance then--and now, Calvin Trillin on Mark Penn, John Nichols on Phil Donahue's War

Letters

Readers weigh in on the cost of war, efforts to smear Obama and gas-guzzling Hummers.

Editorials

The war being waged against women in Congo is an act of criminal international misogyny.

The questions raised by Hawaii's annexation have implications far beyond its shores: the imperial past forms the legal scaffolding of the imperial present.

The country's off-track; Blackwater's back in business; J. Goodrich
blogs at The Nation.com.

His new documentary is breaking the taboo that says Americans cannot stomach the reality of the Iraq War.

How could two really smart government lawyers authorize torture in arguments that have no foundation in law?

Mark Penn's quasi-demotion is too little, too late.

The Bush Administration's mission to transform NATO promises to do great
damage to international peace and cooperation.

The Petraeus hearings reveal a political class--Democrats and
Republicans--trapped in concentric circles of imperial myopia.

Columns

TruthDig

As millions surrender homes and sacrifice our nation's political reputation to the caprices of Bush and Cheney, a majority of voters say they might vote for John McCain. What are they thinking?

Howl

If you had to choose between Hillary or God for economic assistance, who would you cling to?

When in trouble, reach for nuclear subs.

What do burqas, Osama and fascism have to do with six hours of man-free exercise time at Harvard?

Articles

On his first papal visit to America, will Pope Benedict address the real problems confronting the Catholic Church?

This week's episode: Kang tries the indirect route to the truth and finds some things are just tough to swallow.

Hawaiian activists call on the US left to help stop massive military expansion and federal legislation that would stifle their quest for independence.

Find out more about Hawaiian history in books and videos--and on the Web.

In 1893, The Nation raised a warning about how colonization would affect the state of the union.

In 1964, John Dominis Holt, one of the first voices of the Hawaiian renaissance, discussed his heritage.

The first overseas acquisition of the United States was not Hawaii, but Midway, claimed under the Guano Act of 1856.

Here's how the US Congress addressed the issue.

From our archives: The Nation addressed the question of annexation in 1898.

The story of how the Hawaiian people lost their homeland--and their continuing quest to win it back.

Books & the Arts

Art

A tour of the New York art galleries reveals a number of talented artists exploring the possibilities of "bad" representational painting.

Film

In Flight of the Red Balloon, filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien takes on an unmistakably Parisian story with unbridled creative abandon.

Poetry

There were two or three stragglers who couldn't keep up

with the rest. I said to the captain, "What should we do about

In Hari Kunzru's captivating new novel My Revolutions, a former anti-Vietnam terrorist is dredged up after half a lifetime underground.

Book

The nonsensical funhouse of Donald Barthelme's fiction celebrates the cosmic joke of life and the pathos of grappling with it.

3rd Party Article

Felicia "Snoop" Pearson talks to Wiretap about working through her past to get to her future--and the success she's gained along the way.

Crossword

ACROSS

1 As a poser, one would be rather busy--but the inventor might produce one. (7,5)