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April 3, 2006 Issue

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  • Features

    Comeuppance in Cleveland

    One tough question from an elderly gentleman in Cleveland punctured the President's pretensions about the reasons for launching the disastrous Iraq war.

    Robert Scheer

  • When Your Banker Takes Charge of Your Life

    A flood of reader mail responding to last week's column on the impact of rising levels of student debt shows what happens when your banker takes charge of your life.

    Nicholas von Hoffman

  • Erasing Whiteness

    If women expect to shed the cruel and calculating artifice of race in our lifetimes, we must contribute to the emerging generation of literature that deconstructs racial categories.

    Silja J.A. Talvi

  • Learning to Love the Bomb

    Could the world learn to live with a nuclear Iran? A new power equation of nuclear proliferation is emerging to challenge the Bush Administration's bluster on the subject.

    William Greider

  • The Normalcy of Fear

    A delegation of Iraqi women is traveling the country in an effort to convey the grim realities of the US occupation.

    Anja Tranovich and Rachel Corbett

  • In the Path of a Storm, Vets Protest a War

    Veterans of Iraq and Vietnam marched from Mobile to New Orleans to mark the third anniversary of the Iraq War, and to call attention to the Bush Administratrion's culture of incompentence, inhumanity and greed that has devastated Iraq and America's Gulf Coast.

    Christian Parenti

  • Dueling Over Delphi

    When Delphi declared bankruptcy, cutting workers' wages, pensions and healthcare, auto unions in Indiana drew the line. Now they are prepared to strike or take work-to-rule actions.

    David Moberg

  • Keeping Gideon’s Promise

    Montana is setting the stage for other states in its push to improve legal representation for the poor and to address the lack of competent public attorneys.

    Eyal Press

  • Showdown on Immigration

    After twenty years of inaction, the US Senate is considering sweeping immigration reform. But a push for quick action and the November elections may thwart the current bipartisan consensus.

    Marc Cooper

  • Too Hot for New York

    My Name Is Rachel Corrie was a big hit in London, but the New York Theatre Workshop backed off from producing the play. Why is it so hard for Americans to have a healthy debate about Palestinian human rights?

    Philip Weiss

  • Editorials

    Judging Milosevic

    Slobodan Milosevic died without a definitive judgment of his responsibility for war and crimes against humanity. Now others will judge him, precisely what he wanted to avoid.

    Slavenka Drakulic

  • Ending Nonproliferation

    President Bush's dangerous deal to deliver nuclear technology to India is a significant breach of the nonproliferation treaty and will make nuclear war more likely.

    Michael T. Klare


  • Patriot Act Post-Mortem

    The failure of a complaisant, Republican-controlled Congress to enact meaningful changes to the Patriot Act means that midterm elections are the only true path to reform.

    David Cole

  • An American Inquisition?

    The case of an architect who lost lucrative contracts because of his interest in the Palestinian cause underscores how Americans are becoming inured to enforced patriotism and ideological litmus tests.

    the Editors

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  • Books and the Arts

    Experimental Art

    Alan Lightman makes scientists into artists in his new book The Discoveries, promoting original journal articles as "the great novels and symphonies of science."

    Joshua Foer

  • Crowds and Power

    In Death in the Haymarket James Green uses the story of the Haymarket riot to expose the hopes and fears of nineteenth-century America, a nation living on the knife-edge of social catastrophe.

    Steve Fraser

  • Three Who Made a Revolution

    Rachel Carson, Betty Friedan and Jane Jacobs opened vast new possibilities for social transformation by writing about widespread attacks on nature, women and the poor.

    Rebecca Solnit

  • Too Hot for New York

    My Name Is Rachel Corrie was a big hit in London, but the New York Theatre Workshop backed off from producing the play. Why is it so hard for Americans to have a healthy debate about Palestinian human rights?

    Philip Weiss

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