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Jonathan Schell looks to the world's other superpower, Tom Hayden lauds activists in Chiapas and Jeremy Scahill writes from Baghdad.

Letters


BOMBS OVER BAGHDAD

Studio City, Calif.

Editorials

You can be forgiven if, like me, you were a bit depressed to hear that the war had started. But this is no time to go into a funk.

"This is what democracy looks like" chanted twenty-four antiwar
demonstrators as they were arrested outside Toledo's Navy and Air Force
recruitment office on the day George W.

Is the government's foreign policy apparatus a casualty of war? The
recent resignations of two career State Department officials, who left
to protest George W.

The Nation lost a dear friend this week--Harold Willens, age 88.
Harold was co-founder of a group of business executives against the
Vietnam War (he would later recall with delight LBJ's

How bad can things get, how fast? Are we already at the point where
literally nothing can derail the war machine?

George Bush is supposed to be the cowboy, Tony Blair the sidekick--or,
in some versions, the presidential poodle.

The Bush Administration has launched a war against Iraq, a war that is unnecessary, unwise and illegal.

Columns

scheer

The Bush Administration's plan to keep several hundred thousand US and British troops for years in a divided, heavily armed Muslim country will make all Americans "targets of opportunity" for ter

Stop the Presses

Famed Prince of Darkness Richard Perle is a political animal unique to
Washington.

The Senate Democrats sat mum,
Like doves afraid to coo.
So history will soon record
This war as their war too.

Music

By the time you read this, the invasion of Iraq may have begun--or it
may be over.

Articles

While Michael Moore was leaving the stage of the Kodak Theater during the seventy-fifth annual Academy Awards ceremony, after calling George W.

Among the approximately 150,000 people who took to the streets of New York on March 22 to protest the US invasion of Iraq were six Nation interns.

It lacks beaches, but it does have the most mixed neighborhoods in California.

The Nation elicited comment on reaction to the war against Iraq from all corners of the globe.

Iraqis, exhausted by years of sanctions and oppression, just want it all to end.

Opponents of the neoliberal model are demanding a new social contract.

John Leonard edited and wrote the introduction to These United
States: Portraits of America
(Nation Books).

Books & the Arts

Book

There's no better antidote to orange alerts and duct-tape dictums than good fiction, and if the terrorists occupying the White House have shot your attention span, try a book of short stories.

Film

When James Agee wrote in these pages sixty years ago, he often
complained of the paltriness of this or that movie, as judged against
the events of the day.

Book

I first heard of Jon Beckwith in the mid-1970s, in a question framed by
my genetics professor: Why would anyone willfully disrupt a research
program designed to collect useful information on hu

Book

A most remarkable event occurred in the weeks preceding the June 2000
announcement of the completion of the first draft of the human genome
DNA code: One of the leaders of the genome project pu

Art

In 1906, the French savant Pierre Duhem published a three-volume work
on Leonardo as scientist under the innocuous title Études sur
Leonard de Vinci.
It was the work's subtitle th