August 15, 2005 | The Nation

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August 15, 2005

Cover: Cover art by Robert Grossman, design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

Browse Selections From Recent Years













Comments on Iran, Wal-Mart and John Roberts.



The Entergy Nuclear company of Jackson, Missippippi, with the blessing
of the Bush Administration, is seeking preliminary approval to add one
or two new nuclear reactors to its existing reactor

Last year, labor historian Nelson Lichtenstein organized an academic
conference on Wal-Mart at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Experts held forth on the Wal-Mart phenomenon, and

Congress and the President went home this week with the President on a

The conservatives who applauded the President's courage in making a recess appointment are normally strict constructionists, and although Bush is not the first President to abuse the prerogative, it is clear that recess appointments were meant to be be used in cases of unexpected emergencies, not to bypass the confirmation process. Ian Williams reports.

Like every important government crisis, the outing of undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame by Karl Rove, must be seen in many contexts at once.

Democrats, led by Rep. John Tierney, joined in sending a
letter to Bush demanding he revoke Rove's security clearance.

The public broadcasting system remains an easy target for Republican deception, demagogy and mischief.

Is John Roberts worth a fight?

In the aftermath of the labor split, both sides must get beyond recriminations and hold themselves to common goals.

With key provisions of the Voting Rights Act up for renewal, Congress must remain committed to the equal right to vote.


Column Left

More evidence that President Bush is losing the "war on terror."

Column Left

The abysmal cases of slave labor in the US are both shocking and terribly mundane.

Even so-called liberal publications frequently tilt rightward.

If we're going to have a society surveilled 24/7, let's begin at the top.

To Bush, Karl Rove is fine--as long as his leaking is not a crime.


An international furor over the hanging of "two gay teenagers" in Iran.

Can a vibrant and cosmopolitan artistic scene heal the wounds of Afghanistan's traumatic past?

The Valerie Plame affair should be an occasion for soul-searching about how the media covers the President.

In The Godfather, Part II, dying mob boss Hyman Roth wheezes the
obscene truth to young Don Michael Corleone.

Racial tensions abound in Southern California.

With its war in Iraq and its talk of promoting democracy, the Bush
Administration has begun to transform the Middle East--but not always in
ways it may have intended.

Socialist Bernie Sanders seems set to win one of the few US Senate seats next year where no incumbent is running.

Picking up the pieces at the AFL-CIO convention.

Books & the Arts


Faulkner does Oprah.


There are no ordinary shots in Wong Kar Wai's 2046 and no ordinary
sounds--which is remarkable, given that you've seen and heard everything


The Informant and Son of the Rough South examine the dynamics of moral choice through the lens of the civil rights movement.


Foucault and the Iranian Revolution details the story of Foucault's induction into journalism as a political correspondent in Iran.