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August 28, 2006 | The Nation

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August 28, 2006

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Patricia Williams looks at children as instruments of peace, Daniel Tichenor plumbs the history of American nativist movements, Wayne S. Smith looks at America's bankrupt Cuba policy.

Letters

DEATH PENALTY: LEGALIZED LYNCHING?

New York City

Max Blumenthal's recent article, " href="http://www.thenation.com/doc/20060814/new_christian_zionism">
Birth Pangs of a New Christian Zionism," contains a number
of inaccuracies and misr

Editorials

As a tentative ceasefire takes hold between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon, the world--and the United States in particular--should ponder lessons learned and the price we will pay for our role in the conflict.

As Iraq burns and Castro recovers, the Bush Administration's schemes to
further "Cuba's transition to democracy" ring more hollow than ever.

An appreciation of one of the last members of the left's "greatest
generation," known for her physical courage, warmth and intelligence, who
spent a lifetime arguing eloquently for socialism, feminism and peace.

Murray Bookchin, who died on July 30 at 85, was a protean son of the
left whose intellectual hegira took him from Communism through
Trotskyism, anarchism and social ecology.

The nation must address the working-class anxieties underlying the anti-Hispanic sentiments now rising in Middle America--and Congress must pass an enlightened immigration bill that is
both sensible and humane.

The inactivity of the Bush Administration on the Israel-Hezbollah
conflict is armchair warfare against the interests of all. For peace,
we must press for an immediate cease-fire.

As the Democratic Party embraces Ned Lamont, it must also embrace
his antiwar message: It proved a winning strategy for Connecticut, and
will be for the midterm elections.

As the United States decries the private militias of Lebanon and
Iraq, GOP-connected, privately owned global mercenary firms receive
blank checks and little oversight.

Columns

TruthDig

Democrats must transcend all their intraparty squabbles over the war in Iraq and focus on the obligation of politicians to be honest with the public.

Howl

As the world grows short of oil, nations in search of a viable energy
policy should take a lesson from Cuba, which turned to sustainable
agriculture to offset its own oil crisis.

TruthDig

Investigators have known for a decade about terrorist plots to bring down passenger jets with liquid explosives. So why, all of a sudden, did Bush ban most liquids on flights?

Four wars at once? Led by this crew? Are the people who run this
country, enabled by neo-con pundits, dangerously out of their minds?

Teaching children to speak across boundaries is the essence of what
integration is all about. It carries all the urgency of global peace.

Articles

At a time when free expression and the right to privacy are under
attack, librarians are on the front lines protecting our constitutional
rights every day. Here are five who are making a difference.

There's something unnerving about USA Basketball's motivational tactics
for the 2006 world championship--encouraging players to spend time with
wounded Iraq veterans, in hopes of enhancing teamwork and patriotism.

A recent rally at the World Trade Center site displayed anti-immigration activists' latest tactics: distorting the truth and exploiting national security concerns.

By concealing for a near-lifetime that he had served in the Waffen SS, literary giant Günter Grass treated himself with an indulgence he did not hesitate to deem a moral defect in others. And for that, we are all losers.

Senator Ted Stevens has no idea how the Internet works, but he's asking Congress to remake it to suit the interests of the telecommunications industry. Can progressives apply the pressure to kill this bill?

From all official statements so far, the August 10 terror plot
uncovered in Britain was the biggest thing since 9/11. But
then again, perhaps it wasn't. It's not too early to ask the questions
on which a final judgment must depend.

Young, US-born Hispanics who took to the streets to push for immigrant
rights are hoping to become a potent political force in the midterm
elections and beyond.

American white supremacist groups have a long and ugly history of using
anxieties over immigration as a recruitment tool. It's happening again,
with a vengeance.

If we are to survive and prosper in an oil-short world, we must not only
think outside the box--we must get rid of the box. We must abandon the
long-held idea that growth is the path to achieve every national goal.

The Minutemen have been transformed from an extremist "citizen border
patrol" to part of the neocon establishment. Has their leader sold out,
or bought in?

CNN pundit Lou Dobbs has made himself a "specialist" in channeling
nativist, nationalist and even white supremacist rhetoric.

After thirty-one days of war between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon, and more than 1,000 dead, the United Nations has finally passed a cease-fire. Now what?

The easy invocation of "terrorism"--whether by pundits or political leaders--is not just sloppy use of language. It is precisely targeted phrasing intended to terrorize dissent.

Pro-Lieberman Beltway pundits who whined about progressive bloggers and sounded noisy alarms about the disastrous impact of a Lamont win will have a lot of explaining to do come November.

American history is marked by waves of immigrants--from Germans in the
eighteenth century to Mexicans in the twenty-first--and by nativist
backlashes against them.

Welcome to Nashville, Tennessee, the unlikely symbol of the biggest
American immigrant resettlement since the Industrial Revolution.
It's also the white-hot nexus of the new American nativism.

Books & the Arts

Book

Looking for a blast of hot air? Two intrepid literary critics venture
deep into the steaming, muddy jungles of the Fox News pundit's
award-losing prose.

Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal, Toni Morrison and other luminaries call
to resist Israel's undeclared political aim: the liquidation of the
Palestinian state.

Book

Every other week, in the pages of this magazine, Katha Pollitt collects
her thoughts in her column, "Subject to Debate." To say that Pollitt's
column is a hotbed of feminist polemic is only par

Film

Reviews of Little Miss Sunshine, Quinceañera,
My Country, My Country, The Pusher Trilogy and The
Bridesmaid
.

Book

Nikolai Bukharin's Philosophical Arabesques is more than a
cul-de-sac on the road from Marx to Stalin; the book defines a
political path still not taken.

Book

Revolution on My
Mind
is a new analysis of personal diaries written in the shadow of
Stalin.