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December 1, 2003 | The Nation

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December 1, 2003

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William Greider and Kenneth Rapoza chart Lula's challenge, Kristin V. Jones surveys the hip-hop vote and Arthur C. Danto reviews El Greco.

Letters


WHAT DID BUSH NOSE & WHEN DID...

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Editorials

Historically, the Confederate flag is a symbol of the Democratic Party.

Russell Simmons was never a young voter. The 46-year-old hip-hop tycoon
cast his first vote in a presidential election seven years ago, he says,
at the age of 39.

Travel agents booking international flights may have to issue a new
warning to their customers: Changing planes in the United States could
be hazardous to your health.

For information on the Viveiros case:
www.friendsofcamilo.org.

Click here for more information on the Institute for Policy Studies.

Click here to read Manuel Pastor and Tony LoPresti's report on the anti-FTAA organizing campaign in Miami.

What would you do now in Iraq? is the question confronting the
Democratic presidential candidates.

CLARIFICATION: In last week's editorial "Dean With a Small 'd,'" we mentioned Dick
Gephardt's refusal to sign a campaign-reform pledge. The pledge, which
strengthens public financing for future elections, is not binding for
the upcoming primaries. Gephardt claims it should be. (11-19-03)

Columns

scheer

Echoes of Vietnam emanating from Iraq are all too clear.

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Stop the Presses

Click here for info on Alterman's best-selling book What Liberal Media: The Truth About Bias and the News

Music

All right, so maybe Howard Dean could have thought of a better way of
reaching out to white Southern men than saying he wanted "to be the
candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pick

At least there's no Bush eulogy
On why they had to die.
It's better that they're laid to rest
Without another lie.

Articles

One man's minor quest for truth from the Bush Administration.

If "no child left behind" meant what it said, it would offer help, not
sanctions.

Militant leaders now preach peace, but they may have won the ideological war.

Instead of blaming globalization for our economic ills, why not take it
over?

He's challenging US-style globalization.

The FTAA protests will provide a real testing ground for the new
community-based approach to making the global-local link.

Books & the Arts

Poetry

Clouds curdle round it, crack open, let it through.
Radiance shades by cloudshapes; fat fruit
of incandescence; sphere of peeled silver. I wonder

Poetry

Psalm after psalm into a dead sea of silence: they invite
their own enormous, endangered day. Scalded, lord,
by sunlight and the lizards watching, licking dust,

Poetry

On slow wings the marsh hawk is patrolling

possibility--soaring, sliding down almost to ground level,
twisting suddenly at something in the marsh hay or dune grass,

Poetry

The Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize of $25,000, awarded annually for the
most outstanding book of poems published in the United States by an
American, is administered mutually by the Academy of

Art

One of the great benefits conferred by Modernism on our appreciation of
traditional painting is that there is little inclination any longer to
ascribe optical abnormalities to artists whose rep

Book

After two elegantly written, consistently engaging, critically praised,
ambitious if not entirely satisfying novels, the prodigiously gifted
Colson Whitehead has given the reading public every