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December 12, 2005 Issue

Cover art by: Cover art by Steve Brodner, cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels


  • Features

    The Fight to Save Stanley Tookie Williams

    As the clock ticks down to former gang leader Stanley Tookie Williiams's scheduled execution on December 13, football great Jim Brown is helping lead the fight to convince Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant clemency.

    Dave Zirin

  • Eggs vs Ethics in Stem Cell Debate

    Reports of ethical breaches in the harvesting of human eggs for stem cell research in Korea has focused attention on the need to protect the health and welfare of women who might be pressured into becoming donors.

    Marcy Darnovsky and Emily Galpern

  • Did Bush Really Want to Bomb Al Jazeera?

    Given the Administration's record of attacking Al Jazeera verbally and militarily, is it conceivable that President Bush tried to convince Tony Blair to bomb its international headquarters? Only publication of an explosive memo will prove it.

    Jeremy Scahill

  • In Praise of John Murtha

    With 457 blunt-spoken words, John Murtha broke the spell that had held the country captive to the misguided adventure in Iraq. It suddenly became respectable to talk of a pullout. It was his finest moment: For the first time, there is hope this war may end.

    Nicholas von Hoffman

  • Dictionary of Republicanisms

    Compassionate conservativism n. An expensively cultivated phrase created by a decades-old and well-funded Radical Right program of Orwellian doublespeak.

    Katrina vanden Heuvel

  • Mismanaged Care

    Tennessee once had a visionary health care plan for that left only 14 percent of residents uninsured. But with federal cuts and a governor's misguided attempt to privatize Medicaid, Tennessee is just another state unable to protect its citizens.

    Trudy Lieberman

  • The Real McCain

    John McCain is a war hero, a sometime Democratic ally, a crusader for campaign finance reform. But the centrist maverick will most likely take a turn to the right if he wants to get to the White House.

    Ari Berman

  • Editorials

    The Fall of the One-Party Empire

    Unmaking the empire of fantasy and fraud that the Republican Party has created will not be done quickly and the outcome is uncertain. But historians may one day write that the fake American empire was the Achilles' heel of the one-party state the Bush Administration failed to build.

    Jonathan Schell

  • Minority/Majority

    While Steny Hoyer seeks to "make himself the first contact for K Street," Nancy Pelosi and George Miller are pressing forward with their crackdown on lobbying and ethics abuses.

    David Sirota

  • In Fact…

    BURYING PLAN B

    the Editors

  • Undermining Haiti

    Democracy is being destroyed in Haiti, openly and with the support of the United States and United Nations. If the farce election set for December 27 by unelected government takes place, it will be a huge step backward.

    Mark Weisbrot

  • Waist Deep in Big Oil

    While political pressure is mounting for a pullout from Iraq, the subject of total withdrawal remains unbroachable within the political establishment. Control of the Iraq's oil reserves, from the beginning, was the Bush Administration's real reason for this war.

    Mark LeVine

  • Alito’s CAP Connection

    Samuel Alito once boasted he was a member of Concerned Alumni of Princeton, which opposed bemoaned the impact of co-education and affirmative action. What does this say about his character and the kind of place he would like America to be?

    Eyal Press

  • The Murtha Moment

    John Murtha is right: The American public has turned against the war. Democrats and Republicans must put aside politics and work together to bring the troops home quickly and focus on the real work to stabilize Iraq.

    the Editors

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  • Books and the Arts

    Marxism and Form

    Perry Anderson's Spectrum journeys through the abstract worlds of conservative and liberal intellectual thought, and leaves in its trail insights on the substance and style of ideas.

    Stefan Collini

  • The Best Intentions

    Syriana disappoints; The Boys of Baraka documents the lives of inner-city kids transported to the wild beauty of Africa; and Punishment Park zeroes in on injustice in America.

    Stuart Klawans

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