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December 17, 2001 | The Nation

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December 17, 2001

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Ellen Willis discusses religious fundamentalism in culture wars at home and abroad; Bruce Shapiro reports on John Ashcroft's strategy to resuscitate and expand secret-evidence trials; David Cole insists that, on the domestic front, we've already abandoned core principles; and Gore Vidal takes on the New York Times coverage of the media recount of Election 2000 votes in Florida.

Editorials

Noncitizens in the United States face an increasingly harsh Ashcroft-run Justice Department.

The Justice Department under John Ashcroft is alienating allies in the 'war on terror.'

Even stalwart liberals are knuckling under to the security state in the wake of September 11.

The Times fans the flames of public fear around the anthrax attacks.

Columns

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America's enemies are not uniquely 'evil,' and it's naive to think of them as such.

Music

Laura Bush might put on a good face for women's rights in Afghanistan, but her husband's handwork works against women in other places.

Minority Report

Now that the Taliban regime has fallen in Afghanistan, that group's leaders can face fair and open trials for their crimes against humanity.

Articles

Cowed Democrats fail to confront Ashcroft's civil liberties violations.

The AFL-CIO is fighting two wars: standing with President Bush in the war on terror, and against him in his war against workers.

Chelsea Clinton bristles at the antiwar movement while she attends Oxford.

Allied 'surgical strikes' in Kosovo in 1999 created environmental hotspots yet to cleaned up; the same might happen in Afghanistan.

Transgender activists may force us to rethink basic assumptions about sex.

Florida revisited: Schadenfreude amid the carnage of the democratic process.

There is a link between our own cultural conflicts and the logic of jihad.

Moral concern begins with the local, but shouldn't stop there.

Embattled campus activists hone their message about the crisis in Afghanistan.

Books & the Arts

Film

David Mamet's Heist is tasty, but not quite aces.

Book

Reviews of Grace Schulman's The Paintings of Our Lives and Stephen F. Cohen's Failed Crusade.

Music

Don Byron and Dave Douglas put the political back into jazz.

Book

A review of Lawrence Lessig's The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in the Connected World.