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December 18, 2006 | The Nation

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December 18, 2006

Cover: Cover by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels, photo by Ho New/Reuters

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The Editors call for a Florida revote, Walter Mosley explores obligations of the rich to the poor, Alexander Cockburn contrasts media coverage of Darfur and Gaza.

Letters

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Rochester, NY

Editorials

A man can be rich, but only a nation can be wealthy. And if anyone
suffers from poverty, our whole country bears the shame.

Newly elected advocates of fair trade in the House and Senate could
reverse the free-trade absolutism of the Clinton and Bush years.

News flash: Dissent sells! And the American public does have a taste for
serious, high-minded news.

A plethora of inside histories of Bush and the war have helped shape the political debate in recent months.

Now that 18,000 electronic ballots have vanished in the flawed 13th
Congressional District election in Sarasota, Florida, it's time for a revote.

If the Iraq Study Group faces reality, it will conclude that the only feasible option for America is to leave Iraq--as quickly as possible.

Columns

TruthDig

The systematic abuse of an American citizen charged with vague crimes related to terror has destroyed his sanity and made us into what we despise.

Music

"Is it just my imagination, or are women wreaking more evil than usual
these days?"

There's no political risk for US media to sound off over genocide in
Darfur, but challenging Israel's shameful seige of Gaza is quite a
different story.

Articles

The Iraq Study Group report is a stunning rebuke of Bush's Iraq policy. But its central premise--that the US can support the nonexistent Iraqi government and bolster its viciously sectarian armed forces--is fatally flawed.

A New York judge, invited to observe the Venezuelan presidential election, discovers a functional democracy, reliable electronic-voting technology and a passionate, engaged electorate.

Exactly how much damage did John Bolton do during his tenure at the United Nations? Let us count the ways.

A plant gene that could protect organic crops from contamination from genetically engineered seeds is out of reach to most organic farmers, thanks to an agribusiness patent.

Latino voters walked away from the GOP in the midterm elections, a
payback for the party's ruthlessly anti-immigrant stance.

A young black man and an elderly black woman each die in a hail of police bullets; a comedian invokes the era of lynching--suddenly it feels like a crime to be caught breathing while black.

Mel Gibson's violent new film Apocalypto exploits Maya culture and perpetuates racist stereotypes.

The foreign policy establishment knows the Iraq War is lost, but the
search for an acceptable exit strategy has only just begun.

The Iraq Study Group report comes too late for the 600,000 people who died in carnage that is likely to worsen. It won't satisfy the antiwar movement because it sets no timetable for withdrawal. But it does mark the beginning of the end of America's criminal war of aggression.

Books & the Arts

Music

Beyoncé Knowles's sexed-up club jam B'Day is also an odd, urgent, dissonant and disruptive personal and political statement.

Film

Stuart Klawans reviews Fast Food Nation, a film that aspires to activism as it undermines its own anticorporate message.

Book

Two new books explore fundamental Palestinian and Israeli concerns: The Iron Cage by Rashid Khalidi considers the Palestinians' failure to achieve sovereignty, and One Country by Ali Abunimah puts forth a moral case for binationalism.

3rd Party Article

Activists and disenfranchised former felons restore voting rights in Rhode Island.

Community protests anti-Native American imagery.

Hundreds of students gather for World AIDS Day demonstration in DC.

A T-shirt campaign brings students out of the closet.