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December 24, 2001 | The Nation

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December 24, 2001

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Richard Falk defends "just war" thinking, Harvey Cox examines fundamentalist ideology, William Greider looks at Enron's troubles, Robert I. Freidman reports from Israel and Palestine and Eric Alterman mourns the death of objectivity.

Editorials

Past Nobel Prize winners congratulate the UN and Kofi Annan.

Recently deported, Ghasson Dahduli is now missing in Jordanian custody, and his family worries about what he's being subjected to.

Enron's collapse is a perfect illustration of deregulation and capitalism without a conscience.

With the Taliban engaged in Afghanistan, where will the US now train its sights?

Cable news peddles a soft-shoe rendition of what matters on the global stage, with certain exceptions.

As Washington casts its glance on the Israel-Palestine situation, the usual aspersions against Palestinians are uttered again.

Now that the Taliban is on the run, the 'war on terror' broadens its scope.

Columns

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The connections between Enron and the Bush administration run deep—and they should be investigated.

As the country tilts toward war, media voices are craven in their obsequiousness.

What plagued the O.J. Simpson trial—corruption, malfeasance and a breakdown of the rule of law—is exactly what the 'war on terror' is achieving in its blind quest to hold Bin Laden to account.

Israel responds to a suicide bombing with untrammeled military repression—which action is terrorism (if not both)?

Articles

Civil liberties get short shrift in this perilous time of antiterrorism measures.

President Bush meets with Russian leader Putin, al the while ICBMs target Russia.

A report from Israel and Palestine.

As envisioned by the Administration, it's unilateralism with a multilateral face.

The only acceptable purpose of war is to restore peace on a more durable basis.

Disdained by the majority culture, Muslims turn for self-respect to absolutism.

Europe and the United States have begun to follow diverging scripts on the war.

'Modernity' isn't the archfiend. But as often preached, it appears so to many.

Books & the Arts

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Allison Xantha Miller reviews The Rise and Fall of Synanon: A California Utopia, by Rod Janzen, and Shoes Outside the Door: Desire, Devotion and Excess at San Francisco Zen Center, by Michael Downing.

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Paul Reitter reviews Essays on Hitler's Europe, by István Deák.

Film

Stuart Klwans reviews two films: In the Bedroom, by Todd Field, and The Man Who Wasn't There, by the Coen brothers.

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Eric Weinberger reviews The Healing Wound: Experiences amd Reflections on Germany, 1938–2001, by Gitta Sereny.