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December 24, 2007 | The Nation

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December 24, 2007

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The Editors on Iran, Bill Weinberg on Iraq's civil resistance, Benjamin Paloff on poetry.

Letters

Letters on Steve Brodner's caricatures, Graham Usher's metaphors and an exchange between Jim Sleeper and Joe Klein.

Editorials

My top-ten list of reasons why I gave God the old heave-ho.

Disney's idea of sex doesn't belong in the pre-K playroom. Parents, unite: make a holiday bonfire of all that plastic and tulle: let your girls be girls again.

A predawn fire drill propels a writer into an unexpected encounter with a former CIA director--and an unexpected lesson on the uses and limits of intelligence.

We have everything we need to address the environmental crisis, save perhaps political will. But political will is a renewable resource.

Civil liberties and national security are not contradictory: they are inextricably linked.

His phenomenal candidacy is giving the long-fractured libertarian movement a Kumbaya moment.

Facebook's about-face on privacy; life in the Garden State; Midnight Oil's Peter Garrett, Australia's new environment minister.

The revised National Intelligence Estimate on Iran's nukes makes a military strike less likely and opens the door to real diplomacy.

Undeterred by scandal, Blackwater's global business is booming and continues to pursue its political agenda from deep inside the Mitt Romney campaign.

Columns

TruthDig

Why did four key members of Congress failed to inform the public and the 9/11 Commission about the use of torture on terror suspects?

Michael Vick's sentencing to twenty-three months in prison caps a depressing and scandalous year for professional sports.

Howl

As the US economy sickens, foreign governments are on a shopping spree, scooping up bargains paid for by sovereign wealth funds.

They've lost our trust by providing conservatives a platform for deliberate deceptions, silencing reporters for revealing the truth and excusing their own self-serving behavior.

The combined power of Oprah & Obama could reinvigorate our embattled political landscape.

Articles

There's something untrustworthy about a man who can't conduct a decent affair. Rudy Giuliani never could.

A UN conference touts carbon trading as the best response to global warming. Why adopt a framework that pits rich against poor, exploits the indigenous and gives the biggest corporate offenders more power?

CIA, Department of Justice, White House--and members of Congress--ran through every legal and procedural red light designed to prevent criminal conduct and its cover-up.

Israel's indigenous Palestinian population rejects the efforts of Israel and the United States to seal our fate as a permanent underclass in our own homeland.

Despite their political differences, Americans are strikingly united on the value of human rights, according to a new poll sponsored by The Nation.

As Democratic candidates strive to keep their messages upbeat and cheerful, they should take a lesson from the environmental movement on the power of fear to motivate political change.

Differing views on the defeat of constitutional reforms championed by President Hugo Chávez from Mark Weisbrot, Sujatha Fernandes, Chesa Boudin, Elisabeth Young-Bruehl and Greg Grandin.

An honest account of the referendum cuts through neoliberal propaganda and looks at what's really at stake.

The stuggle is not between pro-Chávez and anti-Chávez factions but between left and right.

First and foremost, Venezuelans rejected Chávez's political proposals.

Losing the referendum may be the best outcome for Chávez--and his movement.

The referendum defeat may temporarily revive a flagging opposition, but it does not spell the collapse of the movement Chávez has inspired.

Press Democratic front-runners on the tough questions and prepare for a real fight with whoever the Republican nominee turns out to be.

The secular left brings together unionists, women's organizations and students.

During the cold war, the driving force was the bilateral arms race; now it's proliferation.

Books & the Arts

Book

In a new collection of poems by the mentally ill Czech dissident Ivan Blatný, the world and the poet's interpretations of it are continuously transforming.

Book

A new book of Rod Smith's poems maps the geometry of social life in thoughts and phrases.

Film

With the release of the Dylan pastiche I'm Not There, Todd Haynes revises our cultural memory by adjusting familiar clichés.