December 3, 2007 | The Nation

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December 3, 2007

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What's so great about designer chocolate if it's infested with cockroach droppings? As the economic widens, rich and poor still occupy the same food chain.

Political reporters are fixated on the candidates' endless money chase and the expected flood of corporate funds into shadow campaigns. But they have forgotten why we care.

Ave atque vale, Aquarius.

Norman Lear on the WGA picket line, sex and teen delinquency, and the power of Pakistani attorneys.

A conversation with the former President on Jonathan Demme's new film, Jimmy Carter Man From Plains, and the difficulty of talking about Israel and Palestine.

The government's case against Khader Hamide and Michel Shehadeh is closed. But did the US government learn anything about its wayward two-decade prosecution of Palestinian activists?

The softening economy, foreclosures, bank write-offs, the swooning dollar and stock market are intruding on the politics of 2008. Do the candidates have a clue?



It takes a libertarian Republican to shame Democrats into acknowledging the true cost of this war for ordinary Americans.


Atheists versus imams? Can't we have more choices?

On airports Heathrow and De Gaulle, bicycles and trains.


Abandoning Israel's longstanding commitment to those fleeing persecution, the Olmert government is deporting refugees back to Sudan, where they may face torture and death.

Uncomfortable questions nobody wants to raise about the worldwide drought.

From a church in a rugged rural parish in Honduras, Father Andres Tamayo leads a grassroots movement to protect dwindling timberlands. Bills introduced in the US Congress might help save the forests.

Parvez Sharma's new documentary chronicles the experiences of gay and lesbian Muslims in seven countries, as they struggle to align their sexuality with their religion.

As consumers increasingly seek out farmers who raise organic and unpasteurized food, suddenly energized regulators claim they want to "protect" us from pathogens and other dangers. What gives?

The more sophisticated security technology becomes in our nation's cities, the more reason privacy activists have to be alarmed.

As hopes fade for the rule of law in Pakistan, the Bush Administration signals it will settle for just the trappings of democracy. People are braced for disaster.

Thousands of students came together to infuse the largest citizen conference ever to address climate change with energy, enthusiasm and a new vision for the future.

A deepening conflict-of-interest scandal envelops the Krongard brothers--Howard, a State Department official overseeing Blackwater contracts, and his brother Alvin, who has long been cozy with the mercenary firm.

To those who follow the Israeli-Palestinian conflict closely, the prospects for a two-state solution have never seemed dimmer. So why does veteran peacenik Uri Avnery remain so hopeful?

The cranky, quirky and sometimes progressive politics practiced by a generation once considered slackers could be a deciding factor in this presidential election.

Books & the Arts

Lapham's Quarterly makes its debut, seeking to explain the present with illuminations from the past.


The subtle sounds of this saxophonist defy definition.


A new apologia for Anglo-Saxon noblesse oblige needs a reality check.


A fresh translation of a Portuguese classic offers a poignant portrait of a country's decline.

3rd Party Article

The new attorney general says he doesn't know if waterboarding is torture. Of course it is.

National Service provides service opportunities--and paychecks--to college graduates.

Lions for Lambs relies on the same oversimplified talking points it condemns.

What no one seems to be saying is that US dollars are going to help
Musharraf repress the Pakistani people.

Pop quiz. How much money do America's public elementary and secondary schools spend each year on textbooks?

Three young Iraq war veterans process their varied experiences before and after the service. What can their reflections tell us about war, peace and ourselves?