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December 31, 2001 | The Nation

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December 31, 2001

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Sara Austin asks where the women are in the debate over Afghanistan's future, David Moberg decodes the AFL-CIO's message at its annual convention, William Greider examines a fateful new stage of globalization and Katha Pollitt suggests some true altruism for this holiday season.

Editorials

The Department of Energy has hit upon a new idea for nuclear waste clean-up: just leave it there and declare the area a wildlife preserve. The animals won't complain.

The FAA, which had long ignored airlines' requests for help with unruly passengers, is now relying on those same airlines' apparent racial profiling when deciding who gets to fly.

Recent calamitous events—9/11, the recession, Enron's collapse—haven't affected the Bush administration's aims: tax cuts, drilling and Social Security 'reform.'

Food companies ship supplies to Cuba in the aftermath of Hurricane Michelle, in what could be the beginning of the end for the tediously long US embargo of the island country.

In the wake of losses before and after September 11, labor unions gear up for the next tough fights.

The city of Portland is resisting calls from the Justice Department to racially profile its residents; predictably, right-wing pundits are enraged.

Seymore Hersh has had a string of scoops since September 11, laying bare the covert community's skulduggery. Now, though, it seems he's toeing the government's line in regard to Iran.

Columns

In rebuilding Afghanistan, lessons should be learned from Turkey and Egypt when it comes to the separation of church and state.

Minority Report

Israel must decide if it wants a Jewish homeland in Palestine, or all of Palestine as a Jewish state.

Music

Christmas can be a consumeristic orgy, but consider some gift-giving alternatives to improve the world.

Articles

John Stossel has a conservative stable of pundits when it come to his questionable reporting of evironmental issues.

Right-wing climate-change deniers worked hand-in-glove with John Stossel to portray schoolchild as being 'scared green' on a recent ABC special.

The Bush administration's insistence on secrecy in the Whitey Bulger case raises some unsettling questions.

China is taking away Mexico's jobs, as globalization enters a fateful new stage.

Critics of the war on terror—or even those who slightly question the Bush administration—may now find themselves on a list of members of a fifth column.

Unless the number of arms is reduced dramatically, peace is unlikely to hold.

It's proven useful of late in Afghanistan, but Annan shouldn't expect miracles.

Will women be included in the debate on Afghanistan's future?

Books & the Arts

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The 'Collected Poems' is an extraordinary book, says reviewer Ian Tromp.

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Gorbachev represented a unique change in Soviet statesmanship; two books examine him and the end of the Cold War.

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Once confined to the closet, gays are now making headway in mainstream society.

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Mergers and the Internet are changing the publishing industry. What lies ahead?