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December 31, 2007 | The Nation

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December 31, 2007

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John Nichols on God and the GOP, Henry Siegman on Israel and the Palestinians, Tony Eprile on Michael Ondaatje.

Letters

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Editorials

In California, sex offenders face the specter of incarceration without end.

Washington must abandon the fantasy that an Israeli-Palestinian agreement can be reached in the face of deep divisions between Fatah and Hamas, the United States and Israel have fostered.

How can momentum be restored to the struggle for human rights? Begin by drawing the world's religions into the conversation.

It's not Romney's Mormon faith that threatens the core values of a secular nation. It's Huckabee's messianic candidacy.

The Drum Major Institute talks politics with big-city mayors; what do we say when we talk about torture?

The CIA tapes' destruction and violation of anti-torture statutes they recorded require a special prosecutor.

Keep people in their homes and start re-regulating the banking industry to end the conflicts of interest that fueled the debacle.

Columns

George Mitchell's long-awaited report on steroids in baseball slanders players, gives owners a pass and never acknowledges its author's conflicts of interest.

Music

Multiply your good fortune by giving generously to these progressive organizations and charities.

The agency's secret destruction of tapes is a parable of the futility of oversight.

Articles

When a strait-laced Princeton student claimed he was attacked by liberal thugs, the conservative establishment rallied around him--until it turned out to be a lie.

A plan to implant farm animals with electronic tracking tags gives corporate agriculture a monopoly on the future of food, and it has sparked political backlash in rural America.

The fast-food giant's insistence on paying poverty wages to tomato pickers could backfire, as student activists' campaign for fair food cuts into their business.

The Arabic and English satellite broadcasts are giving voice to Arabs who challenge their governments, and ours.

Freelancers staged a walkout at Viacom this week, instigating one of the most unlikely and successful labor campaigns in recent memory.

The most devastated neighborhood in America makes an ideal backdrop for a morally ambiguous play about abandonment.

Fear of terrorism has enabled Thailand's military dictatorship.

As the Taliban gains strength, a nascent democracy in Pakistan withers.

Since 9/11 the Philippines have seen an explosion of political killings.

A new anti-terrorism law gives El Salvador carte blanche to stifle dissent.

America's "war on terror" has strengthened Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's stranglehold on civil liberties.

George W. Bush's "global war against terror" unleashed a wave of repression felt around the globe. Reports from Egypt, El Salvador, the Philippines, Thailand and Pakistan.

Have the dreams of the civil rights movement been realized or deferred?

Books & the Arts

Book

Twelve authors on war and peace, dissent, the environment and the empowerment of the poor provide inspiration to transform the world in 2008.

Book

Michael Ondaatje shows off his trademark narrative tricks in his new novel Divisadero, but the magic is wearing thin.

Poetry

You've got to learn how to dance and speak lots of languages
and pull ideas out of your hat.

Book

In the early 1900s Walter Lippman laid the groundrules for public debate in America. Have the US media followed his prescriptions?

Art

A retrospective exhibition of Martin Puryear's sculptures reinvents MoMA's signature atrium space as a site for spiritual longing.

3rd Party Article

The debate over whether students should vote in Iowa is
nothing new.

In New Orleans, an intergenerational coalition of activists is fighting to stop the demolition of 4,500 public housing units.

How student and young blogger activism took on Clinton, Dodd, Richardson and Biden's campaigns--in less than 24 hours--to protect student voting rights.

Politicians are invading online space like never before in hopes of reaching a new generation of voters. But who really gains from interactive democracy?