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February 12, 2007 | The Nation

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February 12, 2007

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Walter Mosley considers the sound of silenced voters, Christopher Hayes asks what Netroots do now, Stuart Klawans reviews China Blue.

Letters

GERALD FORD & THE SOUL TRAIN

Lowell, Mich.

Editorials

Now that Democrats have real power, netroots progressives need to choose their issues--and their tactics.

Voting is a privilege and a responsibility that every American bears. Allowing prisoners to vote will keep us honest.

Beyond merely opposing escalation, lawmakers are pushing tough measures to withdraw troops and defund the war.

Jim Webb's gutsy response to Bush's unconvincing State of the Union message bodes well for the Democratic Party.

The Polish writer who died January 23 chronicled coups and revolutions with eloquence and compassion; empathy was his most potent journalistic tool.

Outrage over excessive rewards for incompetent executives could spark the Democratic Congress to action.

The legal philosophy of Louis Brandeis illuminates some of the compelling legal issues of our own times.

Bush's about-face on warrantless surveillance demonstrates what a difference a Democratic majority makes.

Columns

TruthDig

Looking for reasons to impeach the President? Listen to the testimony in Scooter Libby's perjury trial.

The poisonous William Kristol's consistently wrong on Iraq. Why does he remain a media darling?

Articles

One big and underreported reason for Lebanon's slide toward civil war is blowback from Iraq. Fearing the sectarian bloodbath in Iraq and Iran's growing regional influence, Lebanese Sunnis are lashing out.

In Kenya's Yala Swamp, where Senator Barack Obama traces his African roots, an Oklahoma-based company has wrecked a rich and delicate ecosystem.

If the holiest day on the American calendar is Super Bowl Sunday, Vince Lombardi and Joe Namath were its early saints. So what does that make Pat Tillman?

Unfortunately, the Constitution's impeachment clause only works for criminals, not the grossly incompetent.

Between Iraq, Katrina and wiretapping, the case for removing Bush is overwhelming.

Peace activists and military families in DC Saturday were less angry than than resolute that the American people sent a clear signal in November to end the US occupation in Iraq.

Pressure is building to expand the legal definition of family beyond the boundaries of gay or straight marriage.

South Korea is bristling over terms of the Bush Administration's proposed free-trade agreement, and so are progressives in Congress.

The South is more purple than red, and Democrats don't need to sell their souls to win it back.

Books & the Arts

Film

China Blue is a surprisingly fair-minded documentary about teenagers working in a jeans factory in China.

Book

Dancing in the Streets is a history of outbreaks of collective joy from Dionysus to the Grateful Dead.

Book

The narrator of Martin Amis's House of Meetings describes the collapse of his soul through forty years of Soviet history.

Book

Vikram Chandra's epic crime novel Sacred Games is an infernal history of India in the last decade.

3rd Party Article

The only thing standing between the fellows at this year's Young People For summit and a progressive future is a carefully drawn plan and a little support.

Opinion: "We are proposing a dramatic change in the strategy and tactics of the antiwar movement."

On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the "We Had Abortions" campaign invites students to add their name to the growing list of women hoping to rid the abortion debate of shame and silence.

The University of Michigan tries to retain its commitment to diversity.

A student-run website helps College Park, Maryland, re-invent itself.