February 13, 2006 | The Nation

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February 13, 2006

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Negative media coverage has succeeded in undermining support among
prominent conservatives for a UCLA alumni group that paid students to
target and expose left-leaning faculty.

James Frey's faux memoir exposes corporate publishing as an
industry so starved for bestsellers that it is unable to protect
itself from fraud.

The confrontation with Iran is a wake-up call to states that possess nuclear weapons: in a world of nuclear apartheid, multilateral disarmament is the only course of action that can succeed.

Democrats should follow Al Gore's lead and challenge the Bush
Administration's ongoing surveillance of American citizens. If this
illegal action goes unchecked, our liberties will be dramatically



As the Enron trial unfolds, it's depressing that Phil and Wendy Gramm, the company's political enablers, are going unpunished and uncriticized.


The Center for Science in the Public Interest is suing Kellogg and Viacom for using cartoon characters to brainwash kids into consuming mass amounts of junk food.


As prochoicers seek to reframe their arguments, injecting more moralism
into the antiabortion debate will not keep abortion legal and

Nicholas Kristof produces a steady stream of titillating reports on
child prostitution in the Third World. Better to focus on draconian
economic reforms driven by the World Bank that create the conditions
for prostitution.

With plenty of friends on K Street, Roy Blunt is not as forthright
as his name suggests.

Socially conservative black churches may be ripe for exploitation by
the Christian right on gay marriage. But that's only part of the story.


Telephone and cable companies are crafting strategies to transform the free and open Internet to a privately run service that would charge a fee for virtually everything we do online. Can we stop them?

Amos Oz reflects on the political and diplomatic implications of Hamas's
recent victory and its impact on opportunities for peace.

Relishing Samuel Alito's impact on the Supreme Court, pro-life bloggers
are already laying strategies to win hearts and minds in a transformed
legal landscape.

New federal guidelines for banks and credit card companies that boost minimum monthly payments have wreaked havoc on American families struggling to pay their bills and avoid bankruptcy.

The inauguration of Evo Morales as Bolivia's first indigenous
president opens a new era for Bolivia and a turning point for
political, diplomactic and trade issues in the Americas.

American business elites in Davos for the World Economic Forum are
far more interested in global markets and corporate investors than they
are in ordinary Americans' needs.

Since the 1970s Republican conservatives have been the dominant
political force on American campuses. But groups like Campus
Progress, better groomed and better organized than their
predecessors, are pushing back.

Storm-whipped New Orleanians returned to the city to join a joyful second-line parade, a revival of music that made real the triumph of the city's spirit.

Books & the Arts


Reviews of Why We Fight, Looking for
Comedy in the Muslim World
and Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull


Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío, all but unknown in
English-speaking countries, had a global impact on literature, ushering
Spanish poetry into the modern era.


A new biography examines the life and work of composer and
theorist Olivier Messiaen, who moved French music out of the cafes and
back to the cathedrals.