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February 17, 2003 | The Nation

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February 17, 2003

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William Greider examines the Dems' Clinton problem, Bill Mesler looks at the Pentagon's "nonlethal" gas and Marwan Bishara writes to America.

Letters



The last edition of Robert Scheer's "Column Left" (which appears originally in the
Los Angeles Ti

Editorials

Secretary of State Colin Powell's presentation wasn't likely to win over anyone not already on his side.

Once again, changes at Random House have made headlines in papers
throughout the country.

Bush's Gulf of Credibility

The President's State of the Union address deepened the gulf between
word and deed. Poll-tested packaging hid the untruths within.

Big Media won another battle in the escalating war over copyright on
January 15, when the Supreme Court upheld a 1998 law extending copyright
terms by twenty years, to life plus seventy years f

Irene Diamond, who died recently at 92, was an innovative
philanthropist, ever ready to bet on an unlikely cause.

In my days as a student activist in the 1970s, the use of the term
"imperialism" to describe US policy was generally used only in the
antiwar and international solidarity movements, the writing

The long-awaited January 27 report of United Nations inspection chiefs
Hans Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei, as anticipated, did not include a
clear-cut finding of success and readiness to close the

Columns

scheer

We know in advance that Colin Powell's performance will be flawless.

My son collects my change--the random coins that come from little daily
transactions, the pennies, nickels and dimes that build up in my
pockets.

The worse the state treats kids, the more the state's prosecutors chase
after inoffensive "perverts" in the private sector who have committed
the so-called crime of getting sexual kicks out of

It now seems clear, from what we hear,
That Gary Hart will reappear.
(He ran well once, but then he slipped;
He couldn't keep his trousers zipped.)

Articles

We all had our youthful indiscretions that haunt or amuse us for the rest of our lives. Mine was conservatism.

The flagship of American conservative campus publications stands on the
foundation of twenty years of attention-grabbing antics.

Progressive journals are key in creating a movement, but they lack support.

Arnie Arnesen does not know exactly when the political wind shifted. It
might have been on the day Trent Lott was forced to step down as Senate
majority leader.

If the Democratic Party in exile is ever to find a new voice and sense
of purpose, it will first have to get around a peculiar obstacle left
behind by the Clinton era: The man did not really go

Orbis
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN
School population: 10,855

How the crisis is destroying jobs--and what can be done about it.

Research support provided by the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute.

Books & the Arts

Theater

At the Brooklyn Academy of Music this month, the Harvey Theater reclaims
its original name--the Majestic--with the arrival of director Sam
Mendes's beautiful renderings of Chekhov's Uncle Va

Book

In 1886 the British are fighting an imperial war on another continent
with the express goal of suppressing and maintaining control of the
natives. Sound familiar?

Book

In October 1968, at the height of the Ocean Hill-Brownsville crisis, New
York Mayor John Lindsay got heckled off the stage at a synagogue in
Brooklyn.

Book

Anthropologist, novelist, folklorist, essayist and luminary of the
Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston dazzled her peers and patrons
almost immediately upon her arrival in New York City in 1