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February 4, 2008 | The Nation

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February 4, 2008

Cover: Cover photograph: Ray Milland in The Lost Weekend (1945, MGM); cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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Eric Foner on race and gender, Alexander Cockburn on economic terrorism, Nona Willis Aronowitz on Bella Abzug.

Letters

Readers respond to Gary Younge on The Obama Effect, exchange views with Henry Siegman on Israel and comment about the subprime mortgage meltdown.

Editorials

An economy addicted to growth, bubbles, downsizing and lending sprees--has become disconnected from the real economy of ordinary human needs.

Despite the cosmetic acts of President Bush, his undertakers and enablers, America's Iraq is still a corpse.

No matter who injected the issue of race and gender into the Democratic
presidential campaign, it's not going away.

Improving the sorry state of US reproductive health policy requires serious shifts within the women's movement and the abortion rights movement.

Victor Navasky on failed punditry, Frida Berrigan on Bush's Israeli pilgrimage, Esther Kaplan on activist nurses.

Advocates of African-Americans and women achieve more by working together than by fighting.

When will the candidates cease their petty sniping and address the real issues: the Iraq War and the faltering economy?

Columns

Howl

The Clintons cannot compete with the enthusiasm Obama sets off so they are trying to destroy it. They just may succeed--but at an awful price.

TruthDig

Now that Dennis Kucinich is out of the presidential debates, don't expect Clinton or Obama to hold unregulated bankers accountable for the global economic meltdown.

Howl

No matter how much it adds to inflation, the Fed, prodded by Wall Street, is poised to again lower interest rates--punching an even bigger hole in our purchasing power.

If the campaign becomes a competition between race and gender, the winner will be whichever white man the GOP nominates.

Lusting after pools of Social Security and Medicare money, the Wall Street giant aims to dictate national policy through the barrel of a financial gun.

Comix Nation

Articles

Long before a top bureaucrat was exposed for destroying secret interrogation tapes, the CIA shrouded his identity, making the press corps complicit in practices that would offend the nation's conscience.

The Bush Administration cites a 1994 bombing in Argentina to tar Iran as a sponsor of global terror. But a fresh probe finds no evidence of an Iran connection.

MLK's biographer on presidents, politics, racial injustice, poverty and war.

In Shanghai, angry, middle-class protesters say a high-speed train will wreck their quality of life. This new form of dissent could be one of the biggest challenges China will face.

Kang's political mentor--and reputed former lover--is found with a bullet in his brain. As the media is poised to pounce, she readies her talking points with a growing sense of dread.

The antiabortion movement has found a new face to exploit for political gain. And it's male.

The US government relies heavily on the testimony of self-styled terrorism experts in prosecuting the "war on terror." But how credible are they?

Books & the Arts

Book

They just don't make women politicians like Bella Abzug anymore.

Poetry

Politically speaking
look at this
a word at a time
on my knee
looking forward to a picnic
with my friends
in the afternoon
in their car

Book

A "rogue sociologist" gains unprecedented insight on the day-to-day workings of a Chicago gang.

Book

Marcus Rediker's breathtaking "human history" of the slave ship reveals how the transatlantic slave trade demeaned everyone it touched.

3rd Party Article

What we are dealing with here are the typical grey areas in legislative language.

Another cost of global climate change and air pollution: an asthma
epidemic. Low-income youth are particularly vulnerable, hindering their
educational and economic prospects. Now that the data is in, what's
being done?