January 21, 2008 | The Nation

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January 21, 2008

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How will Democratic candidates end the war? None of the scenarios offered to New Hampshire voters really addressed the issue.

Politicians and economists find it hard to admit that we have two economies--one for the rich and one for everyone else--and the latter has been in a recession, if not a depression, for a long, long time.

Throughout the political sphere--in Democratic and Republican campaigns, in media coverage and pollsters' surveys--the word "change" is bubbling on people's lips. What does it really mean?

Partisan appointments to Bush's National Labor Relations Board have ensured it's virtually impossible for workers to get a fair shake.

Guest blogging at The Nation.com, gazing into Kristol's ball, revisiting Hoover's roundup.

An eviscerated Consumer Product Safety Commission means American children still face perils from their toys.

A multidimensional charade is taking place in Pakistan, and it is not an edifying sight.



There's a lot to like about Mike Huckabee. But when you look at his record, there's a lot to worry about.


Hillary Clinton may claim that her gender makes her the unmistakeable agent of change--but what's radical about voting for a corporate lawyer?

Teens getting pregnant: bad. Teens having babies: good. If this makes no sense, wake up and smell the Enfamil: it's 2008!

All great seasons in politics begin with excitement. Right now there's none.


John Edwards's political consultant talks about web-driven organizing, why Hillary Clinton may be the next Howard Dean and how bloggers and mainstream media are covering the campaign.

We have not come to grips with how centrally the Bush Administration has planted torture, abuse, kidnapping, and illegal imprisonment at the heart of governmental practice, the news, and everyday life.

Bush's "war on terror" is escalating without discussion or dissent amid the most open and democratic of American processes--the presidential debates.

Edwards and Kucinich oppose nuclear power plants; Obama and Clinton are very much in favor: Will voters care?

As American policy-makers and pundits seek a Plan B for Pakistan, it's time to recognize the desperate need for a new diplomacy for the Muslim world.

In the shock, power grabs and crackdowns that followed Benazir Bhutto's assassination, it's easy to forget that the greatest casualty in Pakistan is the rule of law.

An Iowa native attends his home-town caucus, and discovers deliberative democracy at its freewheeling finest. d

A stolen presidential vote--and not tribal conflict--has plunged Kenya into chaos and violence.

An excerpt from Fidel Castro: My Life, a spoken autobiography.

All the candidates reject Bush's disasters--but that won't be enough for the next administration.

If we don't fix the nominating process this year, it will be even worse in 2012.

Books & the Arts


In I'jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody, novelist Sinan Antoon explores themes of love, loss, identity and resistance in the face of political oppression.


An English translation of Lydie Salvayre's The Power of Flies demonstrates how this novelist and practicing psychiatrist has earned more nervous respect than love in France.


The most important American love poet in living memory, Robert Creeley celebrated the body and its ambivalent desires with a touch as light as a song.

3rd Party Article

The Iowa youth turnout rate has almost tripled since 2000.