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January 24, 2005 Issue


  • Editorials

    Passings

    At the close of the old year this magazine lost three contributors, all distinguished and influential public intellectuals who brought passion and erudition to the search for a better world.

    the Editors

  • Letter From Ground Zero

    As I followed the initial coverage of the tsunami in the Indian Ocean, I was reminded of a time in the early1980s when I spent some months researching the effects of a nuclear war-- the thermal p

    Jonathan Schell

  • The Hero Within

    If many strangers die all at once, as in the tragedy of the tsunami or the Rwanda massacre or a war like the one in Iraq, it is a moral problem, to be dealt with through politics or philosophy.

    Earl Shorris


  • The Country Doctor

    It's a time of sudden hope in the crisis between the Palestinians and Israelis, a weird time of moderation and calls for renewed negotiations.

    Amy Wilentz

  • An Appropriate Objection

    American elections never play out perfectly.

    John Nichols

  • Tsunami & US Priorities

    As the death toll from the tsunami disaster continued to grow, the Bush Administration scrambled to answer widespread criticism that it responded too slowly and with too little aid for the victim

    the Editors

  • Gonzales: The Fight Is On

    Click here for info on how you can help oppose Gonzales's nomination.

    Bruce Shapiro

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  • Books and the Arts

    Before Night Falls

    The Chilean coup of 1973 was carried out with a Lone Ranger comic book, a bicycle and several cans of condensed milk.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Infinite Jest

    This past March, on the closing day of an international literary conference held in Krakow, Poland, an elderly woman stood up before hundreds of scholars and admirers gathered to mark the 100th b

    Benjamin Paloff

  • And Justice for All

    Affirmative action, in theory, is a matter of distributive justice, which is why liberals and progressives tend to look benevolently on it while conservatives and libertarians consider it a trave

    Michael Bérubé

  • Assigning Responsibility

    Defending Rumsfeld, Bush says Rummy's great,
    That as a planner he has been first rate--
    Respected in the White House and the ranks.

    Calvin Trillin

  • The Hero Within

    If many strangers die all at once, as in the tragedy of the tsunami or the Rwanda massacre or a war like the one in Iraq, it is a moral problem, to be dealt with through politics or philosophy.

    Earl Shorris


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