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January 7, 2008 | The Nation

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January 7, 2008

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Peter Schrag on immigration, Luvh Rakhe on the writers strike, Colin Fleming on Julio Cortazar and Carol Dunlop

Letters

WHAT IF THEY GAVE A WAR & NOBODY PAID?

Green Valley Lake, Calif.

Editorials

Welcoming Peter Gizzi, The Nation's new poetry editor.

Striking members of the Writers Guild of America are bringing the labor movement something it hasn't had for a long time: an audience.

Dana Perino's ignorance, Michael Ratner's Puffin/Nation Prize.

As Iowans are poised to kick off a front-loaded political season, do standout candidates Edwards and Obama have the potential to appeal to progressives?

Columns

TruthDig

Unlike the plot of the latest Tom Hanks film, the blowback
price of our incessant meddling could prove quite high. And
even Hollywood can't put a pretty face on that one.

Howl

Hillary Clinton's touting her expertise over Obama--but is experience at political attack, mega-fundraising and cronyism really all that desirable?

The main threat to democracy isn't “Islamofacism” but plain old fascism, with mostly white Europeans terrorizing minorities in the name of racial, cultural or religious superiority.

Ten years after the massacre of indigenous people in Chiapas, Zapatistas are reading signs that the Mexican government is poised for another wave of repression.

A paradox of American Jewish political behavior: they think like liberals, but they let belligerent right-wingers who demonize and distort their values speak for them.

Articles

Barack Obama's historic victory in Iowa comes at a crucial time for a nation still grappling with how remedies to offset racism affect America's power structure.

As conservatives stare into an electoral abyss, the shadowy group that smeared John Kerry in 2004 has reorganized and stands poised to do its dirty work again.

His new stance could have an impact on Iowa caucus-goers.

Two films address US adventures in Afghanistan and Pakistan, with a big dose of historical amnesia, political pandering, moral superiority and outraged innocence.

The deeply flawed, arresting, autocratic Benazir Bhutto had the wherewithal to save her country but repeatedly disappointed. Yet she represented the best secular option for breaching Pakistan's multiple fissures.

For all her pro-American rhetoric, many in Benazir Bhutto's party held America responsible for the "judicial murder" of her father. Will Bhutto's assassination have a like impact?

Political fact marries political fiction in Citizen Kang, an online serialized novel that unfolds in weekly installments on The Nation.com throughout Campaign 08.

As the world mourns the loss of Benazir Bhutto, it would be myopic to focus only on Islamic-inspired violence and on Pakistan. For all of post-independence history, South Asia has been a region drenched in blood.

The killing of Benazir Bhutto echoes Pakistan's troubled history, portends more violence and flags a proud country's collapse into chaos. It also signals the manifest bankruptcy of the Bush Administration's anti-terrorism.

Meet California Congresswoman Cynthia Kang, a woman of considerable political ambition, and some secrets. Episode 1 of an ongoing online political mystery.

The United Nations' chief troubleshooter and mediator, Lakhdar Brahimi, considers what should come next in Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan and how US foreign foreign policy went so far astray.

The bad boy of Iraqi politics is going back to school.
al-Sadr's plan to become an ayatollah has enormous
implications for Iraqis and the United States.

As the old concept of privacy fades and a new one arises online, what is being lost?

A patchwork of local laws reflects the complicated, contradictory national debate over immigration policy.

As Clinton and Obama square off in South Carolina, a window opens on the fractured state of black politics. It's been an extended soul search. And it ain't over yet.

It was a year of alarming news and amazing reporting on the Iraq War, the rise of private mercenary firms, the burgeoning business of disaster capitalism, an ever more vulnerable environment. Here's how The Nation covered the year.

Books & the Arts

Book

A mock-heroic travelogue by Julio Cortázar and his wife captures the contemplative life on the road.

From the archive: A book by a former ICTY official offers a vivid insider's account of realpolitik at the Milosevic trial.

3rd Party Article

The number of young black enlistees is dropping dramatically.

The student vote might be the deciding factor in the January 3 Iowa Caucus.

From shutting down toxic waste facilities to making colleges more affordable, young people all over America put their energies into remarkable actions for their communities, and for the world.