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July 17, 2006 Issue

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  • Features

    The US Military Descends on Paraguay

    The US "war on terror" now extends to an unlikely frontier in Paraguay, where farmers are caught in the crossfire and human rights groups are skeptical of the threat posed by Islamic terrorists.

    Benjamin Dangl

  • World Cup: Party On

    If there is any message to be gleaned from the World Cup, it is that soccer has finally shed its freight of machismo and anguish, attracting a global audience of fans who simply want to have fun.

    Simon Kuper

  • Mexico’s Fractured Electoral Landscape

    The disputed presidential election has fractured Mexico's political landscape, pitting leftists against conservatives and the affluent against an indignant Indian and mestizo underclass.

    John Ross

  • Watada, the War and the Law

    Bolstered by a Supreme Court ruling that rebuked the Bush Administration's excessive exercise of power, Lieut. Ehren Watada's pending court-martial could help restore the rule of law and energize a popular movement to end an illegal war.

    Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith

  • Israel on the Offensive

    Israel's attacks on Gaza--and now Lebanon-- to intimidate a civilian population for political ends is the very definition of state terrorism.

    Marwan Bishara

  • Standing Against an Unjust War

    A Quaker activist explains why the war in Iraq is not only illegal, but morally indefensible.

    Joe Parko

  • New Jersey Showdown

    As New Jersey government plunges into fiscal and constitutional crisis over a proposed sales tax, lawmakers must stop playing politics with the public good and get serious about producing a realistic budget.

    Gov. Jon Corzine

  • Disputed Election Raises Tensions in Mexico

    Memories of a stolen 1988 election cloud the political landscape, as voters await results of the disputed presidential election.

    John Ross

  • Shifting Winds on Iraq

    Peace sentiments are rising among the American public and even in the much-divided Democrats. What does this mean for electoral politics and for the course of a war that seems to have no end in sight?

    Tom Hayden

  • For His Eyes Only: Bush’s Secret Crimes

    By blindly accepting Bush's expansion of state secrets claims, the courts are allowing the executive branch to operate above the law, putting the core principles of our democracy at risk.

    Michael Ratner

  • How to Create a Liberal Bestseller

    Progressives can take a lesson from the success of "How Would a Patriot Act?" Mobilize the liberal blogosphere and take an obscure book for a ride on the bestseller list.

    Jennifer Nix

  • A Killing Machine Turns 30

    This summer marks a grim anniversary of a Supreme Court decision to affirm the death penalty and create a bureaucratic killing machine that puts American justice at odds with the Constitution's underlying values.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • Mexico’s Labor Rebels

    On July 2, Mexico will choose a new president. Whoever wins will face an ongoing labor movement challenging the neoliberal policies of the past.

    David Bacon

  • Where’s the Plan, Democrats?

    Elections are decided by message, money and mobilization. The Democrats' choice of tactics for the latter may determine not only the outcome of the '06 elections but the party's future.

    Ari Berman

  • The Coming Ballot Meltdown

    Ohio is the bellwether for the nation's electoral health and the prognosis is bad. Error-ridden e-voting, draconian restrictions and widespread incompetence could cause another November breakdown.

    Andrew Gumbel

  • Editorials

    A Politics of the Common Good

    A movement is growing that aims to build a politics of decency and sanity, which speaks to the generosity of the American people. It's not going to be easy, but it's time to rock the boat.

    Katrina vanden Heuvel

  • American Patriots

    Here's a salute to America's true patriots: librarians on the frontlines of free inquiry, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and peace activists across the nation.

    the Editors

  • A President Rebuked

    The Supreme Court's Hamdan v. Rumsfeld decision is to Bush what the Pentagon Papers were to Nixon: a devastating rebuke of a President who thought he had a blank check and a clear affirmation of human rights and the rule of law.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • Project Corpus Callosum

    The winner of the first-ever Nation Student Writing Contest.

    Sarah Stillman

  • Barbara Epstein

    In 1963 a handful of distinguished literary intellectuals launched The New York Review of Books as an antidote to the lackluster prose and middlebrow sensibility of the New York Times

    the Editors

  • Harlan County Blues

    Life remains cheap in the coalfields of Appalachia because of the Bush Administration's incompetence and neglect in the face of human and environmental tragedy.

    Erik Reece

  • Chilling the Press

    Did the New York Times violate the Espionage Act by publishing reports of government secret spying program? A controversial essay in Commentary has provided intellectual ammunition to chill, censor and punish the press.

    Scott Sherman

  • We Don’t Believe in Politics

    If teenagers can't figure out how to participate meaningfully in politics, they will have lost their voice, impact and power.

    Camila Domonoske

  • Atrophy of the Well

    Few of us can now imagine a world without freshwater, but look to the future, when the scarcity of this most basic commodity will profoundly change our lives.

    LiAnn Yim

  • Wake-up Call

    By adopting the principles of natural capitalism, America can regain its sanity and reverse the reckless use, overuse, waste and destruction of our natural resources.

    Brie Cubelic

  • A Generation of Peace

    "I dream of the day that our children will turn the pages of history books and look to my generation, who said no to the horrors of war and chose nonviolence over nonexistence."

    Zaid Jilani

  • America’s Most Trusted Source of News: Ourselves

    Rather than let pundits guide our public policy debates, citizens must seize the initiative and join the conversation.

    Nikolas Bowie

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  • Columns

    Channeling Nixon

    If Tricky Dick could tame the grizzled Mao, then certainly Bush could butter up Kim Jong Il with some of that frat boy charm. Who knows, Dearest Leader might even join Bush's shaky "coalition of the willing."

    Robert Scheer

  • Buffet’s Billions

    What Warren Buffett's gift of billions to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation lacks in imagination, it makes up for in safety. If only they had the guts to tackle the real problems.

    Nicholas von Hoffman

  • Stop the Waffling

    Democrats should take a page from the GOP playbook and back candidates willing to stand up for their values, rather than wasting their money, time and votes on those who won't.

    Robert Scheer

  • Mommy Wars, Round 587

    Antifeminists engage in moral discourse while feminists tend to speak in the language of personal choice. But what happens when choice is a bad idea--for yourself, other women or society?

    Katha Pollitt

  • Temple of Mammon, Planet of Doom

    As we head into Summer 2006, the world capitalist system is out of control.

    Alexander Cockburn

  • Historical Note

    For once, the President tells the truth.

    Calvin Trillin

  • Books and the Arts

    A Politics of the Common Good

    A movement is growing that aims to build a politics of decency and sanity, which speaks to the generosity of the American people. It's not going to be easy, but it's time to rock the boat.

    Katrina vanden Heuvel

  • The American Political Tradition

    American foreign policy is shaped by a myth of national righteousness. In two new books, Peter Beinart abuses history to suggest liberals embrace this myth, while Stephen Kinzer uses America's history of involvement in foreign coups to reveal why we cannot.

    Andrew J. Bacevich

  • American Patriots

    Here's a salute to America's true patriots: librarians on the frontlines of free inquiry, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and peace activists across the nation.

    the Editors

  • How to Create a Liberal Bestseller

    Progressives can take a lesson from the success of "How Would a Patriot Act?" Mobilize the liberal blogosphere and take an obscure book for a ride on the bestseller list.

    Jennifer Nix

  • Dazed and Confused

    A hallucinatory mix of animation and live action creates the Orwellian world of A Scanner Darkly; substance triumphs over style in Excellent Cadavers, a Mafia-busting documentary.

    Stuart Klawans

  • All About Eva

    In the late '60's, Eva Hesse's ambitious sculptures challenged the art world. Collected in a new exhibition, her art is even greater today.

    Arthur C. Danto

  • Shadows

    George Hutchinson's new biography of the mystery woman of the Harlem Renaissance reconsiders both Nella Larsen and a key moment of black cultural history.

    Darryl Pinckney

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