July 30, 2007 | The Nation

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July 30, 2007

Cover: Cover photograph © 2007 Eugene Richards for The Nation Institute, cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

Browse Selections From Recent Years













A veterans group takes issue with The Nation's investigation of the impact of the US military occupation on Iraqi civilians.

Responses to articles by Katha Pollitt, Joaquín Villalobos, Jon Wiener, Charles Glass and David Yaffe.


New reproductive technologies that could allow the rich to become genetically richer and the poor even more disadvantaged are challenging progressives to take a fresh look at core principles.

The testimony of three former Surgeons General offers more proof of how the Bush Administration's corps of inept political operatives subverts our system of checks and balances.

Almost entirely under the media radar, unemployed workers here are taking over bankrupt businesses and reopening them under democratic management.

Harvard's Carr Center for Human Rights doesn't officially favor the war in Iraq, so why is it helping Gen. David Petraeus devise a counter-insurgency doctrine?

As he observes his eighty-fifth birthday, here's a tribute to 'the most decent man in the US Senate,' who has left his mark on politics and on the American people.

Sure we have a healthcare system in America. The trouble is, it's designed not to make people healthy but to make money.

Under Rupert Murdoch, the paper of record for the global economy won't survive as an independent voice.

MoveOn.org's issue-driven primary may not end up naming a winner, but it's shaping up to be more substantive, thoughtful and participatory than the actual presidential primary.

We're sickened by tainted food because our government is unwilling to eat into the profits of the corporations our regulators serve.

Rather than build a unified culture in a diverse society, the conservative Gang of Five that now dominates the Supreme Court is polarizing the country.

Veterans of conscience have come forward with evidence that US forces kill Iraqi noncombatants every day. Now America must bring this deadly occupation to an immediate end.



Public sentiment is solidly against the war; when will the President and political leaders of both parties have the courage to end it?

With the indictment of the Atlanta Falcons quarterback on federal conspiracy charges for running an alleged dogfighting operation, the media went into attack mode.


This is the belllicose imperial presidency the authors of our Constitution warned us about.


America's kids will get less calcium because of our unabated appetite for gas-guzzling cars--and the wrongheaded belief that ethanol is the answer.

As the Supreme Court rules public schools cannot take voluntary action to overcome racial inequality, what's surprising is the lack of outcry.


Dear George Bush: Don't stop with Scooter Libby. Why not go all the way and pardon everyone unfairly held behind bars?

If the American people are largely against the war, what's the matter with the antiwar movement? The answer lies with what has happened over the years to the American left.


Key aspects of national security, including intelligence and analysis used to create the President's Daily Brief, have been turned over to private corporations.

Local food projects and community gardens are springing up in urban areas all over the country, cutting a promising new path to empowering the poor.

The anti-war Texas Republican is pulling more campaign contributions from the military than John McCain. That says a lot about the mindset of the troops.

In the violent aftermath of the storming of Islamabad's Red Mosque, the
military-mullah alliance that kept Pervez Musharraf in power is
unraveling, the Taliban is ascendant, and hopes for stability are

Wendy Shalit's new book pits "good girls" against "girls gone wild." But where's the middle ground?

The perennial temptation to blame disease on sin or some grave moral failing just took another hit.

A netroots political convention in Chicago aims to transcend the horse race and let the people, not the media, frame the questions put to candidates.

In the summer of 1967, Plainfield, New Jersey, and scores of other US cities exploded in racial violence. Forty years later, the impact is still palpable.

Christian conservatives play the porn card in an attempt to discredit Mitt Romney and advance the cause of Fred Thompson.

A managed partition of Iraq into a European-style union of three politically independent but economically linked states is the best scenario to reduce violence and allow a drawdown of foreign troops.

A White House report that claims the surge is working only throws fuel on the fire among both parties in Congress to push for withdrawal.

Immigration reform may have crashed in Washington, but a very different
discussion of the same issues continues below the border.

With greater efficiency than the slow efforts for truth and justice, a traveling art exhibition bears witness to the victims of Argentina's "dirty war."

In a special investigation of the impact of the war on Iraqi civilians, interviews with fifty combat veterans reveals disturbing patterns of behavior by US troops in Iraq--brutal acts that often go unreported and almost always go unpunished.

Books & the Arts


Live Free or Die Hard is boot camp for slackers. Knocked Up takes measure of the inadequate man.


Is made of the banging
And hydrosulphuric stench,
And the boiling, stinking, panting
Factory line


Demonized for decades by ideological foes on the right and left, the mother of the birth control movement is finally able to speak for herself.


Two big literary anniversaries: Jack London's forgotten gem The Road turns 100, and Jack Kerouac's On the Road hits 50.

3rd Party Article

What it is, and what to do about it.

What do track, rap and the achievement gap have to do with high school learning? SF State professor and hip-hop activist Dr. Jamal Cooks breaks down the literacy code.

Iranian-American students feel their homeland is misunderstood.

A young journalist examines why so many of us are becoming bankers.

Scarleteen's founder on her holistic, inclusive approach to teaching teens about the birds and the bees.