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June 13, 2005 | The Nation

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June 13, 2005

Cover: Cover art by José Chicas of Avenging Angels.

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Jonathan Schell worries about Bush's nuclear option, Frank Smyth reports on US military officers caught delivering weapons to a Colombian terrorist organization and George Scialabba reviews Thomas Friedman.

Letters

Articles on Bolivia, the Lincoln Museum and other issues attract both praise and criticism.

JOHN BROWN, RATIONAL HERO

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Editorials

Friends of predatory lenders stay in the minority, while foes move toward the majority.

The Senate backed down from its "nuclear option." But would Bush actually reach for his?

The politics of a progressive playwright.

Two US military officers are caught delivering weapons to Colombian paramilitaries.

Democrats must continue the fight to preserve an independent judiciary.

Columns

Column Left

Once again, grieving relatives point out that the Bush Administration will exploit anything for political purposes.

Music

Thanks to the wonders of reproductive science, you too can have a virgin birth.

The Senate should abandon its comical pretensions to being a body reflecting any democratic mandate.

John Bolton and the French Ambassador have it out at the UN.

Articles

Bush began the Iraq invasion before he went to Congress.

An interview with Peter Eisenman, architect of Berlin's new Holocaust memorial.

Wal-Mart's CEO showcases his company's hypocrisy.

Unwilling to suffer through another generation of brutal poverty, the indigenous people of Bolivia have taken to the streets in La Paz.

Books & the Arts

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Siddhartha Deb's second novel follows an Indian journalist on an elusive search for meaning.

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A new biography of one of the Enlightment's most remarkable thinkers.

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Camile Paglia, pundit of poetry.

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Michael Cunningham delivers a historical/noir/sci-fi novel haunted by 9/11 and Walt Whitman.

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Eritrea betrayed.

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The story of the American products, producers and salesman that took over Europe in the last century.

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A look at Thomas Friedman's flattened world.

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Home for centuries to Christians, Muslims and Jews, Salonica was a cosmopolitan world where people of various cultures and religions lived side by side.

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What Michael Lind believes Abraham Lincoln believed.

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The story of Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun illustrates the value of a truly independent judiciary.

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In Amitav Ghosh's new novel, language is a medium of power.

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Russell Jacoby's study of utopian thought is a flawed treasure.

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Paul Johnson and Christopher Hitchens's new books on the Founding Fathers.