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June 2, 2003

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Gore Vidal reflects on the Constitutional Convention, Alisa Solomon examines the erosion of the right of dissent and Daniel Lazare takes "The New Yorker" to task.

Letters


LEGITIMATE? I THINK NOT

The Bronx, NY

Editorials

This article is an expanded version of Stephen F. Cohen's commentary in the May 5 issue.

Congratulations to the Nation circulation staff, Art Stupar,
Michelle O'Keefe and Inga Knets, who have won a Gold Award from
Circulation Management magazine.

During the cold war, nuclear strategic doctrine was riven by a
fundamental contradiction.

Just in case you didn't have a clue who George W.

Two major lawsuits--filed in the United States against multinational
corporations including GM, IBM and Citigroup for aiding and abetting
apartheid--are at a critical juncture.

Senate Democrats, who were so divided on the war and tax cuts, are
holding together impressively to stop the Worst of the Worst of
President Bush's judicial nominees.

John Nichols and Robert W.
McChesney are founders of the media-reform
network Free Press, one of the groups named in this article.

When Bush (sans flight suit) delivered a photo-op victory speech to the
men and women of the USS Abraham Lincoln, he solemnly noted, "We've
begun the search for hidden chemical and biological w

The suicide attacks in Riyadh, which Saudi officials blamed on Al Qaeda,
were barbarous acts.

Columns

scheer

In the 1998 film Wag the Dog, political operatives employ special editing techniques to create phony footage that will engender public sympathy for a manufactured war.

Ask Dr. Marc

Dear Dr. Marc,

Stop the Presses

So the right-wing journalist John Fund may not be a model citizen, but
contrary to the implications of many left journalists and gossip
columnists, he's likely not the kind of guy who pretends

Music

I wish it had been sex, maybe some of that hot "man on dog" action that
Senator Rick Santorum is so keen on chatting about. But let me not be
picky.

Now Wal-Mart's banned those mags for lads
But so far hasn't banned the scads
Of other soft-core porn on view--
Like busty dolls that do kung fu,

Articles

Asian and the Arab protesters continue to call for a boycott of American goods.

The Peace Corps is feeling the fallout from Bush Administration policies.

On February 26 the small town of Moscow, Idaho, saw more commotion than
it had since a truck camper exploded in a vacant lot last September.
While the town was still sleeping, two military plan

Is this the new McCarthyism?

The failure to provide for postwar needs has deepened distrust of US intentions.

Few traditions are more American than freedom of speech and the right to
dissent.

Americans who oppose the Cheney-Bush junta demonstrate sanity, not cowardice.

Books & the Arts

Film

This week, all true movie lovers will rush to see a violent and
fantastic special-effects thriller, in which a character endowed with
uncanny powers rips through the veil of illusion that is no

Book

Is José Saramago an anti-Semite?

Press

In its first issue after the fall of the World Trade Center, The New
Yorker
published a handful of short reaction pieces by John Updike,
Jonathan Franzen and others about the horror that