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June 2, 2008

Cover: Cover illustration by Victor Juhasz, design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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Brian Beutler on McCain's record with veterans, Reed Lindsay on Haiti, Peter C. Baker on democracy

Letters

Readers write back on Jeremiah Wright's church and Henry Siegman's criticism of Israel; Eric Alterman answers his critics.

Editorials

Gay and ready to tie the knot? Take some advice from a couple of heteros: marriage isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Americans interested in economic justice used to consider antitrust litigation a top priority. Perhaps soon we will think along these lines again.

There's little evidence that John McCain will do anything, if elected, to repair the damage the Bush Administration has done to veterans' healthcare.

Jeff Madrick on Clintonomics; John Nichols on the Ron Paul revolt; Ari Berman on superdelegate fence-sitters

Judging by their voting patterns in the primaries, crossover Republicans may swing the presidential election for Barack Obama.

The crisis in Burma justifies humanitarian intervention--but it should be carried out by the UN and limited to emergency relief.

Columns

TruthDig

How have the Saudis thanked George W. Bush for protecting their sorry oil well of a country? Just check the price of gas.

Howl

An irreverent lexicon of terms that paved the way to the subprime mortgage meltdown.

Nothing terrifies a repressive regime more than a natural disaster.

Pundits embrace the fantasy of Hillary Clinton's candidacy as foolishly as they embraced the Iraq War.

Comix Nation

Mr. President, did you end up with debacle in Iraq?: "Sure did, fits right in my Bible belt."

Articles

An argument over how US officials should speak about terrorism bodes ill for this political season.

The Pentagon does a star turn in Iron Man, and the summer blockbuster turns the realities of the war in Afganistan upside down. Will anyone notice?

Time and age have not blunted his fierce critique of American empire and his radical interpretation of the Gospels.

By conflating Al Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah, the President displays his ignorance--and could be laying the groundwork for attacks by Israel on Hamas and Hezbollah.

China's response to the earthquake and other calamities of 2008 challenges the West to rethink its prejudices.

Senator Edward M. Kennedy, diagnosed today with a malignant brain tumor, is sidelined at the moment his party is poised to realize the causes and ideals he has promoted for so long.

Research subjects in developing countries--often the poorest, the sickest and with the fewest options--become more vulnerable.

This week in Citizen Kang, a gun is brandished, feelings get hurt, clandestine meetings are suggested, and the watcher is watched.

The Department of Defense has dramatically increased its military recruitment budget, but where will the troops come from?

John Cusack's War, Inc. takes on a seldom-discussed aspect of the occupation: the corporate dominance of the US war machine.

Champagne corks are popping in the Castro and West Hollywood, but elsewhere in America, the fight is just beginning.

Protesters decry high food prices--and the savage cost of "free trade" agreements.

How "free trade" is destroying Third World agriculture--and who's fighting back.

In the past two years, the GOP's dream of a permanent majority has become a nightmare.

Books & the Arts

Germany's leading left daily wins the fight to name a street after a leader of the 1968 student movement.

Photographer Tod Papageorge reflects on the links between American sports and the Vietnam War.

Nick Cave's self-lacerating sense of humor helps him avoid being just another pretentious old rocker.

Electoral reform in the United States will require federal intervention to empower voters and overcome the challenges posed by state and local autonomy.

Are virtual-world video games just another plaything or a new frontier with vast potential to upend social norms?

3rd Party Article

Will the white T-shirt trend end any time soon? If girls have their way, it will.

Youth to Power author Michael Connery chronicles how youth-led organizations are working behind the scenes, on a shoestring budget, to mobilize the 44 million Millennials.