June 4, 2007 | The Nation

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June 4, 2007

Cover: Cover art by Robert Grossman; design: Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

Browse Selections From Recent Years













Don't just get angry about the continuing Iraq debacle. Insist that your senators do something about it.

The American labor movement must guard the interests of those it represents--even if it makes people in power uncomfortable.

A passionate critic of the Iraq War has this advice for the Class of 2007: Be afraid. And look within for answers to all the problems you have inherited.

The Third World was never imagined as a place but rather a project, one that was ultimately doomed by globalization--it awaits a resurrection.

Under Bush, the right has failed to address energy independence. Can Democrats rise to the challenge?

Put a progressive spin on the self-help bestseller.

The so-called bipartisan compromise on trade is a bad deal for all who seek to reform corporate-led globalization.



Baghdad's Green Zone is swiftly becoming a very unsafe place for Americans. How much worse can it get?


As Congressional testimony reveals Alberto Gonzales's loathsome behavior as Attorney General, remember he was carrying out the wishes of George W. Bush.

The one pledge Gordon Brown can deliver that would make his transition to power meaningful is to withdraw from Iraq immediately.

If we are ever to solve the Israel/Palestinian conflict, learning each other's historical narratives is surely the place to begin.


If the Washington Post is a key player in American politics, why
does its editorial page consistently miss the point?

Babe Ruth's big bang changed baseball forever, giving America a thrilling symbol of power and an itch for the quick fix at the ballpark and in the world. Why can't we just ban the bomb?

As the New Orleans Jazz Fest unfolded, a down-home celebration, bright with beads, sequins and feathers, took place in the city's poorest neighborhoods.

A group of professors sign on to a letter opposing the Postal Rate Commission's recent decision to dramatically increase the cost of mailing for small, independent publications.

How do the Chinese make such cheap TVs? By silencing, arresting and sometimes torturing labor rights activists.

The Army's plan to professionalize Iraq's police could backfire, as militia-infiltrated squads become more effective killers.

Clinton vows to defend Americans against the privileged and powerful, but her ties to big business compromise her populist promises.

A favored Democrat's mayoral primary win divides a city between those who support his hardball anticrime tactics and minorities who see them as a blueprint for racial profiling.

Books & the Arts


Not spent   those bloodshot friendships   those
soul-marriages sealed and torn
those smiles of pain
I told her a mouthful


The staged images in Jeff Wall's photographs mirror the fictional glamour of film stills and formal painting.


A 1920s Russian literary movement celebrating experimental narratives and absurdism never survived Stalin's reign.


Ian Kershaw's latest work analyzes ten decisions that shaped the outcome of World War II.

3rd Party Article

With misogynistic rap lyrics dominating commercial media, a young feminist reflects on what women and society are willing to do about it.

Youth organizing takes a giant leap forward with the launch of three online communities conceived, coded, designed and produced exclusively by black and brown folks.

WireTap asks teens what's behind the decline--sex education, abstinence or better access to contraception?

Young progressive Latinos are now finding strength within the halls of government and the streets of their communities. What's coming next for the new generation of Latino progressives?

Race and economic factors play a role in the party drugs teens choose. So are pain pills really the new pot?