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June 9, 2008 | The Nation

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June 9, 2008

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Jon Wiener on J. Edgar Hoover, Alexander Cockburn on the next presidennt, Carl Bromley on Aurelio Zen

Letters


Kudos for 'Back Talk'

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Editorials

A new book reveals the FBI Director's distinctive relationship with his publisher.

This time, Democrats won't be losing the culture war.

Sam Adams shakes up Portland; the House votes for peace; we offer kudos to Kors and send get-well wishes to Ted Kennedy.

Despite the Bush/McCain snake oil on Mideast policy, Obama can make the case that talking to your enemies isn't the same as appeasing Hitler.

Columns

TruthDig

The muted response to revelations of torture raises the question of whether Americans are truly savages or simply tone-deaf on matters of morality.

Woods's partnership with Chevron makes a mockery of his late father's hopes for him.

It's going to take a concerted national effort to defeat the state's latest anti-choice ballot initiative.

Is it conceivable that Obama, Clinton or McCain could be as bad or worse than Bush?

Comix Nation

Here's the latest on Barack Star, the Presumptive Deludee, the Ex-First Black President and more.

No daylight between these two characters.

Articles

A mass detention. Vague legal charges. Emotional abuse. Hostile overseers. This isn't Guantánamo--it's Texas. And the victims are children the state wants to protect.

The mother of Pat Tillman--football star, Army ranger and casualty of war--reflects on how the Pentagon has distorted the truth and the NFL has exploited the tragedy.

State and federal authorities are relying on undercover agents to entrap dairy farmers.

This Week: Kang and Valdez explore each other's bodies and minds, and somebody gets a gun slapped upside their head.

Obama calls for direct dialogue and new trade deals with Latin America, but continued counterinsurgency in Columbia, tensions with Venezuela.

Books & the Arts

Book

When Richard Price moves from the urban ruins of New Jersey to the gentrified Lower East Side of Lush Life, things get complicated.

Can the wall between church and state balance the principles of neutrality and accomodation?

After railing against non-violent intervention in the face of genocide, Samantha Power rethinks her stand.

Michael Dibdin's detective Zen series sounds a melancholy note for an old Italy rife with political enemies.

There was little enthusiasm for revisiting the camps in Communist Hungary. Author Imre Kertész refracts that reluctance in fictional form.

Tony Judt fears the twenty-first century has spawned a culture hell- bent on forgetting the past.

Austrian novelist Stefan Zweig saw himself as a Freud of fiction--a fellow spelunker in the caverns of the heart.

3rd Party Article

A recent report shows that young people favor universal health care, strong labor unions, and economic equality.

An American student chronicles her travels--and her fluid identity--as she visits the Middle East.

Crossword

From the October 18, 1947, issue.

ACROSS

 1 Rex might be found here, but suffering from lack of favor. (2,3,8)