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March 10, 2003 | The Nation

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March 10, 2003

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Arundhati Roy on confronting empire, Jonathan Schell on the will of the world and Marc Cooper on the World Social Forum.

Letters


'AMERICAN LYNCHING' BETRAYED

Providence, RI

Editorials

On February 26 for the first time a judge will make substantive and
procedural rulings on a probable eight lawsuits that are at the cutting
edge of the movement to compensate African-Americans

So this is what it feels like to be in the political mainstream.

Three days after he sued the President to force a Congressional vote on
whether to attack Iraq, and one day after hundreds of thousands of
antiwar demonstrators in New York cheered his call to

Jonathan Schell, who last week compellingly argued "The Case Against the War" in these pages, this week assesses the power and meaning of the global antiwar demonstrations.

Columns

scheer

The alliances on Survivor have more stability and logic than those currently held by the United States. We need a weekly two-hour special to keep us in the know.

Stop the Presses

Like almost everything these days, local TV news is awful and getting
worse.

Music

The February 15 demonstration in New York was huge, exciting,
exhilarating--despite the weather (brrrr) and the heavy hand of the NYPD
(see below).

Ask Dr. Marc

Dr. Marc Siegel has been appearing frequently on TV and in print addressing Americans' fears about possible bioterrorist attacks. Our government gives us advice, but as Dr.

They're relegated to the side.
This role--which they cannot abide,
Which torments Frenchmen day and night--
Can make them do things out of spite.

Articles

Optimism and antiwar fervor were both in evidence at the World Social Forum.

So how do we resist "Empire"? The good news is that we're not doing too
badly. There have been major victories. Here in Latin America you have
had so many--in Bolivia, you have Cochabamba.

Brazil's revolution of the possible.

Pre-emptive war flagrantly contradicts the UN's legal framework.

Books & the Arts

Book

In the 1960s it seemed as if the Third World was in flames, fueled by
anti-imperialist struggles from Cuba to Vietnam, Bolivia to Algeria.

Film

If you've never watched Nelson Mandela dance, then you should know that
he does a modified Locomotion, pumping his elbows like pistons to the
immense, loving amusement of his people.

Poetry

Here The Nation presents a few of the works posted on "Poets Against the War," (www.poetsagainstthewar.org), the website set up by Sam Hamill, poet and editor, when he called for poems and statements against war in Iraq.