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March 13, 2006 | The Nation

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March 13, 2006

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Norman Mailer draws up a list of how life has changed, Alexander Cockburn laments the state of bobwhite quail and David Bromwich reviews Richard Schickel's biography of Elia Kazan.

Letters

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Editorials

A comparative list of how our cultural life has changed in the
progression from the modern age to the postmodern.

For the next three months, while she finishes a book of essays, Katha
Pollitt will not be writing her "Subject to Debate" column. We eagerly
anticipate her return in May.

The Nation is pleased that so many of its contributors are
included on a right-wing list of the most dangerous academics in
America.

Sherrod Brown is the right candidate to be the Democratic Senate
nominee in Ohio because he has the support of grassroots voters whose
energy is essential to win.

Massive protests over the Muhammad cartoons add to the growing sense
that Pakistani President-General Pervez Musharraf is losing control.

Despite a recent federal district court ruling, the prohibition on torture knows no geographical boundaries and applies to all, no matter what passport they hold--even Americans.

The lesson in Harvard president Lawrence Summers's sudden demise is that
his brand of neoliberalism works better on blackboards than in the real
world.

Rather than undermine Hamas, the Bush Administration should accept the
results of the Palestinian election and pursue a policy of cautious
engagement.

The White House practices the dark arts of trashing whistleblowers who
exposed prisoner abuse at Guantánamo and the warrantless spying program, adding another layer of illegality to the war on terror.

Columns

TruthDig

What a farce: The Dubai Ports deal shows Bush is willing to trust the Arab-owned Dubai Ports to manage our harbors, even as he scapegoats them as culprits in his war on terror.

Howl

The uproar over the Dubai Ports deal ignores the obvious consequences of the free trade that American politicians of both parties have pushed for decades. Like it or not, we have to deal with it.

The American economy cannot function without migrant labor. The paradox
is the country's political culture cannot function without scapegoating
immigrants.

Bobwhite quail have little to cheer about these days, their numbers
depleted and habitats ravaged by hunters like the Vice President and
his pals.

It's going to take more than a polite request to make Cheney speak.

Articles

Russian human rights activist Gregory Shvedov examines how Vladimir Putin's tactics toward Chechnya align with George W. Bush's "global war on terror."

CAFTA, once presumed dead, is alive and functioning, thanks to White House political sorcery. But a backlash is looming in the United States and abroad.

Opposition to President Bush's visit to India was so intense
that the only public space deemed acceptable for him to deliver a
speech is a crumbling old fort that also houses the Delhi zoo.

When the day comes for America to be judged for its war on terror and
the human rights crimes that have been done in the name of its
citizens, who can say they stood up and said no?

Swagger was America's chosen posture at the Winter Olympics. Once
again, sport imitated life: boasting got us nowhere at the Turin games
or in the world.

Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Cisco Systems are under fire from Congress for helping China censor and prosecute political dissidents. But a proposed law to guide technology companies doing business abroad raises troubling questions for Internet users everywhere.

Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, a k a MyDD and Daily Kos, propose to revive the Democratic Party with a technology-driven "bloodless coup."

The Dubai Ports flap is bogus, but it's fun to see Democrats and
Republicans frothing in unison. Hysteria has defined the
Bush presidency; now the fearmonger-in-chief is getting a taste of his
own tactics.

Now that René Préval has been elected Haiti's new president, the question is whether he can move the country forward.

Robert George, the conservative movement's favorite professor,
exerts his influence.

Books & the Arts

Book

Two new books on Shakespeare examine his shadowy life, his times and
the origins of his imagination. A third explores whether the Bard of
Avon was, in fact, Edward de Vere.

Film

James Carville peddles democracy in Bolivia in Our Brand Is
Crisis,
and anti-Nazi passions play out in Sophie Scholl: The Last
Days.

Book

Richard Schickel's biography of Elia Kazan is a laudatory
postscript to a life marked by social turmoil, political strife and
artistic intensity.