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March 13, 2006 Issue

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  • Features

    Selling Human Rights in Russia

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

    Michelle Risley

  • CAFTA’s Corpse Revived

    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.

    Mark Engler

  • Bush in India: Just Not Welcome

    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.

    Arundhati Roy

  • Where Are the Good Americans?

    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?

    Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith

  • Olympic Swagger

    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.

    William Greider

  • America’s Online Censors

    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.

    Rebecca MacKinnon

  • Bloggers at the Gate

    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."

    Ari Melber

  • The Boy Who Cried Wolf

    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.

    William Greider

  • The Fight for Haiti

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

    Kathie Klarreich

  • Princeton Tilts Right

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

    Max Blumenthal

  • Editorials

    The March of Progress

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

    Norman Mailer

  • ‘Nation’ Notes

    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 Editors

  • He’s Got a Little List

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

    Richard Lingeman

  • The Better Choice in Ohio

    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.

    John Nichols

  • Challenging Musharraf

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

    Graham Usher

  • Tortured Exceptionalism

    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.

    David Cole

  • Leadership 101

    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.

    the Editors

  • Handling Hamas

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

    the Editors

  • A Fabric of Illegality

    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.

    the Editors

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  • Books and the Arts

    Bad Will Hunting

    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.

    Daniel Swift

  • The March of Progress

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

    Norman Mailer

  • The Candidate

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

    Stuart Klawans

  • Compromising Positions

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

    David Bromwich

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