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March 19, 2007 | The Nation

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March 19, 2007

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The Editors consider the downside of early primaries, Alexander Cockburn looks at the persecution of Sami Al-Arian, Maria Margaronis reviews The Bastard of Istanbul.

Letters

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Editorials

No matter what you think of The New Republic's politics, the public sphere will suffer if the magazine becomes homogenized by its new corporate owner.

It's now up to the Supreme Court or the Democratic Congress to overturn the Military Commissions Act and restore our right to habeas corpus.

This should be a time for vision and bold ideas, yet caution is the order of the day--and activist voters are demanding more.

Instead of front-loading political races with early primaries, we need a rotating calendar of regional primaries.

Columns

TruthDig

Thank you, Ann Coulter, for reviving the principled but media-neglected presidential candidacy of John Edwards.

Howl

Why should the Vice President have a national security adviser to begin with?

A Palestinian professor caught in the US legal system needs all the support we can muster, as respect for constitutional freedoms sinks ever lower.

Howl

As the housing market flattens, the poor pay the price for the greed and stupidity of the real estate and banking bigwigs.

Articles

The International Criminal Court has taken a crucial step in naming two perpetrators of the violence in Darfur. But for survivors and victims of the ongoing catastrophe, much more must be done.

When Max Baucus, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, is every lobbyist's best friend, is economic reform possible?

Look at the devastated Gulf Coast, and it seems like only yesterday that the storm hit. Here's what Washington can do to speed a criminally slow recovery.

Any solution to the slaughter in Darfur will need to address Sudan's crumbling North-South peace agreement.

War and corruption have decimated Iraq's oil supply, and Western companies are angling for a cut of what's left.

Books & the Arts

Book

In his memoir Wish I Could Be There, Allen Shawn movingly details a life crippled by phobias.

Poetry

It's hard to know whether today or yesterday was the full moon;
excitement isn't rigorous. It's just river-silvering

Book

The Bastard of Istanbul, a saga of two interwoven families, bravely violates Turkish taboo with its description of the Armenian genocide.

Book

Current literature on genocide indicates that the horror unfolding in Darfur is only the newest example of a terrifying societal tendency.

3rd Party Article

The Bush Administration's attempts to encourage marriage.

Personal Voice: "I spent my days as tense as a hunted animal, fearing the scornful gazes of students who shunned me like they would a person who'd committed a heinous crime."

Writer, activist, and recording artist Marisa Handler discusses her new book, her new album and why the road less traveled often leads to activism.

As many in the Philippines continue to suffer through political repression and poverty, young Filipinos at home and abroad organize to make change.