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March 6, 2006 | The Nation

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March 6, 2006

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Joe Sacco and Art Spiegelman discuss their perspective on the worldwide protests over the Muhammad cartoons, Patricia Williams explores the DNA-driven search for roots and Kim Phillips-Fein reviews Robert Fitch's new book on how corruption destroyed the labor movement.

Letters

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Editorials

The structure of our Republic is at mortal risk. Will our Constitution
survive or are we in the midst of a transmutation in which the balance
of powers and our personal freedoms will be canceled?

Two prominent cartoon artists discuss their perspective
on the worldwide protests over the Muhammad cartoons.

Although his language is less blatant than Richard Nixon's, George
Bush is claiming the same imperial powers today that led Congress to
pass the Foreign Intelligence Security Act.

The Bush Administration failed to protect New Orleans and has yet
to rescue its displaced citizens. We need an independent investigation
to force accountability.

It's now clear that Bush & Co. had no interest in reality-based
intelligence to justify the decision to invade Iraq.

If the war in Iraq is winding down, why does the Pentagon need so
much money? Because the Bush Administration has visions of a permanent
war economy.

Columns

The Winter Olympics are to NBC what icebergs were to the Titanic.
Jingoistic, condescending coverage missed the real drama.

TruthDig

An Austrian court sends a crackpot historian to prison for denying the
Holocaust; why shouldn't Muslims protesting the Muhammad cartoons
question a double standard?

Howl

When General Motors goes down, it will take us all down with it.

Why expect political balance on talk TV when the networks are wedded to the belief that all the action is on the right?

In a DNA-driven search for biological roots, it behooves us to be less
romantic about connecting with our ancestors. If we biologize our
history, we will be forever less than we could be.

Articles

Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton is on a buying spree, filling her
Arkansas museum with America's cultural treasures--a fig leaf that seeks
to cover Wal-Mart's naked greed and exploitation.

Immigrant advocates at the World Social Forum offered real
alternatives to the narrow debate over how to fix the system.

The World Social Forum in Caracas provided living proof of
alternative political and social visions, but raised new questions
about government co-optation.

Books & the Arts

Book

Robert Fitch's Solidarity for Sale exposes corruption as the cause of the current crisis in American labor.

Book

Richard Taruskin's Oxford History of Western Music reviews the world of
Western art music, expressing the magnificence and melancholy of its
own age.

Book

Gate of the Sun follows the odyssey of Palestinians driven
to refugee camps in Lebanon by Israeli forces in 1948.