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May 1, 2006

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Frederika Randall contemplates the end of Berlusconi, Jonathan Cook looks at how US media echoes Bush Administration rhetoric on Latin America, Arthur C. Danto reviews the Whitney Biennial.

Letters

'DRAGON SLAYER' NO SAINT GEORGE?

Palo Alto, Calif.

Editorials

As Upton Sinclair's novel turns 100, it reminds us that the best way to
nurture pride in America is to see its underbelly--and tell the truth
about it.

If President Bush wants to tell the truth to the American public, he can make Cheney, Rove and Libby come clean about their role in the Plame affair.

LES JEUNES--UNE VICTOIRE!

Recent elections see Italy divided as it has not been since 1948, but
Romano Prodi has reason to be confident that his center-left coalition
will prevail.

The Democratic Party needs to reset its moral compass and close the
gap between workers' pay and CEO salary by raising the minimum wage.

The visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao underscores the
deteriorating US-China relationship, yet the Bush Administration is
making matters worse with diplomatic insults to the Chinese leader.

Fewer than half of New Orleans's black voters will be able to participate
in upcoming city elections, thanks to passive opposition from the Bush
Administration and listless advocacy from Democrats.

Columns

TruthDig

Bush's nutty nuclear braggadocio on Iran is a sign of weakness, not
strength, proof that his five-year Administration is an abysmal
failure.

Howl

If the Bush Administration is serious about dropping an atomic bomb on
Iran, it's really going to have to work on selling the concept.

Analytical weaknesses in a controversial academic paper on the impact
of the "Israel lobby" on US Mideast policy hinder its authors' attempt
to pierce the wall of ignorance and intimidation erected around the
debate.

Martians visiting planet Earth are mystified by the racist ruckus over
Representative Cynthia McKinney's hair.

A musical answer to a bellicose question, with apologies to Yip Harburg
and Burton Lane.

Articles

The Pentagon casts China as the Next Big Threat, but the Chinese regime
is a far greater threat to its unmoored and angry citizens. China's
unbridled economic expansion has also become a perilous source of
discontent.

As Prime Minister-elect Romano Prodi take the reins of power, Italians should seek evidence of Berlusconi's true role in the run-up to the Iraq War.

Can Peruvian presidential hopeful Ollanta Humala shed his authoritarian
image and chart a new course for his country?

Corporate tax preparers like H&R Block continue to target taxpayers
hungry for rapid refunds with questionable loans.

When it comes to mixing God and government, conservatives differ greatly from the rest of the electorate.

US media coverage of the rise of the Latin American left is an echo of
the Bush Administration's simplistic, knee-jerk rhetoric.

Latin America's new leftist leaders are making deals that threaten US dominance in the region.

The infusion of religion into American politics has become the GOP's
Achilles' heel, turning the Republican Party of Lincoln into the party
of theocracy.

A global, grassroots campaign against Coca-Cola is using product bans
and lawsuits to shed light on the corporate giant's exploitation and brutality in Colombia, India and elsewhere.

Books & the Arts

Music

Estonian composer Arvo Pärt's journey toward stillness has been halted
by the roar and rawness of his latest piece.

Art

The art on display at the Whitney Biennial 2006 doesn't have to tell us
it's not morning in America: We know that by watching the evening
news.

Book

The Berkeley law professor's carte blanche constitutionalism was a gift
to the Bush Administration, offering legalistic justifications for
lawless behavior.