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May 15, 2006

Cover: Cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels, based on the classic poster by Milton Glaser

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Ed Morales looks at the political impact of Hispanic radio, Thomas Geoghegan comments on the Bush Administration's bumbling managers, Margaret Spillane salutes Samuel Beckett.

Letters

IMMIGRANTS: WHAT'S TO BE DONE?

Forest Hills, NY

Editorials

No playwright has given plainer witness to the planet's most violent century or borne such loving witness to the dispossessed.

By selecting George Mitchell to head a steroids inquiry, Major League Baseball keeps the focus strictly on players, not on the owners who silently encourage abuse.

Outspoken DJs on Spanish-speaking radio are giving immigrant activists a loud, clear voice.

Good translators speak for others, not for themselves. So why is a translator for Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman being prosecuted as a co-conspirator?

In celebration of Earth Day, The Nation salutes those who took part in the top five environmental victories of the year.

As the war in Iraq causes more devastation, courageous musicians are using song to move a nation.

Columns

TruthDig

As the May Day protests, they evoked memories of an earlier generation
of immigrants who lived with the fear of deportation.

Howl

As oil profits soar, Americans are getting hosed at the gas pump, and Congress can't decide whether to raise taxes, lower them or throw money at the voters.

The FBI's bid to examine Jack Anderson's papers is the latest battle in the Bush Administration's war against the media.

Bush's goofily unmoored positioning of himself as "the decider" duncifies us all.

Goodbye to a Bush official who has been remarkably consistent.

Articles

A political nightmare, with a scriptural spin, tells the true story of
two nefarious lords and their faithful servant.

A tribute to Jane Jacobs's extraordinary vision of urban life and her
passionate care for people and places.

Despite pressure from Internet mavens, Congress edged closer this week to a pay-as-you-go Internet.

With executive pay scales soaring, only bumblers are willing to work for the Bush Administration.

Criticisms of the Israel lobby have circulated for years, but it took two professors and the Iraq War to inject realist ideas into the debate.

As a satellite radio DJ, Bob Dylan is reaching a new generation of fans, who admire his music but, unlike earlier admirers, do not see him as a prophet.

Books & the Arts

Book

Three new books examine the distinctions between religious and political Islam.

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New scholarship sheds light on Osama bin Laden's rhetoric, charisma and complex religious and political vision.