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May 19, 2003 | The Nation

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May 19, 2003

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Charles Glass reflects on war, Jonathan Schell lauds the art of diplomacy and E.L. Doctorow writes about writing.

Letters

OR, 'THE GUILTY AGE'?

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Editorials

Though polls consistently show a majority of Americans supporting freedom of choice, abortion rights are facing their greatest attack since the Supreme Court decision Roe V.

I n March for my online column "Ask Dr.

Now that the regime of Saddam Hussein has been overthrown, the Bush
Administration, like a submarine that, having successfully sunk one
ship, resurfaces its periscope to find others, is looking

One of the many casualties of our national obsession with the war on
Iraq is the emerging crisis of America's public colleges and
universities.

So it looks like Rick Santorum won't go the way of Trent Lott.

It was the best of wars. It was the worst of wars. But did the war in
Iraq change anyone's mind?

The latest crisis with North Korea appears to be about the North finally
declaring that it has the bomb, but in fact it is about the Bush
Administration's inability to hide or control sharp int

With the close of the Iraq war--at least its first phase--the Bush
Administration has another opportunity to seek a lasting solution to the
Israel-Palestine conflict and to mend relations with

Columns

scheer

"We have ways to make you talk."

Stop the Presses

Compare the following two statements currently floating 'round the
blogosphere:

Music

Tom Friedman doesn't care if the United States ever finds weapons of
mass destruction in Iraq.

So maybe we will find them yet,
Well stashed away in some place clever.
Or were they just destroyed in March?

Or never there at all? Whatever.

Articles

Violence, Hannah Arendt said, destroys power. The United States is moving quickly down this path.

Many Russians who fled Brezhnev's USSR because they could not speak
freely are in a state of shock in today's America. One is Roman Kaplan,
an intellectual from Leningrad (now St.

Freshly unearthed documents may force the AFL-CIO to face up to past betrayals.

How the Bush regime is effecting the transformation to a fascist-like state.

With Baghdad conquered, the fog of prewar has started to clear.

Books & the Arts

Poetry

The Nation announces the winners of Discovery/The Nation, the
Joan Leiman Jacobson Poetry Prize of the Unterberg Poetry Center, 92nd
Street Y.

Film

International cinema has an irresistible new pair of reprobates:
middle-aged brothers who can do no right in their lives and no wrong
before the camera.

Music

Nina Simone, who died at the age of 70 in late April at her home in the
south of France, was the Pasionaria of American song in the civil rights
era.

I didn't have to wait long for Ziad, the plumber, to come to my house.
It had been a year since the current Palestinian intifada broke out in
September 2000, and unemployment was at record leve

This essay is excerpted from E.L. Doctorow's new book, Reporting
the Universe
(Harvard).