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May 22, 2006 | The Nation

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May 22, 2006

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The Editors remember John Kenneth Galbraith, Ann Jones writes a letter from Afghanistan, four poets win the Discovery/The Nation '06 Prize.

Letters

ARCHANGELS & MARTIANS...

Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Editorials

The idea of impeaching the President is not such an unlikely notion after
all.

Using the insidious pretense of the "unitary
executive," George W.

The plagiarism flap over Opal Mehta is essentially a story
about clichés and stereotypes passing from one subliterary commercial
product to another.

Longtime Nation Associate John Kenneth Galbraith is best
remembered not only as a New Dealer, old-line liberal or Keynesian
economist but as a contrarian and independent thinker.

The US and Iran are engaged in a reckless game of chicken that could
end in disaster for the Persian Gulf region and the world.

Justice triumphed over blood vengeance Wednesday as jurors declined to sentence a marginal 9/11 conspirator to death, while one of the real culprits languishes in a secret prison, unlikely to ever come to trial.

Despite the loud and determined voice of immigrant communities for
fair and just immigration reform, we have yet to see an acceptable
proposal from Congress.

Columns

TruthDig

Gen. Michael Hayden, nominated by President Bush to head the CIA, is
the man responsible for the most extensive attack ever on the privacy
of US citizens.

Bashing Barry Bonds has become a national sport, as the flawed slugger
nears matching Babe Ruth's record. But hasn't anyone considered the
faults of the Babe?

While John Kenneth Galbraith was good at pointing out the failures of the free
enterprise system, he could never overcome the play-to-win mentality
of American capitalism.

Why should anyone be surprised that Dick Cheney's good oil boys are
making out like bandits?

Articles

With hurricane season approaching and another Bush crony at the helm of
FEMA, a few restive lawmakers are seeking real reform for the storm-tossed agency. Whether they
will succeed is another story.

When government refuses to explain itself, it's up to journalists to discover the truth. As Tony Snow debuts as White House Press
Secretary, will answers on Porter Goss be forthcoming--or will the
practice of press nullification continue?

Twenty-five years ago, IRA prisoner Bobby Sands died after a sixty-six day hunger strike. Today political prisoners from Guantánamo to Iran, Turkey and Eastern Europe continue to use hunger to draw attention to their plights.

The removal of the contemptuous Nepali regime was a type of "people power" absent from Asia and the rest of world for many years, opening dialogue with the Maoist rebels and creating the conditions for peace.

September 11 marked a turning point in the history of Saudi Arabia,
raising new questions about political repression, religious
extremism and the future of its youth.

A policy of "affirmative discrimination" helped put twenty women in
the Afghan Parliament, but how can they confront the warlords and
criminals who hold most of the power?

Mothers in America are in serious need of a new deal to remedy a profound wage gap with other working women and men, and an outdated family support structure.

Books & the Arts

Film

Reviews of four stellar films: Three Times, Art School
Confidential
, Lady Vengeance and Army of Shadows.

Poetry

Works by Nicky Beer, Sandy Tseng, Eric Leigh and Shara Lessley,
winners of the Discovery/The Nation Joan Leiman Jacobson Poetry Prize.

Book

Richard Lingeman's Double Lives explores the richness of
friendships between such literary lions as Hawthorne and Melville,
Hemingway and Fitzgerald, and Kerourac, Ginsberg and Cassidy.

Book

Times Square may be the most dynamic urban space of the twentieth
century, but you wouldn't know it from reading Marshall Berman's On
the Town.

Book

Alan Taylor's Divided Ground examines how land-grabbing
settlers destroyed Indian society and how postrevolutionary
politicians speeded their demise.