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May 28, 2007 | The Nation

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May 28, 2007

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The Editors parse police violence in LA, Alexander Cockburn considers climate change, Gene Seymour analyzes Philip K. Dick.

Editorials

Advocates pushing for reform and immigrants clamoring for justice in the streets will not forget the recent violence in Los Angeles.

In celebration of Studs Terkel's 95th birthday last year, the Nation's Deadline Poet paid tribute.

Under Sarkozy, France will lose much égalité and fraternité. Let's hope liberté is not diminished as well.

John Edwards is meticulously laying the groundwork to become the candidate of organized labor, insisting prosperity can expand only if unionization expands.

Fifty-three years after Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court will rule on two cases that will decide the future of school integration.

Randall Tobias isn't the first abstinence czar to run afoul of the moral agenda he promoted. It's time Congress stopped this dangerous crusade.

Columns

Howl

The Iraqi government bans news footage of street carnage and the Pentagon blocks soldiers' access to YouTube and MySpace. Can we assume from this that the surge is going badly?

TruthDig

Tehran's religious fanatics move closer to wreaking nuclear havoc, and what can Bush do about it? Nothing.

Music

In a gruesome marriage of technology and medieval barbarity, an Internet video records the stoning death of a 17-year-old Kurdish girl. Welcome to the new Iraq.

Articles

Jerry Falwell is best known for crusading against abortion and homosexuality. But early on, he skillfully used race to galvanize the Christian right.

In Gonzalez v. Carhart, Justice Anthony Kennedy has utterly changed the course of abortion jurisprudence.

Will rural America become roadkill on the information superhighway?

Sure, the US government values the lives of innocents killed in combat. Just how much depends on whether they died in New York, Afghanistan or Iraq.

A new book on the history of Western complicity in Iraq takes an unsparing look at how the first Bush and Clinton administrations set the stage for disaster.

Outraged at the 17 percent fees they are charged on money they wire home, immigrant workers are pressuring Western Union to reinvest the profits.

Books & the Arts

Film

Sam Raimi has loaded so many big ideas into Spider-Man 3, they drag this morality-soaked bag of kittens right down to the river's bottom.

Book

After Dark, Haruki Murakami's edgy new novel, describes how the lives of a group of strangers intersect over the course of one night.

Book

Philip K. Dick has become the most influential and prophetic of late-twentieth-century science fiction writers.

Book

In his memoir, Régis Debray describes the evolution of his politics from his early days as a revolutionary to his later work advising the nominally socialist François Mitterrand.

Book

Two new novels, by Michael Chabon and Nathan Englander, recharge the modern Jewish experience with a sense of the exotic.

Book

Child soldiering has become a defining feature of modern warfare. And the United States has been all too complicit in the trend.

Book

A new biography describes how Edith Wharton transformed her obsessions into stories of loss, regret and entrapment.

Book

In their rush to throw out God, atheist writers appear to have given little thought to what should replace Him.

Book

In an engaging new memoir, Carolyn Brown recollects her work with modern dance legends Merce Cunningham and John Cage.

Book

John Leonard, noted critic and former literary editor of The Nation, died Wednesay at 69. This review of Don DeLillo's Falling Man was one of his last pieces published in the magazine.

Book

Ralph Ellison was eager to be counted in any political cause--except those surrounding race.