May 8, 2006 | The Nation

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May 8, 2006

Cover: Cover art by Robert Grossman, design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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The Rev. William Sloane Coffin Jr. was one
of the antiwar movement's most prophetic voices, a man who dedicated his
life to the pursuit of peace and justice.

We warmly congratulate contributing editor Kai Bird, along with his
co-author (and Nation contributor) Martin Sherwin, on winning the
Pulitzer Prize for biography for their American P

Legal actions are now unfolding against former Ford Motor Company
officials for colluding with the military during Argentina's "dirty

The growing campus campaign to force universities to divest from
corporations doing business with the Sudanese government is having real

Upcoming primary challenges are forcing Democratic
incumbents in Congress to be more critical of Bush and to press for a plan
to bring the troops home.

Reality, for the moment, has trumped Bush's spin. The retired generals' revolt
and the Rumsfeld imbroglio prove the President can no longer rely on false or
disingenuous assertions to cover his failures.



Former CIA official Tyler Drumheller joins the parade of insiders denouncing how the Iraq war has been sold and fought.


It's helpful that six retired generals are calling for Rumsfeld's head.
But it would be easier to dislodge him if more Democrats in Congress
joined the fray.

The candidates for New Orleans mayor--two white, one black--differ
little on the issues. Voters may rely on the symbolism of race, but it
will take more than melanin to rebuild this city.

Bent on proving to the politico-corporate establishment that he
is safe, Barack Obama is backing away from all claims to be a
popular champion.

The Pentagon chief has been too wrong for too long.


Twenty years after the Chernobyl disaster, an area twice the size of Rhode Island is uninhabitable, yet a power-hungry world thirsts for nuclear energy.

A key House committee--with the support of many Democrats--has approved a
measure that eliminates the last remaining government policy
insuring local oversight on communications companies.

How can the peace movement draw more Iraq War veterans into its ranks?
It can begin by understanding the socioeconomic realities of the
all-volunteer military.

Congress and the American people must challenge the
Administration's assertion that the President can take military action
without consulting Congress.

War Is Personal: A photo-essay on how grief has transformed the father
of a slain US marine.

Traditional bonds between Jews and mainline Christians are strained as
a concern for Palestinian rights spurs churches to consider divesting from
Israeli companies.

What does it mean that a man was arrested on suspicion of terrorism for singing the lyrics of the Clash's classic "London Calling"?

Lawsuits by families of soldiers-for-hire killed in Falluja have put a major war profiteer in the cross-hairs.

Books & the Arts


Reviews of The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, The Notorious Bettie
and Sir! No Sir!


Two new books explore Turkey's place in the world and what EU
membership would imply for international affairs.


Walter Mosley's Fortunate Son is a serious novel about
intimately connected yet diametrically opposed black and white