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November 12, 2007 | The Nation

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November 12, 2007

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Sharon Lerner on childcare, Sharon Posner on values voters, Laila Lalami on Zakes Mda.

Letters

The Army Surgeon General and Joshua Kors discuss caring for wounded soldiers.

Editorials

Will spec factory jobs be the next stage in US economic development?

A network of right-wing activists on college and high school campuses are targeting Muslims, Arabs and other Mideast experts, indifferent to the truth or decency of their charges.

Dennis Hastert's Obama problem, California burning, Commentary old and new.

The Christian right is embroiled in an internal culture war, pitting true believers against pragmatists looking for a candidate to satisfy the antitax and neoconservative wings of the GOP.

If FCC chairman Kevin Martin prevails, Americans will be stuck with one-size-fits-all media and a downsized democracy.

Columns

TruthDig

What a boondoggle 9/11 has been for the merchants of war.

Howl

As the superrich get richer, the rest of us sink deeper into debt. But when American consumers can no longer consume, our whole system falls apart.

In the struggle over the ownership of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, black history is on sale at bargain prices.

Consider the plight of the embattled liberal hawks and their lonely struggle to discredit the left.

What sets Michael Mukasey apart from the rest of the Bush crowd?

Articles

As the eighteenth annual demonstration against the Army's School of the Americas nears, we quiz Democratic hopefuls on whether they would shut it down. Their answers are not encouraging.

She alone can mobilize Pakistan's poor with promises of democracy, development and free, fair elections. But does she have the power to ward off US meddling and stop Pakistan's slide into chaos?

Some herald the election of an Indian-American Republican governor as a milestone, but the poor and black citizens of Louisiana aren't among them.

Undocumented immigrants who have survived for years living along San Diego's hillsides and canyons now find themselves left out of relief efforts in the Southern California fires.

David Horowitz's Islamofascism Awareness Week hits the already beleaguered campus.

Would a vastly expanded guest worker program benefit illegal immigrants? Just ask a guest worker.

If the Buddhist sangha and the military are the two dominant forces in the suffering society of Burma, could monks and dissident soldiers join forces to rise up against an oppressive regime?

All the warmongering that's fit to print.

As peace talks open between rebels and the government in Darfur, the question is: who speaks for whom?

President Bush's neglect of government-sponsored childcare programs has a steep price. Children are paying.

Welcome to the Age of Insuffiency: As oil prices hit new highs and supplies sink, our way of life will drastically change.

A web-savvy form of conservative propaganda, written anonymously and forwarded via e-mail, is altering the political landscape.

Books & the Arts

Book

The life and legacy of a fiery New York teachers' advocate gets caught in the crossfire of a changing liberal landscape.

Book

Ben Ratliff's not-quite biography of John Coltrane considers the jazz legend's enduring influence.

Book

In South African writer Zakes Mda's fiction, the past hovers like a ghost--seductive and terrifying.

Poetry

Gone's the imposter. And gone's
his gawky cross. Gone's
his tweaked legacy's hit list--Hooray!--
and gone's his waste of song.

3rd Party Article

What progressives should know about Cuba's most iconic revolutionary.

Increasing gentrification in America's midsized cities has spurred collective actions--and gained victories--among local communities fighting for their right to stay.

Lobbyists are powerful, influential and unelected folks who get Congress to do their bidding. What do youth need to know about these key players?