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November 19, 2001 | The Nation

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November 19, 2001

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In the wake of September 11, there's been a heartening change in how Americans view their government. Bill Moyers examines the "soul of democracy" at this historic moment; John R. MacArthur excoriates Donald Rumsfeld's open mockery of the Pentagon press corps; Jonathan Schell explains that the US can win the war in Afghanistan, but only at the cost of losing its war on terrorism; and Margaret Spillane discusses the IRA's historic decommissioning.

Editorials

US food airdrops, School of the Americas Watch gets border scrutiny, V.S. Naipaul, Walter Isaacson and more.

Politics govern the increasingly difficult war against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

In spite of unionist provocations, the IRA has stood down violence during the ongoing democratic process.

President Bush is using his popularity in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks to push through some deeply partisan legislation.

The 2000 presidential election debacle showed that the country needs electoral reform, but there's only silence from both sides of the aisle.

The White House has learned from the past—from the conflicts in Vietnam, Grenada, Panama and the Balkans—how to ensure an acquiescent press.

Mismanagement and secrecy have stalled the war on terrorism—and at home its effects reverberate against civil rights.

Columns

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The Bush administration's recalcitrance in establishing an airport security agency is putting the nation at risk.

Minority Report

Be wary when pundits talk of 'The Street.'

War tropes abound once again during our war on terrorism, but this ain't the USA of yesteryear.

Articles

What goes down comes around. Amidst all the attention to United Airlines' post-September 11 woes, no one noticed the ringing irony of its tapping John W. Creighton Jr.

With the air and ground war in Afghanistan apparently bogged down, the Pentagon is trying to alter the balance of forces on the propaganda front.

If bin Laden is destroyed, his shadowy armies will grow, rather than wither away.

Egypt's political agenda is increasingly set by the viewpoints aired on Al Jazeera.

Will the Homeland Security chief be an effective overseer or another spinner?

September 11 showed us true American heroes. Now let's build on their strength.

Books & the Arts

Book

Indie rock, once the soundtrack of the 1980s and early '90s, is largely gone, but it had a rich history.

Book

A review of On the Wing: A Young American Abroad, by Nora Sayre.

Theater

Reviews of Hedda Gabler and Dance of Death.

Book

A review of Sweatshop Warriors: Immigrant Women Workers Take on the Global Factory, by Miriam Ching Yoon Louie.

Film

A review of Training Day, a film by Antoine Fuqua, starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke.