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November 6, 2006 | The Nation

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November 6, 2006

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Gideon Lewis-Kraus reviews The Lost, Sasha Abramsky plumbs the moral imperative of the minimum wage, Stuart Klawans explores the New York Film Festival.

Letters

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Editorials

An initiative that seeks to overturn South Dakota's draconian ban on abortion will
have implications in states across the country.

As the elections approach, a former soldier, grieving the friendly-fire
death of his brother in combat, asks: How has the most respected country in
the world become so irrational, belligerent, feared and distrusted?

A peace activist argues that if soldiers like Lieut. Ehren Watada succeed in convincing the courts that they have a right to refuse to fight in unjust and illegal wars, the world will be a different place.

Howard Rich is pouring big money into leveraging our electoral system to
serve his libertarian agenda.

United Professionals, a new organization for college-educated workers at risk in a global economy, is joining the movement for economic justice.

Ending the Iraq War is the most pressing issue facing America today. I

Columns

The last time the Detroit Tigers faced the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, the Motor City was literally aflame. What's evident this time is that the city never rose from the ashes.

TruthDig

Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling would have remained small time crooks were it not for the energy industry deregulation measures they effectively purchased from Bush I and II.

Howl

Why did America's so-called liberal media find it so easy to support Bush's Iraq disaster? You won't find answers in the US media: Try The London Review of Books.

Music

Diversity can be cringe-making, arbitrary, insincere and sappy. But take
it away and you won't get more equality--you'll only get more privilege.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus has helped a lot of poor women, but
the basic problem in developing countries is landlessness. A $130
microloan won't solve that problem.

Articles

The wheels are falling off Curt Weldon's electoral wagon, as the wacky Pennsylvania Republican finds himself mired in a criminal investigation.

As Fox News marks its tenth birthday, recall the fateful night in November 2000 that its election desk broke all the rules reporting the election of George W. Bush. Will Fox do it again this year?

Casting himself as tough on school crime as election day nears, Kentucky
Republican Representative Geoff Davis is pushing a measure that puts the
constitutional right of students at risk.

FCC commissioners heard testimony in New York this week about how media consolidation stifles diversity, grassroots community and the creativity of independent musicians and artists.

Lamont now lags behind Liebermans, but the Connecticut
electorate is so volatile that the outcome is far from certain.

As the lagging minimum wage is being turned into a moral issue instead
of an economic one, states are beginning to act where the federal
government has not.

Ion Sancho, an election supervisor in Florida, is dedicated to creating
a fair and accurate voting system. But his passion has nearly cost him
his job.

A unique student-run organization is making real strides mobilizing
progressive voters for victory in the long haul.

Books & the Arts

Film

Reviews from the New York Film Festival, including Marie
Antoinette
, Climate, 49 Up and more.

Book

Daniel Mendelsohn's The Lost represents one man's search to find
the truth about himself, his family and the Holocaust.

Music

As composer Steve Reich turns 70, he is winning recognition from the
classical establishment for the creativity and power ever-present in
his music.

3rd Party Article

The College of the Atlantic goes emissions neutral.

As the elections approach, a former soldier, grieving the friendly-fire
death of his brother in combat, asks: How has the most respected country in
the world become so irrational, belligerent, feared and distrusted?

Onion

The unmanned vehicle is "bored out of its mind."

"I try to put a little extra love in each seam I stitch, or epoxy, or hot-glue, or heat-seal," said factory worker Weninng Panggi.