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October 1, 2007 | The Nation

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October 1, 2007

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Maria Margaronis on the fires in Greece, Peter Canby on Guatemala, Patricia J. Williams on affirmative action, Bush style.

Letters

A heated exchange of views on Lakshmi Chaudhry's slam of Harry Potter and a more civilized exchange between Jonathan Schell and Peace Action's Kevin Martin on nuclear proliferation.

Editorials

Politics aside, a speeded-up primary season may be a unique opportunity to rethink our notions of time altogether.

The House must act now to create universal voting standards and restore confidence in our electoral system.

Now that we know there's a vice squad deployed to find people looking to hook up for quickies in airport bathrooms, air travel has taken on a whole new dimension.

In an era of technology-driven sports, the question of what is and isn't cheating can get pretty murky. But Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots were caught red-handed.

In the wake of catastrophic fires, Greek voters face a moment of "disaster capitalism," as key environmental and economic decisions determine how to rebuild.

To solve the subprime mortgage crisis, start with aid for vulnerable homeowners, smarter economic policies and a more competent Federal Reserve Board.

As California Republicans seek to game the dysfunctional Electoral College, a campaign is rising to establish a national popular vote.

Bush may be a discredited President, but he can still do a lot of damage in the last sixteen months of his presidency.

Columns

TruthDig

Who elected Blackwater and other hired guns to rule the world? The banning of Blackwater in Iraq sheds more light on the checkbook imperialism fueling Bush's state of perpetual war.

Here they go again: Bigfoot media are crafting the narratives that will distort the candidates, the issues and the entire presidential campaign.

The Bush Administration's Civil Rights Commission would like us to believe that affirmative action harms black students by placing them in situations where they can't keep up.

Articles

Iraqi Security Forces are riddled with corruption, and if the US involvement continues, Baghdad could become the capital of a Shiite police state employing the classic methods of dirty war.

Remembering Grace Paley and the impact she had on literature, activism and many generations of women and children.

Thousands of civil rights activists are heading to Louisiana this week to protest a case of gross injustice--and the system that supports racial inequality across America.

It felt a bit like Election Day in Iowa this weekend, as Democratic candidates at Senator Tom Harkin's Steak Fry served up appetizers of the campaign to come.

Remembering an eminent scientist who fought tirelessly to protect human health from the hazards of nuclear weapons and nuclear energy.

Leaders of the Jewish community who have resisted calls to voice opposition to the war can no longer justify their failure to speak out.

Opposition to the Iraq War has created some unlikely alliances in Kentucky, much to the chagrin of Senator Mitch McConnell.

A new wave of grassroots Jewish activism is emerging around issues like housing, healthcare and education.

Books & the Arts

Michael Rakowitz talks about his art, the possibility of public space and the Iraq War.

Book

The brutal murder of a bishop and its violent aftermath exemplify post-civil war Guatemala's descent into chaos

Poetry

The landscape riffs on what works where,
Scrub brush dirt, scrub brush dirt, bougainvillea
Pamplemousse-style on sandstone
Declining to absorb

Book

In a posthumously published memoir, Ryszard Kapuscinski looks back on his life as a pathbreaking literary journalist who covered the Third World during the cold war.

3rd Party Article

Biko Baker explores how to organize urban communities and move beyond violence in Milwaukee.

In Indian country, a high number of rapes and no resources for victims.

Who gets to judge you and the law? If you don't know--read this!