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October 10, 2005 Issue

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  • Editorials

    Make Levees, Not War

    New Orleans was top-of-mind for more than 100,000 peace advocates in Washington who delivered a clear and unified message, protesting the Bush Administration's war in Iraq and its callous indifference to the victims of the Gulf Coast hurricanes.

    Liza Featherstone

  • Devastation in Galveston (1900)

    More than 7,000 people perished in a hurricane that swept the Texas coast on September 13, 1900. In two unsigned dispatches, The Nation described the scene. September 13 and September 20, 1900, issues.

    The Nation

  • The Roberts Converts

    The political chess match between the White House and Senate Democrats over the future of the Supreme Court took on new complexity as three Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to confirm John G. Roberts Jr.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • Sturm und Drang

    As political parties in Germany dance toward a coalition following the stalemated elections, the country is in for a turbulent month--and new elections are a serious option.

    Norman Birnbaum

  • Talks Without End

    An agreement between the United States and North Korea resolving longstanding differences on nuclear weapons and energy programs at first was cause for celebration. But in fact, no real breakthrough has occurred. There is only the appearance of an agreement.

    Jonathan Schell

  • Pinochet’s Week In Court

    Chile's Supreme Court handed Augusto Pinochet both a victory and a blow with its recent rulings on Operation Columbo and Operation Condor.

    Peter Kornbluh

  • The Perils of UN Reform

    Long-awaited reform efforts at the United Nations have fallen far short of Kofi Annan's original vision. But despite John Bolton's antagonism, there has been progress.

    Stephen Schlesinger

  • ‘One Nation, Fragmented’

    It took a Gulf Coast hurricane to make Americans aware of the poverty in their own backyard. Now it's time for public policies that end racial segregation, so that the poor in this country will not continue to suffer.

    Eyal Press

  • Prez on the Precipice

    The waning political power of the Bush Administration poses a huge opportunity for Democrats to revitalize the party and challenge the President's flawed vision of hurricane recovery and continuing involvement in Iraq.

    the Editors

  • Open Letter to Laura Bush

    Poet Sharon Olds writes an open letter to Laura Bush, explaining why she won't break bread at the White House.

    Sharon Olds

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  • Books and the Arts

    A Devil’s Dictionary of Business

    Had your fill of spin and flimflam about the greatness of corporate America? Here's the real truth about money, high finance and low, commerce, clever tricks, globalism and globaloney.

    Nicholas von Hoffman

  • Anywhere But Here

    Tim Burton enlivens the dark and gloomy life of corpses and aristocrats in Corpse Bride; Occupation: Dreamland offers an unsentimental view of Iraqi soldiers.

    Stuart Klawans

  • The Blank Verses

    A Rick Moody novel is generally about one thing and that is Rick Moody's ability to write very long, occasionally graceful sentences.

    Christine Smallwood

  • In Search of Sam Cooke

    A womanizing gospel king and black-pride pop star, Sam Cooke led a short life filled with contradiction.

    Robert Christgau

  • Readers Respond to Sharon Olds

    Readers respond to poet Sharon Olds's decision to decline Laura Bush's invitation to dine at the White House.

    Our Readers

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