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October 14, 2002 | The Nation

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October 14, 2002

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Russ Baker investigates intelligence watchdogs, Ahmed Rashid warns of the resurgence of extremism in Afghanistan and Katha Pollitt challenges George W. Bush's conception of good and evil.

Letters


We've endured our own KT-event regarding David Hawkes's review of
Stephen Jay Gould's last book,
The Structure of Evolut

Editorials

We note with keen regret that this week marks the final appearance of
Christopher Hitchens's column, "Minority Report." We have been
publishing Christopher for more than twenty years, and the r

Congratulations to Arthur Danto, whose life work will be the subject of
a special conference, "Art, Action, History," open to the public, to be
held October 3-5 at Columbia University.

In the future, German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and his Social
Democrats will have reason to treat their junior coalition partner, the
Greens, with more respect.

On the eve of the October 2002 vote to authorize the overthrow the government of Iraq by military force, a plea to members of Congress to reject Bush's pre-emptive war went unheeded.

Before nonpresident Al Gore recently weighed in against President Bush's
rush to war in Iraq (for posing "the potential to seriously damage our
ability to win the war against terrorism and to w

Even as Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone announced his opposition to
George W.

Columns

scheer

It sure smells like imperialism. That's the word historians use when powerful nations grab control of desired resources, be it the gold of the New World or the oil of the Middle East.

scheer

President Bush's recently announced strategic global doctrine, which for the first time justifies a preemptive US strike against any regime thought to possess weapons of mass destruction, makes a

Minority Report

I suppose I can just about bear to watch the "inspections" pantomime a
second time.

As Sung to Saddam Hussein by George W. Bush

(With apologies to Eddy Howard, and anybody who becomes collateral damage)

Articles

Extremist forces are making a comeback as American attention turns to Iraq.

Would-be intelligence watchdogs often lack the knowledge or the will to be effective.

When several soldiers killed their wives, an old problem was suddenly news.

A recent anniversary passed by without receiving much notice in
the mainstream media.

Reforms have proven so popular that after two years they may be here to stay.

Books & the Arts

Film

While going about their business, great artists often make monkeys of
the people who write about them.

Press

In this season's Granta, Fintan O'Toole, an Irish writer,
speculates that the enduring appeal of the British monarch is that she
makes the British crowd feel good about itself, about i

Book

A few years ago, an intellectual historian uncovered the story of Betty
Friedan's formative years as a Popular Front journalist and activist in
the 1940s.

Book

In 1967 the world-renowned if somewhat Dickensianly named sexologist
John Money was offered a case he couldn't refuse.