October 16, 2006 | The Nation

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October 16, 2006

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Davis, Calif.


The godfather of vicious anti-Castro violence, Luis Posada Carriles
will soon be released from US custody. Is that any way to treat a

The only thing compromised in the Senate's catastrophic "compromise" of the enemy combatants bill is the rule of law and our democracy's basic principles.

It's official: Revelations that the FCC suppressed reports on the danger of media consolidation prove the agency is overwhelmingly biased in favor of big media.

A flawed election and Andrés Manuel López Obrador's social mobilization are putting Mexico's feeble democracy at risk.

Throughout the Iraq debacle, intelligence and analysis have not mattered
to the Bush Administration. The White House will continue to duck reality all the way to election day.



Far more important than the Foley affair is the Bush Administration and the GOP have molested Lady Liberty while pretending to guard our national security.


Will Democrats lose 50,000 votes every time the price of gasoline drops?
If so, don't blame the GOP (they don't have that much power). Blame instead
the greed of US consumers.

The hype-masters of sports would have us believe that the return of the New
Orleans Saints to the Superdome is a sign of a city on the
verge of resurrection. It's not.

Tony Blair's sorry record on Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon--and the rise of a new, viable leader of the Conservative Party--could spell doom for Gordon Brown and the Labour Party.

The notion that the function of journalists is to explain "the truth" is about as quaint as America's participation in the Geneva Conventions.


As Republicans and Democrats voted to approve the Military Commission
Act last week, those who love the law were mortified by its passage and
angry at those who capitulated, but unwilling to give up.

If the United States can abandon the idea of a "war" on terror in favor of a comprehensive and equitable collective response, we may have a shot at
stopping the right from destroying the nation in order to save it.

South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon now has a virtual lock on
succeeding Kofi Annan as UN Secretary General. Does he have what it
takes to be a mediator between Bush's Washington and the rest of the

The Military Comissions Act of 2006 gives the Geneva Conventions a bold, new American twist. Here's a look at the bill's final markup.

Corporate America needs the discipline of democracy to help rid it of
some very bad habits. And shareholder activists are pushing the SEC to
shore up their rights.

The election campaign for the UN's next Secretary General is the most transparent in history, but the politics are as murky as ever. As diplomatic wrangling continues, one thing is clear: The next leader will come from Asia.

The conventional wisdom that Wal-Mart is good for American business and good for consumers just doesn't hold up under scrutiny.

The Democracy Alliance is taking a page from the conservative Republican
playbook by funding ideas instead of candidates. If only its leaders could
agree on what those ideas are.

Military generals are beginning to speak out against the incompetent, out-of-touch civilian leadership that is orchestrating the Iraq War.

Books & the Arts

"Some expert on CNN said, 'A stitch in time saves nine.' And I thought, Doesn't anyone speak clearly anymore? Nine what?"


Philosopher Walter Benjamin married Marxism and theology in an attempt
to give hope to the hopeless.


Two new biographies of Clement Greenberg take the measure of an ambitious art critic who had a knack for predicting success.