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October 17, 2005

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Liza Featherstone reports on last week's antiwar demonstration in Washington, DC, Sasha Abramsky travels to rural California to assess the impact of rising fuel prices on working people and Arthur C. Danto parses the meaning of architect Peter Eisenman's Holocaust memorial in Berlin.

Editorials

Darwin's discoveries about evolution never argued
against the existence of God. And the theory of "intelligent design" is
a dangerous attempt to undermine science and justify a literal reading
of the Bible.

What's really shocking about Bill Bennett's public
fantasies of reducing crime by aborting black babies is the ease with which conservative critics cast lawlessness in racial terms.

Three senators caved and supported the
nomination of John G. Roberts Jr. as Supreme Court Chief Justice. But
one lawmaker, banking on the public's cynicism of the oil industry,
wants to tax its windfall profits.

Critics have attacked Gulf Coast reconstruction, but
the system--or at least Bush's system--is working just fine. Just ask
the usual suspects who are raking in the cash.

The US military is keeping the ongoing hunger strike
and forced feedings of Guantanamo Bay under wraps. And an apathetic
American media is showing no interest in exposing the situation.

Last week's antiwar rally in Washington sent a
single, unequivocal message: At home and abroad, the Bush
Administration is a complete failure.

Scientists universally recognize the devastating
effects of global warming, including its possible role in creating
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. It's time for skeptics to listen up before another devastating storm hits.

Before 9/11, the Bush Administration thought tax breaks and environmental deregulation would solve the energy crisis. They were wrong. Now it's time for policies that promote conservation and energy alternatives.

Tom DeLay's indictment on criminal conspiracy charges comes at a moment of acute public awareness of the culture of corruption the GOP has created. What happens next is up to the Democrats.

Columns

Column Left

Faced with an historic opportunity to give gay couples equal protection under the law, Arnold Schwarzenegger proved he was made of bendable plastic.

Music

Why does the New York Times feel compelled to perpetuate the
myth that smart, striving women are increasingly opting out of a career
to be stay-at-home moms?

Americans are becoming more hostile by the day to the war in Iraq,
the nation is demoralized over official abandonment of the victims of
the Gulf Coast storm, but the Democratic Party is missing in action.

Where normal human
beings see a storm-devastated community, George W. Bush sees only a
photo opportunity.

Articles

New Orleans did not die an accidental death--it was murdered by
deliberate design and planned neglect. Here are twenty-five urgent
questions from the people who live in a city submerged in anger and
frustration.

While his ideological style may be rough, is Iran's newly elected
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the fire-breathing conservative that the
mainstream Western media makes of him?

What do you do if you want to profit from the
everyday aches and pains of human existence? Invent a disease, then
convince people they need drugs to cure it.

With religious school vouchers and public displays of the Ten
Commandments on government monuments, the United States is following Europe's path to a melding of Christianity and the state. That's no way to instill
loyalty among Islamic immigrants.

Unless the federal government does something now,
rising gas prices have the potential to break the blue-collar backbone
of many American towns.

Books & the Arts

Art

The undulating monoliths in architect Peter Eisenman's Holocaust
memorial in Berlin are more banal than beautiful--which suits Eisenman
fine.

Book

Although The Aesthetics of Resistance delves into leftist
notions of art and class struggle, this account of an anti-Nazi youth
group in Germany seems outdated now.

Book

A recent surge of novels and memoirs reveals for the
first time the ways in which Germans suffered from Allied "total war"
strategy during World War II.