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October 17, 2005 Issue

Cover art by: Cover by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels


  • Features

    25 Questions About the Murder of New Orleans

    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.

    Mike Davis and Anthony Fontenot

  • Letter From Iran

    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?

    Negar Azimi

  • A Disease for Every Pill

    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.

    Ray Moynihan and Alan Cassels

  • Can It Happen Here?

    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.

    Richard Alba and Nancy Foner

  • Running on Fumes

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

    Sasha Abramsky

  • Editorials

    Darwin and God

    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.

    Dr. Marc Siegel

  • Bill Bennett’s Abortion Fantasies

    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.

    Mark Sorkin


  • Minority/Majority

    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.

    David Sirota

  • In Fact…

    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 Editors

  • Gitmo’s Hunger Strikers

    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.

    Clive Stafford Smith

  • Peaceniks Flood DC

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

    Liza Featherstone

  • Global Storm Warning

    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.

    Mark Hertsgaard

  • Out of Gas

    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.

    the Editors

  • ‘The Hammer’ Gets Hit

    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.

    Ari Berman

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  • Books and the Arts

    25 Questions About the Murder of New Orleans

    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.

    Mike Davis and Anthony Fontenot

  • Mute Point

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

    Arthur C. Danto

  • Fighting the Abyss

    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.

    Noah Isenberg

  • Crime and Punishment

    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.

    Mark M. Anderson

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