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October 18, 2004

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Our editorial urges VP candidate John Edwards to rip into Dick Cheney, Naomi Klein explains the choice in Iraq and John Banville profiles Franz Kafka.

Letters


POVERTY IN WORLD'S RICHEST NATION

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Editorials

The following solicitation from the Republican Committee to Re-elect the President (GOP-CREEP) reached us by mistake.

Dear Friend of the President:

Jon Wiener is on the board of the Liberty Hill Foundation.

Senator John Kerry has promised a revision of Clinton-era trade policies to insure that future agreements contain stronger, enforceable labor and environmental standards.

Now that a summerlong Homeland Security crackdown along the Arizona border is concluding, the results are in and they spell lethal failure.

The thing that really galls Ralph Nader is not that so many of his prominent 2000 campaign supporters are now actively campaigning for Democrat John Kerry.

As he prepares to debate Halliburton CEO turned Vice President Dick Cheney, Senator John Edwards would do well to study up on his Harry Truman.

Columns

scheer

It is difficult for members of the US Senate, where even the best are uncommonly proud, to admit that they are not always in the know. Perhaps that explains why Sen.

Aaron Maté provided research assistance for this column.

One problem with trying to write critically about this year's election coverage is that by choosing any single aspect of its manifold failures, one automatically does an injustice to the full sco

It is exasperating listening to the news as we approach this most important election. The coverage is all about comparing the length of the candidate's sentences. How many big words do they use?

Bin Laden is the name I bear,

And, modestly, I think it's fair

To say it's thought by spies and cops

Among all terrorists I'm tops.

And therefore it's a crying sha

Articles

How free and fair is an election run by warlords?

Under the Radar magazine commodifies dissent--in a good way.

Women may decide Kerry's fate.

The foreign policy debate we should be having.

Books & the Arts

Film

Fussing repetitively with a lock of blond hair, nervously flashing an incomplete set of front teeth, the figure on screen begins to cough up her "testimony" in the accents of a Southern trailer c

Book

The reviewer's galley of Natasha, David Bezmozgis's short-story collection about a Russian émigré family in Toronto, begins with words not from the writer but the publisher.

Book

The question has been asked: Was Franz Kafka human? He seems to have had doubts himself.

Book

In the largest exodus in recorded history, millions of refugees migrated across the brand new border after India was partitioned in 1947.