October 2, 2006 | The Nation

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October 2, 2006

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Hillsborough, NC


President Bush's address to the UN General Assembly was less
disdainful than earlier speeches, but it shined a light on the President's willful blindness to the complexity of the problems facing the Mideast and the world.

The UN's mixed record on the war in Lebanon proves we should
lower our expectations of what it can meaningfully achieve.

Prime midyear election issues: Torture and eavesdropping are illegal. We are a nation founded on the rule of law.

California's global warming initiative shows how far ahead the state is
compared with the federal government. But it also reveals how America lags behind the rest of the world.

Anyone looking for a signal from the primaries that Democrats will be a clear antiwar party didn't get it.

The White House behaved unethically by exposing Valerie Plame's identity. Escaping prosecution is not the same as escaping judgment.



Will anyone in the somnambulant White House press corps dare ask the President why he would "render" a Canadian to Syria to be tortured and imprisoned without charges?

New York Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury is getting props with a $14.98 sneaker designed to appeal to low-income kids. But the criticism he's endured over
sweatshop labor shows it's hard to do good.

Why did the network humiliate its news division, ignore historians and
insult Americans with a 9/11 docudrama that it knew was a tissue of

As Survivor races to the bottom by dividing this season's contenders into race-based tribes, perhaps we can look to Starbucks for new models of how to blend in.


The cease-fire between Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army is only a
first step in resolving the humanitarian crisis. The West must push for the release of 2 million Acholis still languishing in government camps.

If Senator Ted Stevens defies mounting public opposition and succeeds in killing net
neutrality, expect the free flow of online content to be replaced by lowbrow
corporate infotainment.

The standoff between the Senate and the Bush Administration over
military tribunals, torture and war crimes tests core legal and moral
issues and will determine the kind of country America wishes to be.

The road to the Democrats' renewal runs through Ohio, and
Sherrod Brown is on it, looking for the towns his party forgot and the
voters who got away.

As China's economy surges forward, so does the pileup of social
contradictions: pollution, migration, crime and family dysfunction.

It was the strangest journey of my life, and it will always be. I was looking for fictional characters I had invented, in a country I had never visited.

Books & the Arts


Reviews of Half of a Yellow Sun, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and The City Is a Rising Tide.


As if I had become happy: I went back. I pressed
the doorbell more than once, and waited...
(perhaps I am late. No one is opening the door, not
a groan in the hallway).


Three new books reappraise the massive earthquake of 1906, which was felt across an area of 400,000 miles and leveled much of San Francisco.


Claire Messud's The Emperor's Children is a superb comedy of
manners, a richly tragicomic view of three thirtysomething Ivy Leaguers in the days leading up to 9/11.


Alexander Stille's The Sack of Rome explores how Silvio Berlusconi subverted Italy's government, history and culture.


John Gennari's Blowin' Hot and Cool looks at the intimate but fractious relationship between jazz luminaries and their critics.


Some Democrats who say they support sharks' rights have been careful not to oppose the bill outright.