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Richard Rorty advises fighting terrorism with democracy, Maria Margaronis looks at Tony Blair's new go-between role and Walden Bello examines globalization.

Letters


AN OPEN LETTER TO CALVIN TRILLIN

Editorials

Democrats in Washington and New Jersey sighed with relief when
scandal-plagued Senator Robert Torricelli ended a doomed run for a
second term.

When Tony Blair rose to address a packed House of Commons on Saddam
Hussein's weapons of mass destruction, Albert Finney had just won an
Emmy for his performance as Winston Churchill in The

Democrats have rightly gone ballistic over the cynical White House
efforts to use Iraq to change the subject of the fall elections.

"I am here in the hope that we can do business," Minnesota Governor
Jesse Ventura told a Cuban audience after cutting the ceremonial ribbon
with Fidel Castro to open the recent US Food and Agri

Columns

scheer

In a speech intended to frighten the American people into supporting a war, the President Monday again trotted out his grim depiction of Saddam Hussein as a terrifying boogeyman haunting the worl

Stop the Presses

Something about Al Gore brings out the worst in people, and nowhere is
this truer than in the so-called "liberal media." Journalists' "default"
position on Gore, Joe Klein notes, is "ridicule.

It's a scary little world right now. Such wars of careless words. Such
panic on every breeze. If Eskimos have a hundred words for snow, we have
let bloom a thousand words for fear.

The Torch could not make folks forget
The graft for which he's cited.
The only slogan left to use
Was "Never been indicted."

October surprises are built into our system, since elections come in
November. Cliffhanger movies in Hollywood's old days could not have
staged it better.

Articles

On October 4 Ralph Nader's "Take it to The Street" campaign staged a rally on Wall Street against corporate corruption.

The arrangements are in place. What's missing is any sense they could go awry.

We must strengthen institutions that protect us from a national security state.

Pitt: I'd like to talk for a moment about Iraq's nuclear weapons
program.

The war with Iraq is part of a larger plan for global military
dominance.

"There are people in this city that believe that the military campaign
against Iraq will not be difficult, especially because of the enormous
advances in technology and the willingness of some

Expanding the US global military presence is costly to taxpayers but
highly profitable for private military contractors.

Books & the Arts

Book

Brenner's World

Book

Although he does not record CDs, Robin Kelley may well be the hippest
intellectual in the land. There is plenty of substance to ground the
style.

Book

A few months ago, novelist Alan Furst, in one of those New York
Times
"Writers on Writing" pieces, told how, on a magazine
assignment to the Soviet Union back in 1983, he suddenly discov

Book

Party On!

Book

Near the end of Jazz Modernism, Alfred Appel Jr.

Poetry

The park was very large. We drove

for some time through a beautiful wood

until the wood ceased, and the house came into view.

Book

After I saw In the Bedroom, Todd Field's moving film based on Andre Dubus's short story "Killings," I was delighted when a slim volume of Dubus's stories arrived here at The Nation.