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October 24, 2005 Issue

Cover art by: Cover art from "Line Up," an installation by Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese, cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

  • Features

    What Iraqis Really Think About the Occupation

    From the beginning, the Iraq War has been driven by perceptions. Why do mainstream media continue to avoid reporting that a majority of Iraqis want US occupation forces to leave?

    Tom Hayden

  • Melting Away

    Geophysicists are debating whether recent catastrophic storms signal an abrupt climate change that will trigger seasons of permanent icelessness in the Atlantic and return the earth to the torrid chaos of an earlier era.

    Mike Davis

  • The Killing of Filiberto Ojeda Ríos

    When the FBI hunted down and killed one of its most wanted fugitives in September, outrage over the botched operation may have energized the Puerto Rican independence movement.

    Félix Jiménez

  • Revving Up the China Threat

    The Bush Administration's stance on China has gone from worry about their economic strength and oil consumption to full-on preparation for a new cold war.

    Michael T. Klare

  • Building a New Table

    People of the Gulf Coast should build community networks to ensure they have a voice in rebuilding discussions usually limited to real-estate developers and government officials.

    David Dyssegaard Kallick

  • A *Real* Contract With America

    The Gulf Coast hurricanes could dislodge decades-long conservative domination of US politics, but only if Democrats offer an alternative vision of government and society to voters.

    Robert L. Borosage

  • Communities Without Borders

    Guest worker programs are a threat to the communities Central American migrants forge as they sweep across the US. These programs undermine the economic rights of immigrants and natives alike.

    David Bacon

  • Pop Goes the Real Estate Bubble

    Stocks crash and housing prices tend to go down with a whisper. But a disturbing number of signs now point to a sudden burst of the real estate bubble.

    Nicholas von Hoffman

  • Editorials

    Ten Questions for Harriet Miers

    Corporate power and money control our lives and our politics as never before. As the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares for Harriet Miers's nomination hearings, here are ten legal questions worth pondering about corporations, individuals and the law.

    Morton Mintz

  • Oil-for-Food: It Worked!

    Conservatives have undermined the credibility of the United Nations by exposing corruption in its oil-for-food program. But the inquiry led by Paul Volcker didn't look at the mishandling of billions of dollars in oil-for-food surpluses given to US occupation forces or the alleged looting of such funds by US companies.

    Ian Williams

  • Blank Check for Bush?

    Recent rulings upholding the right of the executive branch to jail and try terror suspects in military tribunals raise questions about whether the judiciary can keep presidential powers in check. Will a realigned Supreme Court give Bush a blank check to rise above the law?

    David Cole

  • Pat Tillman, Our Hero

    War hero and former NFL star Pat Tillman was not the GI Joe icon created by Pentagon spinmeisters. He was a fiercely independent thinker convinced that the war in Iraq was illegal. Bereaved military families, also angered at Pentagon exploitation of their loved ones, are joining the critical chorus.

    Dave Zirin

  • Time to Fix the System

    Tom DeLay's indictments open the door for Congress to overhaul current lobbying laws and fix the broken system of campaign finance, redistricting and electoral laws that foster misconduct on both sides of the aisle.

    the Editors

  • Crony Constitutionalism

    Democrats have a chance to stand up for competence, civil liberties and the integrity of the Supreme Court by challenging Harriet Miers's lack of credentials and blocking Bush from using the Supreme Court to expand presidential powers.

    the Editors

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  • Books and the Arts

    Lessons of Darkness

    A History of Violence examines one man's attempt to protect his family from the murderers drifting into his small Indiana town. Good Night, and Good Luck presents a portrait of Senator Joseph McCarthy to a generation that knows him only as the front end of an "ism."

    Stuart Klawans

  • Rearranging the Furniture

    For prose scholar Viktor Shklovsky, who lived by the code of style and studied its depths, an unhappy love affair can be as much a personal tragedy as a plot device for more writing.

    Elif Batuman

  • A Hero for Our Time

    Critics have been trumpeting Benjamin Kunkel as the voice of his generation. But his first novel, Indecision, about a 28-year-old empty vessel, is little more than an empty vessel itself.

    Mark Lotto

  • Why Is Africa Still Poor?

    As Asian countries grow in economic power, Africa lags behind the developed world. Can it ever catch up? Will corruption, geography and disease continue to hold it back?

    Andrew Rice

  • The First Time Was Tragedy…

    As the Bush Administration's incompetence turns Iraq into a terrorist training camp, Americans should look to FDR, who waged war for unavoidable threats, not ideology, while still fostering good will among US allies.

    Eric Alterman

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