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October 29, 2007 | The Nation

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October 29, 2007

Cover: Cover art by Steve Brodner, design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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The Editors on five years of war, Patricia J. Williams on art and politics, David Schiff on listening to the 20th century.

Letters

Readers pick a few nits about Katha Pollitt's column on poverty and heap praise on Bob Moser's reporting about the "Ditch Mitch" McConnell movement in Kentucky.

Editorials

The quinceañera has become a rite of passage for even the poorest Latina teens, another example of our most treasured rites debased at the cash register.

The Democrats appear to be anti-Iraq War. But they surely are not acting like opponents of imperial overreach.

As Turkey ramps up its outrage against a House committee vote to affirm the Armenian genocide, is anyone applauding our lawmakers' act of moral courage?

The winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature is every bit as political as her predecessors.

Hillary Clinton has recognized the value of courting antiwar voters.

Across the political spectrum in Iraq, a nationalistic bloc is emerging to challenge the Kurdish and Shiite separatists who have held sway under US tutelage.

Giuliani in Philadelphia, an obituary for Haldar Abdel-Shafi, an apology from Jon Stewart and more.

Worried about toxic toys from China? Worry, too, about Chinese workers exposed to the poisons.

The path back to sanity begins by repealing the Kyl-Lieberman amendment and prohibiting military action in Iran without Congressional approval.

A longtime activist, running in a special City Council election, is just what New Orleans needs.

Columns

Fired Up

Dear Congressional Democrats: Here's a funny story about what it's like to have a really sick kid, even if you do have insurance.

The sports establishment is shocked, shocked at her steroid-fueled Olympic wins. But didn't they also play a role?

Howl

The House Foreign Affairs Committee bravely declares the 1915 slaughter of Armenians in Turkey genocide. Why not put the same label on themselves, for their role in the Iraq catastrophe?

An increasingly bookless universe has become the wasteland so many have feared. In a perfect world, we'd have more Ken Burnses expressing a multiplicity of views.

If the stuff of life is corporatized, does art about it become a form of interference in business?

Articles

As a gay rights bill moved through Congress, some prominent Democrats tried to exclude protections for transgenders. The LGBT community revolted.

Elizabeth Holtzman, Nan Aron, Stephen Gillers, Victor Navasky and others quiz the Attorney General nominee on torture, the Constitution and the fate of Alberto Gonzales.

Latino voters will go to the polls in 2008 with a hemispheric vision, a new sense of power and concerned about Iraq, immigration and the environment.

A legal drama is unfolding in Washington State over whether an Army officer who
refuses to serve in Iraq has the same Constitutional rights as the rest of us.

As scenarios on the impact of global warming worsen, Senate Democrats are poised to abandon a realistic bill and support a deeply flawed measure that doesn't solve the problem.

Blackwater USA now faces wrongful death suits in US court brought by survivors of three Iraqi civilians killed in the September 16 Baghdad shootings.

The Paris Principle: politics are sooo hot.

The sick man of Europe gets a jolt of life, but will it last?

Giuliani's conservative kingmaker knows all about the ugly side of Third World debt. He invented it.

A closer look at the Texas energy interests fueling the former New York mayor's presidential campaign.

Books & the Arts

Driven by a tabloid episode from her own marriage, the novelist joins the debate over the mass marketing of trashy books to young black readers.

Music

The British rockers stick a fork in the recording industry by offering downloads of a new album for whatever fans want to pay. Oh, the anguish.

Book

According to Chalmers Johnson, Bush's imperial presidency may be the final chapter in the collapse of American democracy.

Book

The history of twentieth-century music charts the rise of modern masters like Duke Ellington and John Adams.

3rd Party Article

It's not just a story about six black teenagers. It's the reawakening of a movement.

On the International Day of Action, marches and rallies were held in twenty-seven countries. And it all started because of Facebook.