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October 8, 2007 | The Nation

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October 8, 2007

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Alexander Cockburn on Alan Greenspan, Byron Dobell on a memoir of postwar France, J. Hoberman on the literary left.

Letters

Readers write back about Bob Moser's report on a grassroots revolution in Kentucky and Liza Featherstone's coverage the Service Employees International Union. Plus, an exchange with Jonah Raskin.

Editorials

America has faced down the Third Reich and the Red Menace, but it has met an enemy it dares not confront: the private health insurance industry.

Bill Richardson's edgy, opinionated and sometimes risky campaign is clicking because of his exit-now strategy from Iraq.

Bush has turned renewal of a successful child health insurance program from a no-brainer to a battle on the future of healthcare.

By sending Petraeus to Capitol Hill, the White House tried to smuggle in a radical war agenda under the mantle of an outstanding soldier. And people fell for it.

America is sleepwalking into one-man rule. What can the Democrats do about it?

Columns

TruthDig

Instead of spending even more money armoring soldiers' vehicles, he should work harder at trying to end the war.

Howl

What, exactly, is the interest-rate cut going to fix?

Music

With the exception of John Edwards's plan to eradicate poverty, the concerns of the poor seem to have fallen off the progressive agenda for 2008.

Forget 9/11. Alan Greenspan escapes vilification for his role in a plot against America's economic security.

He's digging us in, deeper and deeper.

Jena, Louisiana, has become a national symbol of racial injustice, as civil rights activists converge on the town to protest a miscarriage of justice against six black teens.

Articles

Want proof the Iraq War was all about oil? Here it is.

Even if Congress refused to authorize more money for the Iraq debacle, the White House could make an end run via an obscure Civil War statute.

Columbia University President Lee Bollinger's combative remarks tarnish an otherwise illuminating event.

The issues at stake, especially GM's drive to shift the burden of healthcare, will affect workers throughout the industrialized economy--to say nothing of Campaign '08.

A closer look at the US rule that gives military contractors like Blackwater a free pass to murder, terrorize and pillage their way through Iraq.

Iran's leading dissident implores UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to reprimand the Iranian government for its human rights abuses and provide moral support for the suffering Iranian people.

Acting with impunity and immune from prosecution, a shadow army funded by US taxpayers is fueling the spiraling violence in Iraq.

A scourge of health problems has nail salon workers wondering about the industry's safety standards.

A painter explores love and loss in the iconic settings of postwar Paris.

Iraq has become a liability the GOP can hardly afford.

He's the guy who put the guts back into TV journalism.

Books & the Arts

Poetry

In order to preserve his way of life
Odysseus threaded the necks
of twenty faithless servant girls
and hung them in his courtyard

Poetry

Abalone Rumsen aulón
Aristotle auriform Costanoans
cultivated, Brueghel painted,
awabi Osahi dove for
on September 12, 425 A.D.

Book

The left's literary canon has neglected the contributions less-celebrated writers have made to the political significance of literature.

Book

A Canadian philosopher surveys some of the livelier flashpoints in America's battle over evolution.

3rd Party Article

Youth working with Desis Rising Up and Moving creatively and legally empower post-9/11 immigrants.

Fleeing the Iraq War, increasing numbers of young refugees are forced into prostitution.

Juan Herrera, an indigenous activist with the Association for Justice and Reconciliation in Guatemala, speaks about surviving torture to demand justice.