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September 11, 2006

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  • Features

    Beyond Macaca: The Photograph That Haunts George Allen

    Virginia Senator George Allen claimed it was a "mistake" when he called an employee of his Democratic foe a racist name. But the leader of America's top racist group explains Allen's long and cozy history with white supremacists.

    Max Blumenthal

  • Lebanon: Resolve in the Ruins

    As people in Southern Lebanon return to claim the dead and clear the rubble from villages ravaged in the recent fighting, it is clear that the battle for hearts and minds is being won by Hezbollah.

    David Enders

  • Pay To Be Saved

    Unless something changes soon, New Orleans will prove to be a glimpse of a dystopic future, a future of disaster apartheid in which the wealthy are saved and everyone else is left behind.

    Naomi Klein

  • Kitchen Stories

    As chroniclers of the secret, unexpected, below-the-radar places Americans prepare and consume their meals, NPR's Kitchen Sisters discovered their microphone has become a kind of stethoscope, listening to the complicated heart of a nation.

    The Kitchen Sisters

  • Hog Hell

    Low wages, segregation and dangerous working conditions in a North Carolina factory reveal a meatpacking industry where labor laws no longer matter.

    Eric Schlosser

  • Doing Lunch

    Ann Cooper, gourmet chef turned healthy school food advocate, talks about becoming a "lunch lady" and what it takes to reform our children's cafeterias.

    Anna Lappé

  • A World Unmoored by War

    The United States now spends more in Iraq in a month that the entire world spends on fighting AIDS in a year. Have we reached the point where the terror of AIDS is no match for the war against terror?

    Stephen Lewis

  • Confronting the Truth about Torture

    Despite mounting evidence, Americans remain willfully blind to the government's barbaric treatment of terror suspects. Now, human rights groups and religious organizations are using testimonies from victims to awaken moral revulsion at what is being done in our name.

    Jonathan Blitzer

  • Angrily Awaiting a Messiah

    In Mexico City and beyond, tensions are rising between government security forces and thousands of impoverished supporters of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a restive constituency to which political parties and process are increasingly irrelevant.

    John Ross

  • Blackwater Shot Down in Federal Court

    A federal appeals court has ruled a wrongful death lawsuit can proceed against Blackwater USA: Families claim the firm cut corners in pursuit of profit in Iraq, leading to the brutal deaths of four employees in Fallujah in 2004.

    Jeremy Scahill

  • A Right to Food?

    Hunger is a violation of basic rights: a right to food, but more important, Bolivian and Brazilian experience suggests, a right to power.

    Frances Moore Lappé

  • Black Farms, Black Markets

    For black farmers, succeeding financially and bringing healthy food to urban markets remains an uphill battle against a lack of business contacts.

    Habiba Alcindor

  • How Harlem Eats

    Urban restaurateurs, activists and consumers are seeking "food justice," insisting that healthy food shouldn't be a privilege for the wealthy and white.

    Mark Winston Griffith

  • Edible NOLA

    A new charter school is embracing "eco-gastronomy"--a holistic curriculum based around food--hoping "to renew New Orleans one okra plant and one child at a time."

    Randy Fertel

  • Mean or Green?

    Wal-Mart is serious about bringing organic food to the masses, but transportation costs and the retail giant's aggressive competitive ways could end up hurting small farms and the environment.

    Liza Featherstone

  • Hard Labor

    The organic label means your food is pesticide-free, but an investigation into California farms reveals that the label means nothing but pain for the workers who produced it.

    Felicia Mello

  • One Thing to Do About Food: A Forum

    How do we fix our dysfunctional relationship with food? Alice Waters leads a forum with Eric Schlosser, Marion Nestle, Peter Singer and others, who suggest, for starters, that we stop buying factory farm products, get involved in farm policy and outlaw the marketing of junk food to kids.

    Jim Hightower, Eric Schlosser, Peter Singer, Eliot Coleman, Vandana Shiva, Carlo Petrini, Winona LaDuke, Elizabeth Ransom, Troy Duster, Wendell Berry, Michael Pollan and Marion Nestle

  • Slow Food Nation

    Fast food is killing us--our environment, our politics and our culture. To change who we are as a nation, we must first change how we eat.

    Alice Waters


  • War Eclipses Gay Pride

    Organizers had hoped the second World Pride conference in Jerusalem would challenge religious bias against gays. But the unfolding war in Lebanon got in the way.

    Michael Luongo

  • DC Edges Closer to Representation

    The residents of the District of Columbia go to war and pay taxes, but they have never had a member of Congress to call their own. A measure has been introduced in the House that could change all that--maybe.

    Sam Schramski

  • Editorials

    Bush’s Plebiscitary Presidency

    Thanks to an acquiescent Congress, we are now being governed by an Administration that is radically trying to change the nature of our democracy.

    Barney Frank

  • Dorothy Healey

    An appreciation of one of the last members of the left's "greatest generation," known for her physical courage, warmth and intelligence, who spent a lifetime arguing eloquently for socialism, feminism and peace.

    Mike Davis

  • The Food Issue

    Since we're a weekly magazine, "slow" is not a quality we often find ourselves working to achieve.

    the Editors

  • Cedar Devolution

    The UN cease-fire in Lebanon demands the impossible: a Lebanese state capable of both disarming Hezbollah and protecting the south from renewed Israeli attacks.

    Joseph Logan

  • Fallout in Israel

    Israel's war with Hezbollah may have strengthened the hand of the Israeli right, which has forgotten that peace comes only by negotiating with those you do not trust.

    Eyal Press

  • Debating Security

    The alleged British terror plot contrasts with the fruits of Bush's "war on terror": civil war in Iraq, an empowered Iran and Arab hatred. Let us instead seek security through diplomacy.

    the Editors

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  • Books and the Arts

    Eat Drink Man Woman

    Three new books by Julia Child, Anthony Bourdain and Bill Buford chart the evolution of American cooking, from haute cuisine to the hot kitchen of Mario Batali.

    Matthew DeBord

  • A Sort of Homecoming

    "The spell of Africa is upon me," wrote W.E.B. Du Bois in Liberia. Three new books document the enchantment and disenchantment of the continent for its descendants.

    Hazel Rowley

  • Virtual Catastrophe

    World Trade Center's hero is a tough ex-Marine who later re-enlists to fight in Iraq. But his (and Oliver Stone's) redemption narrative is soured by bad faith.

    Stuart Klawans

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  • Letters

    Four-Star Food Favorites

    No sooner had we pressed "send" on an e-mail inviting readers to tell us about their most beloved food institutions than enthusiastic submissions began to pour in from all over the country.

    Our Readers

  • Food for Thought

    Letters from around the country describe your favorite food institutions.

    Our Readers