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September 12, 2005 | The Nation

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September 12, 2005

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Karen Houppert investigates the increasingly desperate measures the US military is taking to recruit new soldiers, Eric Alterman says the New York Times coddles conservatives and lashes liberals and Stuart Klawans reviews a troika of new films.

Letters

BAREFOOT & PREGNANT

Redding, Conn.

Editorials

A dozen Democrats are feeling timid about opposing Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr., while a score of unions and grassroots organizations are showing muscle against CAFTA.

IRAQ RECKONING

That brief explosion in Gdansk of civic participation and political innovation contains secrets and gems of political ideals that can be achieved.

Disengagement represents a dangerous step backward in the struggle to find a just peace for Israelis and Palestinians and leaves many core issues unresolved.

There is no possible strategy to win in Iraq. Now is the time for activists to reach out to the families of soldiers in Iraq who may feel betrayed.

Columns

Column Left

Bush may crow about a new constitution, but he can't deny that autocrats, theocrats and terrorists are clearly in control.

A midsummer nightmare of the shiny-eyed zealots who would protect us from terror. Plus, summer reading for the President.

The true and patriotic purpose of presidential loafing revealed.

The so-called liberal New York Times bashed Bill Clinton every chance it got, and whitewashes Ed Meese. Go figure.

Articles

Sounds like an episode of The Simpsons, but this
is for real: The retail giant wants even more of your money.

By insisting on its right to develop the full range of nuclear technology, Iran has become a Third World hero.

The wacky televangelist may have done us a favor by bringing the insanity of Bush Administration tactics into plain view.

His bestselling The Purpose-Driven Life has made him a superstar, but is mega-pastor Rick Warren's true purpose strictly political?

Two political lines could be better than one: Consider the successful tactics of the Working Families Party.

Counter-recruitment projects are mobilizing to push back on the growing militarization of America's schools. Here's a list of resources.

Military recruiters are targeting the nation's high schools and junior highs, seeking an early harvest of soldiers-to-be. Is your child next?

Books & the Arts

Film

As Big Pharma increasingly turns to the Third World to test its products, this lush film will spark outrage, but glosses over the constant vigilance necessary to police drug trials.

Film

A trio of film reviews: Wall, Tony Takitani and Red Eye.

Book

Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men seems designed as a calculated assault on the reader.

Book

Two recent books on Tom Paine and on the unruly birth of US democracy reveal that liberal historians have become believers in the 'radicalism' of the American Revolution.