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September 18, 2006 | The Nation

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September 18, 2006

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Adolph Reed Jr. looks at neoliberalism's impact on New Orleans, Philip Weiss examines Israel's human rights record, John Feffer reviews four new books on Korea.

Editorials

Key primary races in Maryland, Rhode Island and even New York are
making the Iraq War what it should be in every 2006 political contest:
the central issue.

Through lies, ineptitude and immoral policies, the Bush Administration
has led the nation to the brink of disaster, ruined our reputation and
sowed hatred that will take generations to uproot. I\

Journalist, activist, philanthropist and self-promoter, Tavis Smiley has the political clout and the ability to energize and educate the black community in the best tradition of Martin Luther King Jr.

If it becomes a national model, a new, highly touted health insurance
law in Massachusetts would make American healthcare, already on life
support, take a turn for the worse.

The Human Rights Watch reports that were sharply critical of Israel's killing of
civilians in Lebanon represent the latest battle for Jewish hearts
and minds in the ideological war over the Middle East.

Great tragedies call for visionary leadership. This is the moment for
progressives to summon the guts to forge a compelling message not just
about what's come apart in America, but how to pull us back together.

Columns

Howl

If you're depending on private savings accounts to get you through retirement, get ready for a bitter surprise, thanks to the crooks and incompetents charged with selling and running the funds.

TruthDig

In Bush-liberated Afghanistan, billions in drug profits are financing the Taliban, proving the President is better at starting wars than winning them.

Democracy demands that journalists tell the truth. The success of liars
like Bob Novak and Ann Coulter is a greater threat to America than a
truck full of terrorists bent on doing us harm.

Here's how Democrats should spin the biggest political question in the
midterm elections.

Articles

The 109th Congress, led by Republican
Senators McCain, Warner, and Graham and with the acquiescence of many
Democrats, is poised to legalize torture, trials with secret evidence,
and annulment of the right of habeas corpus

The confirmation of Felipe Calderón's electoral victory signals
the end of Andrés Manuel López Obrador's three-year
struggle for the presidency and the beginning of a new phase of
organized resistance.

Valerie Plame was no mere analyst or paper-pusher at the CIA. She was an operations officer working on a top priority of the Bush Administration: searching out intelligence on Iraq's weapon's of mass destruction.

Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson's cachet is growing in the wake of a stem-winding speech in which he called the President to account for lies and ineptitude in Irag, castigated a complaisant media and assailed the electorate for passively consuming government lies.

Activists and residents are struggling to protect New Orleans's
devastated low-income neighborhoods from developers' vision of a
"smaller footprint" for the city.

As New Orleans rebuilds, so does its Internet community. Here's a list
of the Big Easy's liveliest sites.

Before the storm, neoliberalism shaped the social and economic
inequities of New Orleans; after Hurricane Katrina, it worsened them
by making government the tool of corporations and investors.

After the storm hit, the Internet was one of the few reliable sources
of information for New Orleans. A year later, it remains a critical
tool for citizens' participation in their city's reconstruction.

One year later, how will we come to terms with what happened when Hurricane Katrina washed up the disenfranchised most people, including the President, have tried to forget?

Books & the Arts

Egypt has been deprived of its greatest living writer, and the world has
lost one of its most humane literary figures.

Book

Three new books on China invite the West to give up simplistic dreams
and nightmares and come to terms with a complex and rapidly evolving
authoritarian state.

Book

Nathaniel Mackey's most recent collection of subtle, intricate poetry
weaves images from Arab and African diasporas with a contemporary sense
of dislocation.

Book

In Tango: The Art History of Love, Robert Thompson traces the dance's
roots in Afro-Argentine history. Tomas Eloy Martínez's The Tango
Singer
appropriates its music to explore the recent past.

Poetry

Two beggars
sharing a meal of the food they've been given

The new moon shines intensely

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Book

Four new books explore Korea's cold war hangover and the indelible mark
left by its North-South division.

Onion

Scientists emerge exhausted but visibly excited Friday from a Pasadena Cheesecake Factory.