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September 24, 2007 | The Nation

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September 24, 2007

Cover: Cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels, with acknowledgment to Joe Wezorek

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Letters

OUR VETERANS HAVE SPOKEN--II

Arlington, Va.

Editorials

The Administration has come to regard the law as a barrier to security and a literal weapon of our enemies, and sees crime as a legitimate tool to fight terror.

Our mission is to take feckless teenagers like you and turn them into full-fledged debtors.

The Gonzales Justice Department used the Patriot Act to prosecute a gang of eco-arsonists as terrorists.

Don't believe the hype that "clean coal," "clean nuclear power" and biofuels will solve the environmental crisis.

Even staunch conservatives are becoming alarmed at the Bush Administration's unconstitutional expansion of presidential powers.

End the occupation, abandon the pretense that only American power can bring order to the region and atone for the human catastrophe we have caused.

Columns

Howl

They're loud, lion-hearted, obnoxious and essential to democracy. And as an unjust war continues to create enormous suffering, we need people brave enough to practice extreme politics.

TruthDig

Of course, Gen. David Petraeus sees tangible progress and predicts success in the Iraq war. What wonders couldn't generals achieve with more troops and more time?

Music

Memo to candidates: There are more atheists, agnostics and skeptics out there than you think. How about sending us some love?

It would be foolish to bet that an attack on Iran couldn't happen.

Articles

David Petraeus is not a man preparing to leave Iraq. His report to Congress serves as a glimpse of coming attractions for Surge 2.

As General David Petraeus makes his case for continuing the war, here's an accounting of the real costs.

What began as an attempt to help financially strapped farmers in the Reagan years has grown into a visionary political and social movement rooted in the agrarian values of the American Revolution.

Like the war itself, the unfolding Congressional hearings on what to do next raise more questions than answers.

By classifying an unprecedented amount of information, the Bush Administration is shrouding its workings in mystery--and threatening our democracy in the process.

A spirited daily paper is the last remaining defender of Israel's tradition of dissent.

The Army's updated Field Manual draws on an old, blood-steeped tradition.

The government is using antiterrorist laws to suppress political dissent.

Going on the offensive has only made us more vulnerable.

Books & the Arts

Film

Heddy Honigmann's documentary Forever visits the dead in Paris, but nobody grieves; James Mangold's 3:10 to Yuma pits an evil Russell Crowe against a driven Christian Bale.

Book

A new biography of economist Joseph Schumpeter explores his insights into the emerging world of globalized capitalism.

Poetry

An observer limits her point of view to the line

Book

Juan Cole's Napoleon's Egypt examines the little dictator's doomed attempt to occupy an Arab country.

3rd Party Article

Why college newsrooms are often neither diverse nor racially sensitive.

Weapons the Department of Defense claims are harmless have serious and lasting effects.

Communities of color still bear the greatest burden as they rebuild after Katrina.