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April 21, 2008 Issue

Cover art by: Cover illustration by Victor Juhasz; cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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  • Editorial


    Henry Paulson’s pitiful reform; Michelle Bachelet, bedeviled by Opus Dei; Pentagon follies; and indecency in Indiana.

    The Editors

  • Dems Flunking Trade 101

    As Clinton rewrites the history of her support for NAFTA, Obama needs to prove he understands what’s wrong with global trade pacts.

    John Nichols

  • Shown Up by Sadr, Again

    To the humiliation of the US and Iraqi governments, the cleric’s forces have faced down the Iraqi Army and are in control of Basra and half of Baghdad.

    Patrick Cockburn

  • Guantánamo Endgame

    New revelations of political interference in the prosecution of Gitmo prisoners shows Team Bush scrambling to keep one step ahead of history–and of criminal charges.

    The Editors

  • Journalists As Truth-Tellers

    Journalism can still make a difference, but the truth matters more. And if you can’t get to the truth through journalism, there are other ways to get there.

    Bill Moyers

  • Truckers Hit the Brakes

    Hard hit by rising costs and the threat of losing their rigs, truckers are staging protests, calling for a bailout and lower fuel prices. What if the rest of us joined them?

    Barbara Ehrenreich

  • Books & the Arts

    Israel Is

    Israel Is

    Israel is he or she who wrestles

    with God–call him what you will,

    not some goon (with a rabbi and gun)

    in a pre-fab home on a biblical hill.

    Peter Cole

  • Questions of Loyalty

    Revisionist histories of the Vietnam War challenge the notion that the South Vietnam government was a dysfunctional pseudo-state.

    Matt Steinglass

  • La Zone Grise

    Five books explore the sorrows and moral complexity of Irène Némirovsky and others who suffered Nazi persecution in France.

    Alice Kaplan

  • Blowing Smoke

    In Nicholson Baker’s cut-and-paste history, the “good war” is bad.

    Katha Pollitt

  • Fitna’s Hateful Crusade

    The new film by Dutch politician Geert Wilders is the latest in a series of stunts aimed at humiliating and scapegoating Muslims.

    Aziz Huq

  • Iraq’s Ruined Library Soldiers On

    Five years ago this week, US troops stood by as mobs sacked Iraq’s revered National Library and Archives. Despite little outside help, a cultural treasure soldiers on.

    R.H. Lossin

  • Loss Lieder

    It’s National Poetry Month, and that means cooked meat.

    Ange Mlinko

  • Suffragist City

    Two new books examine the history of the first women’s rights campaign.

    Mary Beth Norton

  • Seems Like Old Times

    This week's episode: Dieter Countryman reminisces about the good ol' days of selling the first Gulf War; Connie Waller gets his freak on in Vegas.

    Gary Phillips
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  • Letters


    Readers weigh in on our endorsement of Obama, our coverage of terrorism and our grammar.

    The Nation