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August 28, 2006 Issue

Patricia Williams looks at children as instruments of peace, Daniel Tichenor plumbs the history of American nativist movements, Wayne S. Smi…

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Lessons Learned

As a tentative ceasefire takes hold between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon, the world--and the United States in particular--should ponder lessons learned and the price we will pay...

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...

Murray Bookchin

Murray Bookchin, who died on July 30 at 85, was a protean son of the left whose intellectual hegira took him from Communism through Trotskyism, anarchism and social ecology.

The New Nativism

The nation must address the working-class anxieties underlying the anti-Hispanic sentiments now rising in Middle America--and Congress must pass an enlightened immigration bill tha...

Crisis in Lebanon

The inactivity of the Bush Administration on the Israel-Hezbollah conflict is armchair warfare against the interests of all. For peace, we must press for an immediate cease-fire.

Lamont Wins

As the Democratic Party embraces Ned Lamont, it must also embrace his antiwar message: It proved a winning strategy for Connecticut, and will be for the midterm elections.

Mercenary Jackpot

As the United States decries the private militias of Lebanon and Iraq, GOP-connected, privately owned global mercenary firms receive blank checks and little oversight.


Old Threats, New Fears

Investigators have known for a decade about terrorist plots to bring down passenger jets with liquid explosives. So why, all of a sudden, did Bush ban most liquids on flights?



Librarians at the Gates

At a time when free expression and the right to privacy are under attack, librarians are on the front lines protecting our constitutional rights every day. Here are five who are ma...

Ground Zero for Immigration

A recent rally at the World Trade Center site displayed anti-immigration activists' latest tactics: distorting the truth and exploiting national security concerns.

Troops and Hoops

There's something unnerving about USA Basketball's motivational tactics for the 2006 world championship--encouraging players to spend time with wounded Iraq veterans, in hopes of e...

Groundhog Day

From all official statements so far, the August 10 terror plot uncovered in Britain was the biggest thing since 9/11. But then again, perhaps it wasn't. It's not too early to ask t...

The Hard Edge of Hatred

American white supremacist groups have a long and ugly history of using anxieties over immigration as a recruitment tool. It's happening again, with a vengeance.

The Semantics of Terror

The easy invocation of "terrorism"--whether by pundits or political leaders--is not just sloppy use of language. It is precisely targeted phrasing intended to terrorize dissent.

The Problem with Pundits

Pro-Lieberman Beltway pundits who whined about progressive bloggers and sounded noisy alarms about the disastrous impact of a Lamont win will have a lot of explaining to do come No...

Same Old Song

American history is marked by waves of immigrants--from Germans in the eighteenth century to Mexicans in the twenty-first--and by nativist backlashes against them.

White Heat

Welcome to Nashville, Tennessee, the unlikely symbol of the biggest American immigrant resettlement since the Industrial Revolution. It's also the white-hot nexus of the new Americ...

Books & the Arts

Fierce Convictions

Every other week, in the pages of this magazine, Katha Pollitt collects her thoughts in her column, "Subject to Debate." To say that Pollitt's column is a hotbed of feminist...

A Letter from 18 Writers

Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal, Toni Morrison and other luminaries call to resist Israel's undeclared political aim: the liquidation of the Palestinian state.

Same Old Song

American history is marked by waves of immigrants--from Germans in the eighteenth century to Mexicans in the twenty-first--and by nativist backlashes against them.

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