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December 18, 2006 Issue

Cover art by: Cover by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels, photo by Ho New/Reuters

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  • Features

    The Iraq Study Group: A Fatal Flaw

    The Iraq Study Group report is a stunning rebuke of Bush's Iraq policy. But its central premise--that the US can support the nonexistent Iraqi government and bolster its viciously sectarian armed forces--is fatally flawed.

    Bob Dreyfuss

  • A Fair and Square Vote in Venezuela

    A New York judge, invited to observe the Venezuelan presidential election, discovers a functional democracy, reliable electronic-voting technology and a passionate, engaged electorate.

    Emily Jane Goodman

  • John Bolton’s Greatest Hits

    Exactly how much damage did John Bolton do during his tenure at the United Nations? Let us count the ways.

    Ian Williams

  • Draining the Gene Pool

    A plant gene that could protect organic crops from contamination from genetically engineered seeds is out of reach to most organic farmers, thanks to an agribusiness patent.

    Lisa M. Hamilton

  • Latinos Lean Left: Bringing Down the GOP’s Big Tent

    Latino voters walked away from the GOP in the midterm elections, a payback for the party's ruthlessly anti-immigrant stance.

    Roberto Lovato

  • Breathing While Black

    A young black man and an elderly black woman each die in a hail of police bullets; a comedian invokes the era of lynching--suddenly it feels like a crime to be caught breathing while black.

    Christopher Rabb

  • Mad Mel and the Maya

    Mel Gibson's violent new film Apocalypto exploits Maya culture and perpetuates racist stereotypes.

    Earl Shorris

  • Getting Out

    The foreign policy establishment knows the Iraq War is lost, but the search for an acceptable exit strategy has only just begun.

    Bob Dreyfuss

  • Beginning of the End

    The Iraq Study Group report comes too late for the 600,000 people who died in carnage that is likely to worsen. It won't satisfy the antiwar movement because it sets no timetable for withdrawal. But it does mark the beginning of the end of America's criminal war of aggression.

    Bob Dreyfuss

  • Editorials

    Show Me the Money

    A man can be rich, but only a nation can be wealthy. And if anyone suffers from poverty, our whole country bears the shame.

    Walter Mosley

  • The ‘Seattle Senators’

    Newly elected advocates of fair trade in the House and Senate could reverse the free-trade absolutism of the Clinton and Bush years.

    John Nichols

  • Olbermann’s Hot News

    News flash: Dissent sells! And the American public does have a taste for serious, high-minded news.

    Daphne Eviatar

  • Stranger Than Truth

    A plethora of inside histories of Bush and the war have helped shape the political debate in recent months.

    the Editors

  • Revote and Verify

    Now that 18,000 electronic ballots have vanished in the flawed 13th Congressional District election in Sarasota, Florida, it's time for a revote.

    the Editors

  • Time to Leave

    If the Iraq Study Group faces reality, it will conclude that the only feasible option for America is to leave Iraq--as quickly as possible.

    the Editors

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  • Books and the Arts

    Suga Mama, Politicized

    Beyoncé Knowles's sexed-up club jam B'Day is also an odd, urgent, dissonant and disruptive personal and political statement.

    Daphne A. Brooks

  • Unhappy Meal

    Stuart Klawans reviews Fast Food Nation, a film that aspires to activism as it undermines its own anticorporate message.

    Stuart Klawans

  • In Palestine, a Dream Deferred

    Two new books explore fundamental Palestinian and Israeli concerns: The Iron Cage by Rashid Khalidi considers the Palestinians’ failure to achieve sovereignty, and One Country by Ali Abunimah puts forth a moral case for binationalism.

    Bashir Abu-Manneh

  • Mad Mel and the Maya

    Mel Gibson's violent new film Apocalypto exploits Maya culture and perpetuates racist stereotypes.

    Earl Shorris

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