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December 25, 2006 Issue

Cover art by: Cover by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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  • Editorials

    Globalization with a Human Face

    Globalization must not be allowed to become financial imperialism: Capitalism's strongest-takes-all rule must give way to one that ensures that the poor have a place and a piece of the action.

    Mohammad Yunus

  • No Graceful Exit

    The Iraq Study Group report may slow the impetus for immediate withdrawal from Iraq. Those who seek genuine military disengagement must make their voices heard.

    the Editors

  • Latin Left Turn

    Hugo Chávez was re-elected not for his admiration of Castro but for presiding over a robust economy and aggressively improving the lot of Venezuela's poor.

    Daphne Eviatar

  • Nation Note

    After a memorable thirty-five years, Grace Schulman steps down as Nation poetry editor.

    the Editors

  • Brady Kiesling’s Tale

    A disenchanted diplomat who lost faith in the Bush-era State Department and resigned over the war in Iraq remains idealistic.

    Scott Sherman

  • The Other Lieberman

    Many Israelis and their US supporters are sleeping through the rise of the virulently anti-Arab Avigdor Lieberman, seen as a threat to democracy itself.

    Ben Lynfield

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  • Books and the Arts

    The Soviet Union, R.I.P.?

    The collapse of the Soviet Union was far from inevitable: A historic opportunity to democratize and marketize Russia by more gradual means was lost--and the people paid the price.

    Stephen F. Cohen

  • The Anthropic Principle

    Two red drinks--pure alcohol, with a maraschino cherry--in
    the bar next door, deep in the afternoon. While I hide in my

    Eleanor Lerman

  • The Mayans

    The scowl is caught in jadeite.
    The flattened face on a green bead
    displayed in the orchestral light of the museum
    also boards the train on Steinway Street.

    Eleanor Lerman

  • The Bondage Club

    In the morning we put on our sharp blue suits and
    go to hear the delegates speak through broken teeth.
    These are the women whose names the press must be

    Eleanor Lerman

  • That Sure Is My Little Dog

    Yes, indeed, that is my house that I am carrying around
    on my back like a bullet-proof shell and yes, that sure is
    my little dog walking a hard road in hard boots. And

    Eleanor Lerman

  • 2006 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize: Eleanor Lerman

    Eleanor Lerman's poems sing a song that is bravely gloomy, but they sing it with a fierce and earned dignity.

    Tony Hoagland

  • Uncle Tom’s Shadow

    The Annotated Uncle Tom's Cabin explores one of the most influential novels in American history.

    Darryl Lorenzo Wellington

  • The Plot Against Equality

    Walter Benn Michaels's The Trouble With Diversity challenges us to remove our race-tinted glasses and view the world in the class-based terms that, he argues, define it.

    Robert S. Boynton

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