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December 31, 2007 Issue

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

  • Editorials

    Locked Up in Limbo

    In California, sex offenders face the specter of incarceration without end.

    Laura Mansnerus

  • Post-Annapolis Pitfalls

    Washington must abandon the fantasy that an Israeli-Palestinian agreement can be reached in the face of deep divisions between Fatah and Hamas, the United States and Israel have fostered.

    Henry Siegman

  • Rights of Passage

    How can momentum be restored to the struggle for human rights? Begin by drawing the world's religions into the conversation.

    Eyal Press

  • Playing the God Card

    It's not Romney's Mormon faith that threatens the core values of a secular nation. It's Huckabee's messianic candidacy.

    John Nichols

  • Noted.

    The Drum Major Institute talks politics with big-city mayors; what do we say when we talk about torture?

    the Editors

  • Crime and Cover-Up

    The CIA tapes' destruction and violation of anti-torture statutes they recorded require a special prosecutor.

    the Editors

  • Subprime Politics

    Keep people in their homes and start re-regulating the banking industry to end the conflicts of interest that fueled the debacle.

    the Editors

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  • Books and the Arts

    The Secret Library of Hope

    Twelve authors on war and peace, dissent, the environment and the empowerment of the poor provide inspiration to transform the world in 2008.

    Rebecca Solnit

  • Permalancers, Unite!

    Freelancers staged a walkout at Viacom this week, instigating one of the most unlikely and successful labor campaigns in recent memory.

    Anya Kamenetz

  • Memorable Gestures

    Michael Ondaatje shows off his trademark narrative tricks in his new novel Divisadero, but the magic is wearing thin.

    Tony Eprile

  • Edward Hopper: August in the City, 1945

    You've got to learn how to dance and speak lots of languages and pull ideas out of your hat.

    Ernest Farrés

  • Lippmann and the News

    In the early 1900s Walter Lippman laid the groundrules for public debate in America. Have the US media followed his prescriptions?

    Michael Schudson

  • Tilted Ash

    A retrospective exhibition of Martin Puryear's sculptures reinvents MoMA's signature atrium space as a site for spiritual longing.

    Arthur C. Danto

  • Waiting for Godot in a Wasteland

    The most devastated neighborhood in America makes an ideal backdrop for a morally ambiguous play about abandonment.

    Billy Sothern

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