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February 24, 2003 Issue

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  • Editorial

    Columbia Down

    Like the perennial quest for a “Star Wars” antimissile system, the space shuttle has never been an entirely rational program.

    Wayne Biddle

  • Resist War and Empire

    With up to 200,000 American and British combat troops already stationed in or on their way to the Persian Gulf area, war with Iraq looks increasingly imminent.

    Michael T. Klare

  • Bush’s Big Bad Budget

    George W. Bush’s budget sketches the precipitous decline in our fortunes on his watch, while blurring the full costs of his shameless pander to privilege.

    Robert L. Borosage

  • In Dubya’s Battle

    Although the Bush Administration acts as if the war train has already left the station, the antiwar forces continue to grow, and they are mobilizing in large numbers for a worldwide protest on

    The Editors

  • Powell Fails to Make Case

    The good soldier’s message at the UN is likely to carry enormous weight in shaping public opinion. But he did not make a compelling case.

    Katrina vanden Heuvel

  • Books & the Arts

  • Global Visions

    Since few of us at The Nation speak Thai, I’m going to refer to my favorite filmmaker of the month as Joe, which is the name actually used in this country by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Street-Dancing Man

    In classical dance, the art of imbalance–the pirouette, the jeté or the mere ethereal, alighted walk that alone makes audiences feel they are getting their money’s worth–is the purview

    Ginger Danto

  • The New Product Placement

    Last fall, a half-dozen child psychologists lurked around New York’s Yale Club at a convention called “Advertising & Promoting to Kids” in search of new, higher-paying clients.

    Rebecca Segall

  • Genet’s Palestinian Revolution

    This essay will appear as an introduction in New York Review Books’ new edition of Prisoner of Love (February 2003).

    Ahdaf Soueif

  • Poetry Makes Nothing Happen? Ask Laura Bush

    So Laura Bush will not, after all, be discussing the works of Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes with a selected group of American poets at the White House on February 12.

    Katha Pollitt
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