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January 9, 2006 Issue

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  • Feature

    New York’s Real Transit Crisis

    New York City’s first transit strike in a quarter-century resulted in an agreement that both the union leadership and the MTA insist is the greatest contract ever–but that the union’s left opposition calls a disastrous sell-out.

    Robert Fitch

  • A Fight for the Future

    New York City transit workers, now back on the job after a two-day strike, are fighting for the rights of future workers and against the lie that abstract, neutral economic necessity, not the ideas and interests of the rich and powerful, are driving the demolition of what remains of social solidarity.

    Joshua Freeman

  • The Legacy of Four Women

    On the twenty-fifth anniversary of the murders of four American churchwomen in El Salvador, George McGovern and Representative Jim McGovern journey to El Salvador to assess what has changed and how the legacy of the churchwomen affect human rights worldwide.

    George McGovern and Rep. Jim McGovern

  • Do-Gooder Gift Guide

    The right present for a leftist? Herewith, some innovative ideas, many just a click away.

    Anna Louie Sussman

  • Fixing the Torture Fix

    Congress has passed legislation allowing evidence obtained through torture to be used against terror suspects in court. But human rights groups and some Congressional leaders will fight back in 2006, with court challenges, hearings and tough questions on executive privilege for Samuel Alito and other Bush nominees.

    Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith

  • Bolivia’s Home-Grown President

    The election of former coca farmer Evo Morales as Bolivia’s first indigenous president appears to be an enormous victory for the left, as yet another Latin American nation turns away from Washington-driven economics. But will Morales be able to live up to his promise of home-grown solutions for this cash-poor yet resource-rich nation?

    Daphne Eviatar

  • The Rumble Down Under

    Discrimination is on the rise for Australia’s Muslims and others of Middle-Eastern descent, as Prime Minister John Howard’s draconian anti-terror laws echo the fear-mongering tactics of Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld.

    Richard Pollak

  • Rebels

    With persistence and strong convictions, insurgents can change a political party. Galvanized by the war and disgusted with weak-spined party leaders, rank-and-file Democrats may at last be ready to bite back.

    William Greider

  • Brave Neuro World

    As neurotechnology expands our abilities to rejuvenate aging brains, rebound from trauma and enhance moods or sexual prowess, we need a consistent set of neuroethics about how that technology should be used.

    Kathryn Schulz

  • Editorial

    Language of the Heart

    We need to learn a new language of peace and love that we can speak, even shout, to our leaders who only understand the language of greed and murder.

    Cindy Sheehan

  • A Motion for Censure

    In a report issued December 20, Representative John Conyers Jr. documents the misconduct of President Bush and his Adminisration, and makes the case that they should be censured by Congress for violating a series of federal laws.

    Rep. John Conyers

  • Minority/Majority

    While the Democratic Leadership Council issued a report advising Democrats to behave more like Republicans, Senator Russ Feingold has transcended party lines, forging a large, bipartisan coalition to revise the Patriot Act to better protect Americans’ civil liberties.

    David Sirota

  • Bitter Winter at NYU

    Striking graduate teaching assistants and NYU administrators are hunkered down for a protracted fight, as President John Sexton has threatened strikers with loss of their teaching stipend and ability to teach. This could have a chilling effect on campus union organizing nationwide.

    Scott Sherman

  • The Emperor’s Powers

    The Bush Administration believes it can ignore the rule of law–in pursuit of torture, Pentagon surveillance of antiwar groups and now, domestic spying. We must continue to insist that in a democracy, the rule of law cannot be ignored.

    David Cole

  • Iraq After the Election

    In the wake of the Iraqi elections, Congress must make any future funding for American forces contingent on establishing a clear-cut deadline for withdrawal to quell the insurgency and the use of diplomacy to elicit international involvement in the rebuilding of Iraq.

    The Editors

  • Bush’s High Crimes

    A belligerent President has vowed that warrantless domestic spying will continue. He also hopes to quash open debate of the issue in Congress on security grounds. Given the palpable outrage over the President’s contempt for basic constitutional law, will illegal wiretaps lead to the undoing of the Bush presidency?

    The Editors

  • The Hidden State Steps Forward

    The Bush Administration is not a dictatorship, but it has all the markings of one in embryonic form. Bush has declared himself to be above the law, and members of Congress have no choice but to accept the challenge. Either the President upholds the laws of this country, or he must leave office.

    Jonathan Schell

  • Books & the Arts

    A History of Violence

    Munich is a first-rate spy thriller featuring an assassin who reveals his soul. Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain gives two extraordinary actors time and space to develop a rare emotional interplay. Match Point puzzles with a dirty-minded energy. And Peter Jackson’s remake of King Kong is true to the Depression-era original.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Out of Place

    Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, portraits of the Moroccan immigrants in Spain, gracefully evokes the unease of immigrants caught adrift between the stagnation of their old homes and the hope of their lives on a new shore.

    Emily Lodish

  • Wartime Lies

    As Nazis dropped bombs in Warsaw, poet Czeslaw Milosz wrote a collection of literary criticism that sought to trace the rise of totalitarianism by deconstructing the mythologies of Western modernity.

    Timothy Snyder

  • Europa, Europa

    Tony Judt’s Postwar, a massive summary of European public life since World War II, is a triumph of narrative that will allow readers familiar with the history to experience it again.

    Charles S. Maier
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