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July 14, 2003 Issue

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  • Editorial

    Letter From Ground Zero

    A small journalistic cottage industry has grown up demonstrating that the Bush Administration took the nation to war against Iraq under false pretenses.

    Jonathan Schell

  • Nation Note

    Floyd Abrams, Laurence Tribe, Robin Williams, Margaret Cho, Martin Garbus and others are supporting a petition asking New York State Governor George Pataki to pardon legendary comedian Lenny Br

    the Editors

  • Missed Conception

    Hawaii recently became the fifth state to make emergency contraception, also known as the morning-after pill, available directly from pharmacists. This is far from a small regulatory change.

    Kirsten Moore

  • The ‘Dodgy Dossier’

    Like Kaa the python in Disney's Jungle Book, Tony Blair has staked his career on a single hypnotic refrain.

    Maria Margaronis

  • Aiding Iran’s Students

    The Iranian student demonstrations that began on June 10 initially protested plans to privatize Teheran University and to raise tuition. They quickly became a forum for criticizing the repressi

    Juan Cole

  • Moving on Media Reform

    It's no secret that Washington has a limited interest in the public interest these days.

    John Nichols

  • Diversity Over Justice

    Eric Foner was an expert witness in Grutter v. Bollinger, the University of Michigan law school case.

    Eric Foner

  • Affirmative Action Lives

    In one of its most important cases in decades, the Supreme Court on June 23 upheld the prerogative of colleges and universities to give preferences to members of minority groups in admissions.

    the Editors

  • Books & the Arts


    There are killer weeds, deep in the flower patch,
    down at the bottom of the tombstone.
    Only they'll seem to breed out of the ground itself.

    Robert Mazzocco

  • Our Man in Jazz

    Not many people can say they changed the world and make it stick. In Myself Among Others: A Life in Music, George Wein does.

    Gene Santoro

  • White Teeth

    Norman Rush's first novel, Mating (1991), opens with a nervous but gripping epigram: "In Africa, you want more, I think." The speaker, an unnamed American anthropologist who doesn't want

    Michael Wood

  • Secrets and Lies

    You would hope that the passage of fifty years might have cleared the passions that once inflamed the Rosenberg case.

    Philip Weiss

  • The Everything Expert

    Toward the end of his memoir, My Brother's Keeper, Amitai Etzioni recounts meeting with the political consultant Dick Morris.

    Robert S. Boynton
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