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July 21, 2008 Issue

The Editors on Supreme politics, Alexander Cockburn on Sami Al-Arian, Brenda Wineapple on Henry James

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

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Jesse Helms, American Bigot

In death it's easy to dismiss Jesse Helms as a colorful buffoon or a relic of the bad old days of segregation and sexism, but that doesn't do his bigotry justice.

Barack at Risk

Barack Obama could put his entire candidacy at risk if his audacity on the war in Iraq continues to shrivel.


Civil liberties, at home and abroad; saving Jeff Wood from Texas's death row.

Supreme Politics

The Supreme Court's final rulings remind us that civil rights and a sane vision of the Constitution rest with the next President's judicial appointments.

Fizzling on FISA

Obama and other Senate Democrats should not let a lame-duck Administration compromise our liberties in the name of pursuing terrorists.


Taiwan Declares Peace on China

You can't trust the Chinese. I don't care if you're talking about those communists on the mainland or the other guys on Taiwan; they just won't follow the wargames script that our ...

Disaster Capitalists Reap Profits

As the planet is rocked by multiple shocks, here's a look at how disaster capitalists are reaping the benefits--leveraging the Iraq War, the push for arctic drilling and the global...



Obama, Iraq and Afghanistan

Obama's plan to de-escalate the war in Iraq only to ramp up another in Afghanistan just might work. It could also entrap the US in an even wider quagmire.

Bad Ju Ju

This Week: Congresswoman Kang is ill at ease as she contemplates the fate of her chief of staff and prepares to go to the source of part of her woes: secretive, manipulative billio...

Canada’s War Resisters

American military defectors are waging a campaign to achieve political asylum in Canada. As the threat of deportation grows, the fate of hundreds of former soldiers and their famil...

The Prisoner

This Week: Chet Kimbrough, Congresswoman's Kang's chief of staff, is bound and gagged, and it isn't because he belongs to an S&M club. There is no safe word for him.

Books & the Arts


Slavoj Žižek's newest book may cause readers to conclude that the superstar philosopher has misplaced his marbles.

Speak Again, Memory

Readers of Fidel Castro's My Life will find explanations of the Cuban Revolution, but no apologies for its suppression of dissent.

The Naming

We give our names to things.
This creek is Cobweb Creek,
named for our cat, who is named
for one of the fairies
in A Midsummer Night's Dream

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