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June 5, 2006 Issue

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


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  • Editorial

    In Fact…


    the Editors

  • In the Black(water)

    Hurricane victims are still homeless in New Orleans, but thanks to the federal government's $30 million contract bonanza, Blackwater USA's profits are soaring.

    Jeremy Scahill

  • The Insecurity State

    Americans are now caught in a security paradox: We expect the government to protect us, but its responses make us feel even more insecure.

    Donald W. Shriver Jr.

  • The False Bird Flu Scare

    The United States has fueled a worldwide overreaction to the threat of a bird flu pandemic, putting AIDS, malaria, malnutrition and other crucial global health programs at risk.

    Dr. Marc Siegel

  • The Wiretapping Tango

    The NSA surveillance scandal raises questions about whether phone companies will become pawns of an Administration bent on expanding its power.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • Phone Spies

    Democrats in Congress must press for a full investigation of NSA phone call surveillance and prove that the rule of law is an asset, not an obstacle, to national security.

    the Editors
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  • Books & the Arts

    In Theory

    In Frontiers of Justice, philosopher Martha Nussbaum explores our moral obligations to the disabled, to nonhuman animals and to the unresolved areas of international law.

    John Gray

  • Wind From the Mideast

    "The Road to Damascus" explores the strange, the beautiful and the uncanny in Syrian cinema.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Supersize Misha

    Absurdistan is a stunning encore for novelist Gary Shteyngart, both the avatar of a new Jewish-American literature and an inveterate Eastern European trickster.

    J. Hoberman

  • Dead Souls

    Juan Rulfo's Pedro Páramo, written during the cultural renaissance that followed the Mexican Revolution, is a marvel of storytelling and testament to the power of the word.

    Carmen Boullosa
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