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May 29, 2006 Issue

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  • Feature

    In the Black(water)

    Tens of thousands of Hurricane Katrina victims remain without homes. The environment is devastated. People are disenfranchised. Financial resources, desperate residents are told, are scarce.

    Jeremy Scahill

  • Inequality Counts

    The relentless reduction of taxes on the wealthy has created a profound inequality between the very rich and the bottom half of American society, affecting every aspect of daily life.

    Leon Friedman

  • Hawks for Withdrawal

    As centrist Democrats slowly but surely unite around a plan for military withdrawal from Iraq that is heavy with hawkish reasoning, what are the implications for the peace movement?

    Tom Hayden

  • Science and the First Amendment

    If you can lie about science and get away with it, you can lie about anything. That’s why we must say no to ideological zealots who are waging war against science and against democracy itself.

    Patricia Princehouse

  • Using Soccer to Kick Iran

    To World Cup aficionados, soccer is a beautiful game, but to ideologues in the United States and Europe, it’s a convenient political weapon against Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Talk about spoilsports.

    Dave Zirin and John Cox

  • Anthems of Outrage

    The crankily contrarian Neil Young has a knack for making music that reflects the times. Living With War, his blistering attack on the Bush presidency, marks the turning of a cultural tide.

    Kevin McCarthy

  • Editorial

    In Fact…


    The Editors

  • Bolivia Steps on the Gas

    Bolivian President Evo Morales is taking a risk in nationalizing his country’s natural gas fields–but it reflects growing discontent across Latin America over unfair deals with banks and private oil companies.

    Daphne Eviatar

  • The New Kerry

    After years of vacillation, John Kerry has gone bold, finding his voice on Iraq and national security and thinking hard about running for President. But his future cannot be separated from his past.

    Ari Berman

  • For a Sane Energy Policy

    There is no piecemeal solution to the gas price crisis. It’s a systemic sickness that goes to the root of the American way of life: big cars, big oil, big business and sprawl.

    The Editors

  • Spymaster Disaster

    The CIA is in need of reinvention and a director who can oversee the transformation. Gen. Michael Hayden is not the right man for the job.

    The Editors

  • Books & the Arts

    Anthems of Outrage

    The crankily contrarian Neil Young has a knack for making music that reflects the times. Living With War, his blistering attack on the Bush presidency, marks the turning of a cultural tide.

    Kevin McCarthy

  • Woman Warrior

    Iran Awakening is the memoir of Shirin Ebadi, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle to hold Iran’s clerical regime accountable for its gross human rights violations.

    Reza Aslan

  • Zones of Disengagement

    In Absent Minds: Intellectuals in Britain, Stefan Collini encapsulates the paradoxes that dominate discussion of the English cultural landscape.

    Richard Vinen

  • The Book of Daniels

    Michel Houellebecq’s The Possibility of an Island has at last landed on American shores, along with Pierre Mérot’s Mammals.

    Christine Smallwood

  • Dining With Devils

    Wole Soyinka’s You Must Set Forth at Dawn is a captivating memoir of the political and cultural dilemmas the author and activist encountered, and a compelling chronicle of Nigeria’s turbulent past.

    Fatin Abbas

  • The Sheltering Shy

    Satirist Alan Bennett’s Untold Stories is a packed suitcase of a book by one of Britain’s finest writers, exploring the ra

    David Thomson

  • High Culture, Low Politics

    In The Seduction of Culture in German History, Wolf Lepenies reflects on shifting manifestations of German philosophy and culture and considers the lessons they offer for Europe and the United States.

    Andreas Huyssen

  • The Body Artist

    Two biographies of Thomas Eakins reveal the art world’s attitudes about the painter’s bodily obsessions: Was he a curious innocent, a brilliant anatomist or a dirty old man?

    Peter Plagens

  • For Reasons of State

    Two new books on the French Revolution examine Robespierre’s role in advocating terror as an instrument of government, raising compelling questions about state-sponsored terror in our own time.

    Lynn Hunt

  • The Composer’s Craft

    In Stravinsky, the Second Exile, Stephen Walsh chronicles the composer’s late years, disentangling the realities of his life and work from the published assertions of a self-serving assistant.

    Paul Mitchinson

  • Love in the Ruins

    Irène Némirovsky’s Suite Française, published fifty-two years after she perished at Auschwitz, offers an unsparing critique of France under the German occupation and raises questions about the compromises she made.

    Alice Kaplan

  • Dead Man

    Philip Roth’s Everyman is a contemporary morality play that explores the author’s obsessions with health and virility, ecstasy and betrayal, and the certainty and solitude of death.

    William Deresiewicz

  • Laughter in the Dark

    New translations of novels by exiled authors Roberto Bolaño and Ismail Kadare explore the bloody crossroads where literature, politics and self-absorption converge.

    John Banville

  • Yumi, Yumi, Yumi

    Why is it that We the People are so obsessed with whether singing our national anthem in Spanish is an affront to our union?

    Patricia J. Williams
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