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May 3, 2004 Issue

A range of scholars, writers and activists reflect on the legacy of the Brown v. Board of Education decision fifty years later.

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Taking Liberties

When the Supreme Court hears oral argument April 20 on the cases challenging the legality of the detentions at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, it will confront the most dra...

The UN Oil ‘Scandal’

The same political figures who engineered the current debacle in Iraq are now trying to blame the United Nations for more than $10.1 billion worth of oil revenue they cl...

Ashcroft Attacks

When faced with criticism, accuse. That seems to be Attorney General John Ashcroft's rule of political survival.

Iraq as Vietnam

It is a pity the major news media have not convened a commission of inquiry to examine their own mistakes and derelictions concerning the war in Iraq.

The Haunted Archives

Who should control access to the archives of the 9/11 Commission after it closes up shop in August? The commission's records will go to the National Archives.

Nation Notes

GUGGENHEIM FOR GRACE: Grace Schulman, Nation poetry editor for the past thirty-two years, won a Guggenheim Fellowship to support work on a new book of poems.


With God on His Side…

So, it was a holy war, a new crusade. No wonder George W. Bush could lie to Congress and the American public with such impunity while keeping the key members of his Cabinet in...

Unimagined Communities

This year is the tenth anniversary of the end of apartheid in South Africa, the fortieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the fiftieth anniversary of the Su...



Books & the Arts

Eugene McCarthy: 1916-2005

Eugene McCarthy, the Senate dove who in 1968 challenged Lyndon Johnson's conduct of the Vietnam War, died Saturday at the age of 89. In this 2004 review of Dominic Sandbrook's biog...

Why Brown Still Matters

Fifty years ago, African-Americans and fellow progressives hailed Brown v. Board of Education as a conclusive turning point in the struggle for racial equality.

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